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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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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Immigration Executive Order
9:24 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Perry Orders All State Agencies Use E-Verify System

Governor Rick Perry with Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

In response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, Rick Perry has issued his own executive action, requiring that all state agencies verify the immigration status of all employees working for the state through private contractors.

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School Vouchers
8:59 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Education Experts Explain Why Legislation On School Choice Would Be Bad For Texas

Texas State Capitol
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

An education nonprofit brought invited testimony from across the country to provide insight about school choice programs.  The Coalition For Public Schools anticipates another heated battle this session, when comes to allowing a voucher-system in Texas schools.

Setting up a school choice program in Texas has already been discussed, ahead of the 2015 legislative session. And with a favorable Republican-majority in the House and Senate, an attempt to pass legislation in this regard, seems inevitable.

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Texas Border Surge
11:39 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Legislative Board Approves More Funding For Texas-led Border Surge

The Legislative Budget Board has given the green light to over $86 million in funding measures, which will extend the life of the state’s border surge, known as Operation Strong Safety.  Democrats on the board have praised the plan’s ramping down of National Guard troops in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Women's Healthcare
1:39 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Pro-life Group Wants Planned Parenthood Defunded, Even For Cancer Screening

A Texas-based anti-abortion group, responsible for helping author the state’s comprehensive abortion bill in 2013, has demanded even tighter restrictions on family planning clinics in 2015. The Texas Alliance For Life’s legislative agenda includes taking away the last bit of money Planned Parenthood is receiving from the state.

In 2011, members of the Texas legislature ended the state’s involvement with a federal women’s healthcare grant, and started the Texas Women’s Health Fund, excluding Planned Parenthood from any state funding.

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Immigration Executive Order
4:17 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Abbott Hints At Potential Lawsuit Against President Obama Over Immigration

In his final days as the state’s attorney general, Greg Abbott is gearing up for a fight against President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration. Abbott outlined some of ways he feels the president overreached his executive authority.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:00 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Attorney Challenging Texas Same Sex Marriage Laws, Files Motion To Lift Ban

Attorney Neel Lane with two of his clients, Cleopatra De Leon and Nicole Dimetmen
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

A San Antonio attorney representing two same-sex couples is asking a federal district judge to join other federal district and appellate courts in lifting the ban on gay marriage in Texas. Part of the original order striking down the ban on the same sex marriage ban in Texas never actually lifted the ban.

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Social Studies Textbooks
4:39 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

State Board of Education Passes All But One Textbook Publishers Social Studies Selection

Texas State Board of Education in the final adoption of 2015's social studies textbooks
Credit Ryan E. Poppe

It has been a long and contentious journey, one that ended rather anticlimactically on Friday. After receiving thousands of last minute corrections, the State Board of Education adopted all but one of the Texas 2015 social studies textbook submissions. The one not adopted, was because a publisher refused to compromise on the book’s content, and the board believed that content violated state policy.

For the most, however, textbook publishers were able to address both Republican and Democratic groups’ concerns about reportedly “biased” presentations of some content. 

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Government
5:07 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Divided House? Two San Antonio Democrats Announce Candidacy For Van De Putte Seat

Two Democrats in the Texas House quickly announced their intention to run for the Senate seat being vacated by San Antonio State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte; both Trey Martinez-Fischer, and his party rival, Jose Menendez, said they were the best lawmakers for the job.

Both Martinez-Fischer and Menendez have had their toe on the starting line for many months now, waiting to see what became of Van De Putte’s run for Lt. Governor, and her bid for mayor, just recently announced. 

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LGBT-Rights
1:50 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Threats Over Religious Freedom Bill Puts State Senator Under DPS Watch

Donna Campbell  filed a bill that would allow Texas business owners to operate within their own religious convictions. She and her office then received threats over the legislation. She opened up about the bill, the threats and reports that some groups will argue that the bill would allow businesses to discriminate against the LGBT community.

The bill causing so much controversy is one New Braunfels Republican State Senator, Donna Campbell, filed during the previous session. It allows business owners to operate within their own religious convictions and beliefs.

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