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 own a home in Leander. He enjoys spending time at many of areas parks and outdoor spots with his son Luke and listening to live music at some of Austin jazz and reggae hotspots.  

Ryan is the cook in the family and it is understood that the kitchen is his territory. His favorite menu items range from Jamaican to North African fare to modern Thai-cuisine.

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Ryan Poppe

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’ announcement to not seek reelection in 2018 and therefore ending his career as House Speaker could mean new political chapter for the San Antonio Republican.  But it could also mean certain doom for House Democrats in 2019.

After serving five terms as House Speaker, Straus says he will not seek a sixth term, which would’ve made him the longest-serving Speaker in the state’s history.

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A federal appeals court has overturned a judge’s ruling that would have allowed an undocumented pregnant teen to get an abortion.  The unaccompanied minor is currently being held at an immigration detention center near Brownsville.

The case centers around a 17 year old undocumented pregnant teen labeled “Jane Doe.”  She attempted to get an abortion after being detained by federal immigration agents in Texas. This sparked a fierce legal argument over whether undocumented minors should be able to have an abortion while in the US.

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Procedural issues thwart the efforts of a group of Bexar County Republicans who want to censure the leadership of House Speaker Joe Straus.  But that group plans to bring the issue back up for a vote at a meeting next month.

Similar to efforts made by more than 50 other county Republican Party groups, some Bexar County GOP precinct chairs would like to censure Straus’ leadership as Speaker.  They say the San Antonio-area Republican too often has set his own agenda and broken away from the party’s platform on issues like creating a statewide transgender bathroom ban.

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In just two months, Texans suffering from intractable epilepsy will be able to purchase a type of medicinal cannabis approved by the state.  The dispensary itself is located outside a rural Texas town better known for its dancehalls, polka music and kolaches.


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Texas travelers making their way back from Las Vegas Monday, are just thankful to be home and safe.  

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