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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2014 Primary Election
2:21 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Heated Republican Primary Runoffs Could Be Bad For Texas GOP In General Election

The last day to vote in the March primary is Tuesday, March 4.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the March primary and Steve Munisteri, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said he's worried about how several of the heated races will affect the overall party and candidates themselves during the general election.  

Munisteri said they had not seen this level of participation since 2012, when there was a presidential election and a heated race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz for the empty U.S. Senate seat.

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Republican Party
9:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas In The Running To Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Republican Party of Texas

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said Dallas has a very good chance of being selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Munisteri is on the RNC’s commission, which doesn’t pick the site but helps develop the criteria to make a recommendation. He said hosting 2016 RNC benefits Texas in several ways:

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Drug Policy
3:13 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Marijuana Advocacy Group Banks On Changing Attitudes In Texas

Sundar1 Wikimedia Commons

A poll released this week by the University of Texas shows 49-percent of Texans support making possession of  marijuana legal, and it’s these statistics -- along with a shift in attitudes amongst elected officials -- that has caused one of the nation's most powerful marijuana advocacy groups to set up shop in Austin.

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State Agencies
5:11 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

DOJ May Investigate Texas Windstorm Insurance Association For Discrimination

A Houston attorney in the midst of a separate lawsuit against the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA)  has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate racism in the state agency.   

Houston attorney Steve Mostyn is representing Brownsville School District in their lawsuit against TWIA for the group’s failure to pay on claims related to a 2008 hurricane. In the midst of that suit, Mostyn found hundreds of racist emails from TWIA officials, some related to his clients. 

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Abbott Appeals Federal Same-Sex Decision

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has filed the paperwork for an appeal of this week’s federal ruling that labeled Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional. Abbott said ultimately the Supreme Court will have to decide the issue.

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Same-Sex Marriage
4:01 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Advocates Across Texas Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Activist Carlos Soto holds a flag infront of the Bexar County Courthouse.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Following Federal Judge Orlando Garcia's ruling that Texas' same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional, a group of gay rights activists took to the steps of the Bexar County Courthouse to celebrate the invalidation of the law.

The cold and the rainy weather did not discourage at least thirty supporters of the decision. The ruling does not immediately allow for same-sex marriages to take place, but Trisha Stuart, a participant in the rally, said it’s a step forward.

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Same-Sex Marriage
9:55 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional

Attorney Neel Lane talks to reporters outside the San Antonio federal court building following the Feb. 12 hearing on the case.
David Martin Davies TPR News

A federal judge in San Antonio has ruled that the Texas ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and should not be enforced, saying that there was no rational basis for the law.

Federal District Judge Orlando Garcia’s opinion says for that reason, the Texas law barring same-sex marriages fails to meet the standard under the U.S. Constitution’s equal protection clause.

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2014 Election
11:06 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dewhurst And Patrick Pulling Away From Pack According To New Poll

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.

"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.

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Gun Rights
10:27 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Supreme Court Won't Hear NRA’s Case For Lowering Conceal-Carry Age Limit

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

In a rare case that pitted Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott against the National Rifle Association, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a case involving the NRA’s request to lower the age limit for conceal-carry permits and purchasing a firearm.

Abbott defended Texas Department of Public Safety Director Col. Steve McCraw in his assessment that lowering the age requirement for anyone applying for a conceal handgun license from 21 to 18 would disrupt public safety.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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