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 own a home in Leander. He enjoys spending time at many of areas parks and outdoor spots with his son Luke and listening to live music at some of Austin jazz and reggae hotspots.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from Jamaican to North African fare to modern Thai-cuisine.

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House Speaker Joe Straus is defending the preliminary state budget his chamber has released even though it calls for spending more money than the Texas Comptroller has said will be available.   The House’s draft budget is also bigger than the Texas Senate’s. 

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H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt announced a $100-million public education project Tuesday aimed at training and developing principals and superintendents to be better school administrators. 

The Holdsworth Center, is being named for Charles Butt’s mother Mary Elizabeth Holdsworth, a long time advocate for public education and social justice.

Kate Rogers, the Holdsworth Center’s executive vice president says the center will serve as a transformational leadership academy for school district superintendents throughout Texas.

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Some Republican state lawmakers say they plan to send the Trump administration a $2.8 billion bill to reimburse Texas for border security paid for by the state. Texas officials continue to believe it’s a federal responsibility.

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Tuesday afternoon, members in the Texas House of Representatives opened the legislative session by unanimously reelecting Rep. Joe Straus as House Speaker.  This will be the fifth time they’ve chosen the San Antonio Republican to lead their chamber. 

Straus’ re-election Tuesday was part of the ceremony that’s marks every  first day of a legislative session….  But this time was different

In the past tea party conservatives have aggressively campaigned against the more moderate Straus- they’ve tried to unseat him. This time Straus had no opponents.

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You’ve heard of sanctuary cities -- loosely defined as cities that refuse to help federal officials identify and detain immigrants who may be in the country illegally.  Now state lawmakers who begin meeting in Austin Tuesday may also be considering whether to punish so-called “sanctuary campuses” that shield undocumented college students.  Gov. Greg Abbott is threatening to cut off state funding for those campuses, and students are concerned.

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