Wendy Davis http://kut.org en Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period http://kut.org/post/both-abbott-davis-raise-11-million-most-recent-reporting-period <p>The latest campaign finance numbers are trickling in, and it looks like gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are neck-and-neck in fundraising. At the end of the reporting period that ended on June 30, both drummed up about $11 million in the weeks following the May primaries, but Abbott's stockpile of campaign cash could give him the leg up come November.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158947340&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10794 at http://kut.org Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period Texas Democrats Mark Filibuster Anniversary Ahead of Convention http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-mark-filibuster-anniversary-ahead-convention <p>Abortion rights supporters gathered last night to mark one year since State Sen. <a href="http://kut.org/post/listen-when-wendy-davis-and-deafening-roar-slowed-texas-new-abortion-law" target="_blank">Wendy Davis's filibuster</a> of legislation restricting abortions in Texas.</p><p>The Democratic gubernatorial candidate from Fort Worth spoke at an event Wednesday marking the day, but also aimed at gathering momentum for her race against her Republican opponent, Attorney General <a href="https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/agency/agga_bio.shtml" target="_blank">Greg Abbott</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156136900&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:37:05 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10684 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats Mark Filibuster Anniversary Ahead of Convention Democratic Party Chair Says Texas Convention Will Highlight Women http://kut.org/post/democratic-party-chair-says-texas-convention-will-highlight-women <p>Texas Democrats will shine a spotlight on their top-of-the-ticket female candidates as they begin their three-day convention in Dallas Thursday.</p><p>In an interview with KERA, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said his party will also contrast its beliefs with those Republicans enshrined in their state platform earlier this month.</p><p>Hinojosa said this is the first time Texas has had two women – both state senators – running for office on the top of a party ticket.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 13:45:22 +0000 Shelley Kofler 10682 at http://kut.org Democratic Party Chair Says Texas Convention Will Highlight Women Listen: When Wendy Davis and a Deafening Roar Slowed Texas' New Abortion Law http://kut.org/post/listen-when-wendy-davis-and-deafening-roar-slowed-texas-new-abortion-law <p>June 25 marks the one-year anniversary of Sen. Wendy Davis' historic filibuster on the Texas Senate floor.</p><p>It was one year ago that Democratic Sen. Davis began an 11-hour filibuster intended to derail <a href="http://kut.org/post/whats-next-sb-5-abortion-bill-texas-legislature">Senate Bill 5</a>, a bill containing several new restrictions on abortion. While Davis' filibuster ended before the legislature adjourned, a supportive crowd in the Senate gallery <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-cheering-activists-defeated-texas-abortion-bill">erupted in cheers and screams</a> minutes before the midnight deadline to pass SB 5 – squashing Republican efforts to pass it that night.</p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:27:58 +0000 Wells Dunbar 10676 at http://kut.org Listen: When Wendy Davis and a Deafening Roar Slowed Texas' New Abortion Law Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI http://kut.org/post/anti-corruption-unit-chief-no-davis-docs-passed-fbi <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;">The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into 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 </a><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);">Davis</a>&nbsp;last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the&nbsp;FBI.</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;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorneys Office closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. </span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dallas</a></em><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Morning News</a></em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10254 at http://kut.org Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI Educators Pounce on Abbott, Push for Expanded Pre-K http://kut.org/post/educators-pounce-abbott-push-expanded-pre-k <p>Yesterday, Republican candidate for Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a proposal to improve early childhood education in Texas.</p><p>During a press conference, Abbott said expanding state-funded pre-kindergarten programs without addressing the quality of instruction “would be an act of negligence and waste.”</p><p>Today, educators from groups endorsing Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis gathered in front of north Austin's Lucy Read Pre-kindergarten School&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">to say that expanding pre-k is "not a waste."</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:00:53 +0000 Lynn Romero 10078 at http://kut.org Educators Pounce on Abbott, Push for Expanded Pre-K Equal Pay Debate Emerges in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/equal-pay-debate-emerges-texas-governors-race <p>Republican candidate for Texas Governor Greg Abbott says he would not sign a bill that would make it easier for women to bring equal pay discrimination suits.</p><p>It's the&nbsp;latest development in an emerging debate over equal pay between Democrats and Republicans.