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11:59 am
Tue November 29, 2011

New Election Districts Generate Scramble

Dallas, TX – Fort Worth Council member Kathleen Hicks yesterday became the first Democrat to file for Tarrant County's newly created Congressional District 33. It's a race that is expected to draw a big field of competitive candidates. KERA's Shelley Kofler reports on the possibility of Tarrant again having a Democrat in Washington, and on the Republican challenge that could prevent that.

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Government
7:41 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Texas House Speaker Puts Legislators On Economy Watch

State House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) tells business leaders manufacturers are key to growing Texas economy.

Dallas, TX – Texas House Speaker Joe Straus says his top priority for the next legislative session is the economy. KERA's Jacqueline Fellows reports.

The San Antonio Republican told the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Thursday that he specifically wants to attract more manufacturers to the state.

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Elections
2:26 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

Perry Campaign Begins Damage Control

Gov. Rick Perry talking to the media after the CNBC Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9, 2011.
Ben Philpott/KUT

Austin, TX – Political operatives, reporters and pundits alike agreed - the biggest story to come out of last nights republican debate in Michigan was Governor Rick Perry's gaffe. As Ben Philpott reports For KUT News, the more important story is what his performance on stage may have started behind the scenes.

Just how bad was it?

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Elections
2:23 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Texans Vote On Amendments

Dallas, TX – It's Election Day in Texas. Voters are deciding ten state constitutional amendments.

Rich Parsons, with the Secretary of State's office says early voting was about 2%. He says voter turnout for constitutional amendment elections is never as high as presidential or gubernatorial elections.

Parsons: The last two election cycles for proposed constitutional amendments we've seen total a little more than 8% turnout.

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Elections
7:41 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Tuesday Vote: 10 Constitutional Amendments

Dallas, TX – Texans decide ten constitutional amendments at the polls Tuesday. Proposition 9 would allow the Governor to pardon someone who has successfully completed a "deferred adjudication". That's a plea agreement that includes probation and community service.

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Elections
4:53 pm
Thu November 3, 2011

Mormon Presidential Candidates Face Hurdle In Texas

Austin, TX – The two Mormons running for president Republicans Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman face a significant obstacle in Texas. More than one in five Texas voters 23 percent say most of the people they know would not vote for a Mormon presidential candidate even if they agreed with him or her on the issues, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Government
12:35 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Dallas Council To Attend Ethics Class

Dallas, TX – A "makeover" for the Dallas City Hall "ethics" policy is in the works. KERA's BJ Austin says City Council members got a few ideas at an SMU ethics forum Wednesday.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has made changing the "culture" of ethics at City Hall a priority.

Rawlings: You know one of the most important things that we can do for the city of Dallas is send a signal that we care about ethics. It's the foundation of everything we do: how we treat each other, how we treat suppliers, how we treat citizens.

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Elections
7:43 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

North Texas Voters Weigh In On Perry Campaign

Dallas, TX – Texas Republicans surveyed in a new poll don't seem to be buying Gov. Rick Perry's campaign claim that his policies are responsible for Texas' job-creating economy.

In the University of Texas- Texas Tribune poll, some 65 percent said Texas's natural resources and policies are the reason the state's economy has outperformed others. Just 21 percent of Republican voters credited Rick Perry's leadership.

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Elections
4:57 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

Poll: Most Texans Don't Credit Perry On Economy

Governor Rick Perry speaking at the Western Republican Leadership Conference in Las Vegas.
Gage Skidmore (cc) flickr

Austin, TX – A key part of Gov. Rick Perry's pitch to Republican presidential primary voters is the performance of the state's economy especially in job creation during his tenure as governor. But Texas voters, for the most part, are more likely to see him as a bystander to the state's success than its driver, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

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Elections
1:11 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Cain Edges Perry In Texas In New Poll

Gage Skidmore (cc) flickr

Austin, TX – Gov. Rick Perry is statistically tied with businessman Herman Cain among Republican presidential primary voters in his home state of Texas, with the rest of the GOP candidates well behind the leaders, according to the new University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

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