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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Special Session
11:02 am
Tue July 16, 2013

New Transportation Plan Would End Gas Tax Diversion

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Texas House has given initial approval to a transportation funding plan that uses money from the gas tax rather than tapping the Rainy Day Fund.

As it stands today, and has since 1991, 20 cents of every gallon used to fill up your car has gone to the state's highway fund with the stipulation that five cents of it would go to fund education.

House Joint Resolution 2, authored by Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, would stop that diversion. Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, is the co-sponsor of the bill and explained the difference between the House bill and the Senate version.

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2014 Election
3:45 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Republican Pollster Predicts A Purple Texas In 10 Years

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Wikipedia Commons user Angr cc

Texas Democrats may still have a chance to be relevant with voters in the state following this past month’s abortion debate and efforts to rally Hispanic voters.

While Republicans at the state capitol are still celebrating the recent passage of a bill that will impose restrictions on abortion facilities, behind the scenes there is uncertainty for the party.

Republican pollster Dr. David Hill said that uncertainty is especially the case for how Hispanic voters see the Republican party.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:53 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Texas Senate Gives Strict Abortion Bill Final Passage

Eileen Pace TPR News

It took lawmakers ten hours of debate to pass the strictest abortion legislation Texas has ever seen on a vote of 19 to 11 Friday night.

Democratic lawmakers in the Texas Senate tried 21 times to change the bill by adding resolutions but none of those attempts were successful. Sen. Judith Zafarinni, D-Laredo, was one of those who tried to change the bill.

"As a pro-lifer I tried mightily to amend this bill to prohibit the abortion of an unborn child after 5 months," Zafarinni said. "Please remember that 11 Democrats voted for that amendment today."

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Special Session - Abortion
4:51 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Dewhurst Requests Strong DPS Presence During Final Abortion Debate (Live)

A pro-life supporter in the rotunda at the state capitol ahead of the Senate vote.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Update: (4:55 p.m.) DPS has issued a press release saying that they have received information that people are planning on using a variety of props and items to disrupt Senate proceedings and will be inspecting bags before letting people into the gallery.

According to the release, so far DPS has found:

"One jar suspected to contain urine, 18 jars suspected to contain feces, and three bottles suspected to contain paint. All of these items – as well as significant quantities of feminine hygiene products, glitter and confetti."

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Special Session - Abortion
1:08 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Republicans Rally Support As Senate Committee Clears SB1

Rick Santorum takes the podium around Texas Republicans.
Ryan Poppe TPR

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted out Senate Bill 1, the Senate version of an abortion bill, and will take it up on the Senate floor Friday afternoon for a final vote.

As both sides voice their opinions on abortion rights in Texas, Republicans have enlisted more out-of-state help in the fight to push through the controversial package.

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Special Session - Abortion
5:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

What Do Court Statutes Say About The Fate Of Texas Abortion Legislation?

Though abortion legislation gets closer to becoming law, the fight could be far from over.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

As abortion legislation nears Gov. Rick Perry's desk, opponents are now looking at ways to combat the measures once they are signed into law. Attorneys in the Texas House have opposing legal interpretations of House Bill 2, the abortion bill that passed in the Texas House today.

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Special Session
2:03 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Texas House Gives Final Approval Of Abortion Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Texas House has approved HB 2, the controversial abortion bill, on a vote of 98 to 49 without the addition of any amended changes.

The bill now heads to a Senate committee and a final vote on the bill is expected during the early part of next week.

The bill will ban abortion after 20 weeks and mandates that all clinics be upgraded to ambulatory surgical centers and have a doctor on staff that has admitting privileges at a hospital no more than 30 miles away. It also calls for doctors to follow all the FDA guideline for the drug RU-486.

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Special Session - Abortion
12:36 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Senate Dems Board Orange Tour Bus To Take Abortion Debate Across The State

Senate Democrats rally outside the capitol before heading out to hold hearings on the special session abortion bill.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.

Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.

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Rick Perry Announcement
2:06 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

GOP Power Shift: Perry Announces He Will Not Seek Another Term As Governor

rickperry.org

Following much anticipation, prediction and some doubt, Gov. Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term as governor.

A production crew played a campaign video ahead of Perry's speech, which lead most in the crowd to believe he was running for another term, but it was all for naught.

"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas," Perry said.

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Gun Control
4:27 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Poll Shows Bipartisan Support For Expanded Background Checks

Flickr user David Trawin (trawin) cc

A new poll out today shows bipartisan support for expanded background checks on gun purchases.

The study put out by Public Policy Polling shows both Democrats and Republicans support a bill that would allow for an expanded background checks on firearms.

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