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The Source - February 19, 2014
11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: State Republicans Eye Bexar County

The Republican Party of Bexar County

Primary races are seeing their first votes come in but before the main events start to surface, Bexar county is being watched by the Republican Party of Texas as a the proving ground for the party's future.  

As Texas becomes more diverse -- already a minority majority state -- the whiter of the two parties is hoping to make a competitive bid for San Antonio's vote, thinking as Bexar goes so goes the state.

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KPAC Blog
11:35 am
Wed February 19, 2014

March Chamber Choir Performance Features "Saucy, Lively, Joking" Madrigals

San Antonio Chamber Choir Facebook

Many of us may think of chamber choir music as formal and perhaps a bit stuffy. But after speaking to San Antonio Chamber Choir Board President Carl Leafstedt, maybe we've come to that conclusion too quickly. First, Leafstedt reminds us of exactly who they are and what they do.

“The San Antonio Chamber Choir is an organization of professional voices, it’s a paid choir of many of the city’s top voices" he said. "Our mission is to perform music that is not often performed in South Texas -- very difficult and unusual repertory sometimes, at the very highest levels."

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Fronteras Desk
11:22 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Obama's Trade Trip To Mexico Focusing On Economics & Investment

President Barack Obama is in Mexico today for a day of trade talks with the other North American Free Trade Agreement partner nations. But while the expectations are low for the summit, the stakes remain ever high.

This is the seventh time that the three leaders of the NAFTA nations have gathered for a summit. This time Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto is hosting in Toluca with President Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper attending.

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Civil Rights
10:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Texas Civil Rights Project Drawing Attention To Statewide "No-Knock" Warrant Policies

The Texas Civil Rights Project, a statewide civil rights group, is putting pressure on law enforcement groups and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, asking them to create a standard "no-knock" written policy.

The Texas Civil Rights Project released a study this week pointing to a lack of uniformity when comes to police executing "no-knock" warrants -- when police enter a home without knocking for fear that doing so would cause the wanted person to flee or get rid of illegal drugs. 

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2014 Primary Election
10:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary

Joe Straus stands with supporters as early voting opens for the March primary.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Early voting is underway for the Texas March 4 primaries and many incumbents around the state are seeing tea party-supported challengers -- that includes House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.

Straus holds one of the most powerful positions in state government, but before he can be speaker he must win the Republican nomination for state representative.

Straus is challenged by tea party-supported Matt Beebe, who said Straus is not a true conservative.

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Community
4:42 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Groups Protest Streetcar As VIA Moves Forward On Evaluating Chosen Route

Protesters use the Bexar County Courthouse as a backdrop to speak out against the proposed downtown streetcar system.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A grassroots coalition of protestors gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Tuesday to voice opposition to VIA’s proposed downtown streetcar system.

Members of LULAC, the Tea Party and other organizations joined with numerous political candidates to protest the county’s pursuit of the downtown streetcar system after they said the voters have spoken against it. Light rail has been voted down here, but the streetcar has not been put to a vote.

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Arts & Culture
4:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Blue Star And Botanical Garden Showcase Contemporary Art In Collaborative Project

Bret Price Sculpture
Elizabeth Lyons

The San Antonio Botanical Garden and the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum have teamed up for a project that all started with a pretty simple premise.

"Not everybody in San Antonio is going to be able to come to the museum to see contemporary art, so it’s important to go out into the community," said Blue Star Director of Special Projects Bill Fitzgibbons.

So go out they did. They displayed art in a wide variety of places.

"Everything from St. Paul Square to the grounds of UTSA to the Botanical Garden," Fitzgibbons said.

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Bexar County
1:11 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Bexar Commissioners Honor Jesse Trevino For Lifetime Of Work

Treviño's Virgen de Guadalupe is one of his most famous pieces.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Bexar County Commissioners today presented the Hidalgo Award to San Antonio artist Jesse Treviño, honoring him for a lifetime of service to the community.

Treviño’s work can be seen all over San Antonio, from his Virgen de Guadalupe mosaic at Guadalupe Plaza to the recently-completed mural at the historic home of José Antonio Navarro depicting scenes of early life on the West Side.

Bexar County Commissioner Paul Elizondo said Treviño’s work is inextricably linked to San Antonio.

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Texas Politics
12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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2014 Primary Election
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Where Republican Lt. Gov. Candidates Are Spending Their Statewide TV Ad Dollars

Early voting is now open for the March primary and candidates are ramping up their campaigning push.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.

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