Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 12:09 pm
Jerry Russell, the father of State Sen. Wendy Davis, died Thursday at 77. The news sparks more anticipation for those waiting to hear whether Davis will announce a run for governor in 2014.
Russell has been in critical condition at a Fort Worth hospital since August after complications developed from abdominal surgery. Davis was expected to make an announcement about whether she would run for governor in early September, but postponed the news to take care of her father.
James Stevens is responsible for releasing the recording that revealed District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan's view on homosexuality, but isn't sure what's next for him. And although Stevens hasn't got a lot sleep lately, he does still believe he did the right thing.
"I’m not seeking any notoriety. And in fact I think every interview I do is just hurting my chances at getting a job somewhere," he said. "But people do have questions and I’m happy to answer."
Sparks flew on and off the stage in Tyler, Texas, during the debate about online lesson plan provider CSCOPE between State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff and lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick, both Republicans.
San Antonio District 7 Councilman Cris Medina is the latest to throw his support behind the proposed non-discrimination ordinance, which would extend protections for veteran status, gender identity and sexual orientation.
In a statement, Medina wrote:
"I am supporting the proposed ordinance because I oppose discrimination in all forms."
People around City Hall are on edge about what they say following the release of a secret recording that revealed homophobic comments made by District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan and her staff members.
In the audio, given to the Express-News by former Chan staffer James Stevens, who recorded the strategy meeting, are comments by Jeff Bazan, then Chan's chief of policy, who at one point makes talks about sexual orientation by linking it to incest.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor in 2014, has spent nearly $4 million on 31 lawsuits against the federal government in the last nine years, ten of which his office counts as wins.
Konni Burton, a Republican from Fort Worth who is active in politics and is on the Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, has announced she is running for the state Senate seat currently occupied by Wendy Davis.
Earlier this month Davis announced she would either run in the governor’s race or run for re-election in the 2014 election.
In an online video released Wednesday, Burton took aim at Davis' stance on abortion: