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-Ukraine
2:37 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Texas Ukrainian Group Uses Social Media To Stay Connected with Family

As Western powers consider sanctions against Russia for the country’s military intervention in Ukraine, a North Texas Ukrainian heritage group in The Colony has managed to keep family members connected.  

Chrystya Geremesz is the president of the Ukrainian American Society of Texas, a group celebrating the cultural heritage of the Eastern European country with many of its members having family living in Ukraine.

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2014 Election
7:02 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Patrick Beats Dewhurst In Primary, But The Two Still Head To May 27 Runoff

Though state Sen. Dan Patrick won the most votes in the primary, he did not get the majority required to win his party's nomination.
State of Texas

Going into the final leg of the Republican lieutenant governor race, incumbent David Dewhurst led state Sen. Dan Patrick by a narrow margin, but strong early polling numbers and the possible effects of an icy Election Day has given Patrick the edge when all the votes were counted.

Most political experts were predicting a runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst and it came true.  

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2014 Primary Election
3:37 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Abbott Casts Primary Ballot In Austin Before Heading To San Antonio For Party

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Despite his expected victory in the Republican primary for governor, Greg Abbott said he’s not taking the election for granted. Abbott cast his ballot in Austin and stressed his favorable rating among Hispanic voters.

The ice had melted away by the time Greg Abbott cast his ballot at Western Hills Church of Christ in Austin, and even though he’s not running against Democrat Wendy Davis in the primary election, she is the opponent he is targeting.

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2014 Primary Election
1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Texas Races Likely Heading To A Primary Runoff

A political expert from the University of Texas highlighted the elections that are expected to make it to a runoff, and not all of those are within the Republican primary.

Professor Jim Henson from the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the main race to watch is the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.

"The expectation is that David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick will come out ahead, leaving Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson not making the cut if you will," Henson said.

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Texas Business
4:16 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas Lawmaker Makes Play To Land Tesla "Gigafactory"

Tesla Model S.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Despite some setbacks last legislative session, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is hoping to persuade the owner of Tesla Motors to come to Texas for another business endeavor. While it might not be as sexy as being able to sell the luxury electric car, people need batteries to make them run.

Last legislative session, Tesla Motors owner Elon Musk was regularly seen around the state capitol trying to convince state lawmakers and the Texas Automotive Dealers Association to allow him to sell his $90,000 electric cars in Texas.

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Immigration
2:56 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Supreme Court Will Not Hear Farmers Branch Immigrant Housing Case

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.

Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.

MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.

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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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