Politics

2014 Governor's Race
2:57 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Abbott Campaign Enters The Era Of Virtual Currency, Will Accept Bitcoins

Credit Wikimedia Commons user CASASCIUS / cc

Greg Abbott’s campaign announced last week it would begin accepting bitcoin contributions, but with the fluctuating value of the currency many political experts see the move as more of a way for Abbott to attract a certain type of supporter.

Abbott wrote in a memo:

“The spirit of Bitcoin embodies the free market principles that make Texas a leader in innovation and entrepreneurship.”  

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The Source - April 22, 2014
2:54 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

The Source: San Antonio's Bid For Tesla

Joseph Thorton (Flickr user: jtjdt) cc

It was a secret meeting that every one heard about: Big wheels from Tesla having a sit down with local leaders. The topic: The "gigafactory" that everyone wants.

Private entreaties from CPS Energy also made public, the city may pull out all the stops to land the estimated $5 billion-$6 billion deal. 

Do we really have a shot at Tesla's "gigafactory"?

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Election Campaigns
10:06 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Part Of Dewhurst Attack Ad On Patrick Is Untrue, But Will It Pay Off Anyway?

Fact checkers have revealed the attack ad by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst alleging Dan Patrick changed his name in the mid 1980s to avoid creditors is untrue.

At the tail end of last week, Dewhurst’s campaign released what political scholars are calling a “nuclear” attack against Patrick, his primary runoff opponent in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

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Abortion In Texas
5:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

North Texas Abortion Doctors Sue Hospital Over Revoked Admitting Privileges

Two North Texas doctors have sued University General Hospital Dallas after receiving a letter that announced their admitting privileges were revoked because they perform abortions at a separate facility.

Dr. Lamar Robinson and another doctor not wanting to be identified filed a lawsuit in a Dallas County courtroom after the public hospital, University General Hospital Dallas, sent a letter to the two physicians  stating that they were revoking their admitting rights. 

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Gun Control
5:00 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Texas Group Part Of $50 Million Bloomberg Gun Regulation Effort

Kelly Burke, president of Texas chapter of Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
Ryan E. Poppe TPR News

Former-New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he is bringing his existing gun-regulation groups under one umbrella organization to widen each group's reach.

Bloomberg has provided $50 million to establish Every Town Demands Action, a nationwide effort to advocate for gun control. One of those groups is Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. Kelly Burke, who is the president of Texas chapter, describes her group as a startup without any capital.

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Texas Politics
10:14 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Castro And Patrick Spar Over Immigration, Build Political Capital For The Future

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro speaks to the press after the immigration debate at the Univision41 studios.
Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News

While Congress is showing no signs of moving forward on passing comprehensive immigration reform, the complicated issue was spotlighted Tuesday night in a heated debate between state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro.

Patrick and Castro aren’t running against each other for political office; Castro isn’t running for anything right now.

Patrick is running for what many call the most powerful job in Texas, lieutenant governor, and he’s doing it with ads like this:

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:01 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Attorney In Texas Same-Sex Marriage Challenge Looks For Signs In Utah Case

*States in purple have made same-sex marriage legal, states marked in yellow have bans against such marriages and states marked in green represent new developments or legal proceedings working through federal court.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Late last week attorneys for same-sex couples and the State of Utah delivered oral arguments in the case challenging a Utah law that bans same-sex marriage.

Here in Texas, San Antonio attorney Neel Lane, who represents two couples challenging the Texas ban on same-sex marriage, watched the proceedings and said one of the turning points was a concession made by the Utah attorney general’s office.

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Texas Politics
2:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Special Prosecutor "Concerned" About What He Has Found In Rick Perry Coercion Case

The special prosecutor assigned to investigate whether Gov. Rick Perry and his staff committed any criminal acts when he vetoed the state’s public integrity unit budget has said publicly he has some major concerns about the governor’s actions.  

San Antonio attorney Michael McCrum has been tasked with investigating whether Perry violated any of the state’s criminal code and abused his authority when he withheld $7.5 million of state funds from the Texas public integrity unit, a group in charge of investigating political corruption.  

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Abortion in Texas
1:59 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Second Lawsuit Filed Challenging Sections Of Texas Abortion Law

A pro-life supporter reads his bible at the state capitol as lawmakers engaged in heated debate over the new abortion clinic restrictions in July 2013.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

The Center for Reproductive Rights and other abortion-rights groups have filed a second lawsuit challenging another component of the Texas new Abortion Law that passed last summer in a special session.

This second lawsuit challenges requirements that all clinics become ambulatory surgical centers in order to operate in the State of Texas.

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The Source - April 2, 2014
1:18 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

The Source: Equal Pay In Texas

President Barack Obama signs the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (January 1 2009).
By Joyce N. Boghosian via Wikimedia Commons cc

Equal pay for women has become a rallying cry for Democrats across Texas. Wendy Davis' campaign for governor has seized on the issue, making it central to her messaging.

Attorney General Greg Abbot, who is on the Republican ticket in the race for governor, has dismissed the issue, but was recently criticized when women in his own office were found to be paid less than their male colleagues for the same work.

Last year the Texas Legislature passed a state law allowing women who were discriminated against by their employers in pay to sue in state court. Gov. Rick Perry subsequently vetoed the bill, calling it redundant:

"Texas' commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation. House Bill 950 duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission." - Gov. Rick Perry

The federal law Perry refers to is the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which allows women to sue in federal court. The state version is better, said advocates, because it allowed for a quicker response at the local level, criticizing the federal court system as underfunded and slow. The Texas Association of Business wrote Perry to support a veto, arguing that the bill increased cumbersome regulation and frivolous lawsuits. 

“Asking an employer to be responsible for decisions that were made 10 or 15 years ago just does not work.  In many cases no one would be around that would know anything about why those decisions were made at the time.  The lack of a statute of limitations for filing these cases is bad for business, and this bill is bad for business, pure and simple.” - Bill Hammond, president TAB
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