Joaquín Castro http://tpr.org en Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South http://tpr.org/post/rep-castro-and-former-bush-press-secretary-back-same-sex-marriage-push-across-south <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.</p><p>Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.</p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 20:04:45 +0000 Ryan Poppe 27309 at http://tpr.org Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South Feds Say 80 Percent Of Latinos Qualify For ACA Tax Credit http://tpr.org/post/feds-say-80-percent-latinos-qualify-aca-tax-credit <p>A new analysis from U.S. Health and Human Services estimates that about eight out of ten Latinos across the nation qualify for tax credits to buy a health plan through the Affordable Care Act or for Medicaid.<br /><br />That means 2.5 million eligible uninsured Latinos in Texas gained access to new options for health care with the ACA -- and an additional 2.8 million in California, 400,000 in Arizona and 180,000 in New Mexico.<br /> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:14:18 +0000 David Martin Davies 26599 at http://tpr.org The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas http://tpr.org/post/cost-statewide-campaign-texas <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott released fundraising numbers this week, leading to a bigger conversation about the cost of campaigning in Texas, which considering the size of the state and inclusion of two of the top 10 media markets is expensive to say the least. <em>Also on this show:</em> Marijuana in Texas, prescription drugs from Mexico, ACA navigators and Google invests in a Texas wind farm.</p><p></p><p><strong>Release the numbers! Campaign finance in Texas</strong></p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:42:53 +0000 David Martin Davies 25251 at http://tpr.org The Cost Of A Statewide Campaign In Texas The Source: The Missions 'World Heritage' Status Under Threat | Freedom Of Speech Evolves http://tpr.org/post/source-missions-world-heritage-status-under-threat-freedom-speech-evolves <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In late October the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) voted to admit Palestine as a member state. The U.S., which has long opposed recognition, promptly stopped paying dues and subsequently lost its voting rights in the organization. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 17:34:09 +0000 Paul Flahive 24747 at http://tpr.org The Source: The Missions 'World Heritage' Status Under Threat | Freedom Of Speech Evolves Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill http://tpr.org/post/castro-sees-challenges-ahead-congress-immigration-farm-bill <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro of San Antonio said he fears the nation will not see the passage of several key bills, including comprehensive immigration reform.</span></p><p>Castro said despite majority support for a comprehensive immigration bill, it will be tough to get something passed on Capitol Hill because of rulemaking.</p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 15:34:44 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24380 at http://tpr.org Castro Sees Challenges Ahead For Congress On Immigration & Farm Bill Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits http://tpr.org/post/congressman-castro-calls-lawmakers-reinstate-unemployment-benefits <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the first things U.S. Congressman Joaquín Castro is hoping to accomplish for 2014 is to reinstate the country’s extended unemployment benefits that expired this past weekend.</span></p><p>Democrats on Capitol Hill are vowing to fight to reinstate those benefits for the 1.3 million Americans still struggling to find work. Castro told NBC's "Meet The Press" that Congress needs to make this a priority as a first order of business in 2014.</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:51:26 +0000 Ryan Poppe 24298 at http://tpr.org Congressman Castro Calls On Lawmakers To Reinstate Unemployment Benefits Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act http://tpr.org/post/congressman-castro-asks-abbott-explain-his-position-texas-dream-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.</span></p><p>DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Fri, 01 Nov 2013 15:49:23 +0000 Ryan Poppe 21164 at http://tpr.org Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund http://tpr.org/post/movement-govt-shutdown-texas-debates-new-water-project-fund <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> There is finally movement on the government shutdown in D.C. but Democrats say it&#39;s not enough. While there is plenty of support for Prop. 6, the November ballot item to establish a water fund, there is also a strong current of opposition. Also on this show: GOP candidates in Texas try to stay true to fundamentals and appeal to Latino voters, and the future of execution drugs used in Texas.</p><p><strong>Is the end of the government shutdown finally in sight?</strong></p> Fri, 11 Oct 2013 20:03:42 +0000 David Martin Davies 20042 at http://tpr.org Movement On Govt. Shutdown | Texas Debates New Water Project Fund Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline http://tpr.org/post/castro-calls-congress-solve-budget-crisis-tonights-deadline <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> fellow congressmen to get past &quot;hostage politics&quot; of the past few years to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> avoid a government shutdown and</span> also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:</span></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:36:16 +0000 Eileen Pace 19286 at http://tpr.org Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline Military School Districts Struggle To Survive Sequestration http://tpr.org/post/military-school-districts-struggle-survive-sequestration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent Fort Sam Houston </span>ISD<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Cole High School game found the cheerleaders, pep squad, and band all out in support of their team running plays on the field. &nbsp;And it's likely none of these kids had any idea that their education programs are being threatened by a governmental body that school officials say is not doing its job.</span></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 15:42:43 +0000 Eileen Pace 18193 at http://tpr.org Military School Districts Struggle To Survive Sequestration