local news

2014 Primary Election
11:35 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Campbell Delivers Decisive Win In Senate District 25 Primary

Campbell waited until 11 p.m. to declare victory over her Republican challengers.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Tea party darling Dr. Donna Campbell has all but clinched her Senate District 25 seat again. She squashed fellow Republicans Elisa Chan and Mike Novak in the primary with 55 percent of the vote and now she'll face Democratic nominee Daniel Boone in the November general election.

Despite her comfortable lead all evening, Campbell waited to make her win official until about 11 p.m. Tuesday. She thanked God and her many conservative supporters, but maintained her biggest endorsements came from regular people.

Read more
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.  

Read more
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.

Read more
2014 Primary Election - Bexar County
3:01 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wolff And Adkisson Make Final Push To Voters Before Primary Election

Nelson Wolff speaks to Southside resident Ross Suniga during a weekend blockwalking.
Shannon Perez

In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.

“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat. 

“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.

“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.

Read more
Texas Water
10:14 am
Mon March 3, 2014

The Link Between Long-Term Water Needs And San Antonio's Economic Future

Lingering drought conditions have city leaders considering long-term water needs. Medina Lake on Jan. 31, 2013, a victim of continued drought conditions.
Flickr user jwhippy cc

San Antonio Water System officials are in talks to find a supply of water in addition to the Edwards Aquifer to meet growth demands over the next few decades.

The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has joined the discussion with a new study, the Impact of Potential Water Shortages on San Antonio’s Economy, which illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.

Read more
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:

Read more

Pages