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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Government
3:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Greg Abbott Says State Should Not Disclose Location Or Contents Of Chemical Plants

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott explained his opinion on why the state should not disclose sensitive information about chemical plants like the one in the city of West, Texas that exploded one year ago.

In a legal opinion released this week, Abbott said the state should withhold the addresses and list of substances at chemical plants storing dangerous chemicals. While the state will not provide this information openly, Abbott said the public still has the ability to get the information themselves.

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Border & Immigration
2:16 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmakers Discuss Impact Of Immigrant Surge On Government & Local Agencies

Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee gets updates from state agencies on the effects of an immigrant surge along the Texas-Mexico border.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

The Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee lined up several state agencies and city leaders from the Rio Grande Valley to detail how the thousands of Central American children coming to Texas is affecting various functions of state and local government.  

The Department of Public Safety’s Steve McCraw said there is a lack of security related to the large number of border patrol agents who are having to spend more time processing unaccompanied children. 

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2015 Legislative Session
10:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Lawmaker Plans 2015 Bill To Address Safety Concerns At Chemical Facilities

Lawmakers will consider regulating chemical facilities in the 2015 legislative session.
Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

After a year of investigating the lead up to the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West, Texas, one state lawmaker announced his intention to author a bill to make such chemical facilities safer.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, chairman of the Texas House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, made the announcement during a committee hearing Tuesday.

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Border & Immigration
1:14 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Castro Critical Of Congress For Failing To Address Humanitarian Border Crisis

Congressman Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio.
Credit U.S. Government

Applauding President Barack Obama’s executive order, Congressman Joaquín Castro, D-San Antonio, said Congress has failed to address the thousands of unaccompanied Central American children now here in the state.

Obama called the surge of Central American children to the United States through Texas a "humanitarian crisis" and said he can no longer wait on Congress to pass an immigration reform bill.

The President announced he would order a shift of immigration enforcement resources from the interior of the country toward the southern border. 

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Texas Politics
12:00 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

San Antonio Lawmaker Calls Texas Republicans “Pendejos”

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer.
Credit Trey Martinez Fischer

State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, caused a stir among Texas Republicans for comments he made during this weekend’s Texas Democratic Party convention.

During his keynote speech, Martinez Fischer said the GOP "should stand for gringos y otras pendejos."

Republican candidates immediately took issue with the comment.

Martinez Fischer said his comments were meant to address the name-calling and disrespect he says Democrats have been shown by Republican candidates in 2014 and meant to address some the items in the Republican party platform.

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Texas Business
3:24 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

California State Lawmaker In Texas To Convince Tesla Cali Is Best Fit For "Gigafactory"

Much like Gov. Rick Perry’s many trips to California to convince companies to relocate their business to Texas, a California state lawmakers is doing the same here, asking the electric car manufacturer Tesla to build its "gigafactory" in California rather than in Reno or San Antonio.

California state Sen. Ted Gaines, R-Roseville, said he’s not deterred by expert predictions that the electric car company will either build its gigafactory in Reno, Nevada or in San Antonio.  

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2014 Governor's Race
12:08 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Abbott Campaign Spends $10 Million For Fall Homestretch Advertising Push

The Abbott campaign is gearing up for what Cal Jillson is calling "the most heated advertising campaign we’ve seen in our lifetime."
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s campaign confirmed they have spent $10 million to secure prime advertising spots in the last month of the general election.

Political expert Cal Jillson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said an early buy-in can mean locking in lower rates and the campaign’s ability to reserve the best ad placement. 

Jillson said the timing of this news, which comes the same time of the Texas Democratic Party convention, is also a "shot across the bow."

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City Government
9:21 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Villarreal Makes It Official: He Is Leaving Legislature To Run For San Antonio Mayor

State Rep. Mike Villarreal isn't waiting for Mayor Julián Castro to be approved by the full U.S. Senate before organizing his mayoral campaign.
Credit Eileen Pace / TPR News

Soon after word began to circulate about San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s appointment to President Barack Obama's cabinet, state Rep. Mike Villarreal, D-San Antonio, began announcing his intentions to run for mayor.

Villarreal has now made it official with a fundraising email to his past supporters, telling them he is stepping down from the Legislature to organize a campaign to be the next mayor of San Antonio.

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2014 Election
2:58 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Texas Democrats Don't Expect Any Platform Shakeups At State Convention

Credit Texas Democratic Party

The Texas Democratic Party’s 2014 state convention starts today and party officials say they are not expecting any major divisions in the party or surprises concerning the party’s platform.

Communication Director Manny Garcia said the conversations they have had with party delegates haven’t been about making any major changes to the party’s platform, just some tweaking.

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Border & Immigration
1:24 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State Health Officials Concerned With Conditions Inside Living Facilities For Unaccompanied Minors

Thousands of children from Central America are flooding to the U.S-Mexico border and into the custody of U.S. officials.
Michel Marizco Fronteras

Last week the Texas Department of State Health Services toured U.S. Customs and Border Patrol facilities where thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America are living.

While the department has no jurisdiction over the Fort Brown Detention Center in Brownsville and the McAllen Station Detention Center, DSHS Media Relations Director Carrie Williams said they have been able to provide technical assistance and vaccines.

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