Fact Check: Van De Putte at the Democratic Convention

Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte speaks at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2014.
Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor Leticia Van de Putte speaks at the Democratic state convention in Dallas, Texas on June 27, 2014.

With help from The Washington Post’s Truth Teller, we’re analyzing speeches Texas’ candidates for lieutenant governor gave at their respective state political party conventions. Here we focus on Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte.

Abbott Stands By Transparency Record Some Say is Mixed

Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his appearance at a Congress Avenue coffeehouse on July 10, 2014.
Republican attorney general and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott speaks one-on-one with members of the media following his appearance at a Congress Avenue coffeehouse on July 10, 2014.

Ask Texas Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Greg Abbott about his record on government transparency and he will tell you it is one worth bragging about. Open government advocates say his record is more varied.

Patrick, Van de Putte Hone Their Immigration Messages

Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are facing off in a fiery race to become the state's next lieutenant governor, address delegates at their respective party's state conventions in June.
Democratic state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and Republican state Sen. Dan Patrick, who are facing off in a fiery race to become the state's next lieutenant governor, address delegates at their respective party's state conventions in June.

As the recent surge 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.

 

New in TribTalk: Dragsbaek on the Border; Heflin on the Budget

Children and teens play in the courtyard of the facility they are currently being housed  in at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd, 2014. The facility is currently holding hundreds of minors who have crossed Texas-Mexico border unaccompanied.
Children and teens play in the courtyard of the facility they are currently being housed in at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, Texas on June 23rd, 2014. The facility is currently holding hundreds of minors who have crossed Texas-Mexico border unaccompanied.

Anna C. Dragsbaek writes that Texans have nothing to fear from the migrant children crossing the border, and Talmadge Heflin lays out what a conservative budget for Texas will look like next year.

Davis Money Haul Less Than Advertised

State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, the Democratic nominee for governor, addressed supporters on Saturday, July 13, 2014, in East Austin as she concluded her "Texans Deserve to Know" tour.

Democrat Wendy Davis' campaign for governor boasted that it outraised Republican Greg Abbott over the last few months and had hauled in $13.1 million. The actual reports, published online Wednesday, told a different story.

Ruling Goes Against Death Row Inmate Skinner

Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.
Hank Skinner was sentenced to death for the 1993 triple slaying of his girlfriend and her two sons.

A district court judge ruled against death row inmate Hank Skinner on Tuesday in the wake of new DNA testing, saying it was “reasonably probable” he would still have been convicted had the evidence been available at trial.

Committee "Very Close" to Consensus on Wallace Hall

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, co-chair of the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, is shown calling an executive session on May, 12, 2014.
State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, co-chair of the House Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations, is shown calling an executive session on May, 12, 2014.

After a lengthy hearing on Wednesday, a co-chair of the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations said members were "very close" to reaching a consensus on what to do about UT Regent Wallace Hall.

Williams Discusses Decision to Approve Charter

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.
Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams answers a question at TribLive on Jan. 10, 2013.

UPDATED: Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams told State Board of Education members Wednesday that said that when he approved a charter school's expansion into the Dallas area, he was following the spirit of a 2013 law.