Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune http://kut.org en First Debate a Chance for Sadler to Draw Cruz Response http://kut.org/post/first-debate-chance-sadler-draw-cruz-response <p>Tuesday night's televised&nbsp;U.S. Senate&nbsp;debate between Democrat&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-sadler/">Paul Sadler</a>&nbsp;and Republican&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;will be more than just an hourlong political sparring match.</p><p>For Sadler, the event in Dallas&nbsp;provides a rare chance to engage Cruz on the issues and draw a response.</p><p>Since the July 31 primary runoffs, in which Cruz beat Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and Sadler defeated retired educator&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/grady-yarbrough/">Grady Yarbrough</a>, debate in the race has been largely one-sided, with Sadler targeting Cruz and Cruz seemingly focused more on the national effort to defeat&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/barack-obama/">President Obama</a>.</p><p>“Stand together with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/mitt-romney/">Mitt Romney</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-bryan/" title="">Paul Ryan</a>. Restore the American love story,” Cruz said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/cruz-appeals-hispanics-prime-time-speech/">at the Republican National Convention</a>&nbsp;in August. “That, my friends, is change we can believe in.”</p><p> Tue, 02 Oct 2012 15:25:35 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5221 at http://kut.org First Debate a Chance for Sadler to Draw Cruz Response With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road http://kut.org/post/85-mph-speed-limit-trucks-may-avoid-new-toll-road <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In a matter of weeks, a 41-mile stretch of toll road with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">the fastest speed limit in the country</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">will open in Central Texas.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">But truck drivers may steer clear of the new high-speed road, said John Esparza, president of the Texas Motor Transportation Association, which represents the trucking industry in Texas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">“It’s going to be a deterrent, yes,” Esparza said of the road’s 85 mph speed limit.</p><p style="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.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Texas Department of Transportation</a>&nbsp;has said it pursued a higher speed limit for the new portion of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/plan-85-mph-road-draws-safety-fairness-concerns/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">State Highway 130</a>&nbsp;from Austin to Seguin in part to entice drivers away from more congested highways. Agency officials have said engineering tests demonstrated that an 85-mph speed limit is safe for the new toll road.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">While he acknowledged that some truck drivers drive faster than 65 mph, most trucking companies try to keep drivers from traveling faster than that speed, both out of concerns for safety and because it reduces a truck's gas mileage, Esparza said.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 15:14:33 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5181 at http://kut.org With 85 MPH Speed Limit, Trucks May Avoid New Toll Road Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence http://kut.org/post/sadler-working-remind-voters-former-influence <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In 2002, state Rep.&nbsp;</span><a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/paul-sadler/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-sadler/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Paul Sadler</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;of Henderson, was one of the most powerful Democrats in the Texas Legislature when he announced he was not running for re-election.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">At the time, he was the chairman of the House Public Education Committee and a force that even the state’s governor had learned to be mindful of when it came to anything involving schools.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Ten years later, Sadler, 57, is the unequivocal underdog in his bid for U.S. Senate against&nbsp;<a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/ted-cruz/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Ted Cruz</a>, a rising national star in the Republican Party. As he crisscrosses the state, Sadler is learning firsthand that before he can persuade voters to view him as a serious contender, he must first remind them of the power player whom he once was.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:54:46 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5091 at http://kut.org Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence U.N.-Backed Agenda 21 Angers Many in Texas http://kut.org/post/un-backed-agenda-21-angers-many-texas <p>A Lubbock County judge's comments last week that President Obama might&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-courts/texas-judicial-system/county-judge-civil-war-could-ensue-obama-re-electe/">cede U.S. sovereignty to the United Nations</a>&nbsp;and spark a civil war have been widely ridiculed. But&nbsp;concerns about U.N. overreach are gaining ground, with the attacks mostly focused on a 20-year-old nonbinding U.N. resolution called&nbsp;<a href="http://www.un.org/esa/dsd/agenda21/">Agenda 21</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Texas critics of the resolution have seen their fears echoed by activists at city council meetings around the state and adopted by some of the state's Republican leaders.</p><p>Agenda 21 was signed by more than 170 countries, including the U.S., in 1992 and aims to encourage governments to promote environmentally friendly development such as preserving open spaces and discouraging urban sprawl. A variety of organizations around the world promote similar principles.</p><p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 20:27:39 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4969 at http://kut.org U.N.-Backed Agenda 21 Angers Many in Texas Two Texas Counties Didn't Hold Runoff Elections http://kut.org/post/two-texas-counties-didnt-hold-runoff-elections <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">More than 1 million Texas voters participated in Tuesday&#39;s primary runoff elections, but none of them were from Sterling and Oldham counties.&nbsp;County clerks with both rural counties confirmed that they did not hold primary runoffs.</span></p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 18:06:19 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Ryan Murphy, Texas Tribune 4807 at http://kut.org Two Texas Counties Didn't Hold Runoff Elections Dewhurst Dismisses Unfavorable Poll at Chick-fil-A http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-dismisses-unfavorable-poll-chick-fil <p>Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;crossed the Chick-fil-A parking lot in Austin on Monday morning holding one of the fast food chain&rsquo;s signature white paper bags. He stopped before a phalanx of reporters and television cameras positioned nearby so that the Chick-fil-A sign would be visible behind him.