us senate http://kut.org en With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House http://kut.org/post/senates-ok-debt-limit-bill-will-head-white-house The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.<p>But the most dramatic phase of the legislation's passage came just before the final tally, when it had to get past a cloture vote. Politico says, "Texas Sen. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 20:58:10 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9773 at http://kut.org Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations http://kut.org/post/stockman-enters-legal-grey-area-bitcoin-donations <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;">U.S. Rep.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/steve-stockman/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/steve-stockman/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Steve Stockman</a>, a Friendswood Republican with a history of flouting campaign finance laws, entered a new legal gray area this week when he announced his campaign can now accept donations in Bitcoin, a private virtual currency.</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;">Stockman, who&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">is challenging U.S. Sen.&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/john-cornyn/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">John Cornyn</a><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;of Texas in this year’s Republican primary,</span>&nbsp;was attending an event promoting the NYC Bitcoin Center in New York's financial district earlier this week when he told a reporter with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/steve-stockman-is-accepting-bitcoins-2014-1" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Business Insider</a>&nbsp;that his campaign could now accept Bitcoin donations. Stockman appeared to confirm the report by posting it on Facebook and Twitter.</p><p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 15:48:41 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9479 at http://kut.org Stockman Enters Legal Grey Area with Bitcoin Donations Senate Approves Bill To Add Sexual Orientation To Work Protections http://kut.org/post/senate-approves-enda-adding-sexual-orientation-work-protections The Senate has approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which gives workplace protections to workers and job applicants who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 19:49:13 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 9136 at http://kut.org Senate Rejects Measure To Delay 'Path To Citizenship' http://kut.org/post/senate-rejects-measure-delay-path-citizenship The Senate has <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/senate-votes-down-gop-border-amendment-143516725.html">defeated</a> a Republican measure that would have blocked implementation of a "path to citizenship" for undocumented workers until after the U.S.-Mexico border has been deemed secure for a period of six months.<p>The amendment to the larger overhaul of U.S. immigration law was sponsored by Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley. Thu, 13 Jun 2013 15:42:48 +0000 Scott Neuman 8107 at http://kut.org Senate Rejects Measure To Delay 'Path To Citizenship' 'I Am Not A Sixth Grader': Cruz, Feinstein Spar on Gun Bill http://kut.org/post/i-am-not-sixth-grader-cruz-feinstein-spar-gun-bill <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYI3MEhegvQ</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 21:04:59 +0000 6960 at http://kut.org 'I Am Not A Sixth Grader': Cruz, Feinstein Spar on Gun Bill For Cornyn, Right Turn Could Be Defensive Play http://kut.org/post/cornyn-right-turn-could-be-defensive-play <p></p><p>After more than a decade representing blood-red Texas in the U.S. Senate,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/john-cornyn/" title="">John Cornyn</a>&nbsp;finds himself in an unusual spot: burnishing his conservative credentials.</p><p>One would think the senior Texas senator’s reputation would be secure: Cornyn, who has ascended to minority whip, spent two election cycles as chairman of the Senate’s Republican campaign fundraising arm, and National Journal last week&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-voting-ratings/the-senate-s-most-conservative-member-ever-heard-of-him-20130220" title="">ranked him second</a>&nbsp;in its 2012 list of the most conservative senators.</p><p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 19:39:35 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 6735 at http://kut.org For Cornyn, Right Turn Could Be Defensive Play Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut http://kut.org/post/mixed-reviews-sen-ted-cruz-s-dc-debut <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/kstx/audio/2013/02/cruzcontrol-dd-web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><a href="http://www.cruz.senate.gov/" target="_blank">Sen. Ted Cruz</a> has been on the job seven weeks, and in that short time he’s made a big splash in Washington D.C. Mon, 18 Feb 2013 22:06:24 +0000 David Martin Davies 6643 at http://kut.org Mixed Reviews For Sen. Ted Cruz’s D.C. Debut Tea Party Texan Cruz Gives GOP Hope In Hunt For Hispanic Votes http://kut.org/post/tea-party-texan-cruz-gives-gop-hope-hunt-hispanic-votes Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is a bright young Hispanic star who will be sworn in this week in Washington. The Republican Party nationally hopes Cruz will be part of the solution to its <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2012/12/24/167970497/minorities-may-spurn-the-gop-but-the-party-welcomes-them">growing problem</a> luring Hispanic voters.