David Dewhurst http://kut.org en Six Races on Today's Primary Runoff Ballot http://kut.org/post/six-races-todays-primary-runoff-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been 12 weeks since the <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-travis-county-primary-live-blog-who-won-whos-runoff" target="_blank">March primaries</a>. And with so much time, and in some cases so much money on hand, some of the six races on the ballot have turned pretty nasty.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the top of the list is the headline-grabbing Republican Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent </span><a href="http://www.daviddewhurst.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">David Dewhurst</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and State Senator </span><a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan Patrick</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151391230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10496 at http://kut.org Six Races on Today's Primary Runoff Ballot A Mysterious Mailer Closes the Heated Runoff for Texas Lieutenant Governor http://kut.org/post/mysterious-mailer-closes-heated-runoff-texas-lieutenant-governor <p><strong>Update</strong>: Today,&nbsp;KUT's Ben Philpott talked to&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">WBUR's&nbsp;Here and Now&nbsp;</a>about the Lieutenant Governor primary. <a href="http://kut.org/post/mudslinging-continues-texas-lieutenant-governor-race">Listen to the interview here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original story </strong>(7 a.m.): A political mailer was sent to hundreds of thousands of Republican voters recently, calling on them to elect what it called “Tea Party Champions” in tomorrow’s Republican runoff elections. But many Tea Party leaders in the state have never heard of the group that put out the glossy ad.</p><p>The previously unheard of "United Texas Tea Party" isn't the only fishy thing about this mailer, according to Tea Party activist <a href="http://katpierson.wordpress.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Katrina Pierson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It shows Lieutenant Governor David </span>Dewhurst<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> alongside Tea Party-backed candidates like Attorney General candidate Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner candidate Sid Miller. That’s despite the fact that most Tea Party groups back </span>Dewhurst's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opponent, State Sen. Dan Patrick.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150975761&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:44:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 10487 at http://kut.org A Mysterious Mailer Closes the Heated Runoff for Texas Lieutenant Governor The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick http://kut.org/post/contradictory-message-david-dewhurst-needs-beat-dan-patrick <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/145784537&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Texas is about five weeks away from several runoff elections that will set the final ballot for November. That includes the hard fought Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent&nbsp;<a href="https://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David&nbsp;Dewhurst</a>, who's held the office since 2003, and state Sen. <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/">Dan Patrick</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>From the very beginning, this was a race about who was the most conservative candidate. So when Sen. Patrick launched his campaign last year, his first move was to paint himself as the conservative standard-bearer – while putting Lt. Governor Dewhurst's own conservative credentials in doubt.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:07:14 +0000 Ben Philpott 10266 at http://kut.org The Contradictory Message David Dewhurst Needs to Beat Dan Patrick Few Differences, Plenty of Attacks at GOP Lt. Governor's Debate http://kut.org/post/few-differences-plenty-attacks-gop-lt-governors-debate <p>The four Republican candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor met last night in a debate broadcast across the state. And, as it’s been through the months leading up to the March primaries, the hour-long event showed few differences among the candidates when it came to policy. But that didn’t stop them from attacking each other throughout the night.</p><p>As a three-term incumbent, Lt. Governor <a href="http://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David Dewhurst</a> has been the main punching bag of his three challengers throughout the campaign. With each highlighting what they consider missteps by Dewhurst as reason to give someone else a chance at the job.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131881643&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:13:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9663 at http://kut.org Few Differences, Plenty of Attacks at GOP Lt. Governor's Debate G.P. Bush Prepares to Enter Office as Dewhurst Looks to Life After Politics http://kut.org/post/gp-bush-prepares-enter-office-dewhurst-looks-life-after-politics <p>George P. Bush has more than&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/filer.php?acct=00068738COH">$2.8 million</a>&nbsp;to spend on his campaign for Texas Land Commissioner. His two main challengers, a Republican and a Democrat, have a combined total of around $20,000.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democrat John Cook, former Mayor of El Paso,&nbsp;<a href="http://204.65.203.5/public/598387.pdf">reports raising</a>&nbsp;about $13,000 since June.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Re</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">publican David Watts's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/summary.php?rn=598587&amp;form=COH">campaign&nbsp;</a></span><a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/summary.php?rn=598587&amp;form=COH"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">finance</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/summary.php?rn=598587&amp;form=COH">&nbsp;filing</a>&nbsp;this week indicates fundraising in the second half of 2013 of about $7,000.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.stedwards.edu/academics/schools/behavioralandsocialsciences/bsmith">Dr. Brian Smith</a>&nbsp;is a professor of political science at St. Edward’s University in Austin. He says what the Bush campaign is&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">doing is</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a tried and true intimidation tactic.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“He’s over-raising money to scare off any potential Republican challenger,” Smith says.