Politics

2014 Governor's Race
1:03 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Abbott And Davis Talk Veteran Issues At Tarrant County Stops

Both Abbott and Davis were on the campaign trail on Veteran's Day, talking about how they would make a difference in the lives of military veterans in Texas.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

With military veterans at the front of everyone's mind this time of year, the frontrunners in the 2014 race for governor both say they would do more to better the lives of Texas veterans.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth and Attorney General Greg Abbott spent Veteran’s Day in Tarrant County, Davis joining the Fort Worth Veterans Day parade and Abbott at a Tarrant County Tea Party rally.

Davis served on the Senate Veteran Affairs and Military Installations committee for the past six years and said she’s made veterans a focus of her campaign:

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Texas Politics
3:11 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Democrats Await Van de Putte's Decision As Candidate Filing Begins

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte talks to a supporter in Arlington.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Originally published on Fri November 8, 2013 7:39 pm

Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis both plan to officially file as candidates for governor on Saturday. It’s the first day of a month-long period where Democrats and Republicans can do that.

In Arlington Thursday night Rep. Chris Turner and Democrats urged State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio to join Davis on the ticket as a candidate for lieutenant governor. 

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Health Care
1:32 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Obama Uses Texas Stop To Push Medicaid Expansion, Attend Fundraisers

The president's State of the Union Address in February 2013.
The White House

In front of hundreds of faith-based health care navigators in Dallas, President Barack Obama started his speech by citing different ways the Affordable Care Act is helping working families still recovering from the recession. 

The president said Texas’ uninsured rate is the highest in the country, which would make the state biggest beneficiary of the Affordable Care Act if state leaders would sign on for Medicaid expansion.

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Texas Politics
3:57 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

New Polling Numbers Show Support For Cruz Remains Strong

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Another poll out from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and Texas Tribune shows state support for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is growing.

The Texas Politics Project polled Cruz’s favorability rating just before and just after his quasi-filibuster aimed at defunding the Affordable Care Act that ultimately shut down the federal government.

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Health Care
3:10 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Pres. Obama Will Try And Convince Perry To Expand Medicaid On Dallas Trip

With a rocky opening of the online insurance marketplace, President Obama has his work cut out for him if he is to convince state lawmakers to expand Medicaid.
U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

President Barack Obama is stopping in Dallas today, and while there will do what he can to convince Gov. Rick Perry to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Perry's office said no official meeting or phone call has been scheduled and that the president will be using podiums and teleprompters to convince the governor.

"According to what the White House is saying, he is going to try to make the case to try to convince Texas leadership to embrace Obamacare and expand Medicaid," said Josh Havens with the governor's office.

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2014 Governor's Race
4:52 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

In New Gubernatorial Poll, A 15 Point Gap Between Abbott And Davis

Polls will likely continue to fluctuate in the leadup to the 2014 election.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

New polling numbers show a much wider margin between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis, a Democrat, and Republican Greg Abbott.

A new poll out from the national group Public Policy Polling shows Davis behind Abbott by a margin of 15 points, which is a ten-point difference from a poll released earlier this week from the University of Texas at Austin's Texas Politics Project and the Texas Tribune.

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2014 Governor's Race
9:26 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Wendy Davis Makes San Antonio Stop, Deflects Talk About New Poll

Gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis speaks to a luncheon of 1,000 supporters at the Marriott Rivercenter Monday.
Eileen Pace TPR News

The Wendy Davis camp is approaching the latest poll on the gubernatorial race in Texas with optimism, but also with a healthy dose of caution.

Davis spoke to San Antonio supporters at a fundraiser Monday about bringing people in the state together and maintaining her strategy regardless of the polls.

There were nearly 1,000 supporters that bought tickets to the San Antonio fundraiser, and the list included some of the biggest local names, including former Mayor Lila Cockrell, Congressmen Joaquín Castro and Pete Gallego, and several local judges and elected officials.

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2:52 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

Gap Between Davis And Abbott Only 5 Points In New Poll

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The Texas Tribune and the University of Texas' Texas Politics Project surveyed 1,200 people from across the state. UT professor Jim Henson, who heads the Texas Politics Project, said much of polling results have to do with name recognition. "It's also the first time in quite a while where we go into the race with the Democrat at least as well known and probably more well known than the Republican is," Henson said.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll. In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis' 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided.
Education For Immigrants
10:49 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Congressman Castro Asks Abbott To Explain His Position On Texas DREAM Act

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, is putting pressure on Greg Abbott to explain his stance on the state's DREAM Act, a hot topic among conservatives in Texas.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Congressman Joaquín Castro, along with a handful of state lawmakers, are pressing Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott on his plans for the Texas DREAM Act.

DREAM stands for: Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors. The Texas DREAM Act would allow students without documentation to pay in-state tuition.  

At the start of Abbott's campaign for governor, he was asked if he supported the Texas DREAM Act.  Abbott dodged the question at the time but later released a statement saying that he felt the law was structurally flawed and needed to be reformed.

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2014 Governor's Race
2:00 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Ripples From 2011 Redistricting Lawsuit Put Davis & Abbott Head To Head

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

While the general election is still a year away, tension between gubernatorial candidates Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott is already ratcheting up.

That battle is over money that the courts say Davis is owed for attorney fees during the 2011 redistricting battle over her state Senate seat -- a federal court in San Antonio ruled in Davis' favor just over a month ago.

Davis’ attorney Gerry Hebert said the federal court ordered Abbott to pay $600,000 as part of their decision for Davis.

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