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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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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2014 Election
12:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Texas House Candidate From El Paso Says She Was Attacked Outside Her Home

El Paso Democrat Lyda Ness-Garcia, who is challenging state Rep. Marissa Márquez for her seat in the Texas House, told police she was attacked outside her home by two people.

Ness-Garcia said the attackers told her, "You better hope you don't win" and threatened her family's safety.

In a statement, Ness-Garcia writes:

“The attackers made clear that their motives were political, but because this is an active law enforcement matter, I will not go in to further details as to the nature of the attack.” 

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Texas Politics
4:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Greg Abbott Refers Battleground Texas Investigation to Bexar County DA

While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Abbott's Lead Over Davis Grows To 11 Points In New Poll

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign event.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll showed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was down by 5 points in October, but this month’s poll shows a wider 11-point margin between her and Republican frontrunner Greg Abbott.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is something else to note.

"We’re seeing a bit of shrinkage in the undecided numbers in the state level general election numbers," Henson said.

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Teachers
9:46 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Education Commissioner Says More Districts Showing Interest In Teacher Eval.

Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Michael Williams, the Texas education commissioner, said some of the biggest school districts in the state are showing interest in a new state-initiated teacher evaluation program but teacher’s unions fear the pilot program will involve high-stakes test scores.

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Texas Politics
5:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Following New Undercover Video, Dewhurst Requests State-Led Investigation Of Battleground Texas

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.

In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.

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2014 Primary Election
12:33 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Attorney General Race, Many Voters Are Still Undecided

David Martin Davies TPR News

An internal poll put out by Dan Branch’s campaign for attorney general found 40 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

And that has political experts like Professor Cal Jilson, who teaches political science at Southern Methodist University, pointing to the fact that many voters don’t know the candidates in the race.

"The AG is the third most important statewide office and at that level voters start thinking, 'You know, I don’t really know these guys.' And if they recognize the names they don’t have any details behind that," Jilson said.

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Women's Health Care
4:42 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Groups Question Progress Of Women’s Health Care In Texas

The state capitol was once again the scene of crowds sounding off about women's health.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The subject of women’s health care once again drew a crowd to the state capitol at the same time some lawmakers touted the progress made by the stated-funded Texas Women’s Healthcare Fund.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Dallas, who chairs the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, said  women’s health care in Texas is funded at record levels, serving more women than it ever has.

"Last session the Legislature prioritized women’s health and provided an additional $240 million to reach an additional 170,000 women," Nelson said.

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Child Health Services
3:40 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Texas Lawmakers Looking At Fixes For Foster Care System, Case Tracking

State of Texas

Members of the Texas Senate Committee on Health and Human Services are aiming to improve the state’s foster care system -- this week’s discussion comes on the heels of a report that startled lawmakers.

In last three years, according to a report, the state investigated 804 child fatalities -- ten of which involved children in foster care and 23 percent of which were open cases that had some type of abuse reported.

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Government
4:56 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

With Oversight In Place, CPRIT Gets Back To Awarding Grants

Last session lawmakers from both sides of the aisle joined forces to bring more transparency and reforms to how the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded state-funded grants.

Wayne Roberts, the organization’s new chief executive officer, testified before the CPRIT oversight committee about the new process for approving grants.

"This is a learning process from me on down, this stuff is really intricate and we will get it right," Roberts said.

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