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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2014 Governor's Race
12:38 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Davis Campaign Out-Raises Abbott In New Six-Month Finance Report

Wendy Davis at a San Antonio stop to Rackspace last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The Wendy Davis campaign is pleased with the latest six-month campaign finance report showing the Democratic candidate for governor was able to gather more campaign funds during that period than her likely opponent the 2014 governor’s race, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Davis’ campaign raised almost a million dollars more than Abbott -- $12.2 million to Abbott’s $11.5 million.

Matt Angle with The Lone Star Project, a left-leaning political action committee, said that is a significant showing.

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Insurance Regulations
4:27 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

State Sen. Proposes Increased Regulations For Homeowner Insurance Rate Hikes

State Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, is asking Texas Insurance Commissioner Julie Rathgeber to oppose new rate increases for homeowner insurance -- and also wants to change the process for how insurance companies are able to increase rates without prior approval.

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Texas Legislature
3:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds majority rule.

This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:

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Government
11:47 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Brownsville ISD Lawyer Not Satisfied With TWIA Statement About Racist Emails

An attorney representing the Brownsville Independent School District in a lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association said he is appalled by the state agency’s reaction to a new set of 854 emails sent between TWIA employees and their private partners, some of which contain the same offensive and racist terms that were discovered in the latter part of 2013.

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Texas Legislature
2:50 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Rep. Scott Turner Challenging Joe Straus For Speaker In 2015

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Freshman state Rep. Scott Turner, a tea party-backed Republican from North Texas who used to play in the NFL, announced that he had filed with the state to be considered for speaker of house in 2015, but one political expert isn’t surprised by the challenge.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said this type of tea party challenge against current Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, has happened so often that it has become expected.

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2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Abbott Appeals Court Order To Pay Davis' Legal Bills From 2011 Redistricting Case

Every confrontation between Abbott (left) and Davis is shaping the narrative running up to the 2014 election, where the two will likely face each other for governor.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has appealed a decision ordering his office to pay the nearly $270,000 in legal bills for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, charges she accumulated in a 2011 federal redistricting case involving her senate district.

Last year, a federal three-judge panel ruled in favor of Davis and a federal district judge in San Antonio revisited that order, affirming the ruling.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:11 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Challenges To Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Move Forward In Separate Courts

Attorney Neel Lane represents the couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage in San Antonio.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Austin Federal District Judge Sam Sparks surprised all parties when he decided to not force two couples who filed suit in San Antonio to join two other cases challenging Texas’ constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. 

San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents the San Antonio couples -- Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss -- is pleased with Sparks' decision.

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Transportation
11:53 am
Thu January 9, 2014

TxDOT Begins Search For Next Director

State of Texas

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Financial Officer James Bass has been named as the interim director of the state agency as the Texas Transportation Commission, the group that oversee's TxDOT, works to find a replacement.

TxDOT executive director Phil Wilson is stepping down and will take a position at the Lower Colorado River Authority.

Wilson was the first TxDOT director to not have an engineering background and Jeff Mosely, chairman of the Transportation Commission, said the new director will likely follow that trend.

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Texas Supreme Court
11:09 am
Thu January 9, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Ruling In Online Defamation Case Could Set Precedent Statewide

Texas Supreme Court justices.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Thursday and decide whether defamatory comments can be forcibly removed from the Internet. The suit is a first of its kind for the state’s highest court and challenges whether the Texas Constitution is sufficient for the 21st century.

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Texas Supreme Court
3:34 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Texas Supreme Court Hears Arguments In Fracking Water Trespass Case

Texas Supreme Court justices, January 2013.
State of Texas

The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on whether an injection well company trespassed onto an East Texas rice farmers land when they deposited fracking waste water into a nearby property.

FPL Framing, Ltd., a rice farming company based in East Texas, has filed suit against Environmental Processing Systems, a company that disposes of the backwash that is a result of natural gas hydraulic fracking, and in this case is accused of migrating into a farm’s water supply on an adjacent property.

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