Politics

The Source - February 19, 2014
11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: State Republicans Eye Bexar County

The Republican Party of Bexar County

Primary races are seeing their first votes come in but before the main events start to surface, Bexar county is being watched by the Republican Party of Texas as a the proving ground for the party's future.  

As Texas becomes more diverse -- already a minority majority state -- the whiter of the two parties is hoping to make a competitive bid for San Antonio's vote, thinking as Bexar goes so goes the state.

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2014 Primary Election
10:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary

Joe Straus stands with supporters as early voting opens for the March primary.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Early voting is underway for the Texas March 4 primaries and many incumbents around the state are seeing tea party-supported challengers -- that includes House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.

Straus holds one of the most powerful positions in state government, but before he can be speaker he must win the Republican nomination for state representative.

Straus is challenged by tea party-supported Matt Beebe, who said Straus is not a true conservative.

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Texas Politics
12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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2014 Primary Election
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Where Republican Lt. Gov. Candidates Are Spending Their Statewide TV Ad Dollars

Early voting is now open for the March primary and candidates are ramping up their campaigning push.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.

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Abortion In Texas
12:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Houston Clinic Becomes First Casualty Of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Department of State Health Services announced Friday the closure of a women’s health care clinic in Houston that performed abortions in violation of the state's new restrictions for such facilities.

According to records obtained from Texas Medical Board, Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr. performed 268 abortions at A Affordable Women's Medical Center between Nov. 6, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2014 without admitting rights at a nearby hospital, a restriction now required under the new Texas abortion law.

The medical board has also revoked Herring's medical license.

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2014 Primary Election
11:34 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Carlton Soules Kicks Off Campaign For Bexar County Judge

Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign for Bexar County judge on Sunday among a crowd of supporters.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Former San Antonio City Councilman Carlton Soules officially kicked off his campaign Sunday to run in the Republican primary for Bexar County judge.

Soules is fairly new to the political scene, having won the City Council District 10 seat in 2011. But in just a short time, Soules said he has learned a lot, and wants to stop spending he thinks is ruining the county. He said he has a three-step plan to take the county back from what conservatives say has been out-of-control spending for far too long.

First, he wants to stop what he calls "legacy projects" like streetcars.

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The Source - February 16, 2014
9:40 am
Mon February 17, 2014

The Source: Allies Face-Off For County Judge | City Looks To Cut Police/Fire Benefits

Bexar County Commissioner's Court.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In the first segment:

As early voting begins tomorrow for primary races across the state we highlight the race for the Democratic nominee for Bexar County Judge. Longtime District 4 County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson is challenging sitting Judge, Nelson Wolff.

Both men have served over a decade at the county level. Adkisson was elected in 1998 and Wolff appointed as judge in 2001. 

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Campaign Finance
4:51 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Texas Ethics Commission Considering "Dark Money" Disclosure Proposal

The Texas Ethics Commission has approved a rulemaking request on "dark money" disclosure from an Austin lobbyist.

Austin lobbyist Steve Bresnen, along with a political watchdog group, are taking a back-door approach to creating a rule that would reveal all of the money that is used to influence elected officials and their decisions.

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Texas Politics
1:59 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Davis Says As Governor, She Would Push For Same-Sex Marriage Law Change In Texas

Wendy Davis is continuing to put pressure on Greg Abbott as campaigning continues in the race for governor.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

In a meeting with the San Antonio Express-News editorial board on Thursday, Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, called on Attorney General Greg Abbott to stop defending Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage.

Davis said in that meeting that as governor she would take steps to remove that section of the Texas Constitution and repeal the law.

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Texas Matters
1:34 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spotlight On Texas Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Run Up To March Primaries

The two Texas couples challenging the state's ban on same-sex marriage (from left to right): Cleo DeLeon and Nicole Dimetman, and Victor Holmes and Mark Phariss.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: More from the hearing in San Antonio Wednesday in the case challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage. Arguments have been made and a federal judge is now formulating a decision. If the judge strikes down the ban, the case will be immediately appealed to the conservative U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. A comprehensive look at all the issues leading into the March primary election. Also on this show: How the border region is reacting to political ads.

Same-sex marriage debate hits Texas

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