Politics

Same-Sex Marriage
5:15 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Local Couple Reflects On Love, Says Attitudes Toward Same-Sex Marriage Have Changed

Eliza McAdams (right) and Christina Parker embrace after Parker's proposal.
Courtesy photo

On Wednesday a federal judge in San Antonio will hear arguments challenging the Texas constitutional amendment defining marriage a union between "one man and one woman."

But whatever the judge rules, the issue will likely remain unsettled, leaving same-sex couples in Texas to wonder what their future holds.

Just ask Eliza McAdams and Christina Parker. They're a same-sex couple who always felt one day they would be legally married.

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Gun Rights
4:40 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

Davis Clarifies Position On Open Carry, Says Cities Should Decide

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis at a campaign stop in San Antonio last year.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Likely Democratic nominee for governor Wendy Davis is retaining her support for the open-carry issue despite some rumblings within her own party but emphasized this week that that position comes with caveats -- Davis would make sure city governments retained a local control of the issue.

Davis said her position on open carry remains consistent with her position on the guns on campus issue -- she voted against guns on campus but offered an amendment that would allow individual college campuses to decide the issue.

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Education
2:15 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Davis Calls On Abbott To Settle School Finance Lawsuit

Likely Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis speaks in front of Austin Community College's Rio Grande Campus on the Texas school finance lawsuit.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the likely Democratic nominee for governor, is calling on Attorney General Greg Abbott to come to the table and reach a settlement agreement in legal case challenging the constitutionality of the state’s school finance system.

As Travis County District Judge John Deitz weighs hundreds of pieces of evidence in the lawsuit, Davis called on Abbott, who is representing the state in the case and is Davis' likely Republican opponent in the governor's race, to make sure Texas school districts are adequately funded.

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2014 Election
10:46 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Both Sides Of Gun Debate Question Wendy Davis' Stance On Open Carry

Screenshot from Wendy Davis campaign video.
Wendy Davis for Governor

Both gun groups and those wanting more restrictions aren’t surprised by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ position on open carry laws. Davis, in a written statement to the Associated Press, stated that she did support the practice for handguns and had a vision for how that would work in Texas.

The questionnaire asked the state senator from Fort Worth if she supported open carry and why.  Davis answered that she does, but that governmental should be sensitive to private property owners, who may not want allow open carry within their facilities.

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Fronteras Desk
10:58 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Greg Abbott Outlines Border Security Plan

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee for Texas governor Greg Abbott has announced his campaign’s platform for securing the 1,300-mile Texas-Mexico border. The plan would cost $300 million and also target domestic violence and sex crimes.

While speaking to a Dallas nonprofit that helps victims of child sex trafficking, Abbott said the federal government has failed to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

He promised as governor he would add more than 1,500 Department of Public Safety state troopers assigned to the southern region of Texas.

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2014 Election
3:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Campaign Outraises Davis By Over Three Times In January

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.
Courtesy photo

Likely Republican nominee Greg Abbott’s ability to raise money continues to dominate the 2014 race for governor. Abbott’s campaign raised over three times the amount of money Wendy Davis’ campaign was able to collect  in January.

In the last three months of 2013, Democratic candidate Davis’ campaign had taken in more money than Abbott during the last three months of the year. That celebration was short-lived as Abbott’s campaign showed they were able to raise more than $3 million dollars in January -- Davis’ campaign raised just under $1 million.

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2014 Election
1:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Abbott Vows To Keep Up Pressure On Davis In Undercover Audio

Campaigning between the two likely gubernatorial nominees has heated up over the past month.
Ryan Poppe/David Martin Davies TPR News

A Democratic strategy group supporting the Wendy Davis campaign has introduced new undercover audio of Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott promising to continue attacking Davis through social media.

The Lone Star Project infiltrated an Abbott fundraiser in Wimberley on Jan. 21 and recorded his comments to the crowd of supporters.

While Abbott doesn’t say much, he does indicate the type of campaign he will run against his likely opponent after the March primaries, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

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The Source - February 3, 2014
11:50 am
Mon February 3, 2014

The Source: The GOP And The Latino Vote

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The last presidential election showed the kind of clout that Latino voters have. With President Barack Obama gaining a  of the demographic the question has been: What will the GOP do to gain traction with Latinos?

Has the Democratic party just done a better job of welcoming Latinos?

Texas has a better record for the Grand Old Party with several Latino legislators in Austin and a comfortable 38 percent of the Latino vote going to Gov. Rick Perry in 2010, but also has an extremely low turnout of Latino voters.

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2014 Election
10:51 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Van De Putte And Dewhurst Face Off Over Senate Committee Comments

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

 State sen. Leticia Van De Putte and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, both candidates in the lieutenant governor's race, traded barbs at the Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference in Austin. The friction continued to come from statements made by Dewhurst about the importance of certain Senate committees.

A few months ago, Dewhurst, when asked why he appointed so many Democrats to head up Senate committees, said he only appointed them to non-important groups -- that includes the Senate Committee on Veteran’s Affairs and Military Installations.

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Texas Matters
1:41 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Should Creationism Be Taught In Texas Schools? One Charter System Already Does

Michelangelo Wikimedia Commons

Texas Matters: "Demand response" is helping alleviate drain on Texas power grids. All the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor say they support teaching creationism in Texas public schools and one charter system is defying a Supreme Court ruling by doing just that. Also on this show: Same-sex marriage in Texas? And the new Texas Almanac is out.

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