Ryan E. Poppe

Hundreds of people were on hand Wednesday at the State Capitol to witness the swearing in of San Antonio’s newest Senator, Democrat José Menéndez.

A crowd gathered in the chamber of the Texas Senate quickly became a who’s who of San Antonio officials, past and present, all in Austin to be part of Menendez’s move from the House to the Senate. He spent  14 years serving San Antonio in the Texas House.

Joan Marcus


The touring company of another Broadway hit has landed at the Majestic Theater, and I was able to speak with its star. The show is the musical Once, and its star is Alex Nee.

Once is the story of an Irish singer/songwriter who’s about to give up all his hopes and dreams, and he meets this Czech immigrant girl who sparks something within him and turns his life around and forces him to face his dreams and follow them,” Nee explains.

Boehner Escapes Jam On DHS Vote, But More GOP Battles Loom

Mar 4, 2015 / U.S. House of Representatives

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner's job is safe despite passing yet another big bill that most of his Republican colleagues oppose, as he did Tuesday to avert defunding the Department of Homeland Security.

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The state of the city is strong, according to San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor. The mayor issued the annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, and outlined her vision for the Alamo City.

In a joint address to San Antonio’s various chambers of commerce, Taylor said the city was one of the fastest growing in the United States, and took a slight jab at the state capital alongside.“We’ve been ranked in the top 20 American cities for business and career opportunities and we’ve been named the hottest spot for millennials in the Southwest, so take that Austin!”

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Friendswood Republican Sen. Larry Taylor, the head of the state Senate’s education committee, have identified six education-related bills to be fast-tracked through the Senate, but that priority list does not include a controversial bill that would legalize school choice programs in Texas.