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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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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Texas Matters
3:09 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The State Legislature, Budget Cuts, and Pre-Election Opinion Polls

State of Texas Capitol building in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

The Texas Legislature will be back in a few months facing a budget deficit. Will the next round of state budget cuts clip Texas high school football? Or could expanded gambling in the state help solve education funding shortfalls? Nate Silver writes the New York Times political blog about polls and political probability, Five Thirty Eight, and talks about how useful (and reliable) pre-election opinion polls can be.

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Local Elections
1:25 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

The Race for Texas House District 117

Texas House District 117 (in blue) is among the most rapidly growing parts of Bexar County. It encompasses the far west and south west portions of Bexar County.
State of Texas District Viewer Texas Legislative Council

Incumbent John Garza and challenger Philip Cortez are divided on the role and effectiveness of education in their district. Cortez says that quality public education is the key to getting the district's residents on the road to success, and Garza says that state programs do not work and a voucher system would be the best way to make education stronger.

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Texas Matters
4:31 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Latino Voter Turnout, Gun Control, Planned Parenthood and Celebrity Drug Busts

Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Increasing voter turnout in the Texas Latino community - Ben Philpot, a reporter for KUT Austin and the Texas Tribune, explores some of the issues. Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler are trying to position themselves as defenders of a great Texas tradition: gun ownership. What happens if Texas Legislators win their court battle and zero-out state dollars for the Planned Parenthood clinics? A celebrity tour bus rolls into the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca and the there’s a drug bust that makes national headlines.

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Texas Matters
10:46 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Why Does Texas Have Such a Low Voter Turnout?

Fred Lewis, the Director of Texans Together, says the real challenge is getting people involved more often on a local level, so they can see concrete results from participating. University of Texas at San Antonio political science professor Walter Wilson says poorly distributed congressional districts contribute to poor Latino voter turnout. Saul Elbein's article, “No Shows: why so few Texans bother to vote” also explores the reasons why so many people don't even try to get to the polls.

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Mexico's Drug War
10:52 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Nuevo Laredo Seeing Rising Death Toll

More than 15 people were killed in Nuevo Laredo over the last weekend. According to Mexican authorities, 13 died in gun battles between rival criminal organizations and two more were killed in a run-in with the Mexican Army.

Nuevo Laredo is across the Rio Grande from Laredo Texas and is 150 miles South of San Antonio.

Officials said they found seven dismembered bodies Sunday morning at a parking lot in Nuevo Laredo’s central business district. On the bodies was a message, but its contents were not released.

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Texas Matters
12:39 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Presidential Campaign, Infighting at UT, and the Dallas Cowboys

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root's book,
Credit Jay Root

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root has written a book about the Perry presidential run called “Oops! A Diary From the 2012 Campaign Trail.” The latest issue of Texas Monthly says there’s a battle over the future of UT; Paul Burka is the Texas Monthly senior editor and wrote the article “Storming the Ivory Tower.” Joe Nick Patoski talks about writing his new book: “The Dallas Cowboys: the outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America.”

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U.S. Congressional Race
1:22 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

The Race for the 20th Congressional District of Texas

Map of the 20th Congressional District pulled from the State of Texas District Viewer tool available online at http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/ - From the blank map screen, select plans at the top of the window, then click which plan you would like to see.
State of Texas District Viewer State of Texas

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is retiring from the seat that represents central San Antonio – and now there’s a race to determine who will claim the post. Republican small businessman David Rosa is facing off against Democrat State Rep. Joaquín Castro.

This race is being called a David and Goliath match up, as GOP delegate and political behind-the-scenes man Rosa goes up against the Castro camp, but the voters will decide who will win the open seat.

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