Politics

2014 Election
2:35 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Todd Staples Makes "Contract With Texans" In 2014 Campaign Push

Todd Staples campaign photo.
www.toddstaples.com

Todd Staples’ campaign for lieutenant governor has launched a new effort called a "Contract with Texans," where he outlines ten steps for creating a stronger Texas.

Staples is the current agriculture commissioner and is promising to usher in a new generation of leadership. He is one of four Republican candidates running in a very heated and controversial primary election.

Staples released a signed contract with ten promises he intends to keep as lieutenant governor, if he is elected, one of which is to secure the Texas border.

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Texas Legislature
2:16 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature

Eileen Pace TPR News

From beer bills and a kumbaya legislative sessions to abortion bills and protests, Texas Public Radio takes a look back at some of 2013 legislative highlights.

The 83rd Legislature had several phases, the first of which was what has been commonly called the Texas lawmakers "kumbaya" session, where Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was able to pass legislation with bipartisan support for a bill that gives Texas beer makers an opportunity to sell their craft beyond their brew pubs.

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Politics
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Asks Gov. Perry To Remove Finance Committee Chair With Links To Payday Lending Industry

Screen shot from the "A Texas Story" campaign video for Wendy Davis.
Wendy Davis for Governor

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor in 2014, is calling on Gov. Rick Perry to remove William White, the chairman of the state’s Finance Commission, following comments White made to the El Paso Times about payday lenders and the people that use them.

In the article, White says that blame for debt trouble belongs on the consumers and not the companies that make the loans.

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2014 Election
10:48 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Davis Hopes For Boost From Nationwide Gubernatorial Push By Democrats

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

Republicans have been accused of waging a "war on women," but numbers tell a different story: Republicans have elected four seated women governors in recent years, while Democrats have elected one. 

Democratic leaders backed by national women’s groups are trying to turn that around with the election of six high-profile gubernatorial candidates in 2014, one of those being state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. 

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Campaign Finance
1:11 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

FEC Questioning Allegations Of Excessive Donations To Congressman Steve Stockman

Congressman Steve Stockman official congresisonal photo.
U.S. Congress

Congressman Steve Stockman, one of the leading candidates in 2014 running for the U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. John Cornyn, is being questioned by the Federal Election Commission. The commission has asked to clarify two sets of alleged excessive donations.

Stockman received the donations following a bill he introduced in March that would give gaming rights to the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe.

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Government
11:48 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Texas State Judge Switches Sides To Democratic Party

On the final day of the state deadline to file for next year’s election, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers filed his paperwork to run against Texas Supreme Court Justice Jeff Brown--as a Democrat. 

The Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa opined, "[Meyers] was very frustrated with the Republican Party’s emphasis on this right-wing social agenda and their constant catering to the right-wing extremists of the Republican Party that controlled the primaries.” 

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2014 Election
8:12 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Republican Candidate Tom Pauken Drops Out Of 2014 Governor’s Race

tompaukenfortexas.com

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Pauken has announced he is dropping out of the 2014 governor’s race.

In letter sent to donors, the former Texas GOP Chairman Tom Pauken writes:

"The filing deadline is only days away, and I needed to be realistic about our prospects."

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise to professor Jim Henson, who heads up the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Border Security
9:28 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Dewhurst Announces Plan For Operational Surge Along Texas-Mexico Border

Dewhurst campaign video

 Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for re-election against a slew of Republican challengers, has submitted another interim charge asking lawmakers to find $60 million to increase security along border.

Dewhurst appeared with Col. Steve McCraw, the head of the Texas Department of Public Safety, and said he has also reached out to Speaker of the House Joe Strauss and Gov. Rick Perry to shut down all of the illegal operations that he says are happening along the Texas-Mexico border.

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2014 Governor's Race
5:06 pm
Wed December 4, 2013

Abbott Defends His Position On 2011 Education Cuts At North Texas Campaign Stop

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis is taking issue with Republican Attorney General Greg Abbot’s record as it relates to the rollout of  the education policy for his campaign for governor.

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Foreign Relations
12:10 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Cornyn Remains Skeptical Of Iranian Nuclear Deal And Sanction Relief

Sen. John Cornyn on the Senate floor during the debate about the government shutdown.
Sen. John Cornyn

Sen. John Cornyn said he still sees "red flags" regarding the deal that was signed this past weekend that allows Iran to continue to enrich uranium fuel.

"The problem with the deal -- this six-month deal -- is it doesn’t require them to dismantle their enrichment capability and allows them to spirit forward when the deal falls apart to creating a nuclear weapon, which will destabilize the region and threatens our chief allies there," Cornyn said.

Cornyn said "red flags" were raised for him when Israel called the deal with Iran a "historic mistake."

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