Jay Root, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en Davis Takes Friendly Fire on Gun Issue http://kut.org/post/davis-takes-friendly-fire-gun-issue <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>&nbsp;has taken plenty of shots from conservatives for proposing new gun restrictions, but on Thursday she faced blowback from liberals and fellow Democrats over gun rights.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 21:28:18 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 9731 at http://kut.org Davis Takes Friendly Fire on Gun Issue Davis, Abbott Announce Big Fundraising Figures http://kut.org/post/davis-abbott-announce-big-fundraising-figures <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Democrat&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>&nbsp;pulled $8.7 million into her gubernatorial campaign coffers in the last half of 2013, and another group committed to her election as governor raised $3.5 million over the same period, the Davis campaign announced Tuesday.&nbsp;Minute Wed, 15 Jan 2014 03:04:34 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 9554 at http://kut.org Davis, Abbott Announce Big Fundraising Figures As Year Begins, Texas Governor's Race Will Heat Up http://kut.org/post/year-begins-texas-governors-race-will-heat <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, who got off to a slow and often rocky start in her race for Texas governor, will ring in the New Year with a much bigger bank account and an aggressive new strategy designed to keep front-running candidate&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;on the defensive.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">For Abbott, a three-term attorney general, it’s steady as she goes: He’ll keep unveiling carefully crafted policy initiatives and tying Davis to President Obama while remaining hyper-cautious in his own dealings with the news media — lest he become the first Republican in nearly a quarter-century to blow a governor’s race.</p><p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 9469 at http://kut.org As Year Begins, Texas Governor's Race Will Heat Up Wendy Davis Sees Legal Income Rise http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-sees-legal-income-rise <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Democrat&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>&nbsp;only makes $7,200 a year in salary as a state senator, but her take-home pay more than doubled between 2010 and 2012 thanks to steadily rising income from her private law practice, tax records show.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">Davis, who is running for Texas governor, provided her last three tax returns to The Texas Tribune late Tuesday. Her expected Republican opponent, Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/bidness/explore/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">previously provided</a>&nbsp;his last three returns.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">A graduate of Harvard Law School, Davis lists two attorney jobs on her résumé: She's a partner in&nbsp;<a href="http://newbydavislaw.com/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">her own firm</a>, Newby Davis, and a lawyer “of counsel” to the much larger Cantey Hanger firm. Both are located in Fort Worth.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:11:29 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 9308 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Sees Legal Income Rise An Announcement From Wendy Davis, Sort Of http://kut.org/post/announcement-wendy-davis-sort <p>Let the countdown begin: Sen. <a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a> has announced her announcement date.</p><p>The Fort Worth Democrat, eyeing a run for governor, said in an email release that she would break some news about her political future on Thursday, Oct. 3.</p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:44:16 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8724 at http://kut.org An Announcement From Wendy Davis, Sort Of Wendy Davis Postpones Announcement on Political Future http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-postpones-announcement-political-future <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">State Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Wendy Davis</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">, the Democrats' best hope to run for Texas governor, said Wednesday she is postponing the announcement of her decision so she can help care for her sick father.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; font-size: 15px; ">“I had hoped to make public my decision about that next week, but with everything that’s going on with my dad, I won’t be doing that,” Davis said. “It’s likely it will be late September before I do.”</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 14:03:43 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8563 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Postpones Announcement on Political Future Cruz Staging Number of Events Across Texas http://kut.org/post/cruz-staging-number-events-across-texas <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">U.S. Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/ted-cruz/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Ted Cruz</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">, whose trips to early primary states have sparked speculation about a possible 2016 presidential run, is hitting the road in Texas next week to bash </span>“Obamacare<span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">,” stage town hall meetings and press the flesh with the people who sent him to Washington, D.C.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Cruz’s central focus during the August recess remains his drive to defund the Affordable Care Act. But during the two-week swing, he’ll also squeeze in a few fundraisers, take a tour of the Keystone Pipeline near Houston, visit the U.S.-Mexico border, meet with business leaders, go to a military base and attend a ribbon-cutting for a veterans facility in Austin.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 15 Aug 2013 17:28:22 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8489 at http://kut.org Cruz Staging Number of Events Across Texas Wendy Davis Raises Nearly $1 Million http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-raises-nearly-1-million <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35; ">State Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Wendy Davis</a>, the new star of the Texas Democratic Party, raised nearly $1 million in the final two weeks of June, much of it from small donors who sent her money after she launched her famous filibuster of a restrictive abortion bill, her campaign will reveal Monday.