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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Texas Education
11:01 am
Fri August 9, 2013

How Are Texas Schools Performing? New Accountability Ratings Tell Us

TEA Commissioner Michael Williams.
Christopher C. Leonard cc

The state has released this year’s school accountability ratings under the agency’s new rating system, which show 84 percent of all individual campuses and charter schools "met standard."

The new school accountability system, which was passed by the Texas Legislature during the regular session earlier this year, was designed to make it easier for parents to understand how each school district and individual campuses measured up.

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Politics
4:34 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Gov. Perry Reiterates Obamacare Stance As Sebelius Visits SA

rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry welcomed Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius to Texas today by issuing a statement saying he will fight the Affordable Care Act from being implemented in the state.

"With due respect, the secretary and our president are missing the point: It’s not that Americans don’t understand Obamacare, it’s that we understand it all too well."

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Texas Politics
3:45 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Texas Democratic Party Counting On Young Democrats In Next Election

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention last year, will take the stage as the keynote speaker at this week's National Young Democrats Convention.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said he hopes this week’s National Young Democrats Convention in the Alamo City will continue momentum for the party. 

Hinojosa is looking to carry over nationwide support for Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a possible gubernatorial candidate in 2014.

"They identify with her," Hinojosa said. "They identify with her story of being a teenage mom who put herself through college and eventually made it into Harvard Law School and then the Texas Legislature."

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Education
11:37 am
Thu August 8, 2013

State School Board Member Agrees To CSCOPE Debate With Sen. Dan Patrick

The debate between Sen. Patrick (pictured) and State Board Of Education Member Thomas Ratliff is scheldued for Aug. 24 in Tyler.
State of Texas

Texas State School Board Member Thomas Ratliff, who is a Republican, has answered the challenge from Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, agreeing to debate alleged problems with CSCOPE lesson plans.

CSCOPE is an online curriculum provider developed by the Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative that was providing lesson plan resources for 877 school districts in Texas.

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2014 Election
2:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

With Criticism Still Fresh From Legislative Sessions, Dewhurst Ramps Up Campaign

The first video by the Dewhurst campaign was issued several weeks ago and highlights his efforts in pushing through the final passage of the abortion bill in the second special session.
Dewhurst campaign video

Following a rough and rocky regular session and series of special sessions, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has announced he will seek another term.

Dewhurst has presided over the Texas Senate for over a decade, during the course of the first special session this summer, he faced criticism about his leadership and handling of the controversial abortion bill.

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Privacy
2:04 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

ACLU Suggests Legislative Check On License Plate Data Collected By Police

License plate readers quickly read license plates and relay any violations on record to the officer in the patrol car.
Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

An open records analysis by the American Civil Liberties Union released a few weeks ago shows that multiple Texas police departments are using license plate readers to capture and store information on the traveling patterns of everyday drivers.

Automatic license-plate readers are cameras mounted on police patrol cars, road signs and bridges that scan car license plates and check to see if there are any violations on record. According to Tom Hargis with the ACLU of Texas, many police departments in the state are keeping that data beyond the initial scan for years at a time.

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84th Legislature
4:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sen. Lucio Already Preparing His Adoption Class Bill For Next Session

Eileen Pace TPR News

State Sen. Eddie Lucio, D-Brownsville, was the only Democrat in the Texas Senate to vote for the controversial abortion bill earlier this summer, and said he will re-file his bill requiring women to take a class about adoption before they can get an abortion.

Lucio is not against providing extra healthcare funds to make services available, but is still true to his beliefs about abortion.

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November Ballot
4:03 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Political Action Committee Preparing To Mobilize Water Bill Support

Water was one of the big issues in the 83rd Legislature along with education and transportation funding.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Water Texas, a political action committee formed by Speaker of the House Joe Strauss, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, is getting ready to start a campaign to encourage voters to approve the use of $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to help fund the next 50 years of water projects in Texas.

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Special Session Part III
3:00 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Lawmakers Wrap Third Special Session With Transportation Bill

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The final transportation bill will provide the Texas Department of Transportation with $1.2 billion per year in road funding from the Rainy Day Fund.

The speaker of the House and the lieutenant governor will appoint a ten-person committee each legislative session -- five members each of the House and Senate -- which will determine a sufficient balance in the Rainy Day Fund before money can be transferred into the State Highway Fund.

The Rainy Day Fund minimum will then have to be approved by the full House and Senate on a simple majority vote.

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Special Session Part III
4:15 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Patrick Requests Perry Add List Of Items To Special Session Agenda

State Sen. Dan Patrick.
State of Texas

Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who has announced his candidacy in the lieutenant governor's race, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to add his school voucher bill, campus-carry bill and sanctuary city bill to the third special session agenda along with a full audit of CSCOPE.

CSCOPE -- an online education curriculum provider that was used by 877 school districts in the state -- has ended its services to state school districts following anti-American allegations from conservatives and political pressure led by Patrick.

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