Ryan Poppe

News Reporter - Capitol

Ryan started his radio career in 2002 working for Austin’s News Radio KLBJ-AM as a show producer for the station's organic gardening shows. This slowly evolved into a role as the morning show producer and later as the group’s executive producer.

Eventually converting into an on-air reporter, Ryan has covered topics ranging from crime to the political process at the state capitol.

Ryan and his wife Mary live in the Northwest Austin suburb of Jollyville. He enjoys spending time at many Austin's parks and outdoor areas with his son Luke and cycling along some of the area's bike trails.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from traditional French to modern Thai-cusine.

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Texas School Finance
1:54 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Texas Democrat Tells Fellow Lawmakers To Act Now On School Finance Reform

Texas is the second most populous state in the country, with the nation’s second highest GDP, after California. It also holds the dubious honor of having the lowest percentage of people with a high school diploma (81.4% for fiscal year 2012), among U.S. states. And not surprisingly, perhaps, it has among the lowest spends nationally per student, per year, on education, where it is ninth from last.

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Law
9:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

With Public Support, Texas Lawmaker Proposes Bill That Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

El Paso Democratic Rep. Joe Moody and civil rights and marijuana advocates at the State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A member of the Texas House is using a 2013 study on how Texans view marijuana prohibition as the basis for a proposal to decriminalize the possession of the drug, used for both recreational and medicinal purposes, and drop criminal penalties associated with being caught with it.

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Law
4:13 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

First Ever Nativity Scene Goes Up In State Capitol, With Little Fuss

Children Choir Singing In Front Of Nativity Scene On Display At The State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A Catholic-supported group has been able to raise enough private funds to have a Nativity scene on display inside the Texas State Capitol, the week before Christmas. And the Texas Nativity Scene Project, the group that put this together, said the presence of the manger scene in the Capitol building is a win for those trying to keep the “Christ in Christmas.”

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Law
9:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Lawmaker Proposes Legislation That Provides Additional Protection For Religious Freedom

Should the state of Texas provide stated additional legal protection for an individual’s right to religious freedom when it concerns counties, municipalities or even homeowners’ associations?   One state lawmaker thinks it does, and has authored a potential constitutional amendment ahead of the 2015 session, a clause that would protect anyone wanting to make a public expression of their religious beliefs.

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Law
10:51 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Texas’ Highest Criminal Court To Decide If State Law On U.S. Flag Is Unconstitutional

US Flag Burning
Credit Jennifer Parr

The state’s highest criminal court will soon decide on whether a Texas law, banning the desecration of the flag, is constitutional. The attorneys for defendant Terrance Johnson, who said his right to despoil the flag was protected under the First Amendment, have said freedom of speech and expression should not be contingent on the method used to destroy a flag.

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Merry Christmas Law
9:22 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Lawmakers Offer Reminder For Schools: You Can Legally Say ‘Merry Christmas’ In Texas

Some lawmakers at the state Capitol are taking time out of their schedules to let Texas school districts know students, teachers and school administrators are protected by the Attorney General’s Office this Christmas season.

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Government
2:16 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Abbott Outlines Agenda With Eye On Education, Roads And The Border

Governor-elect Greg Abbott Unveils Legislative Priorities For Upcoming 2015 Session.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Going into the 2015 session, Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott announced his legislative priorities from the state Capitol.  And in keeping with promises made on the campaign trail, he promised to bring a new standard to Texas’ Pre-K program, which is connected to the state’s Kindergarten through 3rd grade program. “I want to ensure all children finish the 3rd grade reading and doing math on grade-level,” stated Abbott, emphatically.

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2015 Medicaid Expansion
1:14 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Fully Aware Of The Uphill Task, Texas Business Leaders Plan To Push For An Expansion of Medicaid

A leading nonprofit representing employers from all across the state says it will be pushing for an expansion of Medicaid during the 2015 legislative session. The Texas Association of Business says the cost of healthcare for Texas employers is going up, and this is related to the state’s high level of an uninsured working population.

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Texas Border Surge
10:22 am
Fri December 5, 2014

House Panel Focuses On Measured Success With State-led Border Operations

A House select committee, responsible for studying the fiscal impact of Texas’ border security operations, received an update from the head of the Department of Public Safety on Operation Strong Safety. The DPS, with the help of the legislature, is attempting to iron out a system aimed at measuring their effectiveness in the Rio Grande Valley.

According to the director of the DPS, Col. Steve McCraw, the Rio Grande Valley is now the epicenter of drug and human trafficking in the nation.

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Immigration Executive Order
9:38 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Abbott Leads 17-State Coalition Suing President Obama On Immigration

Governor-elect, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announcing a lawsuit against President Obama's 2014 Executive Action on Immigration.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Still working as Texas Attorney General, Governor-elect Abbott has announced Texas will serve as the lead in a lawsuit filed by a group of states against the President’s executive order concerning immigration. 

Greg Abbott said President Obama’s order, which will allow an estimated 4.4 million undocumented immigrant parents of legal residents to stay in the country without the threat of deportation, “tramples the U.S. Constitution’s Take Care Clause.” He said the President is allowed to enforce laws passed by Congress but not re-write them.

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