Politics

Border & Immigration
4:50 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

State Lawmakers Petition Gov. Perry For Special Sesson On Border Security

Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

A group of state lawmakers concerned with the surge of unaccompanied minors making their way to Texas are petitioning Gov. Rick Perry to call a special session to address the issue. But the governor is showing no sign that he will oblige.

A group of state lawmakers have draw up some estimates of what it would cost the state to use Department of Public Safety state troopers to run 24/7 border operations: about $67 million. One of the only ways to get the money appropriated is for the governor to call a special session.

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It's All Politics
2:20 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Texas Politics To Be Lone Star Of New HBO Series

A large Texas flag is carried up Congress Avenue toward the Texas Capitol during the annual Boy Scouts Parade and Report to State in Austin in February 2013.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 2:54 pm

Between Rick Perry, Ted Cruz and Wendy Davis, Texas politicians in recent years have lived up to their state's reputation for producing larger-than-life characters.

That makes the Texas political scene a natural for the Hollywood treatment.

HBO has given God Save Texas, a drama about the state's often raucous political culture, the green light for development. It's set to unfold at the Texas statehouse, a perennial flashpoint for national debates about issues ranging from abortion to gun rights to the size and role of government.

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Texas Matters
2:08 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Looking At Both Sides Of "Reparative Therapy"

Texas Matters: In their new platform, the Republican Party of Texas has called for a right to reparative therapy – a controversial method that claims to turn gay people straight. We look deeper into this therapy practice that critics say doesn’t work.

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Gay Rights
1:44 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Rick Perry Compares Homosexuality To Alcoholism At San Francisco Stop

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Credit rickperry.org

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in California all week for a series of meetings, one of which was a stop at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco.

During an extended Q&A session, Perry was asked whether he thought homosexuality was a disorder. This was his response, filmed by San Francisco CBS affiliate KPIX-TV:

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Texas GOP Convention
12:07 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

GOP Latinos, Business Leaders Disappointed At Removal Of Guest Worker Program

Will the removal of a guest worker program from the Texas GOP platform have an affect the November election?
Credit Chris Eudaily / TPR News

What will be the effect of the Republican Party of Texas' removal of a resolution that calls for a guest worker program? Some Moderate Republicans say they are troubled by this trend that has extended beyond the Republican primaries.

The removal of the Texas Solution, a state-centric guest worker program, from the party platform seems to have firmed up some Republicans' position on the matter. State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said he thinks the party missed an opportunity.

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Texas GOP Convention
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Mental Health Group Says Reparative Therapy Stigmatises Texas LGBT Community

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Support and protection for reparative therapy has been included in the 2014 Republican Party of Texas Platform. But a leading mental health organization said this further stigmatizes and shames the Texas LGBT community.

The reparative therapy platform was introduced by Cathie Adams, executive director of the Texas Eagle Forum and adopted without any changes:

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Texas GOP Convention
4:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Texas GOP Advances Platform Supporting "Conversion Therapy" For Gays & Lesbians

The Log Cabin Republicans, who were denied a booth at the 2014 Republican State Convention, are hoping to block a final vote on the resolution on the final day of the convention.
Credit Log Cabin Republicans

The Republican Party of Texas has advanced a plank of the party’s platform that supports “reparative therapy” for homosexuals. Gay Republican groups are outraged.

Reparative therapy, sometimes called "conversion therapy,"  is intense psychological counseling for men and women in an attempt to change their sexual orientation.

Cathie Adams is the executive director of Texas Eagle Forum, a tea party group that advanced the resolution that opposes any effort to ban reparative therapy, which has been done in other states.

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Texas Politics
4:18 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Straw Poll At Texas GOP Convention Pits Perry Against Cruz In GOP Presidential Run

Credit Republican Party of Texas

The Republican Party of Texas chairman and a political expert predict that U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz will win the convention's presidential straw poll being conducted this week in Fort Worth.

Perry spoke today at the 2014 Republican State Convention, which was streamed online via the Texas Tribune.

"We need to set the stage for 2016, when we will win the White House and we will rebuild the American dream,” Perry said to the crowd.

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Texas Politics
1:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Texas GOP Chairman Defends Decision On Gay Republican Groups

Credit Republican Party of Texas

Two Republican groups that support equal rights for the LGBT community are rallying support to have the Republican Party of Texas change its official platform on same-sex marriage and other LGBT issues.

This week the Log Cabin Republicans of Texas and the Metroplex Republicans were denied permission to have a booth at the Texas GOP convention in Fort Worth. The two group's stance on LGBT issues put them in contrast to the official Texas GOP 2012 platform:

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2014 Election
1:47 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

With Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff Settled, Van De Putte Takes Aim At Patrick

Van De Putte at her campaign announcement in November 2013.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Leticia Van De Putte, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, wasted no time pointing out the differences between herself and Dan Patrick, her Republican opponent on the November ballot.   

Van De Putte pointed to Patrick’s use of campaign rhetoric and hot button issues to build an audience in his runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

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