<p>Almost nobody had heard of Cruz when he began his campaign for the U.S. Senate. Tue, 01 Jan 2013 21:03:05 +0000 Wade Goodwyn, NPR 6024 at http://kut.org Tea Party Texan Cruz Gives GOP Hope In Hunt For Hispanic Votes Report On CIA Interrogation Tactics Revives Torture Debate http://kut.org/post/report-cia-interrogation-tactics-revives-torture-debate In a closed-door meeting Thursday, lawmakers will consider whether to approve a secret report that chronicles CIA detention and interrogation practices — including methods that critics have compared to torture.<p>That report — along with the release of a new movie about the hunt for Osama bin Laden — is rekindling an old debate about whether those methods worked.<p>California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who leads the Senate Intelligence Committee that's meeting Thursday, told NPR in an email that her 6,000-page report is "comprehensive," "strictly factual" and "the most definitive review of the Thu, 13 Dec 2012 13:25:10 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 5896 at http://kut.org Report On CIA Interrogation Tactics Revives Torture Debate Sadler and Cruz Face Off in First Debate http://kut.org/post/sadler-and-cruz-face-first-debate <p>Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Paul Sadler held the first of two planned debates in their battle to represent Texas in the U.S. Senate last night.</p><p>The debate, held in Dallas at WFAA, touched on healthcare, immigration, federal spending, foreign policy and taxes as the candidates repeatedly tried to out-lawyer one another.&nbsp;</p><p>Cruz repeated his assertion that he would work to repeal the Affordable Care Act if elected, stating that the law puts the United States on a path toward socialized medicine. He stated that socialized medicine leads to low quality, inefficient medical care. Sadler countered that Cruz’s position would put Texans at risk by allowing insurance companies to deny or limit insurance coverage based on preexisting conditions, and would leave many young people currently on their parents’ insurance plans without coverage.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Regarding immigration, Sadler stated that he supports a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.&nbsp; Cruz opposes such a pathway and wants to put an end to illegal immigration.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 14:32:40 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5228 at http://kut.org Sadler and Cruz Face Off in First Debate Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence http://kut.org/post/sadler-working-remind-voters-former-influence <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">In 2002, state Rep.&nbsp;</span><a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/paul-sadler/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/paul-sadler/" style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Paul Sadler</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">&nbsp;of Henderson, was one of the most powerful Democrats in the Texas Legislature when he announced he was not running for re-election.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">At the time, he was the chairman of the House Public Education Committee and a force that even the state’s governor had learned to be mindful of when it came to anything involving schools.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">Ten years later, Sadler, 57, is the unequivocal underdog in his bid for U.S. Senate against&nbsp;<a data-bitly-type="bitly_hover_card" data-tooltip="/directory/ted-cruz/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">Ted Cruz</a>, a rising national star in the Republican Party. As he crisscrosses the state, Sadler is learning firsthand that before he can persuade voters to view him as a serious contender, he must first remind them of the power player whom he once was.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:54:46 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 5091 at http://kut.org Sadler Working to Remind Voters of Former Influence Spanish Debate Proposal Prompts Rumors, Accusations http://kut.org/post/spanish-debate-proposal-prompts-rumors-accusations <p>A suggestion by a Univision reporter that Lt. Gov.&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>&nbsp;and former Texas Solicitor General&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>&nbsp;debate in Spanish has taken on a life of its own.</p><p>Though neither of the two U.S. Senate candidates in the July 31 Republican primary runoff are actively working to organize a Spanish-language debate, the idea has gained attention from national media and sparked erroneous reports that such an event is actually in the works, a claim both campaigns deny.</p><p>According to Univision reports posted online last week in&nbsp;<a href="http://univisionhouston.univision.com/destino-2012/video/2012-05-30/dewhurst-y-cruz-van-a-segunda-vuelta-por-senado-federal">Spanish</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="http://univisionnews.tumblr.com/post/24219224026/cruz-dewhurst-language-roles-reversed">English</a>, Dewhurst &quot;has challenged Cruz, the Cuban-American attorney and Tea Party favorite, to a debate in Spanish.&quot;</p><p> Wed, 06 Jun 2012 14:03:27 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 4411 at http://kut.org Spanish Debate Proposal Prompts Rumors, Accusations AM Update: Senator Seeks to Speed Rape Kit Tests, DPS Officers Charged in Assault, Dewhurst Vs. Cruz http://kut.org/post/am-update-senator-seeks-speed-rape-kit-tests-dps-officers-charged-assault-dewhurst-vs-cruz <p><strong>Senator Looks to Speed Rape Kit Testing</strong></p><p>State Senator Wendy Davis wants Texas law enforcement agencies to get more proactive about testing rape kits, says the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/82nd-legislative-session/wendy-davis-author-rape-kit-law-clarifies-intent/">Texas Tribune.