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“If I’m a Democrat I would be, like, wow, I have to raise $3.3 million just to match him. That’s going to scare me away. If I’m a Republican, I’m going to be like, gosh, he’s got a lot of money. Let him have it.”</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:50:19 +0000 Trey Shaar 9576 at http://kut.org G.P. Bush Prepares to Enter Office as Dewhurst Looks to Life After Politics Dewhurst Rolls Out Education Interim Charges http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-rolls-out-education-interim-charges <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;">Studying technology's impact on higher education and evaluating public school students' writing scores on state assessments are a<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">mong the tasks Lt. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 20:55:23 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 9511 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Rolls Out Education Interim Charges 3 out of 4 Lt. Gov. Candidates Agree: Teach Creationism in Texas Schools http://kut.org/post/3-out-4-lt-gov-candidates-agree-teach-creationism-texas-schools <p>The four major Republican candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor met in the first televised debate of the race last night.</p><p>Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faced off against the men who want his job: Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, State Sen. Dan Patrick and Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.</p><p>Three of those candidates spoke out in support of teaching creationism in Texas public schools – a move that would be unconstitutional.</p><p>The debate on <a href="http://www.kcentv.com/category/274620/republican">Waco TV station KCEN</a> focused on border security, the role of the Tea Party in Texas politics and education.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:27:58 +0000 Laura Rice 9370 at http://kut.org 3 out of 4 Lt. Gov. Candidates Agree: Teach Creationism in Texas Schools Listen: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Calls to Get Relative Out of Jail (Update) http://kut.org/post/listen-lt-gov-dewhurst-calls-get-relative-out-jail-update <p><strong>Update: </strong>A spokesperson for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he was acting out of concern for a family member when he called Allen Police to see what he could to get a female relative out of jail. He says Dewhurst was careful not to ask Allen Police to do anything outside of their normal protocol.</p><p>But State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) released a statement calling the move an "abuse of power."&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 11:39:18 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 8521 at http://kut.org Listen: Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Calls to Get Relative Out of Jail (Update) OMG: Attack Websites Begin Trashing 2014 Texas Candidates http://kut.org/post/omg-attack-websites-begin-trashing-2014-texas-candidates <p>It may be too early to start running attack ads on TV and radio for the 2014 Texas general and primary elections. But it's apparently never too early to launch an attack website.</p><p>So to give you something to do heading into the weekend, we've compiled a list of some of the most prominent attack sites out there at the moment. The number will certainly grow as we get closer to the primaries in March.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 21:56:19 +0000 Ben Philpott 8498 at http://kut.org OMG: Attack Websites Begin Trashing 2014 Texas Candidates The Abortion Debate is Affecting Texas Politics, Left and Right http://kut.org/post/abortion-debate-affecting-texas-politics-left-and-right <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F101331663&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Last week, the Texas Senate passed &nbsp;House Bill 2, restricting abortions in Texas. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to sign it in coming days, and the <a href="http://www.hhsc.state.tx.us/">Texas Department of Health and Human Services</a> is already gearing up to <a href="post/public-input-sought-rules-texas-abortion-clinics-upgrade">start implementing the changes</a>. But even with that battle lost, some Democrats have dared to dream about what the abortion battle could mean for the 2014 elections.</p><p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 8369 at http://kut.org The Abortion Debate is Affecting Texas Politics, Left and Right Fallen Texas Peace Officers Honored at Capitol http://kut.org/post/fallen-texas-peace-officers-honored-capitol <p>Earlier today, law enforcement officers took part in a memorial for the 25 Texas police officers who died in service over the past two years.</p><p>Every two years, the <a href="http://www.pomf.org/">Peace Officers Memorial Foundation of Texas</a> hosts a candlelight vigil and a memorial ceremony and parade in May.&nbsp;The parade started at the Congress Avenue Bridge and ended at the Capitol, marched by a procession of color guard teams, police motorcycles, cyclists and pipe and drum corps.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 20:52:26 +0000 Bobby Blanchard 7635 at http://kut.org Fallen Texas Peace Officers Honored at Capitol PolitiFact: How Many Texas School Days Are Lost from Tests? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-texas-school-days-are-lost-tests <p>Some public school students are taking state mandated tests this week.&nbsp;Do Texas schools lose 45 days a year to that testing, as one politico claims?</p><p>KUT News' Emily Donahue discussed that question is the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s political fact checker, Gardner Selby.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:01:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7466 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Texas School Days Are Lost from Tests? State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants http://kut.org/post/state-leadership-allows-cprit-move-forward-grants <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">Despite an ongoing grant moratorium, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas received permission Wednesday from state leaders to move forward on contract negotiations for 25 grants that would bring renowned cancer researchers to Texas.</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;">“We have worked hard to regain trust with our elected officials and the citizens of Texas,” Wayne Roberts, interim executive director at CPRIT, said in a statement. “We take this action as evidence that some progress has been made, and we will continue to work to strengthen this trust during the coming weeks and months.”