Shelley Kofler http://keranews.org en Trailing In Polls, Wendy Davis Promises To 'Give It Everything I Have' http://keranews.org/post/trailing-polls-wendy-davis-promises-give-it-everything-i-have <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis continued her assault on Republican opponent Greg Abbott’s pre-kindergarten plan, this time in Dallas.</span></p><p>But as she spoke at the annual conference for the Texas Retired Teachers Association, a <a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2014/04/republicans-lead-in-texas.html">new national poll</a> was released, showing the state senator from Fort Worth has made little headway in chiseling down Abbott’s lead.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:52:27 +0000 Shelley Kofler 48052 at http://keranews.org Trailing In Polls, Wendy Davis Promises To 'Give It Everything I Have' Seeking Photos Of Davis-Obama Meeting, Abbott Files FOIA Request With White House http://keranews.org/post/seeking-photos-davis-obama-meeting-abbott-files-foia-request-white-house <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Greg Abbott, the </span>Republican candidate for governor, wants copies of any photos taken when his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, met Thursday with President Barack Obama.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To get them, Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Davis’ campaign says she had a private meeting with the president at the </span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Library in Austin, where he helped commemorate the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:54:18 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47889 at http://keranews.org Seeking Photos Of Davis-Obama Meeting, Abbott Files FOIA Request With White House UNT-Dallas President Hopes To Set His Urban University Apart http://keranews.org/post/unt-dallas-president-hopes-set-his-urban-university-apart <p>The second president at the University of North Texas at Dallas says his priorities include keeping tuition low and forging a relationship with employers who will help train students for high-demand jobs. &nbsp;</p><p>President Ronald Brown talked with KERA's Shelley Kofler prior to giving his inaugural speech on Friday.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 23:00:58 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47882 at http://keranews.org UNT-Dallas President Hopes To Set His Urban University Apart Battle For Governor Shines A Light On Pre-K http://keranews.org/post/battle-governor-shines-light-pre-k <p>Dallas and Fort Worth school districts are ramping up efforts to enroll more eligible children in pre-kindergarten.&nbsp; The push comes as gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis spar over who has a better plan for early education.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Inside the pre-kindergarten class at </span><a href="http://www.goodstreetcc.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dallas’ Good Street Learning Center</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, it might seem like the 4-year-olds keeping time with rhythm sticks are just playing a game.</span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:16:29 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47799 at http://keranews.org Battle For Governor Shines A Light On Pre-K Ray Hutchison Remembered As Powerful Force Behind North Texas Landmarks http://keranews.org/post/ray-hutchison-remembered-powerful-force-behind-north-texas-landmarks <p>Former President George W. Bush and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were among the political elite who celebrated the life of Ray Hutchison Thursday.</p><p>The 81-year-old husband of former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison died Sunday of a heart problem, leaving behind a legacy that includes many of the biggest public projects in Dallas-Fort Worth. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 05:38:27 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47492 at http://keranews.org Ray Hutchison Remembered As Powerful Force Behind North Texas Landmarks Accusations Of Pay Discrimination In State Agencies Heats Up Texas Governor's Race http://keranews.org/post/accusations-pay-discrimination-state-agencies-heats-texas-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrats in the Texas Senate are asking the lieutenant governor to investigate pay discrimination for women in state agencies, including the attorney general’s office.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s the latest salvo being fired by supporters of Democrat Wendy Davis, who has made equal pay a key issue in her race for governor against Republican Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general.</span></p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 06:30:27 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47146 at http://keranews.org Accusations Of Pay Discrimination In State Agencies Heats Up Texas Governor's Race Lawmakers Worry Schools Aren't Prepared For New, Confusing Graduation Requirements http://keranews.org/post/lawmakers-worry-schools-arent-prepared-new-confusing-graduation-requirements <p>State lawmakers reviewing new graduation requirements that go into effect in the fall say they’re confusing and districts may not be prepared to implement them.</p><p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 00:43:55 +0000 Shelley Kofler 47087 at http://keranews.org Lawmakers Worry Schools Aren't Prepared For New, Confusing Graduation Requirements Dallas Sees Las Vegas, Kansas City, Denver As Main Competitors For GOP Convention http://keranews.org/post/dallas-sees-las-vegas-kansas-city-denver-main-competitors-gop-convention <p>Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says Big D presented a competitive proposal Friday that should make the city a finalist for hosting the 2016 Republican National Convention.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 23:58:51 +0000 Shelley Kofler 46853 at http://keranews.org Dallas Sees Las Vegas, Kansas City, Denver As Main Competitors For GOP Convention Learn More About Dallas’ Bid For 2016 GOP Convention (Video) http://keranews.org/post/learn-more-about-dallas-bid-2016-gop-convention-video <p>GOP leaders should choose Dallas for its 2016 convention because the city has plenty of hotel rooms, has the ability to raise enough funding, is centrally located, and has a proven track record of hosting big events.</p><p>Those are some of the highlights of the city's proposal to host the Republican Convention. Dallas officials have kept a tight lid on details -- until now. Today, various Dallas representatives are in Washington to make their pitch. They include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau President Phillip Jones and retired U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. A press conference is being held this morning in Washington to discuss the city's presentation.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 15:52:05 +0000 Eric Aasen & Shelley Kofler 46823 at http://keranews.org Learn More About Dallas’ Bid For 2016 GOP Convention (Video) Pro-Life Group Mobilizes For Dewhurst, Saying Patrick Doesn't Work Well With Others http://keranews.org/post/pro-life-group-mobilizes-dewhurst-saying-patrick-doesnt-work-well-others <p>After finishing 13 points behind Texas Sen. Dan Patrick in the Republican primary, incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told Republican women in Arlington on Thursday he may need to introduce himself to voters again, even though he’s held statewide office for 15 years.</p><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:47:04 +0000 Shelley Kofler 46798 at http://keranews.org Pro-Life Group Mobilizes For Dewhurst, Saying Patrick Doesn't Work Well With Others