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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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Marijuana
3:00 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Perry Says He Supports State's Right To Legalize Pot, But Won't Happen In Texas

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry shocked the crowd by saying the legalization of marijuana was a right states should have. Perry went on to say it wasn’t something he saw happening in Texas.

"As the governor of the second-largest state in the country, what I can do is start us on policies that can start us on the road towards decriminalization," Perry said.

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Texas Matters
1:19 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Davis Campaign Hits Rocky Trail With Video/Backstory Shakeup

Wendy Davis at a Rackspace campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Texas Matters: Wendy Davis had a lot of fires to put out in her election campaign this week. First, a Dallas Morning News story questioned some of the specifics in her backstory, then a video was released of Battleground Texas employees appearing to mock Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott's disability. Also on this show, the man whose group is responsible for taking the undercover video defends his group's actions and tactics.

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Texas Politics
12:06 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Political Expert Weighs In On Undercover Video Of Battleground Texas

The political back-and-forth between Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis has reached new heights this week with revelations about her life story and the release of a controversial undercover video.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A political expert in Texas says an undercover video of Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Greg Abbott’s disability will likely rally the base, but doesn't see it hurting anyone’s campaign.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the impact will depend how closely the media follows the video, which he described as a highly-edited unidentified group of people making fun of Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott’s disability.  

Henson said the video is more about mobilization and less about persuasion.

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Texas Politics
10:29 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Abbott And Davis React To Hidden Video Recording Of Battleground Texas

Likely Republican nominee for governor in 2014 Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

After a videotape showing Battleground Texas workers -- who are helping campaign for Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis -- mocking Republican candidate for governor Greg Abbott for being disabled, Davis is again finding herself on the defensive.

State Sen. Davis is disavowing those remarks and the campaign workers who made them.

Conservative operative James O’Keefe is known for his heavily-edited hidden video recordings catching progressives like ACORN workers saying embarrassing things.

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Texas Politics
9:37 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Wendy Davis Responds To Charges She Embellished Life Story

Wendy Davis in a campaign ad highlighting her life story.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is fighting back against allegations that she embellished her life story. The likely democratic nominee for Texas governor says she didn’t stretch the truth for political gain.

Part of Davis’s appeal to Texas voters has been her compelling back story -- of being once a teenaged single mother, living in a trailer park and through hard work and a Harvard law degree rising to political prominence.

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Election Campaigns
9:14 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Video Released Of Battleground Texas Workers Mocking Greg Abbott's Disability

Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A YouTube video that has gone viral shows Battleground Texas organizers making fun of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s disability.

The video was released by the nonprofit group Project Veritas, whose mission according to it’s founder is to go undercover and investigate public figures because of neglect from the mainstream media. 

The Project Veritas team secretly filmed Battleground Texas organizers at a Wendy Davis Gubernatorial watch party.

Clip from the undercover video:

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2014 Election
9:38 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Dewhurst Says If He Wins, It Will Be His Last Term In Office

David Dewhurst campaign

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said at a Texas Tribune event that if he wins re-election he expects this will be his last term in any political office. He said he has unfinished business to accomplish before retiring from office.

Dewhurst said he’d like to continue to oversee how the state responds to Texas’ current economic boom.

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2014 Election
3:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Strategist Says Van De Putte Fundraising Is On A "Good Pace"

Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor Leticia Van De Putte in the TPR studios shortly after the filibuster of the controversial abortion bill this summer that launched Wendy Davis to fame.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

 Leticia Van De Putte’s campaign for lieutenant governor has announced they were able to raise $290,000 in the two months following her announcement.

While that number is much lower than the Republican candidates in the race, Democratic strategist Jason Stanford said it is still a good amount to raise within a two month period.

"Usually the money you raise in your first month is your easy money, from here on out it's going to get harder, but it’s a good pace to set," Stanford said.

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2014 Governor's Race
11:24 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Highlighting Access To Higher Education, Davis Rolls Out Part Two Of Education Platform

Flickr user biologycorner (Shannan Muskopf) cc

Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, has rolled out the second part of her education platform, providing three ways Texas high school students could gain a greater access to higher education.

Davis' platform says that one of the best ways to get students into college, graduate, and to reduce their out-of-pocket expenses is to allow them to obtain college credit while in high school.

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