David Martin Davies

Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

He is a contributor to National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC's "The World."  Davies is also the host of KLRN public television’s weekly interview program "Conversations."  He has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards.

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Texas Matters
4:50 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Is The Battle Over Whooping Crane Conservation A Fight Over Water Rights?

Whooping cranes
Flickr user sfitzgerald86 cc

Four major players square off in the fight to save whooping cranes; one side wants to save the birds, while the other side sees an invasion of state's rights. Water management is one of the large items on the table for this session of the Texas Legislature, the question then is: What is the best way to solve the problem?

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The Source
2:25 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Studying Bexar County School District Consolidation

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011. School district consolidation is one solution to the legislature's education finance problem.
Flickr user Phil Ostroff cc

One of the possible solutions for solving issues with school finance is consolidating school districts; HB 2542 would study possible Bexar County school district consolidation. Even though Gov. Perry is not swaying on Medicaid expansion, there is still hope that Texas will do something to get people care and the federal money that goes with it.

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Immigration Reform
9:11 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Sen. Rand Paul Takes Turn On Immigration Reform - Work Visas

Rand Paul is known for his conservative Tea Party stance, but his latest comments about work visas are turning some heads.
Richard Morgan Fronteras

As the Republican Party continues to grapple with finding a solution to its Latino voter problem, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has dramatically softened his stance on immigration reform.

Paul told the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday that there could be a place in America for undocumented workers.

At first there was some confusion about what Paul said to the Hispanic Chamber. It was reported that the he had jumped the Tea Party ship and was endorsing comprehensive immigration reform including a pathway to citizenship.

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Fiesta 2013
11:21 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Mayor Castro Calls For A Fit And Green Fiesta 2013

Mayor Castro is encouraging Fiesta-goers to be physically active and environmentally responsible for this years celebration.
David Martin Davies TPR

The countdown is on for Fiesta 2013 and Mayor Julián Castro is asking Fiesta-goers be fit and green during the 11-day celebration. 

April 18 through April 28 San Antonians will be occupied with traditional parades and parties. Castro said Fiesta is the time for fun and frivolity, but it can be done while keeping Fiesta green.

"We’re here today to invite folks out, of course, to Fiesta, but also to challenge San Antonians to participate in this fit and green Fiesta in the year 2013," Castro said.

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City Staff Pay
9:45 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Is $85,000 Per Year Too Much For A City Councilman To Pay An Office Manager?

District 5 Councilman David Medina joins Burbank High School students on the Alamo Colleges' Mobile Go Center in late Feb.
Eileen Pace TPR

A San Antonio resident is demanding an explanation from District 5 City Councilman David Medina for the salaries that he pays his staffers.

Democratic Party activist David Plylar filed a freedom of information request to the city of San Antonio asking for details of how much Medina is paying his top staff.

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Texas Matters: How Would Raising The Minimum Wage Affect Texas?

United States Department of Labor

During his last State of the Union address, President Barack Obama proposed raising the national minimum wage to nine dollars an hour and permanently indexing it to the cost of living.

Supporters say it's a way to redistribute income from thriving corporations to workers. Others say it’s a surefire way to kill jobs.

With the most minimum wage workers in the union, Texas would be the state most impacted if the wage increase becomes law.

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The Source
9:24 am
Thu March 14, 2013

The Source: Stage 3 Drought Restrictions Just Around The Corner

Not new to Stage 3, but a good example of how water conservation has become part of the norm, restaurants may serve water only on request (to reduce dishwashing).
Chris Eudaily TPR News

We have been in Stage 2 drought restrictions for so long it feels normal, but Stage 3 is just around the corner and you will need to adjust your water lifestyle a little more. Though Texas is a solid red state, Democrats have been fighting the good fight for a long time and many feel like a shift in power is on the horizon.

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Texas Matters
12:32 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

The Battle Over Expanding Medicaid In Texas

Texas Republicans are now trying to find a way to get federal money without going "all in" with Obamacare.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There’s a mounting effort at the Capitol in Austin to try to find a way to do something about Medicaid, the joint state and federal health program for children, the disabled and the very low income.

Early in the week there were rumors that the House GOP caucus was going to vote in favor of expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act.

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The Source
11:45 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Rep. Lyle Larson Pushes Legislative Term Limits

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio.
Rep. Lyle Larson

We all saw Governor Rick Perry running for President while still getting a check for being Governor and the state paying for his personal security and some of his travel. Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, says it’s time for that to stop.

Larson has filed a bill called "Resign to Run" that would require candidates to resign from a state office if they are seeking a new position.

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Texas Matters
12:30 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Texas Matters: Changing The Beer Laws In Texas One Bottle At A Time

Maggie Villarreal, who owns Blue Star Brewing, and Blue Star employee Alicia Spence (handing the beer) distribute another tasty sample at Views and Brews.
Chris Eudaily TPR

There is speculation that beer is the reason the first human tribes stopped their nomadic wanderings and began to set up permanent settlements. They wanted to plant and cultivate the ingredients to beer.

Even before the first loaf of bread was baked these prehistoric partiers were home brewing their own suds. The settlement’s brew master was the community’s wise man, scientist, doctor and law giver.

Lawmakers vs. Brew Masters

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