Politics

2014 Election
12:18 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Davis Announces Bid For 2014 Governor’s Race

Wendy Davis is hoping to roll momentum gained from the Stand With Texas Women rallys this summer into a win in November 2014.
David Martin Davies TPR News

 With little surprise but abounding excitement state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her bid to run in the 2014 governor’s race.   

It was a 13-hour filibuster Davis into the national spotlight, but that was not the message she had for the crowd of almost 2,000 supporters.

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2014 Election
5:55 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Thousands Gather Across Texas To Watch Davis Announce Bid For Governor

Davis is now all-in for a gubernatorial run in 2014.
Senator Wendy R. Davis Facebook

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is now Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as she confirmed speculation that she will run for governor in 2014.

Battleground Texas, one of Davis' strongest support groups is playing host to Davis announcement watch parties all across the state.

"We’re holding watch parties around the state and in 40 locations so that folks that can’t make to the even in the Dallas-Fort Worth area can have a chance to watch Wendy’s announcement live," said Battleground Texas’ Ellis Brockman.

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2014 Election
3:15 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How Will Davis Handle A Very Tough Campaign?

Volunteers registered people to vote at the Stand With Texas Women rally that was headlines by Wendy Davis in San Antonio this summer. Is this the year Democrats force a shift in state politics?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Even before state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has announced her intentions for the 2014, she has taken a few jabs from Attorney General Greg Abbott's supporters and some directly connected to his campaign. One of those online criticisms labeled Davis a "Retard Barbie."  

University of Texas at Austin Professor James Henson runs the Texas Politics Project and said this type of gender politics is a theme voters will see throughout  2014.

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Abortion In Texas
12:58 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Federal Court Sets First Date For Abortion Lawsuit

Abortion protesters outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio on July 11.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Center for Reproductive Rights has confirmed the group’s first day in federal court will be Oct. 21.

The center is one of three groups who, along with several abortion clinics in the state, filed a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop two components of the Texas abortion law: One, a requirement that all doctors performing abortion have admitting rights at a hospital no more than 30 miles away, and two, that doctors provide patients with FDA guidelines when prescribing the drug RU-486.

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Affordable Care Act
9:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Texas Still Battling Feds On ACA Navigator Rules

David Martin Davies TPR News

The author of a bill that was to make it easier for Affordable Care Act navigators says Gov. Rick Perry and the Texas Department of Insurance are using his legislation to impede the process.

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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

Flickr user Adam Fagen (afagen) cc

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.
cc Wikipedia Commons

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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