texas tribune http://kut.org en Austin's 'Woodstock for Wonks' Brings Out Texas' Political Rockstars http://kut.org/post/austins-woodstock-wonks-brings-out-texas-political-rockstars-0 <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F113143899" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>In a city fond of festivals&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;from Austin City Limits&nbsp;to Pachanga&nbsp;Fest&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;the just concluded <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/festival/2013/home/">Texas Tribune Festival </a>stands out as the most successful event of its kind. <em>Texas Tribune</em> Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith calls it &#39;Woodstock for Wonks&#39;: three days of peace, politics and policy on the UT-Austin campus, featuring a who&#39;s-who of Texas politicos. &nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 03:03:56 +0000 David Brown 8820 at http://kut.org Austin's 'Woodstock for Wonks' Brings Out Texas' Political Rockstars Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz http://kut.org/post/interview-texas-tribunes-evan-smith-talks-ted-cruz <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F112450387" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>After 21 hours of talking - whether it was an official filibuster or not is still up for debate - Republican U.S.&nbsp;Senator Ted Cruz of Texas <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/sen-cruz-wrapping-marathon-protest-against-obamacare">departed the Senate floor</a> Wednesday.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 20:40:00 +0000 Jennifer Stayton 8782 at http://kut.org Interview: The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith Talks Ted Cruz Interview: The Calculus of a Wendy Davis Run for Governor http://kut.org/post/interview-calculus-wendy-davis-run-governor <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F110968428%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-bBXPq" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p>Not since Ann Richards has the star of a Texas Democrat risen as fast or conspicuously as that of Wendy Davis.</p><p> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 13:45:30 +0000 David Brown 8721 at http://kut.org Interview: The Calculus of a Wendy Davis Run for Governor Texas Planned Parenthood Branches Will Vote on Merger http://kut.org/post/texas-planned-parenthood-branches-will-vote-merger-0 <p>The boards of three regional Planned Parenthood branches &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/north-texas/">North Texas</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppwaco/">Central Texas</a>&nbsp;and the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppaustin/">Capital Region</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;will vote today on a proposed merger designed to form a $29 million-per-year mega-organization with 26 clinics up and down the Interstate 35 corridor.</p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 16:51:24 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 4060 at http://kut.org Texas Planned Parenthood Branches Will Vote on Merger Sunday Morning Roundup http://kut.org/post/sunday-morning-roundup-3 <p>Good morning and happy Sunday!&nbsp; Looking for relief from the heat may be the most popular activity in Central Texas today. Fall officially began early Friday morning, but today&#39;s weather will be a continuation of the summertime heat.</p><p><strong>Fire Danger High Today</strong></p> Sun, 25 Sep 2011 14:11:28 +0000 Ian Crawford, KUT News 2584 at http://kut.org Sunday Morning Roundup Texplainer: How Does a Special Session Work? http://kut.org/post/texplainer-how-does-special-session-work <p><strong>Hey, Texplainer: How does a Legislative special session work?</strong></p><p>Consider a special session the legislative overtime in Texas. If both the House and Senate reach a stalemate on key issues or if the governor decides the legislative show must go on, he or she can call for a special session.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 May 2011 20:29:25 +0000 Andrew Weber 1597 at http://kut.org Texplainer: How Does a Special Session Work? School Finance Deal Running Out of Time http://kut.org/post/school-finance-deal-running-out-time <p>he House and Senate must agree on how to distribute the $4 billion reduction in state public education funding by 5 p.m. today, say Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, and Rep. Charlie Geren, R-River Oaks.</p><p>&quot;The thing that I&#39;m most concerned about is, if we don&#39;t come up with something, what are the schools going to do?&quot; Shapiro asked. &quot;We really are in a very precarious period of time.&quot;</p><p>After rejecting an initial proposal from the House late last night, the Senate sent a counteroffer back across the dome, which members there are currently considering.</p> Fri, 27 May 2011 21:58:46 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 1583 at http://kut.org School Finance Deal Running Out of Time Conservative "Outsiders" Have Inside Track in Texas http://kut.org/post/conservative-outsiders-have-inside-track-texas <p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">His nickname around the Texas Capitol is &ldquo;mucus.