</p><p>&ldquo;Sorry I&rsquo;m a few minutes late,&rdquo; Dewhurst said.</p><p>The previous 12 hours had not been good for the lieutenant governor. Though his primary runoff against former Texas Solicitor General <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;isn&#39;t until tomorrow, Politico practically&nbsp;<a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/79092.html">called the race for Cruz</a>&nbsp;in a story published Sunday evening. An hour later, a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-elections/poll-cruz-leading-dewhurst-10-points/">new independent poll</a>&nbsp;came out showing Cruz leading Dewhurst by 10 points.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 20:21:31 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4780 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Dismisses Unfavorable Poll at Chick-fil-A Senate Camps Trade Accusation: Lies, Lies, More Lies http://kut.org/post/senate-camps-trade-accusation-lies-lies-more-lies <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">Honesty, specifically a lack thereof, has emerged as a major theme in the Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat the day before what could be the last televised debate between the candidates.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Last week, both Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/david-dewhurst/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and former Texas Solicitor General&nbsp;<a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/ted-cruz/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;have accused each other of deceiving or misleading voters on multiple fronts.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">In the latest salvos, Dewhurst charges Cruz of trying to hide details of his work as a lawyer, while Cruz says Dewhurst is covering up past statements that conflict with his current positions.</p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 15:17:52 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4689 at http://kut.org Senate Camps Trade Accusation: Lies, Lies, More Lies Cruz Leading Dewhurst in Two New Polls http://kut.org/post/cruz-leading-dewhurst-two-new-polls <p>Two new automated telephone polls show former Texas Solicitor General&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" title="">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;leading Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;among likely voters in the July 31 Republican primary runoff for an open U.S. Senate seat.&nbsp;</p><p>A poll from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2012/07/cruz-leads-in-texas-runoff.html">Public Policy Polling</a>, which surveys races nationally,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/pdf/2011/PPP_Release_TX_712.pdf">shows Cruz with</a>&nbsp;49 percent support and Dewhurst with 44 percent of the vote. Cruz&#39;s lead grows wider among voters who identify with the Tea Party movement. Among self-described Tea Party supporters, Cruz leads 71 percent to 26 percent. Dewhurst, meanwhile, leads voters who describe themselves as moderates (70 percent to 20 percent) or &quot;somewhat conservative&quot; (49 percent to 45 percent).</p><p>&quot;This race is one of the most stark examples of the Tea Party movement propelling a candidate that we&#39;ve seen to date,&quot; polling director Tom Jensen said.</p><p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:49:35 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4677 at http://kut.org Cruz Leading Dewhurst in Two New Polls On Most Major Issues, Cruz and Dewhurst Agree http://kut.org/post/most-major-issues-cruz-and-dewhurst-agree <p>For the two Republican U.S. Senate runoff candidates,&nbsp;who have been running against&nbsp;each other for almost a year, the&nbsp;question directed at them during last week&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-senate/texas-senate/video-gop-and-dem-texas-senate-debates/">televised debate</a>&nbsp;could not have been more&nbsp;straightforward.&nbsp;</p><p>Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>, the former state solicitor general, were each given 30&nbsp;seconds to identify an issue that could come before the Senate on&nbsp;which they would vote differently.</p><p>A minute later, neither had&nbsp;identified an area of disagreement.</p><p> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 16:10:11 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4589 at http://kut.org On Most Major Issues, Cruz and Dewhurst Agree Cruz and Dewhurst Set to Go One-on-One in TV Debate http://kut.org/post/cruz-and-dewhurst-set-go-one-one-tv-debate <p>Two candidates. Two lecterns. One stage.</p><p>Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and former Solicitor General&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;will participate Friday night in their first televised debate since advancing to the Republican U.S. Senate runoff after the May 29 primary.</p><p>It will also be the first such event to feature only Cruz and Dewhurst, which is likely to create a different dynamic than previous debates in which they shared the stage with other candidates.</p><p> Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:04:54 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4537 at http://kut.org Cruz and Dewhurst Set to Go One-on-One in TV Debate For TxDOT, a $2 Billion "Perception Problem" http://kut.org/post/txdot-2-billion-perception-problem <p>The <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-transportation/texas-department-of-transportation/">Texas Department of Transportation</a>, which often argues that it lacks the money to properly maintain its network of roads, surprised many state leaders in March when it announced it had an extra $2 billion.</p><p>In a state with a population growing faster than its transportation system, extra cash for transportation projects was welcome news.</p> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 15:47:50 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4450 at http://kut.org For TxDOT, a $2 Billion "Perception Problem" Spanish Debate Proposal Prompts Rumors, Accusations http://kut.org/post/spanish-debate-proposal-prompts-rumors-accusations <p>A suggestion by a Univision reporter that Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and former Texas Solicitor General&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;debate in Spanish has taken on a life of its own.</p><p>Though neither of the two U.S. Senate candidates in the July 31 Republican primary runoff are actively working to organize a Spanish-language debate, the idea has gained attention from national media and sparked erroneous reports that such an event is actually in the works, a claim both campaigns deny.</p><p>According to Univision reports posted online last week in&nbsp;<a href="http://univisionhouston.univision.com/destino-2012/video/2012-05-30/dewhurst-y-cruz-van-a-segunda-vuelta-por-senado-federal">Spanish</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://univisionnews.tumblr.com/post/24219224026/cruz-dewhurst-language-roles-reversed">English</a>, Dewhurst &quot;has challenged Cruz, the Cuban-American attorney and Tea Party favorite, to a debate in Spanish.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:03:27 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4411 at http://kut.org Spanish Debate Proposal Prompts Rumors, Accusations