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5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Uses Attention From "Faux" Filibuster To Flex Fund-Raising Muscle

Will Ted Cruz turn all this momentum into a presidential run in 2016? Being born in Canada, can he even be president?
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New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.

Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists & Attorney General Both Happy About EPA Case, But For Different Reasons

EPA

Texas Environmentalists and Attorney General Greg Abbott are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to hear the case regarding how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate power plant greenhouse gases.

"We hope the Supreme Court rules in the EPA’s favor -- that they adopt the standards -- however, even if they don’t the EPA does have other ways to get at this issue," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas.

Metzger said the EPA could rewrite the rules and target chemical pollutant that is emitted with the carbon gases.

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Arts & Culture
1:24 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

This Sunday, SA Chamber Choir Will Leave You "Breathless"

Scott McPherson
Beate Gersch

The San Antonio Chamber Choir begins its ninth season on October 20 with "Beginnings and Endings" at the Oblate School of Theology’s Immaculate Conception Chapel.

"We feature a wide range of music from the early Baroque music of Sweelinck with a Bach motet through Mahler, an Estonian composer of note, we go on to music of Britten and Holst, and we close with some wonderful spiritual arrangements by Moses Hogan." said Artistic Director Scott MacPherson.

The group's website says that one of the selections of the performance with leave listeners breathless.

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The Source - October 16, 2013
12:17 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

The Source: What We Say Online | The Why Axis

The number of comments on this story about a 107-year-old man who died in a shootout with police reached 134, many of which were personal attacks on people who commented.
tpr.org

In the first segment:

Scientific American and  Popular Science will no longer allow users to comment online saying: "Comments can be bad for science," citing the skewing abilities of a minority on long-established scientific beliefs such as evolution and climate change.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Takes His Economic Development Message Overseas

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry and his wife are spending the next ten days overseas as part of an economic and water development effort in London and Israel.

The trip is being funded by Americans for Economic Freedom, the group promoting Perry’s national profile for a possible presidential run.

Government
10:07 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Councilman Ron Nirenberg Will Leave Job To Focus On City Duties

Councilman Ron Nirenberg will leave his job as General Manager of KRTU to focus on his duties with the city.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

In five short months, District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg has found juggling the demands of his job at Trinity University's jazz station, KRTU, and the constituents of his Northwest Side area, divided his focus a bit more than he'd like on each.

Not to mention his wife and his young son.

That's why the newly-elected councilman said he is stepping down as the General Manager of KRTU, a role he assumed recently after serving as the station's Assistant General Manager.

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The Source - October 15, 2013
5:13 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Source: Raising The Debt Ceiling | The Pecan

Views on how important debt ceiling end is mixed
Pew Research Center

In the first segment:

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Government
4:15 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Referendum Effort to Repeal NDO Fails

Petitioners had 40 days to collect more than 61,000 signatures to repeal the city's non-discrimination ordinance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The city's non-discrimination ordinance is in its 40th day, meaning those opposed to the measure are out of time in leading an effort to force a referendum to get the ordinance reversed. 

City Clerk Leticia Vacek said petitioners needed a little over 61,000 signatures, which is 10 percent of the registered voters in May. But Pastor Gerald Ripley said he and fellow opponents did not meet the goal.

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Texas Water
3:00 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

The Argument Against The Prop. 6 Water Plan

Sam Brannon (at podium) and Terri Hall (right) address the media at the Nix Prop. 6 press conference.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A coalition of people from multiple political backgrounds are calling for Texans to vote "no" on Prop. 6, the plan that is being promoted by a bipartisan group of state legislators and Gov. Rick Perry as the solution to the state's water problems.

Voters will see the measure on the ballot starting next Monday when early voting begins and Election Day in Nov. 5.

If passed, the plan set into motion by Prop. 6 will move $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund to the Texas Water Development Board to be used for loans on water projects.

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2014 Election
2:24 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Kinky Friedman In Field For Agriculture Commissioner

Brian Kanof via kinkyfriedman.com

Country music icon, satirist and one-time gubernatorial candidate Richard "Kinky" Friedman has announced his bid for agriculture commissioner in 2014. Friedman will run in the Democratic primary.

The 68 year old said he’s interested in legalizing and regulating marijuana as an agricultural crop to revitalize the Texas farming industry.

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