&nbsp;</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">According to figures that her campaign expects to report to the Texas Ethics Commission, the Fort Worth Democrat raised $933,000 between June 17 and June 30. Counting money left over from 2012, she ended the reporting period with more than $1 million in the bank.</p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 14:19:03 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8359 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Raises Nearly $1 Million Abortion-Related Legislation Added to Special Session http://kut.org/post/abortion-related-legislation-added-special-session <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;is again expanding the agenda of the ongoing special session, and this time he has added a issue that is sure to spark partisan warfare.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Perry on Tuesday added “legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities.” Perry also added the issue of life sentences for 17-year olds who commit serious crimes, a big issue for prosecutors but less likely to trigger divisive debate.</p><p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:33:40 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 8074 at http://kut.org Abortion-Related Legislation Added to Special Session Perry Open To Expanding Special Session Agenda http://kut.org/post/perry-open-expanding-special-session-agenda <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;is leaving the door open for more items on the agenda of the newly called special legislative session, but he said Friday he wants lawmakers to bring him specific proposals that have a chance of passage before putting more on their plate.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">“We’re not going to be adding things to the call just for the sake of adding things to the call,” Perry said. “We want to be relatively assured that we’re going to be successful.”</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 19:25:00 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7954 at http://kut.org Perry Open To Expanding Special Session Agenda Susan Combs Won't Seek Re-election http://kut.org/post/susan-combs-wont-seek-re-election <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">Comptroller&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/susan-combs/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Susan Combs</a>&nbsp;announced Wednesday that she will not seek re-election and that she is retiring from public office at the end of her term in 2015. Combs, who had been positioning herself to run for lieutenant governor, will not run for that post or other elective office.&nbsp;</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; "><span style="box-sizing: border-box; ">"It is with a deep sense of gratitude for the past, coupled with excitement for the future, that I announce today I will not be seeking elective office in 2014," Combs said in a statement, adding that she would keep working on several policy priorities, but that she wanted to spend more time on her West Texas ranch. "I want to make my intentions clear as soon as possible for prospective statewide candidates."</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 16:11:40 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7918 at http://kut.org Susan Combs Won't Seek Re-election Big Tobacco Beats Small Tobacco on Tax Vote http://kut.org/post/big-tobacco-beats-small-tobacco-tax-vote <p>Small cigarette manufacturers would face new state fees on their sales under a measure that passed the Texas House in a preliminary vote on Monday —&nbsp;a big win for Big Tobacco.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill passed 85-53.&nbsp;</p><p>The nation’s four largest tobacco companies currently pay more than half a billion dollars to the state every year as part of a 1998 lawsuit settlement. They have for years lobbied for small cigarette manufacturers, which were not included in the $17 billion settlement, to face a similar financial penalty.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 23:40:29 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7638 at http://kut.org Big Tobacco Beats Small Tobacco on Tax Vote Oil Lobbyists Oversee Protection of Threatened Lizard http://kut.org/post/oil-lobbyists-oversee-protection-threatened-lizard <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">When Texas promised to protect a threatened lizard in the oil-rich Permian Basin, state officials entrusted the day-to-day oversight to a nonprofit that sounds like an environmental group: the Texas Habitat Conservation Foundation.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px;">What’s not advertised is the occupation of the board members who created it.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:18:07 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 7477 at http://kut.org Oil Lobbyists Oversee Protection of Threatened Lizard Ethics Commission Backs Off Investigative Power Plan http://kut.org/post/ethics-commission-backs-investigative-power-plan <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Texas Ethics Commission</a>&nbsp;backed away Thursday from a controversial proposal to take certain investigative authority away from the Travis County district attorney’s office, but the agency approved two recommendations aimed at enhancing criminal inquiries of state elected officials.</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 19:45:31 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 5777 at http://kut.org Ethics Commission Backs Off Investigative Power Plan Against the Grain, Texas GOP Dominated on Election Day http://kut.org/post/against-grain-texas-gop-dominated-election-day <p>Democratic victories across the nation left Republican voters and activists with the political version of a hangover last week. In the alternate universe known as Texas, they are blaming the Champagne.</p><p>Republicans here are celebrating another statewide sweep. They held onto huge majorities in the Legislature and the Texas congressional delegation. And at a time of increasing angst about their ability to thrive as the Hispanic population grows, the Texas Republican Party has fielded the first Hispanic U.S. senator from Texas —&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>.</p><p>“Thank God for Texas,” Chris Turner, a Republican consultant, said in a post-election speech to Republican activists in a conservative suburb of Austin. He said, joking, that the state might consider using stimulus money “to build a moat around our northern border.”</p><p>Nationwide, conservatives watched as Democrats scored come-from-behind victories in some red-state U.S. Senate contests and thinned out the Republican Party’s majority in the U.S. House. Victories by gay rights proponents and supporters of legalized pot did nothing to lift their spirits.</p><p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 14:00:19 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 5591 at http://kut.org Against the Grain, Texas GOP Dominated on Election Day