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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Election Campaigns
2:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick Flaunts Business Endorsements

Dan Patrick at Campaign Event in Austin.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Appearing at a campaign event in Austin, Republican nominee for Lt. Governor Dan Patrick labeled himself the true pro-business candidate running  in November touting dozens of endorsements from business and trade-associations. 

Houston Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick started his speech, listing off the number of business associations that support his candidacy.

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Textbooks
1:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Board Of Education Takes Up Issues With Climate Change In Social Studies Textbooks

Credit Flickr user Corey Seeman (cseeman) / cc

A national group of science educators is pointing to what they call inaccuracies and a political bias in the way that some publishers have presented the subject of climate change in Texas’ 2015 social studies textbooks.

The Texas State Board of Education hears public comment regarding that content today.

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Community Health
4:30 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

South Texas Women’s Health Care Group Splits With Planned Parenthood

Credit Planned Parenthood

For years, the Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County have served the women of their region by providing physicals, pap smears, mammograms, screening for cancer, HIV and sexually transmitted infections and treatment for diabetes, but not abortions.    

But CEO Patricio Gonzales says the stigma of being associated with abortions led to their board's decision to change the group's name to Access Esperanza, Inc. and split fully with Planned Parenthood.

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Pre-K in Texas
12:59 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

TEA Seeking Federal Grant To Expand Pre-K In Texas

The city of San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program, an all-day pre-K, graduated its first class in June of this year.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

The Texas education commissioner has informed federal officials the state intends to seek a $30 million grant that would expand pre-kindergarten opportunities. That would include increasing enrollment for non-English speaking students and possible all-day pre-K.

While the two gubernatorial candidates debate how pre-K should be run, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams wants to make sure Texas has the financial resources for increasing pre-K opportunities.  

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2014 Governor's Race
4:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Abbott Campaign Files Ethics Complaint Over Wendy Davis Book Tour

Democratic nominee for governor, Fort Worth State Sen. Wendy Davis at book signing in Austin
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

Wendy Davis' Republican gubernatorial opponent Greg Abbott has gone from asking for a general inquiry regarding Davis' book sales and promotional activity to launching a formal complaint with the Texas Ethics Commission.

The Abbott campaign filed the formal complaint during the first stop of Davis’ book signing tour in Austin.

In a statement, the Abbott campaign’s Matt Hirsch writes:

"Sen. Davis' book promotion has gone from ethically questionable to outright unlawful,"  

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Texas Public Schools
4:45 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Group Releases Study Detailing Problems With 2015 Social Studies Textbooks

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The Texas Freedom Network-released study shows the content in some of social studies textbook submitted to the Texas State Board of Education is deeply flawed and biased. The study points to problems with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills that publishers use as an outline.

The Texas Freedom Network’s Kathy Miller said their team of university professors found serious distortions of history on topics ranging from religion and democracy to free enterprise and affirmative action, which she said can be traced back to the social studies standards set by the SBOE in 2010.

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Insurance
2:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Dewhurst Calls For Texas Windstorm Insurance Association Exit Strategy

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Difficulties in finding a way to fund the state’s Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and a number of lawsuits has caused Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to ask a legislative committee to study what shutting the state agency down would look like. 

Dewhurst told the Senate’s Committee on Business and Commerce that the state should no longer be in the insurance business.  

“We always talk about we shouldn’t be competing with the private sector," Dewhurst said. "We’re competing with the private sector; we’re operating a $77 billion insurance company and that scares me.”

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Business
10:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Perry, Rep. Villalba Meet With Chinese Investors On Development Trip

A state legislator that has joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry during his Asian Economic Development Trip said investors from China and Japan are poised to provide the private funds needed to grow the state’s economy and fulfill some of its infrastructure needs.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said Perry asked him to join him in Beijing to meet with hundreds of Chinese investors that are interested in growing the Texas economy by either providing capital for existing projects or bringing business to the state.

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Higher Education
4:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

State Lawmakers Look To Get Foster Kids Better Support For Higher Education

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

State lawmakers are looking at possible legislation in 2015 that would increase the number of foster care youth enrolled in college using a free tuition waiver. 

In 2013, high school graduation rates for foster care children were less than 65% and many of them age-out of the college tuition waiver provided by the state of Texas.

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Immigration
8:50 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Reconsider Driver ID Program For Non-Residents

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Members of the Texas House are taking another look at implementing a driver ID program for those who may be in the country illegally.

The Texas House State Affairs Committee is reviewing whether or not a driver ID program is needed. During the 2013 legislative session, state Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, authored legislation that addressed a 2011 law requiring proof of legal residency when applying for a driver’s license. 

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