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 Death Row
11:56 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Results From DNA Testing Further Implicate Hank Skinner In Murder Case

DNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner said would prove he is not a triple murderer is doing just the opposite.  On Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed papers that say the DNA incriminates Skinner. 

Skinner was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend and her two adult children on New Year’s Eve in 1993.

But Skinner has insisted he’s innocent and the DNA  would clear him of the crimes. The DNA was not tested during his murder trial and Skinner has been fighting in the courts to get access to the evidence for testing.

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Texas Politics
10:02 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Ending Speculation, Jeb Bush Says George P. Is Running For Texas Land Commissioner

When word came last week that George P. Bush had filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to begin raising money for a political campaign, folks wondered if Bush – part of the Presidential Bush family – would go straight to the top and run for Governor in 2014.

A report in the Tampa Bay Times settled those speculation by confirming that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,sent out a fundraising appeal to donors this week asking them to support his son's potential run for Texas land commissioner.

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Texas Politics
9:16 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Bush The Answer To GOP Latino Vote? George P. Files Paperwork For Run In Texas

George P. Bush at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gage Skidmore via Wikipedia

After the Republican losses on Election Day it has been noticed that the GOP has a critical problem winning Latino votes. Some are wondering if George Bush might fix that problem – that’s George P. Bush.

George P. Bush is the nephew of former President George W. Bush and son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. His mother is a Mexican immigrant and he is fluent in Spanish.

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Post-Election Congressional Session
11:14 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Gonzalez And Lame Duck Congress Scramble To Avoid Fiscal Cliff

Offical congressional portrait of Charlie Gonzalez, who is retiring at the end of this term.
U.S. Congress

For the first time in 50 years there wasn’t a Gonzalez listed on the ballot for Congressional District 20 of Texas.

Gonzalez is done with politics, but he isn’t done with being a congressman – not until his replacement, Democrat Joaquín Castro, is sworn in as his replacement in district 20.

Gonzalez has a prediction about the looming  sequestration, or fiscal cliff, that could force automatic austere spending cuts to the federal budget: “Fiscal Cliff - It’s not going to happen.”

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Pete Gallego Watch Party, Castros Talk Latino Voting, And A Texas Election Wrap-up

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (right), who is retiring at the end of this term, shares a moment of elation with the new representative of Congressional District 23
David Martin Davies TPR

In what was one of the wildest rides in the Texas - Congressional District 23 - Democrat Pete Gallego beat incumbent Francisco Canseco in a race the GOP candidate finally conceded today (Friday). Republicans still control the Texas House, but Democrats gained seven seats to eliminate the Republican super-majority. The influential Latino vote is a hot topic, and both Castro brothers were on news networks this week to talk about the future. Sylvia Manzano from Latino Decisions talks about her thoughts going forward. Finally, Harvey Kronberg joins us to size up the Texas results.

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Texas Matters
10:29 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Candidates Make Final Push as Nov. 6 Approaches - Close Races in Texas and Across the Southwest

The Latino vote could be influential in this year's election, and we will find out just how influential after the polls close on Nov. 6.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters #636

During the last two weeks of the 2012 campaign, candidates make their final sell to voters, but in close races like that between Francisco Canseco and Pete Gallego there is a different kind of urgency. The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg talks about some of the interesting storylines he is watching as we approach Nov. 6, and we take a look at some other election issues from across the American Southwest.

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The Source
4:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Mayor Castro and Commissioner Wolff Discuss Support and Opposition to Pre-K 4 SA

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff and Mayor Julián Castro are all smiles after debating Pre-K 4 SA in the TPR studios.
Paul Flahive Texas Public Radio

San Antonians are heading to the polls to vote for candidates in a number of races and the Pre-K 4 SA proposal – to raise the sales tax one eighth of a cent to pay for a full day pre-kindergarten program that proponents say will help turn around the city’s dropout problem.

Mayor Julián Castro is the biggest supporter for Pre-K for SA and says it’s not a silver bullet, but a big step in the right direction.

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff opposes the proposal  because it raises taxes and he says there are too many unanswered questions.

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The Source
3:41 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

The Race for Texas' U.S. Congressional District 23 - Canseco v. Gallego

U.S. Congressional District 23 is one of the largest in Texas. Canseco won the seat two years ago, but some political watchers are saying that the race is very much in contention.
State of Texas District Viewer

Republican Francisco "Quico" Canseco is mounting his first defense of the seat he won two years ago from Ciro Rodriguez. The Democrats want to put this massive district back in the blue column, and State Representative Pete Gallego of Alpine is their nominee.

The 23rd Congressional District is seen as Republican-leaning and is massive – starting in San Antonio and reaching all the way west just shy of El Paso, stretching hundreds of miles along the Texas-Mexico border.

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Texas Matters
2:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Greg Abbott Threatens Election Observers, Texas Education in Court and Hangings in Gainsville

Early voting locations like this one at Brook Hollow Library in North San Antonio have been busy since early voting began earlier this week.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening an international democracy observer group with criminal charges if they interfere with Texas election locations. The education system in Texas is on trial this week to answer the question: Is the present system violating the state’s constitution? 150 years ago there was a hanging in Gainesville that claimed the lives of 40 men.

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Solar Power
10:50 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Mayor Castro Responds to CNN Story on OCI Solar Deal

Officials from San Antonio and OCI Solar gather for a group photo at the announcement in July of this year. San Antonio used the Korean Pavilion at Denman Estates Park to highlight the Korean solar company's agreement with CPS.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and CPS-Energy are responding to a CNN news story about a solar energy deal that casts the political rising star in a negative light.

When Mayor Julian Castro stepped onto the stage of the Democratic National Convention he was also stepping into a more critical arena of national politics where nearly every move is scrutinized.

And on Friday, a story on the CNN program "Erin Burnett’s Out Front" covered a CPS-Energy solar energy deal that Castro was involved in that went to a South Korean company and not a company in the United States.

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