Trey Martinez Fischer http://tpr.org en San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos” http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-lawmaker-calls-texas-republicans-pendejos <p>State <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.</span></p><p>During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for <em>gringos&nbsp;y&nbsp;otras pendejos.</em>"</p><p>Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:00:13 +0000 Ryan Poppe 34323 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos” Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone http://tpr.org/post/voter-id-trial-remains-track-despite-federal-attempt-postpone <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law applauded a Corpus Christi federal judge’s vigilance to retain a September trial date -- </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the U.S. Department of Justice is now hoping to postpone the case because of logistics issues.</span></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:47:12 +0000 Ryan Poppe 26658 at http://tpr.org Voter ID Trial Remains On Track Despite Federal Attempt To Postpone Federal Judge Denies Abbott’s Request To Move Voter ID Trial To After 2014 Election http://tpr.org/post/federal-judge-denies-abbott-s-request-move-voter-id-trial-after-2014-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Federal District Judge&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Nelva</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Gonzales Ramos</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;in Corpus Christi has denied Attorney General Greg Abbott’s request to move a lawsuit challenging Texas’ Voter ID law to a March trial date in 2015. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pening arguments will begin a few months before state general elections in September 2014.</span></p> Mon, 02 Dec 2013 19:00:48 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22855 at http://tpr.org Federal Judge Denies Abbott’s Request To Move Voter ID Trial To After 2014 Election Voter ID Case May Be Postponed Until After 2014 Election http://tpr.org/post/voter-id-case-may-be-postponed-until-after-2014-election <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal court in Corpus Christi will decide this week whether or not to postpone the trial date for a case challenging the constitutionality of the Texas voter ID law.</span></p><p>About a week ago, Federal District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos set the trial date for Sept. 2, 2014, about two months before the 2014 State General Election.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office filed a request this week asking for the trial to be pushed back to March 2015.</p> Thu, 21 Nov 2013 20:06:47 +0000 Ryan Poppe 22325 at http://tpr.org Voter ID Case May Be Postponed Until After 2014 Election Texas Voter ID Fight A National And Local Battle http://tpr.org/post/texas-voter-id-fight-national-and-local-battle <p></p><p><strong>Texas Matters: </strong>The struggle over the State of Texas' voter ID law is being taken up by everyone from Washington D.C. to Dallas County Commissioners Court. <em>Also on this show:</em> Sen. Ted Cruz talks about defunding the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Perry may or may not be interested in an ACA-created program, and TxDOT is waiting to turn South Texas roads into gravel.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 20:06:55 +0000 David Martin Davies 17222 at http://tpr.org Texas Voter ID Fight A National And Local Battle Martinez Fischer Critical Of Abbott's Legal/Financial Record In Federal Cases http://tpr.org/post/martinez-fischer-critical-abbotts-legalfinancial-record-federal-cases <p><a href="http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Taxpayers-tab-for-Abbott-vs-Obama-continues-to-4744781.php?t=d27ab4be1c485006b6" target="_blank">According to the San Antonio Express-News</a>, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in 2014, has spent nearly $4 million on 31 lawsuits against the federal government in the last nine years, ten of which his office counts as wins.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 16:25:45 +0000 Ryan Poppe 17112 at http://tpr.org Martinez Fischer Critical Of Abbott's Legal/Financial Record In Federal Cases White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act http://tpr.org/post/white-house-strategizes-rep-martinez-fischer-over-voting-rights-act <p></p><p>President Obama convened voting rights advocates to the White House Monday, where he doubled down on his commitment to salvaging the Voting Rights Act.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas state representative Trey Martinez Fischer, a San Antonio Democrat, was the only Texan invited, and he said Texas was frequently discussed in the meeting with Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.</span></p><p>“Just as the President is talking about discrimination at the polls, here we are in Texas arguing this case in front of federal judges," Martinez Fischer said.</p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 15:31:05 +0000 David Martin Davies 15723 at http://tpr.org White House Strategizes With Rep. Martinez Fischer Over Voting Rights Act Everything Has Changed In The Second Special Session http://tpr.org/post/everything-has-changed-second-special-session <p>The mood, and boundaries, have changed a lot at the state capitol since the regular session. Upon entering the capitol, you take immediate notice of the differences -- chained off sections of the stairwell and rotunda and an increased presence of Department of Public Safety troopers.</p><p>But what has really changed in this second special session?</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:22:06 +0000 Ryan Poppe 14069 at http://tpr.org Everything Has Changed In The Second Special Session Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee http://tpr.org/post/republicans-attach-redistricting-maps-another-bill-get-them-out-committee <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would’ve decided the fate of voting maps for members of the Texas House initially failed to pass because of several extended phone conversations.</span></p><p>After waiting for over 15 minutes for Republican members to return to the hearing for a vote, an order was given to find the missing representatives. &nbsp;</p><p>After a vote was cast, <span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rep Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, who is the committee chairman, asked to be excused to check the back offices for the missing Republicans.</span></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:52:24 +0000 Ryan Poppe 13363 at http://tpr.org Republicans Attach Redistricting Maps To Another Bill To Get Them Out Of Committee The Source: Death At The Bexar County Jail | Westside Creek Development http://tpr.org/post/source-death-bexar-county-jail-westside-creek-development <p><strong>In the first segment:</strong></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">San Antonio Current writer </span><a href="http://sacurrent.com/news/when-overdosed-meets-overworked-bexar-county-jail-39-s-fatal-flaws-come-to-light-1.1499444?parentPage=2.2666" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Michael Barajas documented the events</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that led to the death of Thomas Taylor while he was in custody at the </span>Bexar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County Jail on August 21, 2012. &nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 15:24:58 +0000 Paul Flahive 12590 at http://tpr.org The Source: Death At The Bexar County Jail | Westside Creek Development