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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Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Texas Foster Care
10:27 am
Tue September 24, 2013

New Law Keeps Parents From Overmedicating Foster Children

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According to Texas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), foster parents in Texas are 53 times more likely to overmedicate children in their care than parents with non-foster children, but a law passed during the last legislative session will stop the practice.

The law regulates how many psychotropic drugs children in foster care can be given in an attempt to make a difference on the high number of children given five or more medications at one time.

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Texas Drought
8:53 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Texas Ag Commissioner Pushes Water Conservation To Save Highland Lakes

March 30, 2013: Around many parts of Lake Buchanan, lost items like this old mooring rope can be found once again as much of the water has long since evaporated.
©Aaron Bates Photography. Twitter @AaronBatesPhoto

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is strongly urging cities and all households, especially those in the Highland Lakes region, to adopt his “Texas Water Smart” program to conserve water and reduce the need for the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) to shut off the flow of water downstream.  

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TDCJ Education
10:22 am
Mon September 23, 2013

New Education "Flex" Plans Could Help Reduce Recidivism In Texas Prisons

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State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff is looking into how House Bill 5, a bill passed in the last legislative session that reduces standardized tests and creates multiple educational paths for public school students, can benefit convicted criminals who are locked up.

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Abortion In Texas
4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dan Patrick Stock Purchase Clashes With His Anti-Abortion Stance

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

An anti-abortion group in Texas is shocked to learn news that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and leading voice in the anti-abortion camp, bought stock in a drug company that manufactures abortion-inducing medication.

Patrick writes that he purchased the stock several years ago through a money manager and wasn’t aware that Teva Pharmaceuticals was the maker of the morning-after pill known as Plan B.

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Texas Education
3:24 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Education Commission Set To Approve New Charter Schools Under New Law

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

Following several hearings on the issue and meetings with private charters, the Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams is ready to add nearly a dozen new charter schools to state system.

Under a new law first authored by state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, the state is able to raise the number of charter school contracts from the current 215 schools to 305 by 2019. 

Williams is wasting no time selecting a number of new schools allowed to operate in Texas. He said he was hit with 31 applications once the law took effect.

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Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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Texas Coast
10:21 am
Fri September 20, 2013

LCRA Wants To Stop The Flow Of Water Into Matagorda Bay

Lower Colorado River Authority

The Lower Colorado River Authority’s board voted 9-6 to stop the flow of water going into the Matagorda Bay’s estuaries.

The board will ask the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to cease the flow of the 5,800 acre feet of water projected for the area.

"The idea there is that there would be a small area at the delta where the Colorado River flows into Matagorda Bay that would be a refuge area where fish and shellfish can survive a drought," said Jennifer Walker with the Lone Star Chapter of the Sierra Club.

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Texas Politics
12:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

DeLay Conviction Overturned In Money Laundering Case

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.
U.S. Government File Photo

A Texas state panel of judges has overturned Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction for money laundering.

The two judges voting to overturn the conviction reasoned that the $190,000 in question was in the form of checks and therefore not money, something many legal experts are calling a technicality. But DeLay's appellate attorney Brian Wice doesn't share that view.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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