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Texas Politics
12:17 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

DeLay Conviction Overturned In Money Laundering Case

Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas.
U.S. Government File Photo

A Texas state panel of judges has overturned Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s 2010 conviction for money laundering.

The two judges voting to overturn the conviction reasoned that the $190,000 in question was in the form of checks and therefore not money, something many legal experts are calling a technicality. But DeLay's appellate attorney Brian Wice doesn't share that view.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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Non-Discrimination Ordinance
9:29 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Change Of Phrase In Final NDO Disarms Attorney General's Threat

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott believed the city's non-discrimination ordinance would open San Antonio up to lawsuits.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott vowed he'd take a stand if San Antonio passed the controversial and widely-discussed non-discrimination ordinance, but now it looks like Abbott is backing down.

The gubernatorial candidate believed the ordinance violates free speech because of the phrase, "word or deed."

He said it violated the Constitution because the law would prevent appointees on city boards and commissions from engaging in bias by "word or deed."

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2014 Election
3:22 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Van De Putte Considering Run For Statewide Offices

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte in the TPR studio shortly after the Wendy Davis filibuster this summer.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

According to Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa, state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio has been extremely busy this summer.

Hinojosa said the Texas Democratic Party and other groups have approached Van DePutte about a run for lieutenant governor, or even running against George P. Bush for land commissioner. Hinojosa said Van DePutte has been gathering information on a run since August and wants to see numbers that give her a chance to win before she announces what she will do. 

Hinojosa said she has an advantage in the race for land commissioner:

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2014 Election
2:49 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Texas Dems Continue To Wait As Wendy Davis Gets Set To Make A Decision

Democratx watch and wait for Wend Davis to make an announcement about the 2014 election.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is expected to make an announcement soon about her political future, and should she run for governor, it could be a heated 2014 election campaign.

Advisors to the Davis campaign are indicating that an announcement could come this week. 

The Lone Star Project’s Matt Angle, a political strategist close to the Davis campaign, said this will be one of the nastiest races Texas has ever seen:

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Oil & Gas Industry
2:11 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Perry In Dallas To Talk Oil & Gas Growth

Gov. Rick Perry.
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is joining oil, gas, economic, finance and energy experts in Dallas today for an energy conference to discuss ways America can continue its growth in oil and gas.

The goal of the conference, which is being hosted by the George W. Bush Institute, is:

"To determine the cost that misguided regulation imposes on growth and to suggest more sensible policies that could benefit America."

Josh Havens is with the governor’s office and said Perry's main talking point will be about how Texas achieved energy growth.

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Texas Public Schools
3:47 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Conservative Websites Release CSCOPE Tests For This School Year

Texas Education Service Center Curriculum Collaborative (TESCCC)

A group of conservative activists have posted dozens of tests online connected to the controversial CSCOPE lesson plans, which will cost the operating group an estimated $1 million to replace them for teachers who are still using them for this year.

The Texas System of Education Service Centers, the group that developed and manage the CSCOPE lesson plans, has seen at least 30 tests connected from the system show up on two conservative-based websites, one of those is www.redhotconservative.com

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Same-Sex Benefits
9:40 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways

State Sen. Leticia Van De Putte says she understands Gen. Nichols' reasons for approaching the matter with caution.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging Maj. Gen. John Nichols, the head of the Texas National Guard, to rescind his decision and start processing the benefits.

But the issue is more complex than you might imagine.

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2014 Election
10:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Davis Supporters Will Continue To Wait, Opponents "Look Bad"

Sen. Davis speaking at a pro-choice rally outside the capitol on July 1.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

Earlier this month, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, postponed her announcement about the 2014 governor’s race to tend to her ailing father. Now that he has passed away, her decision continues to sit in limbo.

Grace Garcia runs the women’s democratic group Annie’s List, one of the groups leading the charge for Davis to run for governor, and said they are taking a break from the politics until "the appropriate time."

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