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San Antonio’s Transgender Community Shows its Pride

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The Pride Issue: Despite the common belief that it was transgender activist Sylvia Rivera who sparked the beginning of the modern gay rights movement by flinging her high... By Jade Esteban Estrada 7/2/2014
Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

News: The annual City budget is a dense and often arcane thing, filled with “mandates,” “restricted funds,” and “special funds.” It isn’t the lightest reading... By Heywood Sanders 9/17/2014
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Arts & Culture: Daniela Riojas explores ideas of the figure in art, Latin American rituals, letting go of the past, and Jungian archetypes in... By Tom Turner 9/17/2014
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Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 9/17/2014
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2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

News In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... By Mark Reagan | 9/17/2014
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Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

News The annual City budget is a dense and often arcane thing, filled with “mandates,” “restricted funds,” and “special funds.” It isn’t the lightest reading... By Heywood Sanders | 9/17/2014
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Mayoral Horse Race

News Tommy Adkisson, who ends his 16-year career as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4 this November, is another of a handful of local officials mulling... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta | 9/17/2014
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Lt. Governor Race: the \'Luchadora\' vs. the Tea Party radio host

Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host

News: A few Saturdays ago, I spent several hours hanging around a Texas Realtors Association conference in San Antonio, trying to catch state Sen. Dan Patrick... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014
2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

2060: SA looks forward, protects drinking water

News: In just 14 years, the City of San Antonio has purchased 125,712 conservation acres over the Edwards Aquifer... By Mark Reagan 9/17/2014
Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

Cityscrapes: Local history pays the price for Briscoe deal

News: The annual City budget is a dense and often arcane thing, filled with “mandates,” “restricted funds,” and “special funds.” It isn’t the lightest reading... By Heywood Sanders 9/17/2014
Mayoral Horse Race

Mayoral Horse Race

News: Tommy Adkisson, who ends his 16-year career as Bexar County Commissioner for Precinct 4 this November, is another of a handful of local officials mulling... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/17/2014
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Glitter Political: Would-be Judge Edna Elizondo’s all-American story

News: When she’s recalling her childhood as the daughter of migrant workers or displaying her legal and bilingual prowess with palabras de... By Jade Esteban Estrada 9/10/2014
SA’s Payday Lending Ordinance Still Short on Change

SA’s Payday Lending Ordinance Still Short on Change

News: This month marks two years since San Antonio passed its payday and auto-title lending ordinance. While elected officials and... By Alexa Garcia-Ditta 9/10/2014
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News: Ah, college! Whether you’re new to a local campus this semester or you’ve been before, there’s something about the teeming... By Richard Farias 9/3/2014
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The NDO at One Year: A struggle to enforce

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Cityscrapes: A race to the convention floor

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  • Texas: Improper Photo Law Unconstitutional

    Sat, 20 Sep 2014 16:54:33 +0000

    Last Wednesday, the highest criminal court of Texas axed a law criminalizing “improper photography or visual recording.” The episode that incited this controversial ruling centers on San Antonio resident Ronald Thompson who snapped several questionable photos of swimsuit-clad children at Sea World. The 50-year-old man was charged with 26 counts of improper photography. “When approached by park security, Thompson attempted to delete the photographs on his camera before it was seized,” District Attorney Susan Reed said. “Police examination of the camera revealed 73 photographs of children in swimsuits, with most of the photographs targeting the children’s breast and buttocks areas.” Despite the severity of Thompson’s multiple charges, he left the courtroom unscathed after the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals decided the law violated his federal rights to free speech granted by the First Amendment. While supporters of the statute argued for its legitimacy by questioning whether Thompson’s lewd photography even qualified as “protected speech,” the court ultimately denied the law’s constitutionality. The court’s panel rationalized that due to the ambiguous nature of artistic intent, any legal efforts to moderate public photography or video stifles a photographer’s capacity for expression, thus contradicting the individual’s First Amendment rights. “Even some obscene sexual […]
  • Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott Debate for the First Time

    Sat, 20 Sep 2014 14:12:50 +0000

    The first televised gubernatorial debate had the potential to get good. At one point, Republican candidate Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate Wendy Davis were given a chance to ask each other questions. Well, just one question each. Abbott’s question to Davis: did she regret voting for President Barack Obama? And Davis to Abbott: Would Abbott announce right then and there that he would drop his appeal of the recent school finance ruling? As rollicking and engaging as that could have been, most of the evening was your run-of-the-mill, back-and-forth debate, with each candidate staying robotically on message and getting one minute to answer questions from the moderator, followed by 45 seconds to respond to one another. The topics covered included border security, abortion, public education, Medicaid Expansion, voter identification laws, anti-Hispanic rhetoric, raising the minimum wage, veteran health care, and the death penalty, to name a few. The “debate” did get a heated a few times, centering mainly around public education, but there were few one-liners between the two. Davis, running as a Democrat in a state that hasn’t elected one to a statewide office in 20 years, worked hard to attach her opponent, while Abbott, the frontrunner in the race, almost seemed to […]
  • Dan Patrick Holds First Press Conference In Months

    Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:15:53 +0000

    Dan Patrick is finally out of hiding. Flanked by representatives of several business organizations, the Houston senator and Republican candidate for lieutenant governor touted his business accomplishments at his first press conference since winning the runoff against Republican incumbent David Dewhurst in late May. Patrick has been criticized for flying largely under the radar this summer but insisted today he has been “the hardest working guy on the campaign trail,” he said. “We’ve had over 1,300 meetings, we’re working just as hard today just as we’ve worked every day” since the campaign began last year, he said. “And we won’t stop.” State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Patrick’s Democratic opponent in the race for lieutenant governor, invited Patrick to participate in multiple debates statewide throughout the campaign, but Patrick agreed to only one, scheduled for the end of September in Austin. [Related: "Lt. Governor Race: the 'Luchadora' vs. the Tea Party radio host"] Patrick touted his support of property tax reduction, tort-reform protections, and education reform Friday. “For anyone watching the newscast, reading the stories, if they’re concerned about their jobs, if they’re concerned about their future, if they’re concerned about the economy, they now they have one candidate running […]