</a> The Tribune writes:</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:48:35 +0000 Sam J. Ellison 4363 at http://kut.org AM Update: Senator Seeks to Speed Rape Kit Tests, DPS Officers Charged in Assault, Dewhurst Vs. Cruz Republican Battle for U.S. Senate Going to Runoff http://kut.org/post/republican-battle-us-senate-going-runoff <p>The Republican skirmish for the U.S. Senate nomination isn&rsquo;t any anywhere anytime soon.</p><p>With 63 percent of precincts reporting, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst is stopping short of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to avoid a runoff. He currently has 46 percent of the vote, or 499,817 votes. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Former Texas solicitor general Ted Cruz is second in a nine candidate field with 33 percent, or 359,177 votes. Wed, 30 May 2012 03:57:39 +0000 Wells Dunbar 4355 at http://kut.org Republican Battle for U.S. Senate Going to Runoff Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage http://kut.org/post/majorities-senate-and-public-support-birth-control-coverage The Senate has turned back an attempt to kill President Obama's new rules requiring most health insurance plans to provide contraceptives without additional cost.<p>The 51-48 vote against an <a href="http://blunt.senate.gov/public/_cache/files/12ca4c96-d98c-4b37-920a-cdb15edb24d4/S.%201813%20Amendment.pdf">amendment</a> to an unrelated highway bill (Yes, that's just how the Senate works) was mostly along party lines.<p>Missouri Republican <a href="http://blunt.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/biography?p=about-the-senator">Roy Blunt</a>, the amendment's sponsor said its goal was a simple one. Thu, 01 Mar 2012 18:36:57 +0000 Julie Rovner, NPR 3763 at http://kut.org Majorities In Senate And Public Support Birth Control Coverage Republican Candidates for Senate Mostly Agree at Forum http://kut.org/post/republican-candidates-senate-mostly-agree-forum <p>The federal government &mdash; and the Obama administration in particular &mdash; were the targets of four Republicans running for the U.S. Senate at a business group&#39;s candidate forum this afternoon.</p><p><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/craig-james/">Craig </a><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/craig-james/">James</a>and&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/tom-leppert/">Tom Leppert</a>&nbsp;talked for about an hour at a Texas Association of Business conference in Austin. They agreed on several points during the forum.</p><p>If you had just touched down in Texas, you might have thought the candidates were running for president, or that President Obama had moved to Texas to run for Senate.</p><p>Cruz said the election is about two questions: &quot;Will the next senator from the state of Texas be a strong conservative? And No. 2, will the next senator from the state of Texas be a fighter?&quot;</p><p> Wed, 01 Feb 2012 22:33:36 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 3575 at http://kut.org Republican Candidates for Senate Mostly Agree at Forum Dewhurst Releases First TV Ad http://kut.org/post/dewhurst-releases-first-tv-ad <p><object height="246" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMqc4bliRK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="246" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/TMqc4bliRK0?version=3&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p><a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/david-dewhurst/">David Dewhurst </a>really wants you to know that he&rsquo;s ready to cut government spending. The Texas Lieutenant Governor is running for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/kay-bailey-hutchison/">Kay Bailey Hutchison</a>. And his new TV ad mentions cutting spending three times in a mere 30 seconds.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve got to cut spending. We&rsquo;ve got to prioritize. We&rsquo;ve got to choke down government,&rdquo; a buttoned-down Dewhurst says the spot on top of video of him walking through the Texas Capitol and talking to people.</p><p>The final three seconds of the commercial show Dewhurst in his rancher&#39;s gear &ndash; jeans, big belt buckle and blue collared shirt &ndash; walking with his wife and daughter down a country road with a horse in tow.</p><p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 20:01:46 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2987 at http://kut.org Poll: Tight Race for Hutchison’s US Senate Seat http://kut.org/post/poll-tight-race-hutchison%E2%80%99s-us-senate-seat <p>Update: Because the Azimuth poll targeted registered Republicans and &ldquo;highly aware&rdquo; GOP voters, questions have arisen over its scientific accuracy.&rdquo; This kind of polling is generally considered less accurate and more partisan and may have skewed results.</p> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 16:12:01 +0000 Nathan Bernier 2747 at http://kut.org Poll: Tight Race for Hutchison’s US Senate Seat Michael Williams to Resign from Commission for Senate http://kut.org/post/michael-williams-resign-commission-senate <p>Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams told The Associated Press he&rsquo;s planning to resign from his current&nbsp;position April 2 to enter the 2012 race for the U.S. Senate.</p><p>Williams started his career in the Commission in 1998 when he was appointed by then-Governor George W. Bush. His <a href="http://www.williamsfortexas.com/biography">biography</a> also&nbsp;introduces him as &ldquo;the first African American in Texas history to hold an executive statewide elected post.&rdquo;</p> Tue, 22 Mar 2011 21:57:48 +0000 Brad SeungJin Ryu 983 at http://kut.org Michael Williams to Resign from Commission for Senate