Politics

2014 Primary Election - Bexar County
3:01 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Wolff And Adkisson Make Final Push To Voters Before Primary Election

Nelson Wolff speaks to Southside resident Ross Suniga during a weekend blockwalking.
Shannon Perez

In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.

“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat. 

“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.

“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”

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2014 Primary Election
1:09 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Texas Races Likely Heading To A Primary Runoff

A political expert from the University of Texas highlighted the elections that are expected to make it to a runoff, and not all of those are within the Republican primary.

Professor Jim Henson from the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the main race to watch is the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.

"The expectation is that David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick will come out ahead, leaving Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson not making the cut if you will," Henson said.

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The Source - March 4, 2014
11:44 am
Tue March 4, 2014

The Source: The Year In Hate

Hate group numbers have fallen for two consecutive years from record levels in 2011.
Southern Poverty Law Center

Update (3:38 p.m.): We apologize for the change in programming but we were unable to get Mark Potok, the guest for this segment, on the line and we have returned to "All Things Considered" for the second half of "The Source"

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2014 Primary Election
2:21 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Heated Republican Primary Runoffs Could Be Bad For Texas GOP In General Election

The last day to vote in the March primary is Tuesday, March 4.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the March primary and Steve Munisteri, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said he's worried about how several of the heated races will affect the overall party and candidates themselves during the general election.  

Munisteri said they had not seen this level of participation since 2012, when there was a presidential election and a heated race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz for the empty U.S. Senate seat.

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Republican Party
9:39 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Dallas In The Running To Host 2016 Republican National Convention

Republican Party of Texas

Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri said Dallas has a very good chance of being selected to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

Munisteri is on the RNC’s commission, which doesn’t pick the site but helps develop the criteria to make a recommendation. He said hosting 2016 RNC benefits Texas in several ways:

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Texas Matters
12:26 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Looking Back At This Week's Same-Sex Marriage Ruling In Texas

Same-sex marriage activists, including Carlos Soto, holding a flag, gathered in front of the Bexar County Courthouse Wednesday night after the ruling.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Texas Matters: We recap the ruling and reaction in the case challenging Texas' ban on same-sex marriage and a look at the history behind the ban. Also on this show: A new UT/Texas Tribune poll shows how the state is changing. What do outsiders think of Texas politics? Groups push Gov. Perry to regulate stun guns in schools. And how the cold is affecting sea turtles on Padre Island.

Ruling comes down in Texas same-sex marriage case

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2014 Election
11:06 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Dewhurst And Patrick Pulling Away From Pack According To New Poll

Chris Eudaily TPR News

A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.

"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.

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Same-Sex Marriage
2:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Rep. Castro And Former Bush Press Secretary Back Same-Sex Marriage Push Across The South

Congressman Joaquín Castro's official congressional portrait.
U.S. Government

A national same-sex marriage rights group has launched an effort across several states in the South to campaign for marriage equality.

Southerns for Freedom to Marry, a branch of the New York-based group Freedom to Marry, has mounted a $1 million campaign across nine states including Texas.

Chuck Smith, the executive director for Equality Texas, is heading up Freedom to Marry’s efforts in Texas and said recent polling shows Republican attitudes toward same-sex marriage have changed in recent years.

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2014 Election
12:04 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Texas House Candidate From El Paso Says She Was Attacked Outside Her Home

El Paso Democrat Lyda Ness-Garcia, who is challenging state Rep. Marissa Márquez for her seat in the Texas House, told police she was attacked outside her home by two people.

Ness-Garcia said the attackers told her, "You better hope you don't win" and threatened her family's safety.

In a statement, Ness-Garcia writes:

“The attackers made clear that their motives were political, but because this is an active law enforcement matter, I will not go in to further details as to the nature of the attack.” 

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Texas Politics
4:44 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Greg Abbott Refers Battleground Texas Investigation to Bexar County DA

While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.

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