2012 Election

It's All Politics
7:16 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting Queue Etiquette: Hey, Buddy, That's Out Of Line!

South Floridians stood in long lines Sunday during the last day of early voting in Miami.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 9:17 am

For most of us, Election Day marks a welcome end to months of relentless political ads and partisan bickering. You show up at your polling place, run the gantlet of sign-wielding campaign volunteers, and join your fellow Americans in long lines that inch toward the voting booth.

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National Races
6:01 am
Tue November 6, 2012

The Battle For Congress: Senate And House Races To Watch

Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., shakes hands with Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren at their Oct. 1 debate in Lowell, Mass. The race is one of a handful of contests that could determine party control of the Senate.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 6:02 pm

For Republicans itching to regain control of the Senate, Tuesday's election presents a rare opportunity. Only 10 GOP incumbents are on the ballot, compared with nearly two dozen Democrats and independents who caucus with them.

That means the magic number for Republicans is low. They need only a net gain of three or four seats to take over the Senate — and, assuming they keep the U.S. House of Representatives, consolidate their influence on Capitol Hill. Democrats need to pick up 25 seats to seize the House, a goal that political analysts consider all but out of reach.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
4:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Mayor Castro Finalizing the 'Leg Work' on Eve of Election Day

Mayor Julian Castro and Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana begin run at Lions Field Park to City Hall in honor of Pre-K 4 SA measure
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña are going the distance for a program they say is going to change the educational trajectory of the city.

Starting from Lions Field Park on Broadway, children from the George Gervin Academy helped the two start the run, where 5,700 of their steps represent the number of San Antonio’s four year olds that are not currently served by a quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program.

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4:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Voter In Texas?

Lead in text: 
For some people, especially in Republican-dominated Texas, the difference between voting Republican or Democrat can be one or two issues.
What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Voter In Texas? November 5, 2012 A recent Gallup survey found 40 percent of voters nationwide claim to be independent. That's several points higher than those who identify as staunch Democrats or Republicans. Linda Wilson is among those independents.
Texas Matters
10:29 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Candidates Make Final Push as Nov. 6 Approaches - Close Races in Texas and Across the Southwest

The Latino vote could be influential in this year's election, and we will find out just how influential after the polls close on Nov. 6.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters #636

During the last two weeks of the 2012 campaign, candidates make their final sell to voters, but in close races like that between Francisco Canseco and Pete Gallego there is a different kind of urgency. The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg talks about some of the interesting storylines he is watching as we approach Nov. 6, and we take a look at some other election issues from across the American Southwest.

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2012 Election
10:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez Making Sure Election Supervisors Don't Turn Voters Away

This early voting locations like this one at the Brook Hollow Library are now closed until the Nov. 6 election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is reminding voters and election workers that picture IDs are not required to cast a ballot in Texas. He spoke to Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade about reinforcing the message that Texas has no Voter ID law. 

Congressman Gonzalez was upset last week to read that a Dallas Morning News columnist was asked for a driver’s license when he presented a utility bill at the polling station.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
10:12 am
Fri November 2, 2012

TPR Early Voter Exit Poll Shows 64 Percent Support Pre-K 4 SA Initiative

Mayor Julian Castro, who delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention in September, introduced San Antonio's Pre-K 4 SA program to the nation during his speech
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Among the most talked about issues this election season is San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro’s proposed Pre-K 4 SA program. In August, City Council members voted to send the measure to an election, and although the majority of members supported the initiative, several were against.

All but District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan, District 8 Councilman Reed Williams, and District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules agreed to the creation of a corporation that would oversee the tax revenues of the initiative, should voters approve it.

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Fronteras Desk
12:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Border Shootings, NAFTA, Key Race in Arizona & Spanish Election Ads

Arizona 9th Congressional District candidates Vernon Parker and Kyrsten Sinema attended separate primary election forums hosted by KJZZ Phoenix over the summer.
Tracy Greer Fronteras

A look at how border patrol shootings are investigated, how one border state is trying to tap into the global supply chain, and a report on a key competitive race in Arizona. Also, Las Vegas is being hit hard by Spanish election ads.

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The Source
4:48 pm
Wed October 31, 2012

Mayor Castro and Commissioner Wolff Discuss Support and Opposition to Pre-K 4 SA

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff and Mayor Julián Castro are all smiles after debating Pre-K 4 SA in the TPR studios.
Paul Flahive Texas Public Radio

San Antonians are heading to the polls to vote for candidates in a number of races and the Pre-K 4 SA proposal – to raise the sales tax one eighth of a cent to pay for a full day pre-kindergarten program that proponents say will help turn around the city’s dropout problem.

Mayor Julián Castro is the biggest supporter for Pre-K for SA and says it’s not a silver bullet, but a big step in the right direction.

Bexar County Commissioner Kevin Wolff opposes the proposal  because it raises taxes and he says there are too many unanswered questions.

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Voting
10:36 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Texas Secretary of State Addresses Election Observer Concerns

Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen (left) is joined by Texas Sec. of State Hope Andrade to encourage voter turnout during early voting.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

As the first five days of early voting came to a close, Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade visited election sites across the state to praise the high turnout during early voting.  Andrade stopped in Bexar County on Friday as election monitors from Europe are being threatened by the state's attorney general.

The two election observers visiting the state are from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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