Politics http://ketr.org en Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning http://ketr.org/post/abbott-calls-increased-funding-online-learning <p>Calling for millions of dollars in increased funding for online learning initiatives, Republican gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/">Greg Abbott </a>announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday — a proposal to increase access to the <a href="http://www.txvsn.org/portal/">Texas Virtual School Network </a>and to create several grant programs to fund the development and implementation of digital learning courses.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Alexa Ura - The Texas Tribune 53312 at http://ketr.org Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case http://ketr.org/post/alameel-and-rogers-study-contrasts-make-their-case <p>U.S. Sen. <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/">John Cornyn</a>, R-Texas, is still waiting to find out whom he'll face in the November general election. In a May 27 primary runoff, Democrats will choose between Dallas dental center mogul <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-alameel/">David </a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-alameel/">Alameel</a> and <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/kesha-rogers/">Kesha Rogers</a>, a <a href="http://larouchepac.com/">Lyndon LaRouche </a>disciple whom state Democratic leaders have shunned.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott - The Texas Tribune 53285 at http://ketr.org Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate http://ketr.org/post/dewhurst-patrick-engage-nasty-lt-gov-debate <p>In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/">Dan Patrick </a>and incumbent <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst </a>hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on May 7.</p><p>The animosity between the two candidates became apparent within the first few minutes of the event, a political roundtable hosted by WFAA-TV in Dallas that included Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:13:23 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen - The Texas Tribune 53238 at http://ketr.org Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge http://ketr.org/post/sboe-incumbent-faces-strong-tea-party-challenge <p>Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 21:12:25 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen - The Texas Tribune 53237 at http://ketr.org SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech http://ketr.org/post/dark-money-hearing-centers-transparency-free-speech <p>Nearly a year after Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry </a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/05/25/perry-vetoes-dark-money-bill/">vetoed a bill </a>that would have forced some tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors, a hearing in the Texas House on Thursday showed that it remains as divisive a concept as ever.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Aman Batheja - The Texas Tribune 53013 at http://ketr.org Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf http://ketr.org/post/state-politicians-blm-dispute-fertile-turf <p>State Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/james-frank/">James Frank </a>has been hearing from constituents since February about goings-on along the Red River: The U.S. <a href="http://www.blm.gov/wo/st/en.html">Bureau of Land Management</a>, citing a series of court rulings dating to the 1920s, had decided that a 116-mile stretch of land belonged to the federal government.</p><p>The roughly 90,000 acres included property long ago deeded to residents who had raised crops and cattle and paid taxes on it.</p> Sun, 04 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Jim Malewitz - The Texas Tribune 53011 at http://ketr.org For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway http://ketr.org/post/small-subset-voters-holds-lot-sway <p><br />In modern-day Texas, the election that matters is usually the Republican primary.</p><p>The winners who emerge from Tuesday’s Republican primary and subsequent May 27 runoff elections will in most cases be the prohibitive favorites to win in November.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 22:00:00 +0000 John Reynolds - The Texas Tribune 53010 at http://ketr.org A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway Analysis: Some districts just don't vote http://ketr.org/post/analysis-some-districts-just-dont-vote <p>*Correction appended.&nbsp;</p><p>In his 2012 bid to oust state Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a>, state Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/mark-shelton/">Mark Shelton</a>, R-Fort Worth, received more votes than eight candidates who won seats in the Senate that year. But when those eight senators were sworn in, Shelton was back at his regular job as a pediatrician.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Ross Ramsey - The Texas Tribune 53001 at http://ketr.org Analysis: Some districts just don't vote Ethics allegations shake up Texas Attorney General race http://ketr.org/post/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-attorney-general-race <p>The battle for the Republican nomination for attorney general resembled most of the GOP primary fights this year: Candidates raced to the right, trying to claim the title of most conservative. But with less than a month until the primary runoff, one candidate has been busy fending off allegations that he broke the law.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at <a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-/">http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-/</a>.</p> Sat, 03 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott - The Texas Tribune 53003 at http://ketr.org Candidates talk urban-rural divide in runoff http://ketr.org/post/candidates-talk-urban-rural-divide-runoff-0 <p>*Correction appended</p><p>The race to replace U.S Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/">Steve Stockman </a>in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: <a href="http://www.babinforcongress.com/">Brian Babin </a>of southeast Texas and <a href="http://www.benstreusand.com/">Ben Streusand </a>of suburban Houston.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 22:15:26 +0000 Cathaleen Qiao Chen - The Texas Tribune 52908 at http://ketr.org Candidates talk urban-rural divide in runoff