Politics

Federal Government
9:36 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Castro Calls On Congress To Solve Budget Crisis Before Tonight's Deadline

Joaquín Castro, here supporting his brother Julián at the Democratic National Convention, says contrary to what Cruz is preaching, there are plenty of Texans happy about the ACA.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

San Antonio Congressman Joaquín Castro is urging his fellow congressmen to get past "hostage politics" of the past few years to avoid a government shutdown and also emphasized the importance of the Affordable Care Act.

Castro said the current stalemate over the federal budget has already had detrimental effects on the health of the country, saying the fiscal fights are giving the nation a case of high blood pressure:

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2014 Election
10:52 am
Fri September 27, 2013

How Does The Leaked Report Of A Davis Run Affect Her Campaign?

Sen. Wendy Davis has been on a roll since her filibuster at the end of June, so is she now all-in for the governor's race?
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Sources tell Politico that state Sen. Wendy Davis and her advisers have alerted prominent Democrats that she's in the governor's race for 2014, but do these political teasers help or hurt her campaign?

Grace Garcia is the executive director for Annie’s List, one of the main groups drumming up support for the Davis campaign.

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The Source - September 26, 2013
12:46 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

The Source: Medical Error And Apology | The Ted Cruz Show

September 10, 2013 - Sen. Ted Cruz rallies against the Affordable Care Act.
Flickr user Jamelle Bouie (jbouie) cc

In the first segment:

Could the hospital actually be the third leading cause of death in the country? That is what a recent study estimates  in the Journal of Patient Safety, pegging the number of deaths between 210,000 and 440,000. If this study's findings are accepted -- the former number being closer to 100,000 deaths per year -- they point to a critical issue.  

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Federal Government
9:41 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Texas Democrats Speak Out Against Attempt To Shut Down Federal Government

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Texas Democrats are taking aim at U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott over the threat of government shutdown.

During a conference call, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio spoke out against Cruz' efforts to "defund Obamacare," which may lead to a government shutdown.

"If he does that how long will a shutdown last?" Van De Putte said. "I mean, can we take a week? Maybe. But once you get past two weeks you start having major impact into to Texas families."

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Politics
1:17 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Political Expert Says Cruz Faux-Filibuster Will Only Strengthen His Conservative Core

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas.
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Many political experts are calling U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz' prolonged speech a "faux-filibuster" because it doesn’t prevent anything from happening.

Southern Methodist University Professor Cal Jillson said that while this move appeals to the conservative tea party base, it alienates Cruz from a large majority of Republicans who are more moderate.

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2014 Election
4:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Another San Antonio Democrat Considering Statewide Office

State Sen. Carlos Uresti is considering a run for attorney general.
carlosuresti.com

This time it's state Sen. Carlos Uresti, who said he is mulling a run for the attorney general's office in 2014 and considers himself a perfect fit for the job.

"With my experience as an attorney of 20 years, my experience as a legislator of 16 years -- including my experience as officer in the Marine Corps -- I think gives me some of the skills to fill that position," he said.

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Affordable Care Act
3:33 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Ted Cruz Ends Filibuster-Style Senate Speech Against 'Obamacare' (Update)

Ben Philpott for KUT News

Originally published on Wed September 25, 2013 3:02 pm

Update: Sen. Cruz's remarks have ended. For a recap, see: With A Call For Prayer, Cruz Wraps Up Protest Against Obamacare.

Original Post (Sept. 24): Tea Party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz seems to be taking a play from another Texas politico: Wendy Davis.

On the floor of the U.S. Senate moments ago, Sen. Cruz announced he will deliver extended, filibuster-style remarks on his support for defunding President Obama’s signature package of health care reforms, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

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Abortion In Texas
4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dan Patrick Stock Purchase Clashes With His Anti-Abortion Stance

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

An anti-abortion group in Texas is shocked to learn news that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and leading voice in the anti-abortion camp, bought stock in a drug company that manufactures abortion-inducing medication.

Patrick writes that he purchased the stock several years ago through a money manager and wasn’t aware that Teva Pharmaceuticals was the maker of the morning-after pill known as Plan B.

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Texas Matters
1:23 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Texas Politics, The Death Penalty, Endangered Species And Water Wars

The dunes sagebrush lizard.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Texas Matters: A look at major issues from all over the state this week -- Tom DeLay is acquitted of money laundering, the American Bar Association reviews the states system of capital punishment, alleged scandal with the dunes sagebrush lizard and a water tug-of-war between the Highland Lakes and Matagorda Bay.

If this isn't money laundering, then what is?

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The Source - September 19, 2013
1:13 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

The Source: Tom DeLay Off The Hook | San Antonio Clean Energy Friendly | Ebony And Ivy

In the first segment:

Tom DeLay won't be seeing the inside of a jail cell after having his 2010 conviction overturned by the Texas 3rd Court of Appeals this morning. In a 2-1 vote the Republican judges on the three-judge panel voted the evidence in the trial wasn't strong enough and reversed the judgment to an acquittal.

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