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2:28 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Gov. Perry Talks Presidential Bid, Second Chances On 'Meet The Press'

Speaking this weekend on NBC’s "Meet the Press," Gov. Rick Perry was asked about the gaffs in his failed 2012 presidential run and how to recover ahead of the 2016 election.

Perry seems to be showing more signs of a 2016 run and said America is a land of second chances.

"I would tend to agree with them on the botched effort side of it," Perry said.

"So what went wrong?" asked host David Gregory.

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The Source - May 1, 2014
12:22 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

The Source: Ralph Nader Still Trying To Shake Things Up

Credit Nick Bygon http://bit.ly/RbwyXp / CC

Aging activist and oft-candidate for president of the United States Ralph Nader is still doing what he does best: causing trouble. The octogenarian has been making new waves by calling for President Obama to be impeached and for people to support Rand Paul in the 2016 election.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
9:46 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Primary Opponent Jerry Patterson Tells KERA He's Endorsing Dewhurst Over Patrick

State Sen. Dan Patrick, left, and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, right, are competing in a May 27 runoff election.
Daniel Kramer / Michael Stravato Texas Tribune

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 1:31 pm

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst got some good news this weekend in his uphill battle to hold onto his job. A former foe, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, told KERA he will be endorsing Dewhurst. The news comes two days after Dewhurst, the incumbent, and Dan Patrick, the frontrunner, debated in Houston.

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2014 Republican Lt. Gov. Runoff
10:29 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Everything On The Line For Tonight's Dewhurst-Patrick Republican Runoff Debate

One political expert says that tonight's debate is a must win for Dewhurst if he is hoping to make it on the November ballot.
Credit David Dewhurst campaign

Following two weeks of negative campaign ads in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff, Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst will face off in a runoff election debate tonight in Houston. One political pundit said Dewhurst will need a blowout win at the debate if he is to gain in traction in the race.

Just when some had believed incumbent Dewhurst’s campaign had gone flat, he emerged with a set of attacks, alleging that Patrick changed his name to avoid the Internal Revenue Service.

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2014 Election
10:02 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Libertarian Party Of Texas Announces Candidates For Statewide Office

Robert Butler, candidate for lieutenant governor, addresses his libertarian colleagues and audience members infront of the Alamo.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Nine people stood in front of the Alamo hoping to change the status quo of the state as the Libertarian Party of Texas announced its candidates for statewide office. The list included those for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and state, county and congressional delegations.

Kathy Glass, as Houston lawyer who was not at the event, is the party's candidate for governor. She ran previously in 2010 and came away with 2 percent of the vote. She said she believes the state has been run by a single party for too long.

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Campaign Finance
3:17 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Texas House And U.S. Senate Take On Nonprofit 'Dark Money' Disclosure

This week both a U.S. Senate committee and Texas House committee took up the issue of whether political nonprofits should be required to disclose their campaign contributions.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are concerned with how these groups are trying to buy elections thanks to laws that don't require such groups to report their campaign contributions.

At the U.S. Senate Campaign Finance Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas argued that campaign contributions are a form of free speech.

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District 9 Special Election
11:20 am
Tue April 29, 2014

District 9 Councilman Joe Krier Aims To Fill Unexpired Term Permanently

Joe Krier was appointed to the city council by members to fill Elisa Chan's unexpired term.
Credit Ryan Loyd / TPR News

Among the list of candidates on the ballot for the May 10th joint, special and bond election is Joe Krier. The District 9 councilman hopes to lock in the seat for the next year.

It's been nearly six months since the San Antonio City Council picked Krier to fill the vacated seat of Elisa Chan's unexpired term.

And in that time, Krier said he's learned just how important basic city services are but that it does take quite a bit of time to do it all. He's a self-professed conservative who represents a rather conservative North Side district.

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Texas Politics
2:40 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

House Lawmaker Asks Abbott For Legal Opinion On Gov. Perry's Attorney Fees

As Gov. Rick Perry's coercion trial moves forward, one state lawmaker is asking whether or not the state should be footing the bill for Perry's defense.

State Rep. Joe Deshotel, D-Beaumont, has asked Attorney General Greg Abbott to provide his legal opinion on the matter.

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Political Dark Money
9:58 am
Mon April 28, 2014

House Lawmakers Take Another Look At "Dark Money" This Week

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Should the State of Texas be able to track contributions from 501 (c) (4) political nonprofits? This week a select committee of House lawmakers will discuss the possibility of legislation that could track this political "dark money" ahead of the 2015 session.

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

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

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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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