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:08:05 +0000 Kate McGee 10001 at http://kut.org Equal Pay Debate Emerges in Texas Governor's Race On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries <p>The results are in for the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/live-blog-texas-travis-county-primary-results-coming">2014 Texas Primary Elections</a>. We now know who most of the candidates will be in the November general election, but several statewide races are headed to a runoff on May 27.</p><p>We've compiled a list of the top vote earners for the major statewide and Travis County races. The percentage of votes received (as of this writing) is shown next to each candidate's name. Races with an asterisk are heading to a runoff.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:21:48 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 9894 at http://kut.org On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries Whoever Wins in November, Texas Gets a Weaker Governor. Here's Why. http://kut.org/post/whoever-wins-november-texas-gets-weaker-governor-heres-why <p>1876. It was a time of rebirth in Texas. Or maybe more precisely – time to get rid of those Reconstruction-era carpetbaggers.</p><p>"When the North sent folks down to Texas to govern as governors, Texans felt like these king-like people came down from the North and ran roughshod," says Sherri Greenberg with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. "So Texans wrote the Texas Constitution, this very populist document with as much power as possible vested in the people and at the lowest, most local, level of government."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137717568&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:21:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9885 at http://kut.org Whoever Wins in November, Texas Gets a Weaker Governor. Here's Why. Davis Wins Round of Fundraising But Abbott Has More Cash Overall http://kut.org/post/davis-wins-round-fundraising-abbott-has-more-cash-overall <p>Democrat <a href="http://www.wendydavistexas.com/">Wendy Davis</a> won the latest money battle in the race for Texas Governor. But her likely Republican opponent <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott </a>is still winning the larger war for campaign cash.</p><p>Monday at midnight is the <a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/whatsnew/Jan-Feb2014_CFandPFSDeadlines.pdf">deadline</a> for candidates to tell the <a href="http://www.ethics.state.tx.us">Texas Ethics Commission</a> how much they raised in the preceding 30 days.</p><p>Davis and a Democratic organization supporting her, the Texas Victory Committee,&nbsp;&nbsp;raised <a href="https://twitter.com/WendyDavisTexas/status/438089427382857728/photo/1">$2.85 million</a> in the last month. &nbsp;That was more than Abbott's <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/greg-abbott-reports-29-98-million-cash-hand-campaign/?utm_medium=social&amp;utm_source=t.co&amp;utm_campaign=20140224_gwa-p-0224finance_twitter&amp;utm_content=gwa">$2.45 million</a>.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 01:59:17 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9842 at http://kut.org Davis Wins Round of Fundraising But Abbott Has More Cash Overall UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbott-holds-11-point-lead-over-davis <p>After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican <a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" title="">Greg Abbott</a> starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat <a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a>, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136480031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:29:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9833 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark http://kut.org/post/governor-candidates-sparring-over-third-world-remark <p dir="ltr" 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;">The latest debate between the major candidates for governor is taking place in the letters to the editor section of McAllen's newspaper,&nbsp;<em style="box-sizing: border-box;">The Monitor</em>. The sparring began after remarks about the border made by 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>, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, in which he compared public corruption in South Texas to “third-world country practices.”</span></p><p dir="ltr" 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;">Abbott made the comment during a campaign stop in Dallas last week. Democrats immediately took issue with his comparison. His expected Democratic opponent, 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>, joined them with&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.themonitor.com/opinion/letters/article_e2746da2-9104-11e3-b380-0017a43b2370.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); line-height: 1.35;">a letter</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;to&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Monitor&nbsp;</em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">on Sunday. She called on Abbott to apologize for his remarks, disputing his comparison and calling it hurtful to the state and harmful to economic development in border communities.</span></p><p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 17:24:03 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9748 at http://kut.org Governor Candidates Sparring Over 'Third World' Remark Abbott Releases Comprehensive Border Security Plan http://kut.org/post/abbott-releases-comprehensive-border-security-plan <p>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the presumptive GOP nominee for governor, laid out an extensive security and safety plan Tuesday in Dallas as part of his campaign.