Dan Patrick http://kut.org en Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages http://kut.org/post/patrick-van-de-putte-hone-their-immigration-messages <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">As the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/06/27/undocumented-immigrants-learn-possible-deportation/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">recent surge</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;of Central Americans entering the country illegally through Texas’ border with Mexico has drawn national attention, it has also become a major talking point for the 2014 candidates for lieutenant governor.</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;">And while state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, and 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);">Leticia Van de Putte</a>, D-San Antonio, have distinct differences on immigration and border security, political observers say they each have advantages as the issue remains at the forefront.</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;">Van de Putte has&nbsp;</span><a href="http://leticiavandeputte.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Immigration-Policy-FINAL.pdf" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">indicated</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;that the state should secure the border by providing local law enforcement with ample resources to ensure&nbsp;"that troopers can focus on catching criminals, not kids” while calling for immigration reform at the federal level to get to the root of illegal immigration.</span></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:50:04 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10806 at http://kut.org Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages 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 Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions http://kut.org/post/castro-patrick-immigration-debate-offers-plenty-attacks-few-solutions <p>Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a>&nbsp;has been making headlines for taking what some consider a hard line on immigration in his campaign. Last night, he squared off against San Antonio Mayor&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sanantonio.gov/mayor">Julian Castro</a>&nbsp;over the topic.</p><p>The genesis of the debate was a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/statuses/425846445455859712">squabble on Twitter</a>&nbsp;between the two –started in large part because of State Sen. Dan Patrick's comments calling undocumented immigrants entry into Texas an "<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/donate-stop-illegal-invasion/">invasion</a>." In the debate, Mayor Castro quickly revisited that topic.</p><p>“I want to break news to the Senator, that we’re about to celebrate San Jacinto Day, but Texas is not being invaded by Mexico. I can assure you of that," Castro joked.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144971927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10231 at http://kut.org Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Immigration Rhetoric in Lt. Gov Race Disappoints Some Hispanic Republicans http://kut.org/post/immigration-rhetoric-lt-gov-race-disappoints-some-hispanic-republicans <p>Before the March primary, a handful of Hispanic Republican leaders questioned the tone on immigration among some GOP candidates – especially statements from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">State Sen. Dan Patrick</a>, who’s running for Lieutenant Governor.</p><p>This year's Republican primary has been an exercise in running to the right of everyone else on the ballot. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, candidates began pushing further and further rightward when talking about border security.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/141167659&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 13:41:29 +0000 Ben Philpott 10021 at http://kut.org Immigration Rhetoric in Lt. Gov Race Disappoints Some Hispanic Republicans Call for Buc-ee's Boycott After Owners Endorse Dan Patrick http://kut.org/post/call-buc-ees-boycott-after-owners-endorse-dan-patrick <p>Buc-ee's, the Texas convenience store known for their&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/am-update-labor-day-closures-ut-system-framework-americas-best-bathroom">clean restrooms</a> and<a href="https://www.facebook.com/bucees">&nbsp;beaver mascot</a>, is now the subject of a boycott.</p><p>U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is encouraging a boycott after owners of the business endorsed Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.</p><p>Castro sent a tweet saying he won't gas up there because Patrick is a "fear mongering immigrant basher:"&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:46:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9945 at http://kut.org Call for Buc-ee's Boycott After Owners Endorse Dan Patrick Why Did Jerry Patterson Hire a Private Eye to Snoop on Dan Patrick? Two Words: Opposition Research http://kut.org/post/why-did-jerry-patterson-hire-private-eye-snoop-dan-patrick-two-words-opposition-research <p>State Senator and Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a> may have taken a political hit this week, when a story broke <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140218-migrant-blasts-lieutenant-governor-candidate-patrick-on-immigration-stance.ece">accusing him of employing an undocumented worker</a> in the 1980s.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The story was reported by <em>The Dallas Morning News</em> and </span><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/in_focus&amp;id=9436876">KTRK</a>&nbsp;Houston ABC, but<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the two got wind of the story when another Lt. Governor candidate, Jerry Patterson, gave them the information - which he hired a private decective to gather .