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. 

Davies is the host of "The Source," a live call-in news program that airs on KSTX at 3 pm Monday through Thursday. Since 1999 he was been the host and producer of "Texas Matters," a weekly radio news magazine that looks at the issues, events and people in the Lone Star State. 

Davies' reporting has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC. 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. Davies was named the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. In 2015 he was recognized with two First Amendment Awards by the  Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Association for Women in Communications San Antonio Professional Chapter honored Davies with the 2015 Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Headliner Award.

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Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th President of the United States from 1981 to 1989. The movie star turned Governor of California was an unlikely pick for president, but a common touch an ideological flexibility and a strength of specific convictions made him an appealing choice for voters. 

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When it comes to nursing homes, Texas has the highest percentage of low ranked facilities than any other state. according to a report from Kaiser Health News.  

Julie Appleby is a reporter for Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service committed to in-depth coverage of health care policy and politics. Her article “A top-rated nursing home is hard to find in Texas and 10 other states,” is at KaiserHealthNews.ORG.

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Civil liberties and LGBT rights groups are hailing the failure by the Texas House of Representatives to pass HB 4105 on Thursday, which was the last day that the bill could have been considered.

HB 4105 would bar Texas from granting, enforcing or recognizing marriage licenses for same-sex couples even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down state bans on such marriages as unconstitutional.

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The Progressive Era in Texas might sound like a contradiction in terms but there was a time, about a century ago,  when liberal reforms of government, business and society were popular. Many of the reforms are still being enjoyed today and have taken root in Texas as bedrock principles of good government.

The Pay Day Lending industry has been successful in avoiding regulation in Texas at the state level but 22 cities have passed ordinances that try to cap the fees and roll overs for the loans.

A bipartisan effort has come together in Austin this session to try to corral payday and Auto title lenders with House Bill 3047.

At a press conference former House Speaker Tom Craddick expressed his dissatisfaction with the consumer lenders.