2014 Election http://tpr.org en Watchdog Group Files Criminal Complaint Against AG Nominee Ken Paxton http://tpr.org/post/watchdog-group-files-criminal-complaint-against-ag-nominee-ken-paxton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A government watchdog group based in Austin has asked the Texas Public Integrity Unit to investigate state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney. </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The request has to do with Paxton advising his law clients of securities investments without having a license to do so.</span></p><p>While working as an attorney, Paxton solicited clients and invested their money without having a license to do so. The Republican nominee for Texas attorney general admitted wrongdoing and paid the $1,000 civil penalty.</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:40:30 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35808 at http://tpr.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://tpr.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span></p><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:19:02 +0000 Ryan Poppe 35563 at http://tpr.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Van De Putte Campaign Rolls Out First Paid Ad, Praises DPS Action Along The Border http://tpr.org/post/van-de-putte-campaign-rolls-out-first-paid-ad-praises-dps-action-along-border <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Leticia Van De </span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has rolled out a new online ad praising the Texas Department of Public Safety’s efforts along the border.</span></p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/mm67qwrHI1Q" width="560"></iframe></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:03:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34916 at http://tpr.org Abbott, Davis & Van De Putte Court Texas Educator Vote http://tpr.org/post/abbott-davis-van-de-putte-court-texas-educator-vote <p></p><p>Three of the four candidates vying for the top two offices in Texas spent the day in Austin last Thursday laying out each of their visions for public education at an teachers conference in Austin. Republican lieutenant governor nominee Dan Patrick was invited but declined the invitation.</p><p>The Association of Texas Professional Educators is the largest independent teacher’s association in the United States, and teachers represent a large block of Texas’ voting population.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:16:11 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34902 at http://tpr.org Abbott, Davis & Van De Putte Court Texas Educator Vote Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention http://tpr.org/post/texas-democrats-dont-expect-any-platform-shakeups-state-convention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.</span></p><p>Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 19:58:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34091 at http://tpr.org Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention http://tpr.org/post/texas-republicans-will-decide-guest-worker-inclusion-june-convention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Republican Party of Texas has formed it’s ticket for the fall elections the party is looking toward their convention in June, </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">which is where they will decide on a platform.</span></p> Thu, 29 May 2014 14:44:43 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32497 at http://tpr.org Texas Republicans Will Decide On Guest Worker Inclusion At June Convention Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court http://tpr.org/post/calvert-wilson-win-party-nominations-precinct-4-commissioners-court <p>The race for the Precinct 4 Bexar County Commissioners Court seat is now narrowed down to two people:&nbsp; Kirby Mayor Tim Wilson and KROV-FM General Manager Tommy Calvert.</p><p>Wilson held a small lead over Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter with the early voting results and kept that narrow margin to the end, winning the Republican spot with just under 52 percent of the vote. Wilson said if he is elected during the mid-term election, his first move would be the elimination of projects like the streetcar system.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Joey Palacios 32467 at http://tpr.org Calvert & Wilson Win Party Nominations For Precinct 4 Commissioners Court With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick http://tpr.org/post/republican-lt-gov-runoff-settled-van-de-putte-takes-aim-patrick <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Leticia Van De </span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wasted no time pointing out the differences between herself and Dan Patrick, her Republican opponent on the November ballot. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>Van De Putte pointed to Patrick’s use of campaign rhetoric and hot button issues to build an audience in his runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.</p> Wed, 28 May 2014 18:47:03 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32462 at http://tpr.org With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election http://tpr.org/post/tea-party-influence-may-dissipate-general-election <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Texas Republican primary and runoff elections have been dominated by tea party values, but once the votes are in and a full Republican ticket is formed, will candidates move back to the center? &nbsp;</span></p><p>Without even looking at the runoff election returns, Professor Mark P. Jones, who heads up the political science department at Rice University in Houston, said the tea party is already a winner in Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The tea party issues have really defined the terms of this campaign</span>," Jones said.</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 17:38:26 +0000 Ryan Poppe 32396 at http://tpr.org Tea Party Influence May Dissipate In General Election Paxton & Branch Jockey For Position In Republican Attorney General Runoff http://tpr.org/post/paxton-branch-jockey-position-republican-attorney-general-runoff <p><strong>Texas Matters:</strong> While a lot of attention has been paid to the lieutenant governor runoff, the Republican attorney general runoff between Ken Paxton and Dan Branch is turning out to be equally intriguing. Also on this show: It's a runoff election, so turnout is likely going to be very low.</p><p><strong>Enough about lieutenant governor, how about the attorney general runoff?</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:41:33 +0000 David Martin Davies 32226 at http://tpr.org Paxton & Branch Jockey For Position In Republican Attorney General Runoff