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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The likely presidential nominee for the Republican Party adds one of his chief Texas critics as his possible pick to replace the late Supreme Court-Justice Antonin Scalia.

If elected president, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he would consider appointing Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the bench.   It’s a campaign strategy that Gov. Greg Abbott applauded following his latest book signing in Austin.  Abbott said it is essential that voters know who each presidential candidate would consider for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

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A non-binding legal opinion issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton states that Texas can withhold federal funding to nonprofit refugee resettlement groups if these groups ignore the state’s security verification program for Syrian and Iraqi refugees being sent to the state.  

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One of the policy items that won overwhelming support at this weekend’s state GOP convention was a directive that lawmakers pass legislation in 2017 that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients.  But an effort to expand Texas’ marijuana laws may be over before they even begin.

Texas Tribune

The theme of the Texas GOP Convention, which ended Saturday in Dallas, was “Unite to Win.”  But loyal Republicans gathered there didn’t appear to be ready to unite behind the anticipated party nominee, Donald Trump.  It’s another sign of how fractured the party is in Texas and beyond. 

 

  

In the Texas GOP Presidential Primary this past March, 44 percent voted for Texas’ Junior Senator Ted Cruz.   Donald Trump captured just 27 percent of the vote.

 

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State GOP leaders are applauding a unanimous Texas Supreme Court ruling that described the state’s school finance system as “flawed” but constitutional.  Many of the 600-plus school districts that sued to gain greater education funding said they’re stunned and disappointed. 

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