governor's race http://kut.org en 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 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. 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 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 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 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 Where's Wendy? Texas Monthly's Paul Burka Weighs In on Davis Campaign http://kut.org/post/wheres-wendy-texas-monthlys-paul-burka-weighs-davis-campaign <p>Wendy Davis made headlines earlier this year with her abortion rights filibuster heard around the nation. In September and October, she teased the Texas body politic with her gubernatorial guessing game.</p><p>After bursting into the race in early October with a big announcement in Fort Worth, the Davis campaign has hit the ground running, from Brownsville, to … Pharr, Texas?</p><p>So where’s Wendy Davis?&nbsp;That's&nbsp;what&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/contributor/paul-burka">Paul&nbsp;Burka</a>&nbsp;is asking.</p><p>The current dean of Texas political writers and senior executive editor at <em><a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/">Texas Monthly</a></em>, Burka sat down with&nbsp;KUT’s&nbsp;David Brown to discuss the Davis campaign.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-7548ed7c-962b-b5f2-4f64-46cfd198b53f" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/122037507" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 23:30:00 +0000 David Brown 9270 at http://kut.org Where's Wendy? Texas Monthly's Paul Burka Weighs In on Davis Campaign Van de Putte Joins Race for Lieutenant Governor http://kut.org/post/van-de-putte-joins-race-lieutenant-governor <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;">SAN ANTONIO — Long rumored to be a contender, state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Leticia Van De Putte</a>&nbsp;has now made it official: She is running for lieutenant governor.</p> Sat, 23 Nov 2013 19:20:30 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 9253 at http://kut.org Van de Putte Joins Race for Lieutenant Governor Under the Microscope: How Feasible is Greg Abbott's DNA Protection Plan? http://kut.org/post/under-microscope-how-feasible-greg-abbotts-dna-protection-plan <p>The closer we get to next year's March &nbsp;primaries, the faster the campaign promises fly. Republican gubernatorial frontrunner <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">recently&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">made a splash by releasing an extensive list of items he says he’ll push for once elected.</span></p><p>One proposal in particular stood out a bit: safeguarding your DNA.</p><p>The proposal is a part of Abbott’s <a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GregAbbottsWethePeoplePlanFINAL.pdf">“We The People”</a> plan.&nbsp;It also includes things like gun rights, campaign ethics and blocking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. But DNA is item number one.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/121047050" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:28:26 +0000 Ben Philpott 9220 at http://kut.org Under the Microscope: How Feasible is Greg Abbott's DNA Protection Plan? How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? http://kut.org/post/how-do-texas-republicans-gun-policies-compare-public-opinion <p>Several races in the 2014 GOP primary appear promising for advocates of expanding gun rights in Texas.</p><p>Top Republican candidates are making sure primary voters know they’re opposed to any gun control efforts at the federal level&nbsp;– with some even proposing ways to loosen current Texas law.</p><p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.gregabbott.com/">Greg Abbott</a> has included a couple of gun-related proposals as part of a major policy paper released by his gubernatorial campaign. As spelled out in his “<a href="http://townhall254.gregabbott.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/GregAbbottsWethePeoplePlanFINAL.pdf">We the People</a>” plan, Abbott would allow Texans to openly carry handguns and allow guns to be brought on college campuses.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/120728564&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 17:48:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 9206 at http://kut.org How Do Texas Republicans' Gun Policies Compare with Public Opinion? Texas Democrats Slow to Follow Davis Onto the Ballot http://kut.org/post/texas-democrats-slow-follow-davis-ballot <p>It’s filing time for Texas candidates running in the March party primaries. The gubernatorial frontrunners – Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis – have already filled out their paperwork.</p><p>But there’s a big difference between the two candidates in terms of what’s below each of them on the ballot.</p><p>Attorney General Abbott leads a very crowded ballot in several statewide race&nbsp; – including a four-way race for the GOP Lieutenant Governor nomination. And there could be equally contentious fights among Republicans up and down the ballot. There are currently 36 Republicans expected to run in 14 statewide races.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/119960462" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:52:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 9174 at http://kut.org Texas Democrats Slow to Follow Davis Onto the Ballot UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbotts-lead-over-davis-single-digits-0 <p>Attorney General <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/">Greg Abbott</a>, the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, holds a single-digit lead over the likely Democratic nominee, state Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a> of Fort Worth, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p>In a head-to-head race, Abbott got 40 percent of registered voters to Davis’ 34 percent, with 25 percent of the voters undecided. In a three-way general election, he would get 40 percent, Davis would get 35 percent and Libertarian Kathie Glass would get 5 percent.</p><p>“What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a&nbsp;long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the&nbsp;race,” said poll co-director Daron Shaw, a professor of government at the&nbsp;University of Texas at Austin.</p><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 13:06:19 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9083 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott's Lead Over Davis in Single Digits Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? http://kut.org/post/could-democrat-become-governor-texas In 2014, Texas voters might just see something they haven't experienced in two decades — a competitive race for governor.