&rdquo;</p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">It&rsquo;s a play on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.empowertexans.com/michael_quinn_sullivan" style="color: rgb(0, 137, 144); text-decoration: none; ">Michael Quinn Sullivan&rsquo;s</a>&nbsp;initials &mdash; MQS &mdash; but the moniker is fitting on at least two levels: It underscores how much of an irritant the conservative activist has become to politicians who dare buck his Tea Party orthodoxy. It also says something about Sullivan&rsquo;s staying power in Republican-ruled Texas.</p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; padding-top: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; ">They can&rsquo;t get rid of him.</p><p> Fri, 27 May 2011 12:38:39 +0000 Jay Root, Texas Tribune 1577 at http://kut.org Conservative "Outsiders" Have Inside Track in Texas Women's Health Program Stands, But Questions Remain http://kut.org/post/womens-health-program-stands-questions-remain <p>The Women&#39;s Health Program &mdash; long believed to require legislative renewal &mdash; lives on, at least for now, in the form of a budget rider.</p> Thu, 26 May 2011 18:38:17 +0000 Emily Ramshaw, Texas Tribune 1568 at http://kut.org Women's Health Program Stands, But Questions Remain TribLive: "We're Not a Crazy State," Turner Says http://kut.org/post/triblive-were-not-crazy-state-turner-says <p><object height="272" width="425"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/W7xmzGA7eYU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="272" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/W7xmzGA7eYU?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US&amp;showinfo=0" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="425"></embed></object></p><p>At this morning&#39;s TribLive conversation, state Rep. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/sylvester-turner/" target="_blank">Sylvester Turner</a>, D-Houston, warned his House Republican colleagues about overreaching in exercising their supermajority power. Thu, 19 May 2011 17:17:23 +0000 Evan Smith, Texas Tribune 1506 at http://kut.org What $7.8 Billion Less Looks Like for Your District http://kut.org/post/what-78-billion-less-looks-your-district <div><p class="p1">Whether final reductions to the state public education spending end up closer to $7.8 billion or $4 billion, how much districts will individually bear depends on how &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/public-education/what-if-texas-doesnt-pass-a-school-finance-bill/">or if</a>&nbsp;&mdash;&nbsp;the Legislature rethinks the state&rsquo;s school finance system.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 16 May 2011 23:19:41 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 1485 at http://kut.org What $7.8 Billion Less Looks Like for Your District UT System Releases Data on Faculty "Productivity" http://kut.org/post/ut-system-releases-data-faculty-productivity <p>This afternoon, the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/texas-education/university-of-texas-system/">University of Texas System</a> released much-anticipated data on faculty &quot;productivity&quot; &mdash; noting, however, that the 821-page spreadsheet is in a raw draft form that has not been fully verified and &quot;cannot yield accurate analysis, interpretations or conclusions.&quot;</p> Thu, 05 May 2011 21:16:19 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 1405 at http://kut.org UT System Releases Data on Faculty "Productivity" Planned Parenthood Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairs http://kut.org/post/planned-parenthood-again-lawmakers-crosshairs <p>GOP lawmakers&#39; battle against Planned Parenthood resumed today, as lawmakers on a Senate subcommittee passed out a bill that would renew the Texas Women&#39;s Health Program, but prohibit the country&#39;s most prominent family planning organization from participating.</p> Tue, 03 May 2011 20:27:45 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 1387 at http://kut.org Planned Parenthood Again in Lawmakers' Crosshairs Abortion Sonogram Bill Clears Another Hurdle http://kut.org/post/abortion-sonogram-bill-clears-texas-senate <p>Senate lawmakers have tentatively passed a controversial measure to require women seeking abortions to receive sonograms &mdash; and have the details of the fetus described to them &mdash; prior to the procedure. Pending a final vote tomorrow, the bill will head back to the House so the lower chamber can sign off on the Senate&#39;s changes.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 May 2011 19:48:21 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 1364 at http://kut.org Abortion Sonogram Bill Clears Another Hurdle Ogden: Still No Budget Deal in Texas Senate http://kut.org/post/ogden-still-no-budget-deal-texas-senate <p>Senators left a meeting this morning looking no closer to an agreement on the budget &mdash; and Finance Chair Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, said the method of financing remains the sticking point.</p><p>&ldquo;If we&rsquo;re not going to use the Rainy Day fund when it&rsquo;s raining, we might as well get rid of it,&quot; Ogden told reporters after this morning&#39;s caucus. &quot;This is what it&rsquo;s for.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 28 Apr 2011 20:14:49 +0000 Becca Aaronson, Texas Tribune 1335 at http://kut.org Ogden: Still No Budget Deal in Texas Senate