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3:46 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

UPDATE: Dallas Mayor Rawlings Troubled By City Staff's Handling Of Uber Car Ordinance

An ordinance that would regulate Uber, the app-based limo service, has been a contentous topic at Dallas City Hall.
BJ Austin KERA News

Dallas City Council members went behind closed doors Wednesday to hear an independent investigation into how an ordinance cracking down on Uber, the app-based limo service, was rushed to a proposed vote.

The ordinance bypassed the council committee process and was presented for a vote after competitor Yellow Cab complained that the new transportation service was violating city regulations.

Following the closed-door meeting, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said he didn’t hear of any legal or ethical violations regarding the independent investigation. Instead, he said a series of bad decisions were made. He's troubled by the way city staff handled the ordinance.

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Government
9:52 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Criticized In Washington, Ted Cruz Is Feelin' Some Love At Home In Texas

Sen. Ted Cruz listened to small business owners during a meeting in Fort Worth.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

So, where do you go when you need some TLC and appreciation?  Home, right?

That’s exactly what Sen. Ted Cruz has been doing this week.

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Government
9:36 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Greg Abbott Defends Stricter Abortion Law, While Opponents Ask Judge To Delay It

Gregg Abbott talked about abortion law after receiving an endorsement at a pancake restaurant in Dallas.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

In Dallas on Monday, Attorney General Greg Abbott defended a new state abortion law being challenged in federal court this week.

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12:24 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Interim City Manager Apologizes, Saying He 'Made A Mistake' In Uber Car Matter

Interim City Manager A.C. Gonzalez sent a memo today to the Dallas mayor and City Council in which he admitted he "made a mistake" when handling the Uber car service ordinance over the summer -- a matter that has generated plenty of controversy, The Dallas Morning News reports.
“Part of having solid character and integrity is admitting mistakes,” Gonzalez wrote in the memo. “Even with 30 years of municipal experience (14 years in Dallas), I made a mistake. Please accept my apology. I regret the approach I took as I tried to address the situation expeditiously. I regret not bringing the issue before the Council earlier in the process and getting your input. I recognize I made a mistake, and I have learned valuable lessons.”
Government
11:39 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Take A Look At Nine Measures On November Ballot That Would Alter Texas Constitution

Erik Hersman (cc) flickr

The Nov. 5 ballot in front of Texas voters includes nine measures that would change the state constitution. 

The most publicized issue would take $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help finance water projects.

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Government
12:05 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Voting Early? Don't Forget Your Photo ID

KC Ivey Flickr

Early voting begins today for the Nov. 5 election -- for the first time, Texans will have to show valid photo IDs at the polls.

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Government
1:20 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

UPDATE: The Government Shutdown Is Over, But It's Still Affecting Texas

Furloughed federal workers protested in downtown Dallas on Oct. 10.
BJ Austin KERA News

The government shutdown generated national headlines, but it affected Dallas-Fort Worth and the rest of Texas, too. Initially, about 800,000 federal workers were forced off the job. On Oct. 16, Congress approved a bill to end the 16-day shutdown and avert the first government default in U.S. history Here’s the latest:

Update, 10:23 a.m. Fri., Oct. 25: The government has been open for more than a week, but some federal workers in Dallas-Fort Worth are suffering from "wounded morale, disillusionment and uncertainty about the stability of once highly sought after government jobs," The Dallas Morning News reports. Experienced government lawyers are looking for new jobs -- and employees worry about future paychecks.

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Government
5:35 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

TXDOT Publishes Names Of Top Toll Scofflaws

KERA News

The North Texas Tollway Authority did it in our part of the state.  Now the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has published a list of drivers who have repeatedly driven on the state’s toll roads without paying.

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Government
3:26 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Ted Cruz Claims Win Even Though Strategy To Defund Obamacare Fails

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Shelley Kofler KERA News

Senator Ted Cruz is unapologetic for leading the fight that has brought the federal government close to defaulting on its debt payments.

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2:50 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Abbott Welcomes Supreme Court's Decision To Hear Texas Case Against EPA

Attorney General Greg Abbott, a GOP candidate for governor, is tweeting his approval of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear Texas' arguments against EPA rules for regulating greenhouse gases.
The Associated Press HOUSTON - Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has welcomed a U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear the state's arguments against federal rules to block greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and refineries. The court said Tuesday it would hear Texas' argument that the U.S.

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