Dan Patrick

Fronteras Desk
1:46 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Debate Hits Border Security

President Barack Obama addressed immigration reform Tuesday in his State of the Union address. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, has indicated the house might take a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

But in Texas, the race for lieutenant governor has turned into a four-way battle over who can sound the toughest against illegal immigration.

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2014 Election
10:32 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Candidates Mostly In Line In First Debate

KERA

Republican candidates for lieutenant governor talked about everything from abortion to marijuana during the first statewide debate, but the one area that received little attention was education funding.

The first statewide debate started with questions about a state judge's recent decision to allow a Fort Worth family to stop life support for their 23-week pregnant mother after the hospital said it conflicted with one of the state’s pro-life laws. 

Current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said the statue conflicts with other state laws.

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2014 Republican Primary
5:48 am
Tue January 28, 2014

RECAP: From Immigration To Marijuana, Lieutenant Governor Candidates Sound Off

Lieutenant governor candidates sound off at tonight's debate.
LM Otero Associated Press

Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 10:04 am

Welcome to KERA's Texas Debates blog. Did you miss parts of tonight's debate featuring the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor? Or do you just want to watch the whole thing again?

The hour-long debate, moderated by KERA’s Shelley Kofler, aired live at 8 p.m. from the KERA studios in Dallas. You can watch the replay below. We live-blogged the debate -- scroll down to read a minute-by-minute account of the candidates' remarks.

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Texas Politics
11:50 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Twitter Row Sparks Immigration Debate Between Castro And Patrick

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

It all started with a candid tweet from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro regarding campaign speeches about immigration and the Texas border made by Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.

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2014 Election
2:15 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Acusations Of Flip Flopping Continue In Republican Race For Lt. Gov.

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Accusations of flip flopping on the issues continue to dominate the Republicans campaigning for lieutenant governor.

This week started with incumbent David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston reversing their opinions on repealing the  17th Amendment. 

Agriculture CommissionerTodd Staples took issue with their lack of consistency, but now it appears he may be guilty of changing his stance on the Senate’s two-thirds rule.  In a 2011 interview with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith, Staples was asked where he stood.

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Texas Legislature
3:02 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Staples And Patrick Voice Support For More Majority Control In Senate

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Republican lieutenant governor hopefuls are promising to boost the party’s presence in the Texas Senate and all four candidates say they will get rid of the two-thirds majority rule.

This would scale back traditions that allow Senate Democrats to have a say and keep Republicans from going to the far-right on issues like immigration, guns and education.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said he will not allow a minority to control the Senate’s agenda:

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2014 Election
10:59 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Republican Lieutenant Governor Primary Focused On Border Security

U.S. Border Patrol vehicles near the border fence.
David Martin Davies TPR News

On March 5, Texas voters will weigh in during a primary election for what many say is the most powerful job in state politics: Texas lieutenant governor.

Four well-known Republican candidates are vying for the nomination and a chance to face off against state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, D-San Antonio.

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Abortion In Texas
10:53 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Supreme Court Refuses To Block Texas Abortion Law By Narrow Margin

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

The U.S. Supreme Court is siding with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals decision that allows Texas abortion law to remain in effect while awaiting a trial.

Planned Parenthood of American asked Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to review the Fifth Circuit Court ruling that allowed the law to remain in effect while awaiting trial.

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Government
12:09 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Republican Candidates For Lt. Governor Want To Move State’s Public Integrity Unit

Name-calling, accusations  of lying, and mudslinging are what people have come to expect of the debate between the four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor, but in front of the Montgomery County Tea Party on Wednesday a new idea was introduced that all four of the candidates agree on.

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2014 Election
2:47 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Van De Putte Thinking About Personal Loss In Decision To Run For Lt. Gov.

Van De Putte got her share of national attention the night of Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster. Can she turn it into an election win in the race for the lieutenant governor's office.
Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio is exploring a run in 2014 as the Democratic challenger in the lieutenant governor’s race, but she said there is still a lot to consider.

"We’ve really had so many family losses, so first and foremost my concerns are with my family," she said.

Van De Putte has seen her share of losses since the start of this summer -- first the death of baby grandson, then her father died in a car accident and recently her mother-in-law passed away.

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