</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;">The researcher grants represent a combined $72 million and were formally approved by the CPRIT oversight board in late 2012 before the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/02/25/cancer-advocates-wait-cprit-moratorium-be-lifted/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">moratorium</a>&nbsp;took effect. Many of the researchers had moved their families and research labs to Texas in anticipation of receiving CPRIT financing.</p><p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:50:22 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 7025 at http://kut.org State Leadership Allows CPRIT to Move Forward on Grants Legislators Honor Beleaguered UT President Powers http://kut.org/post/legislators-honor-beleaguered-ut-president-powers <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;">In the midst of ongoing turbulence between the University of Texas System regents and the leadership of its flagship institution, the Texas Senate and House honored University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers on Monday with resolutions acknowledging his accomplishments and his years of service.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:15:27 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune & Audrey White, Texas Tribune 6645 at http://kut.org Legislators Honor Beleaguered UT President Powers Dewhurst Aide Accused of Stealing $1 Million from U.S. Senate Campaign http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-aide-accused-stealing-1-million-us-senate-campaign <p></p><p>A former aide to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is being accused of stealing at least $1 million from Dewhurt’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield was already <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/dewhurst-accuses-campaign-manager-embezzling-600k">facing accusations</a> that he embezzled at least $600,000 from a state campaign account. Now, a spokesperson for Dewhurst says they believe Barfield stole more than $1 million from a separate campaign fund aimed at securing Dewhurst the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 01:46:22 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6515 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Aide Accused of Stealing $1 Million from U.S. Senate Campaign Water Plan Will Get Funded, but How Much Is Unclear http://kut.org/post/water-plan-will-get-funded-how-much-unclear <p>Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says there’s no choice about funding the state’s water plan, but he’s less specific on how much to spend. Yesterday State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Abilene, supported a proposal to spend $2 billion from the <a href="http://kutnews.org/term/rainy-day-fund">Rainy Day Fund</a>.</p><p>Today, Dewhurst told KUT News’ political reporting partner&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2013/01/24/triblive-dewhurst-on-the-water-plan/">the Texas Tribune</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;he doesn’t know how much to invest.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 23:10:36 +0000 Nathan Bernier 6333 at http://kut.org Water Plan Will Get Funded, but How Much Is Unclear Dewhurst Appoints Senate Committees http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-appoints-senate-committees <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/david-dewhurst/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/" style="line-height: 1.5;" title="">David Dewhurst</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;slipped out his committee assignments for the </span>83rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Legislature late Friday afternoon, a bit of timing that will give senators — and the lieutenant governor — several days before they see each other again to debate the choices.&nbsp;</span></p><p>This year's announcements are earlier than usual, and a bit anticlimactic: Dewhurst rearranged the chairmanships late last year.</p><p> Sat, 19 Jan 2013 01:19:00 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 6260 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Appoints Senate Committees Dewhurst Accuses Campaign Manager of Embezzling $600K http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-accuses-campaign-manager-embezzling-600k <p>Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is accusing one of his aides of stealing at least $600,000 from his campaign.</p><p><em>The Dallas Morning News</em> reports that Kenneth “Buddy” Barfield, an Austin political consultant who has worked for Dewhurst for years, is alleged to have use accounting tricks and false invoices to take the money. The embezzlement allegedly goes back years, and could involve up to a million dollars of campaign funds.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:39:21 +0000 Terrence Henry 6000 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Accuses Campaign Manager of Embezzling $600K Dewhurst, Patrick Discuss Plans for School Reform http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-patrick-discuss-plans-school-reform <p></p><p>Speaking in a Catholic school classroom in Austin, Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and state Sen.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/">Dan Patrick</a>&nbsp;gave the first details of what they promised would be a wide-ranging set of proposals for public education policy during the upcoming legislative session.</p><p>Patrick, a Houston Republican who chairs the Senate Education Committee, said he would carry legislation that would increase the options for public school students through lifting the state's cap on charter schools, fostering open enrollment within and across school districts, and creating a private school scholarship fund through offering a state business tax savings credit to corporations.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 19 Dec 2012 19:05:34 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 5954 at http://kut.org Dewhurst, Patrick Discuss Plans for School Reform Dewhurst Says Education Funding May Get A Boost But Provides Few Details http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-says-education-funding-may-get-boost-provides-few-details <span style="line-height: 1.5;">With less than six weeks until the Texas legislature convenes, Lt.&#160;</span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. David&#160;</span>Dewhurst<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&#160;says that he wants to improve the state’s education system -- and that there may be additional money for public education.</span><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 22:23:12 +0000 5794 at http://kut.org Dewhurst Says Education Funding May Get A Boost But Provides Few Details