<p>Current Republican Gov. Rick Perry isn't running for re-election, so it's an open race, with new faces and new optimism for Texas Democrats.<p>Earlier this year, the Democrats were once again facing the prospect of scrambling to find someone to run as their candidate. Then, on June 25, state Sen. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 21:30:51 +0000 Ben Philpott 8903 at http://kut.org Could A Democrat Become Governor In Texas? Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis By 8 Points In Statewide Poll http://kut.org/post/greg-abbott-leads-wendy-davis-8-points-statewide-poll A new statewide poll released Wednesday shows Republican Greg Abbott with an eight-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor&#8217;s race.<p>The poll, conducted by the Texas Lyceum, shows Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, leading with 29 percent. Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat, has 21 percent.<p>But most registered voters don&#8217;t know who will get their vote &#8211; 50 percent are undecided.<p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 23:29:19 +0000 8844 at http://kut.org Greg Abbott Leads Wendy Davis By 8 Points In Statewide Poll 'The Overcomer': How Greg Abbott is Staking his Claim on the Governor's Mansion http://kut.org/post/overcomer-how-greg-abbott-staking-his-claim-governors-mansion <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112581475" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><div dir="ltr"><p>The new cover of Texas Monthly is likely to ruffle some feathers.&nbsp;</p><p>It depicts Attorney General Greg Abbott in his wheelchair, shotgun slung over his shoulder. In bold print above him are the words "The Gov," with an asterisk. In small print: "Barring an unlikely occurrence."&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 11:30:00 +0000 David Brown 8787 at http://kut.org 'The Overcomer': How Greg Abbott is Staking his Claim on the Governor's Mansion What if Bush Leapfrogged Other Texas Republicans? http://kut.org/post/what-if-bush-leapfrogged-other-texas-republicans <p></p><p>What if&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2014-statewide-elections/bush-looking-land-commission-hasnt-settled/">George P. Bush</a>&nbsp;wanted to run for governor in 2014?</p><p>It’s not what most people are talking about, now that he’s knocked on the political door. When he filed papers this month designating a campaign treasurer — the first legal step on the path to a candidacy — most of the conversation focused on the lesser statewide offices, things like land commissioner and comptroller.</p><p>And his father, former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida, sent out a fundraising letter last week saying his son was looking at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-state-agencies/general-land-office/">General Land Office</a>.</p><p>But if you are, like many political journalists, a fight promoter at heart, you can make out faint rumblings about something bigger.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 17:42:10 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 5677 at http://kut.org What if Bush Leapfrogged Other Texas Republicans? Rick Perry Fuels Speculation About Re-election Bid http://kut.org/post/rick-perry-fuels-speculation-about-re-election-bid <p>Ambitious Republicans have been waiting in the wings for years, anticipating when Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;will step out from under the spotlight they crave.&nbsp;</p><p>But the longtime governor may not be ready to move off the stage just yet.</p><p>Despite carrying the wounds from his gaffe-prone presidential campaign, Perry showed this week he still knows how to dominate the political conversation. He urged all Republican candidates for state office this year to sign on to his pledge to cut spending and oppose all tax increases &mdash; and many of them are rushing to embrace it. (And even if they&#39;re&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-newspaper/texas-news/brief-top-texas-news-april-18-2012/">not embracing it</a>, they&#39;re talking about it).</p><p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 15:12:47 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 4066 at http://kut.org Rick Perry Fuels Speculation About Re-election Bid Governor's Plan to Run Could Impede Attorney General http://kut.org/post/governors-plan-run-could-impede-attorney-general <p>Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;might run for re-election in 2014, and he could run again for president in 2016.</p><p>Isn&rsquo;t this familiar?</p><p>Three years ago, as the legislative session began in January, politically minded Texans talked about whether it would be Perry&rsquo;s last ride as governor. Lobbyists wondered openly whether they were dealing with a lame duck.</p><p>Sen.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/kay-bailey-hutchison">Kay Bailey Hutchison</a>&nbsp;was quietly talking to advisers about a 2010 race for governor, presumably hoping to step into the office after Perry stepped out.</p><p>Now it&rsquo;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott">Greg Abbott</a>, the state&rsquo;s attorney general, who is quietly talking about working in the Texas Capitol&rsquo;s middle office. The conversation among lobbyists is there, still, along with a bemused and persistent cautionary note: Remember last time, when Perry turned out not to be a lame duck?</p><p> Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:31:01 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 3724 at http://kut.org Governor's Plan to Run Could Impede Attorney General Top Morning Stories September 14, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-september-14-2011 <p><strong>Bastrop Firefighters on Alert for Today&#39;s Weather</strong></p><p>The National Weather Service says Central Texas will have <a href="http://forecast.weather.gov/showsigwx.php?warnzone=TXZ193&amp;warncounty=TXC021&amp;firewxzone=TXZ193&amp;local_place1=Bastrop+TX&amp;product1=Hazardous+Weather+Outlook">near critical fire weather conditions </a>this afternoon and this evening. Winds will pick up with possible wind gusts of up to 25 miles per hour.</p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:47:25 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 2508 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories September 14, 2011