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4:43 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Last Look at Federal Candidates' Campaign Finance Totals

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There is so much money tossed around during the campaign season that it could make your head explode trying to figure out where it's all going. The Texas Tribune compiled all the donations and hand-offs, and here is how each Texas federal candidate stacked up.
On Oct. 25, federal candidates filed their pre-general reports, the last campaign finance reports before the Nov. 6 general election. These reports are our last look at how much money each candidate has on hand before the big day. As we did with the state filings last week, we have compiled all of these numbers.
$1.89 Billion School Bond
11:25 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Houston Voters To Decide On Texas' Largest Bond Proposal

The $1.89 billion dollar proposal would make major improvements to a total of 38 schools in the Houston Independent School District, many that have outlived their usefulness.

"These high schools are 50+ years old, and there is not a real cheap way to get out of this because we have not updated our high schools in a long time, and they are literally crumbling."

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4:15 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Voter In Texas?

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For some people, especially in Republican-dominated Texas, the difference between voting Republican or Democrat can be one or two issues.
What Does It Mean To Be An Independent Voter In Texas? November 5, 2012 A recent Gallup survey found 40 percent of voters nationwide claim to be independent. That's several points higher than those who identify as staunch Democrats or Republicans. Linda Wilson is among those independents.
Texas Matters
10:29 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Candidates Make Final Push as Nov. 6 Approaches - Close Races in Texas and Across the Southwest

The Latino vote could be influential in this year's election, and we will find out just how influential after the polls close on Nov. 6.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters #636

During the last two weeks of the 2012 campaign, candidates make their final sell to voters, but in close races like that between Francisco Canseco and Pete Gallego there is a different kind of urgency. The Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg talks about some of the interesting storylines he is watching as we approach Nov. 6, and we take a look at some other election issues from across the American Southwest.

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Texas Matters
2:51 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Greg Abbott Threatens Election Observers, Texas Education in Court and Hangings in Gainsville

Early voting locations like this one at Brook Hollow Library in North San Antonio have been busy since early voting began earlier this week.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is threatening an international democracy observer group with criminal charges if they interfere with Texas election locations. The education system in Texas is on trial this week to answer the question: Is the present system violating the state’s constitution? 150 years ago there was a hanging in Gainesville that claimed the lives of 40 men.

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2:26 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Travis Letter Returning To Alamo

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The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has agreed to allow Col. William Travis' "Victory or Death" letter to be displayed at the Alamo for two weeks early next year.
The famous "Victory or Death" letter will return to the Alamo for the first time since Col. William B. Travis wrote it there in 1836. The Texas Library and Archives Commission voted 6-1 to allow the Texas General Land Office to display the document during a special exhibit at the Alamo from Feb.
Texas
4:12 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Texas State Fair's Big Tex Destroyed by Fire

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Big Tex is 60 years old this year, but instead of birthday candles to blow out, firefighters had a fully engulfed fire to extinguish.

State Fair Vice President of Marketing Mitchell Glieber said the fire ran up the electrical line to his jaw, destroying the 52-foot icon of the Texas State Fair.

"Probably within 5 minutes or so, all of his clothes were pretty much on fire," said Glieber. "It happened fairly quickly, but there weren't a lot of people in the park."

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Texas Matters
3:09 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

The State Legislature, Budget Cuts, and Pre-Election Opinion Polls

State of Texas Capitol building in Austin.
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The Texas Legislature will be back in a few months facing a budget deficit. Will the next round of state budget cuts clip Texas high school football? Or could expanded gambling in the state help solve education funding shortfalls? Nate Silver writes the New York Times political blog about polls and political probability, Five Thirty Eight, and talks about how useful (and reliable) pre-election opinion polls can be.

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Texas Matters
4:31 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Latino Voter Turnout, Gun Control, Planned Parenthood and Celebrity Drug Busts

Chris Eudaily Texas Public Radio

Increasing voter turnout in the Texas Latino community - Ben Philpot, a reporter for KUT Austin and the Texas Tribune, explores some of the issues. Ted Cruz and Paul Sadler are trying to position themselves as defenders of a great Texas tradition: gun ownership. What happens if Texas Legislators win their court battle and zero-out state dollars for the Planned Parenthood clinics? A celebrity tour bus rolls into the West Texas town of Sierra Blanca and the there’s a drug bust that makes national headlines.

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Texas Matters
10:46 am
Fri October 5, 2012

Why Does Texas Have Such a Low Voter Turnout?

Fred Lewis, the Director of Texans Together, says the real challenge is getting people involved more often on a local level, so they can see concrete results from participating. University of Texas at San Antonio political science professor Walter Wilson says poorly distributed congressional districts contribute to poor Latino voter turnout. Saul Elbein's article, “No Shows: why so few Texans bother to vote” also explores the reasons why so many people don't even try to get to the polls.

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