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his speech, Abbott called it the <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/greg-abbott-unveils-securing-texans-policy-plan/">Keep Texans Safe plan</a>. It includes more enforcement of human trafficking laws, and a call to follow Georgia's lead in creating a program to help people who have been rescued from human trafficking rings.</span></p><p>"I want Texas to adopt a comprehensive care plan to provide victim services for sexually exploited minors," Abbott said.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/133086974&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:02:37 +0000 Ben Philpott 9716 at http://kut.org Abbott Releases Comprehensive Border Security Plan Name Calling Defines Early Days of Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/name-calling-defines-early-days-texas-governors-race <p>There’s been just a bit of name calling in the Texas Governor’s race – with much of it coming from conservatives and Greg Abbott supporters &nbsp;directed at Wendy Davis. But what’s the role of the candidate to respond to those kind of attacks?</p><p>Name calling isn't really anything new in political campaigns. Even if the candidates don't necessary approve of the language. So if it's expected, maybe the real question isn't whether or not it should happen in the first place, but how a campaign should respond.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/132968920&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 9708 at http://kut.org Name Calling Defines Early Days of Texas Governor's Race Wendy Davis' Daughters Counter Claims Mom Embellished Her Life Story http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-daughters-counter-claims-mom-embellished-her-life-story <span style="line-height: 1.5;">The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis has released letters from her two adult daughters who say they want to correct “untrue things” and “ludicrous comments” about their mother.</span><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 16:54:25 +0000 Shelley Kofler 9669 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis' Daughters Counter Claims Mom Embellished Her Life Story Wendy Davis Responds to Discrepancies in Her Biography http://kut.org/post/wendy-davis-responds-discrepancies-her-biography <p>State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, has issued a statement responding to an article released over the weekend that points to inconsistencies in her accounting of her life story.</p><p><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140118-as-wendy-davis-touts-life-story-in-race-for-governor-key-facts-blurred.ece">The article</a>, written by Wayne Slater of&nbsp;<em>The Dallas Morning News</em>, pointed to a couple of details from the story Davis has used during her campaign for Governor: specifically, that Davis was not a divorced mother at 19, but instead 21. Slater also highlights that while Davis initially paid her way through college, her second&nbsp;husband helped pay for her final years at Texas Christian University and Harvard Law School.</p><p>Conservatives have jumped on the story, calling Davis a liar. Talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2014/01/20/wendy_davis_made_up_her_life_story">"genuine head case"</a>&nbsp;on his program today, saying she had "made stuff up" and would have been "really poor and destitute were it not for a man" – a reference to her second husband, lawyer Jeff Davis.</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 21:28:30 +0000 Ben Philpott 9595 at http://kut.org Wendy Davis Responds to Discrepancies in Her Biography Payday Lenders In the Spotlight, As Industry Becomes an Issue in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/payday-lenders-spotlight-industry-becomes-issue-texas-governors-race <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Signs offering promises of “quick cash” can be seen all over Texas. So-called payday lenders offer short-term loans under $700, but those loans have been criticized for interest rates that can climb to 500 percent.</span></p><p>For some customers, taking one on leaves them in a never-ending cycle of debt. It’s controversial, and the practice is actually banned in 12 states.</p><p>Recently, it’s become an issue in this year’s governor’s race.</p><p>The topic was kicked up after the chairman of the Texas Finance Commission – William White – <a href="http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_24810206/payday-lending-official-borrowers-responsible-their-decisions">made comments to the El Paso Times</a> suggesting payday lenders should be able to charge whatever fees they want. Previously unheard of, White’s comments put him in the spotlight among payday loan regulation advocates.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129868512&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:15:53 +0000 Jackie Wattles 9559 at http://kut.org Payday Lenders In the Spotlight, As Industry Becomes an Issue in Texas Governor's Race Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race http://kut.org/post/education-funding-play-key-role-texas-governors-race <p>The first time State Senator Wendy Davis made waves as a Texas lawmaker was during the 2011 legislative session when she filibustered a budget that cut four billion dollars in funding for public schools.</p><p>“It’s the first time that we’ve ever done this in state history and the funding of public education and it’s a cut that I simply cannot stand for," Davis said during that filibuster.</p><p>But stand she did, pushing the 2011 legislature into a special session, where the budget plan were eventually approved anyway with the cuts included.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:44:33 +0000 Kate McGee 9514 at http://kut.org Education Funding to Play Key Role in Texas Governor's Race 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