Friday, March 7, 2014
We learned this week of the death of David Barrett, a name that may tickle the memories of longtime San Antonians.
Barrett was the independent counsel appointed to investigate whether former mayor Henry Cisneros had lied to the FBI while being vetted for appointment as President Bill Clinton’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
This week, Google and city officials unveiled plans to bring an ultra-fast fiber optic system to San Antonio and eight other major metropolitan areas.
Google Fiber is already built in Kansas City and promises to provide internet speeds as much as a hundred times faster than current basic cable and at a price that undercuts Time-Warner and AT&T. Two technology experts discuss the implications.
Friday, February 28, 2014
State Rep. Joe Straus of Alamo Heights doesn’t have heavy opposition in Tuesday’s election.
He’s opposed by businessman and Tea Party type Matt Beebe.
Two years ago Straus drubbed Beebe by 26 points, and there’s no reason to think the results will be substantially different this year.
So why is Straus spending more than a million dollars on this election?
Monday, February 24, 2014
San Antonio city officials say the current police and firefighter union contract could eventually overwhelm taxpayers. Union leaders say part of the problem lies with the city’s misplaced priorities and unnecessary spending. City Manager Sheryl Sculley and Police Union President Mike Helle join Rick Casey to discuss what should happen with the contract.
Friday, February 21, 2014
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Of four Bexar County commissioner precincts, only one has competition in November’s general election. We've heard from the leading Democratic candidates running to replace Pct. 4 Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, who represents the county’s southeast quadrant. Tonight, we meet the three Republicans.
Posted by Patrick at 11:08 AM
Friday, February 14, 2014
Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott stirred up quite a controversy last week when he referred to political corruption in the Rio Grande Valley as resembling “third-world country practices that erode the social fabric of our communities and destroy Texans’ trust and confidence in government."
Business leaders and others in bustling cities such as Harlingen and McAllen were not amused at the suggestion that they are trapped in a third-world culture.
All the corrupt politicians he referenced were Hispanic, and the context suggested that the corruption somehow had to do with the influence of Mexican cartels.
The controversy reminds me of a question I was asked a dozen years ago during a talk to the Downtown Kiwanis Club of San Antonio.
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Friday, February 7, 2014
The first time I met Bill Sinkin he made me very unhappy.
It was late 1966 or early 1967 and I was editor of the student newspaper at St. Mary’s University.
The newspaper had a tradition of staging a public debate once a year in the ballroom of a downtown hotel.
Sinkin, who was president of the nonprofit corporation that was preparing to put on HemisFair in 1968, had agreed to debate County Commissioner Albert Pena.
The topic: “Resolved: HemisFair is good for San Antonio.”
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
As part of our series in advance of the March 4 Primary election, Rick Casey welcomes republicans Robert Lowry and Will Hurd. They face former Congressman Francisco "Quico" Canseco for the right to oppose incumbent Congressman Pete Gallego in November. We explore the issues.