Politics

Texas Politics
12:00 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Abbott calls for increased funding for online learning

Abbott's plan for education includes an increase in digital and bleaded learning techniques.
NPR

Calling for millions of dollars in increased funding for online learning initiatives, Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced the third plank of his education policy plan on Thursday — a proposal to increase access to the Texas Virtual School Network and to create several grant programs to fund the development and implementation of digital learning courses.

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Texas Politics
7:00 am
Sat May 10, 2014

Alameel and Rogers, a study in contrasts, make their case

David Alameel and Kesha Rogers will have their runof election on May 27 to get the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, 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 David Alameel and Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche disciple whom state Democratic leaders have shunned.

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2014 Elections
4:13 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Dewhurst, Patrick engage in nasty lt. gov. debate

David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick take jabs at each other at runoff debate on May 7.
KETR / ketr.org

In the most contentious matchup yet in what has become an increasingly vicious Republican runoff for lieutenant governor, Dan Patrick and incumbent David Dewhurst hurled personal attacks at each other in Dallas on May 7.

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. 

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2014 Elections
4:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

SBOE incumbent faces a strong tea party challenge

Conservative Eric Mahroum has proven to be a worthy opponent in the run-off election for 12-year incumbent Pat Hardy’s sit on the State Board of Education.
www.thecurtisinitiative.com

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. 

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Texas Politics
12:00 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

Dark money hearing centers on transparency, free speech

Keeping political spending done by nonprofits falling under 501(c)(4) of the tax code, also called "dark money", donors a secret is being argue among lawmakers.
NPR

Nearly a year after Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a bill 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.

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Texas Politics
8:00 am
Sun May 4, 2014

For state politicians, BLM dispute is fertile turf

NPR

State Rep. James Frank has been hearing from constituents since February about goings-on along the Red River: The U.S. Bureau of Land Management, citing a series of court rulings dating to the 1920s, had decided that a 116-mile stretch of land belonged to the federal government.

The roughly 90,000 acres included property long ago deeded to residents who had raised crops and cattle and paid taxes on it.

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Texas Politics
5:00 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

A small subset of voters holds a lot of sway

NPR

In modern-day Texas, the election that matters is usually the Republican primary.

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.

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Texas Politics
12:00 pm
Sat May 3, 2014

Analysis: Some districts just don't vote

NPR

*Correction appended. 

In his 2012 bid to oust state Sen. Wendy Davis, state Rep. Mark Shelton, 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.

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2014 Elections
8:00 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Ethics allegations shake up Texas Attorney General race

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. 

 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2014/05/02/ethics-allegations-shake-texas-/.

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2014 Elections
5:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Candidates talk urban-rural divide in runoff

Dr. Brian Babin faces Ben Streusand again in the upcoming runoff on May 27 for Steve Stockman's seat in the U.S. Congress.
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*Correction appended

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand of suburban Houston.

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