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3:58 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Watch Dan Patrick’s Full Debate Response On Declaring Bankruptcy In The 1980s

The four Republican Texas lieutenant governor candidates faced off in a January debate in the KERA studios. From left: Jerry Patterson, Dan Patrick (who made the May 27 runoff), Todd Staples and incumbent David Dewhurst (also in the runoff).
LM Otero Associated Press

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's campaign released a television ad Wednesday that criticizes his opponent, State Sen. Dan Patrick, for not repaying his personal bankruptcy debts in the 1980s.

The ad features footage from the Jan. 27 "Texas Debate: The Race For Lieutenant Governor," filmed at KERA's studios. The debate moderator, KERA’s Shelley Kofler, is shown asking Patrick about the bankruptcy. You can watch the Dewhurst ad, called "Mother of All Debts," and Patrick's full response to the question during the debate, and read the Patrick campaign's response to the ad.

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Politics
10:45 am
Wed April 16, 2014

In Spirited Debate, Dan Patrick And Julián Castro Exchange Blows Over Immigration

Sen. Dan Patrick, on the right, and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro debated immigration Tuesday in San Antonio.
Bob Daemmrich Texas Tribune

As they traded barbs during a televised debate on Tuesday night, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro covered a range of issues beyond the set topic of immigration policy, including the November general election and abortion rights.

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Politics
6:52 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Trailing In Polls, Wendy Davis Promises To 'Give It Everything I Have'

Shelley Kofler KERA News

On Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis continued her assault on Republican opponent Greg Abbott’s pre-kindergarten plan, this time in Dallas.

But as she spoke at the annual conference for the Texas Retired Teachers Association, a new national poll was released, showing the state senator from Fort Worth has made little headway in chiseling down Abbott’s lead.

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Politics
6:54 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Seeking Photos Of Davis-Obama Meeting, Abbott Files FOIA Request With White House

Greg Abbott, the Republican candidate for governor, wants copies of any photos taken when his Democratic opponent, Wendy Davis, met Thursday with President Barack Obama. 

To get them, Abbott has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the White House.

Davis’ campaign says she had a private meeting with the president at the LBJ Library in Austin, where he helped commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.

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5:42 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Candidate Patrick Wants Government Out Of Equal Pay Issue

Lead in text: 
In Fort Worth today, Sen. Dan Patrick, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor, again said he supports equal pay for men and women but he doesn't think government should enforce it. Patrick and incumbent Lt. Governor Davis Dewhurst will face each other in a May 27 runoff for their party's nomination. Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, has said he would again allow an equal pay measure to be voted on if enough senators wanted that to happen. The legislature passed a bill last session allowing employees more time to file equal pay claims but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.
politics On the same day President Barack Obama pushed for equal pay for women, candidate for Lt. Gov. state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) insisted new equal pay laws are not needed. Speaking after a fundraiser luncheon in Fort Worth Tuesday, Patrick told NBC 5 he opposes any new federal or state equal pay protections.
Politics
1:43 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

In Race To Host 2016 GOP Convention, Dallas Advances To Next Round

If Dallas hosts the 2016 GOP Convention, it would be held at American Airlines Center.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/epler/ Jim Epler/Flickr

Dallas made the first cut in the competition to host the 2016 GOP Convention.

The Republican National Convention just announced that Dallas and five other cities are moving on to the next round of consideration.

The other cities are Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas.

Two cities were cut: Phoenix and Columbus.

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Politics
1:30 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Accusations Of Pay Discrimination In State Agencies Heats Up Texas Governor's Race

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.

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.

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Politics
7:47 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Pro-Life Group Mobilizes For Dewhurst, Saying Patrick Doesn't Work Well With Others

Kyleen Wright of Texans for Life says she'll urge pro-life supporters to vote for Dewhurst.
Shelley Kofler KERA News

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.

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Politics
5:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

GOP Lt. Gov. Candidate Dan Patrick Campaigns With Mike Huckabee In Highland Park

Lt. Gov. candidate Dan Patrick at lectern explaining a policy position as Fox News host and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee looks on. They appeared at a campaign fundraiser lunch in Highland Park
Bill Zeeble KERA News

Dan Patrick brought out some star power in Highland Park: Mike Huckabee. The former presidential candidate and Fox News host focused on Patrick’s surprising lead in the March 4 primary.

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Politics
4:08 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Robert Strauss, Native Texan And Former Democratic Party Chair, Dies At 95

Robert Strauss, a former chairman of the Democratic Party and an ambassador to the Soviet Union, has died at 95.
Wikimedia Commons

Robert Strauss, the Dallas lawyer who became a political power on the national and international stage, died Wednesday at age 95.

Strauss was a staunch Democrat, but he advised presidents from both sides of the aisle, from Lyndon Johnson to George H.W. Bush.

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