Politics

2014 Governor's Race
3:40 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Abbott's Lead Over Davis Grows To 11 Points In New Poll

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott at a campaign event.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The University of Texas at Austin/Texas Tribune poll showed Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis was down by 5 points in October, but this month’s poll shows a wider 11-point margin between her and Republican frontrunner Greg Abbott.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is something else to note.

"We’re seeing a bit of shrinkage in the undecided numbers in the state level general election numbers," Henson said.

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Texas Politics
5:04 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Following New Undercover Video, Dewhurst Requests State-Led Investigation Of Battleground Texas

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.

In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.

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Texas Matters
1:44 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Ted Nugent, Opposition Research & The Race For Railroad Commissioner

What could be better than the two frontrunners for governor attacking each other? Add outspoken rocker Ted Nugent to the mix.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

Texas Matters: The addition of rocker/conservative-activist Ted Nugent to the campaigning in the race for governor only served to add fuel to an already blazing fire. More on opposition research and it's role in modern campaigning, and how hydraulic fracking in North Texas could play a role in the race for railroad commissioner. Also on this show: Air quality in the Eagle Ford Shale, and a look at the next generation of Texas oil field workers.

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2014 Primary Election
12:33 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

In Attorney General Race, Many Voters Are Still Undecided

David Martin Davies TPR News

An internal poll put out by Dan Branch’s campaign for attorney general found 40 percent of those surveyed were undecided.

And that has political experts like Professor Cal Jilson, who teaches political science at Southern Methodist University, pointing to the fact that many voters don’t know the candidates in the race.

"The AG is the third most important statewide office and at that level voters start thinking, 'You know, I don’t really know these guys.' And if they recognize the names they don’t have any details behind that," Jilson said.

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2014 Primary Election
4:35 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Patterson Promises More Proof That Patrick Employed Immigrant Without Legal Documentation

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is taking heat from fellow lieutenant governor candidate Jerry Patterson over news that he knowingly employed an immigrant in the country illegally in the 1980s.
State of Texas

News of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, knowingly employing a person who was in the country illegally in the 1980s has caused more sparks to fly in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the candidate that exposed Patrick’s employment practices, is promising more to come.

Houston resident Miguel Andrade recently came forward  saying that while working for one of Patrick’s sports bars in the mid-1980s, he was in the country illegally and Patrick had knowledge of this. Patterson confirmed this fact with a letter written by Patrick.

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The Source - February 19, 2014
11:45 am
Wed February 19, 2014

The Source: State Republicans Eye Bexar County

The Republican Party of Bexar County

Primary races are seeing their first votes come in but before the main events start to surface, Bexar county is being watched by the Republican Party of Texas as a the proving ground for the party's future.  

As Texas becomes more diverse -- already a minority majority state -- the whiter of the two parties is hoping to make a competitive bid for San Antonio's vote, thinking as Bexar goes so goes the state.

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2014 Primary Election
10:13 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Straus Looking To Keep Speakership, But First Must Get Through The Primary

Joe Straus stands with supporters as early voting opens for the March primary.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Early voting is underway for the Texas March 4 primaries and many incumbents around the state are seeing tea party-supported challengers -- that includes House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio.

Straus holds one of the most powerful positions in state government, but before he can be speaker he must win the Republican nomination for state representative.

Straus is challenged by tea party-supported Matt Beebe, who said Straus is not a true conservative.

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Texas Politics
12:37 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

At The Alamo, Patrick Renews Challenge To Castro For Immigration Debate

Screenshot from Patrick's video renewing his challenge for Mayor Castro to debate him about immigration.
Dan Patrick via YouTube

Republican Dan Patrick has released a new YouTube video and radio ad challenging San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro to a debate ahead of the March primaries. Castro said he would not debate Patrick until after the March election date.

Part of the $1.8 million dollars that Patrick, a Republican candidate in the lieutenant governor’s race, has spent is radio ads that continue to prod Castro to debate him on the topic of immigration.

From the radio ad:

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2014 Primary Election
12:03 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Where Republican Lt. Gov. Candidates Are Spending Their Statewide TV Ad Dollars

Early voting is now open for the March primary and candidates are ramping up their campaigning push.
David Martin Davies TPR News

Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor’s race are spending big on their statewide TV advertising during the first week of early primary voting.

Professor Jim Henson with the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said there is a calculated effort behind which cities they are spending the money in. Henson said how candidates allocate campaign resources among the different geographic urban areas is a big factor behind winning.

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Abortion In Texas
12:15 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Houston Clinic Becomes First Casualty Of Texas Abortion Restrictions

Protesters on both sides of the abortion issue make their point outside the Stand With Texas Women rally in San Antonio last summer.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The Department of State Health Services announced Friday the closure of a women’s health care clinic in Houston that performed abortions in violation of the state's new restrictions for such facilities.

According to records obtained from Texas Medical Board, Dr. Theodore M. Herring Jr. performed 268 abortions at A Affordable Women's Medical Center between Nov. 6, 2013 and Feb. 7, 2014 without admitting rights at a nearby hospital, a restriction now required under the new Texas abortion law.

The medical board has also revoked Herring's medical license.

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