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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House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
4:49 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

District 21 Congressman Lamar Smith New Chair Of Science Committee

Congressman Lamar Smith's official portrait for the 112th Congress (2011-2012).
United States Congress

In the next congress, Republican Lamar Smith will be giving up his powerful chairmanship on the House Judicial Committee to become chair of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Smith will lead the committee that has oversight over NASA and other Texas research institutions.

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Governor Rick Perry
12:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Governor Perry Keeping His Political Future Open To Possibilities

There’s renewed speculation about Governor Rick Perry's political future, which could include another run for the White House. Perry said Monday that he is planning to "make an announcement" about "future political plans" in July.

This January, the state legislature convenes for the 83rd legislative session, and Perry needs to keep his political options open and lawmakers guessing in order to not appear like a lame-duck governor.

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Immigration Reform
9:21 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Senator Cornyn Says He Won't Support Achieve Act

John Cornyn congressional portrait, 2009.
United States Congress

The day after the Achieve Act was announced, it’s failing to achieve political support. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) is calling the Achieve Act the wrong approach to solving the immigration problem. 

The Achieve Act is proposed by two retiring senators, Jon Kyl (R) of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) of Texas, and is being called a watered-down version of the Dream Act since it doesn’t provide a path to citizenship.

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The Source
3:29 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Strangers in a Strange Land: Refugees in San Antonio

World Refugee Day 2011 in San Antonio.
Center for Refugee Services Facebook page

Their accounts of violence, oppression, and danger will astonish you, but not more than their determination to survive and thrive. Every year, San Antonio sees hundreds of refugees settled in the city. Strangers in a strange land - how well are these lost people getting along?

A special project from the UTSA Advanced Policy Social Work masters class wanted to find out – and inform the city.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:13 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Not In Texas Thanks To State Supreme Court Order

Portrait of the current Texas Supreme Court.
State of Texas

If you would like a divorce, but want to avoid the mess, a few new simple forms could be the walking papers you’ve been looking for. The Texas Supreme Court is trying to make it easier by approving divorce forms that don’t need a lawyer.

The new forms can only be used when the divorce is uncontested and the couple doesn't have child custody issues to settle or property to divide.

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Hi-Tech House
2:44 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

State Of Texas Buying Legislature New iPads: Saving Money? Or Useless Spending?

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Wikipedia Commons

The Texas Legislature is preparing to convene once again in Austin, and this session there are going to be some hi-tech improvements. Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel said the electronic devices are now popping up in the state legislature.

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The Alamo
1:41 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Daughters Of The Republic Of Texas React To Texas Attorney General's Report

The Attorney General's report says there is a question of ownership for artifacts like these displayed at the Texas Public Radio Hands On event at the Alamo in November 2008.
Texas Public Radio

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas are responding with a polite volley of apologies while saying they want to focus on the future. 

After a two-year investigation into the operations of the Alamo, the Texas Attorney General's Office called into question the stewardship of the popular Texan shrine – citing mismanagement, neglect and even criminal misconduct by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.

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Texas Matters
1:23 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

The Texas Water Development Board And How Texas Has Influenced America

Random House (publisher)

Re-broadcast from June 22, 2012: In a state as big as Texas, there are some serious questions about how to provide this vital resource to the over 25 million people who live here. Our state thinks of itself as strong and independent, often distancing itself (with the help of state lawmakers) from the federal government, but how much of Texas has crept into national politics?

Texas is to drought as...

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The Source
1:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The SH 130 Toll Road Debate: Are Taxpayers Taking Too Much Of The Risk?

Central Texas Highway map showing how the new SH 130 (red) provides a way around IH-35 traffic.
SH 130 Concession Co.

The new Texas State Highway 130 toll road extension is now open and charging motorists to enjoy it’s privatized asphalt while pushing their speedometers to 85 mph. It’s the fastest stretch of legal driving in the nation.

Also known as the Pickle Parkway, it’s the first public-private partnership highway in Texas, but according to opponents the partnership allows the private company to shoulder very little risk, and instead puts taxpayers on the line to pay for such risks as uncollected tolls.

Pro Toll Road:

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Texas Matters
12:10 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Drug Policy Makeovers, And Texas Tries To Secede. Again.

Hundreds of new bills were proposed in the Texas Legislature this week, one being the requirement to drug test individuals applying for TANF or unemployment benefits.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.

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