</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's called opposition research. And it's an age-old political tactic that often provides ammunition to candidates trying to gain the upper-hand against an opponent.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His mother may not like to hear this, but <a href="http://jasonstanford.org/">Jason Stanford</a> is an opposition researcher.</span></p><p>"Oh God, yes, my mom tells people I'm a used car dealer," Stanford jokes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135730214&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:49:38 +0000 Ben Philpott 9812 at http://kut.org Why Did Jerry Patterson Hire a Private Eye to Snoop on Dan Patrick? Two Words: Opposition Research 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 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 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? Controversial Texas Lesson Plans Debated This Weekend http://kut.org/post/controversial-texas-lesson-plans-debated-weekend <iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F106885901&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true"></iframe> <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You may not know it, but tomorrow, the lucky people of Tyler, Texas will have the chance to witness one of the most anticipated confrontations since Rocky III, when Rocky Balboa took on </span><a href="http://youtu.be/lSPNQ82Sq4E">Clubber</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://youtu.be/lSPNQ82Sq4E"> Lang</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ok, maybe State Senator <a href="http://www.patrick.senate.state.tx.us/">Dan Patrick</a> (R-Houston) debating State Board of Education member <a href="http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index4.aspx?id=3713">Thomas Ratliff</a> (R-Mt. Pleasant) over something called </span><a href="http://www.kutnews.org/term/cscope">CSCOPE</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> isn’t all that scintillating. But those lesson plans created by Texas teachers were one heck of a political football during the 2013 legislative session.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 8497 at http://kut.org Controversial Texas Lesson Plans Debated This Weekend 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 Patrick's Charter School Bill Faces Test in House http://kut.org/post/patricks-charter-school-bill-faces-test-house <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.35; ">The state’s charter school system could move closer to its first expansion in nearly two decades on Thursday, as the House is set to take up an education reform measure that passed through the Senate earlier this session.</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; "><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&amp;Bill=SB2" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Senate Bill 2</a>, authored by Senate Education Chairman&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, would increase the number of available state contracts for the schools that are publicly funded but privately operated by nonprofit organizations.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:00:19 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 7758 at http://kut.org Patrick's Charter School Bill Faces Test in House Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry http://kut.org/post/texas-needs-more-career-and-technical-progams-says-perry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Perry called for more career and technical programs—in addition to expanding charter schools and implementing a tax-credit scholarship program—during his address to the State Board of Education and its eight newly elected members this morning.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:59:56 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6440 at http://kut.org Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry Perry: Let School Districts Decide on 15 Percent Rule http://kut.org/post/perry-let-school-districts-decide-15-percent-rule <p><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Gov.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); " title="">Rick Perry</a><span style="font-size: 15px; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">&nbsp;is expressing his support for letting school districts themselves choose whether to implement a rule that requires new state assessments to count for 15 percent of high school students' final grades.</span></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 a written statement Thursday — the first time the governor has publicly weighed in on the issue —&nbsp; Perry praised legislation filed by state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/dan-patrick/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/dan-patrick/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dan Patrick</a>, R-Houston, that would leave the decision up to local school districts. He also asked Texas Education Commissioner&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/michael-williams/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/michael-williams/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Michael Williams</a>&nbsp;to defer the state's rollout of the rule until the next school year.</p><p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 22:12:57 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 5780 at http://kut.org Perry: Let School Districts Decide on 15 Percent Rule Fight on 2/3rds Rule Delayed in Senate http://kut.org/post/fight-23rds-rule-delayed-senate <p>The <a href="http://www.senate.state.tx.us/">Texas Senate</a> was expected to take up its rules for the 2011 legislative session today. &nbsp;But, they did not. &nbsp;In fact they gaveled in and gaveled out in 10 minutes. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 12 Jan 2011 17:59:26 +0000 Ben Philpott 620 at http://kut.org Fight on 2/3rds Rule Delayed in Senate