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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Abortion In Texas
5:01 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Decision On Texas Abortion Clinic Law Will Likely Be Appealed

The Stand With Texas Women movement has carried the momentum of the abortion clinic bill filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The federal trial started today over the Texas abortion clinic restrictions that passed during this summer’s special session. Both sides have agreed to a bench trial, making the presiding judge, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel, the final decision maker. 

Lawyers from Planned Parenthood are trying to block the law from taking effect, saying portions of the law make access to abortion services for women in South and West Texas impossible.

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2014 Governor's Race
1:45 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Davis Takes Encouragement From National Poll Numbers

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign visit to Rackspace in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

A new poll shows approval ratings for Republicans in Congress have dropped to a record low, but will it affect statewide elections for people like Democrat Wendy Davis?

The Associated Press survey shows over 62 percent of those polled believe Republicans in Congress are solely to blame for the government shutdown that ended last Thursday.

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Texas Education
3:09 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

How Curriculum Standards Will Work Under New Education Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
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Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams has posted a draft of a how the curriculum standards will work with a new law creating multiple educational pathways for Texas students.

The new curriculum standards were created by House Bill 5 that passed during the 2013 regular session, it creates career-technical and college-ready pathways for students.  

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Texas Education
10:54 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Texas Textbook Battle Over Evolution Likely To Continue Until The Final Day

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The battle over how evolution will be presented for all public school students in Texas led to rallies and heated testimony during a State Board of Education meeting.

Much of the controversy has to do with a group of people who are proponents of "creationism" that are trying to alter the way evolution is presented in next year’s biology textbook, questioning the soundness of the theory.

Dan Quinn is with the Texas Freedom Network, the group that rallied against the alteration of the materials.

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Affordable Care Act
10:05 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Healthcare Advocates Holding Statewide ACA Events To Inform & Sign People Up

Members of the Texas Organizing Project took advantage of the big crowds at Síclovía in September to promote the ACA.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A group of nonprofits and healthcare advocates are holding a large statewide outreach and education program with a goal of getting Texans signed up in the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

The Texas Organizing Project is holding a weekly event that kicks off this week in San Antonio, Houston and Dallas.

"We really talk about what are the benefits of the affordable care act, what options they have, what options their family might have, is there financial assistance, and a little bit of health insurance 101," said Tiffany Hogue with the Texas Organizing Project.

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Transportation
4:52 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

TxDOT Hopes To Cash In By Publishing Top Toll Road Violators

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The Texas Department of Transportation says they hope shaming toll road violators will lead to the collection millions of dollars in unpaid toll violations.

“It’s no secret Texas has a fundraising challenge when it comes to funding transportation,” says TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer. “The goal is to get [violators] to call us and get on some type of payment plan.  Again there’s 27-million dollars worth of unpaid tolls out there. That’s money that could be used to pay [state] debt, [or] to bond the operation of these toll roads.”

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2014 Governor's Race
11:54 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Davis Campaign Heads To D.C. For National Fund Raising Event

Davis took the podium at Rackspace during a recent San Antonio campaign stop.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is headed to Washington, D.C., next week to raise some national campaign cash.

The event is being hosted by two groups that helped launch Davis, Battleground Texas and The Lone Star Project.

"It’s a gathering of Texans who are in D.C.," said The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle. "A lot of them work in and around the capitol but their hearts and many cases their votes are still in Texas."

The event is also not limited to just Texans or their money.

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Political Fundraising
5:00 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Uses Attention From "Faux" Filibuster To Flex Fund-Raising Muscle

Will Ted Cruz turn all this momentum into a presidential run in 2016? Being born in Canada, can he even be president?
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New numbers out today show Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was able to turn his 21-hour overnight denunciation of Obamacare into just under $800,000 in contributions for the Ted Cruz Victory Committee, his political action committee.

Austin-based GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak said it’s not abnormal for politicians to use an event like Cruz’s filibuster-like speech to raise campaign dollars.

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Environment
2:07 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Environmentalists & Attorney General Both Happy About EPA Case, But For Different Reasons

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Texas Environmentalists and Attorney General Greg Abbott are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court is willing to hear the case regarding how the Environmental Protection Agency will regulate power plant greenhouse gases.

"We hope the Supreme Court rules in the EPA’s favor -- that they adopt the standards -- however, even if they don’t the EPA does have other ways to get at this issue," said Luke Metzger, executive director of Environment Texas.

Metzger said the EPA could rewrite the rules and target chemical pollutant that is emitted with the carbon gases.

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Gov. Rick Perry
9:25 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Gov. Perry Takes His Economic Development Message Overseas

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Gov. Rick Perry and his wife are spending the next ten days overseas as part of an economic and water development effort in London and Israel.

The trip is being funded by Americans for Economic Freedom, the group promoting Perry’s national profile for a possible presidential run.

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