Debate watchers applaud and chant for Hilary Clinton. Photo by Scott Ball.

Local Voters Bleed Blue for First #DemDebate

Hundreds of San Antonio Democrats crowded inside the Alamo Brewery beer hall on Tuesday night, as the party’s top candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and former Secretary of State and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton took their places on stage in Nevada for the first Democratic debate.

State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla reads "The Leticia Stories: a tribute to a life of service" to commemorate Leticia Van de Putte's work as a mother, pharmacist, state senator, and neighbor. Photo by Nicki Roberson.

Carmen Tafolla: The Leticia Stories

Editor’s Note: This homage to former state Sen. and Mayoral Candidate Leticia Van de Putte was read by State Poet Laureate Carmen Tafolla, San Antonio’s first poet laureate, at a recent Save Miguel’s Home event at Miguel and Guadalupe Calzada’s home in Beacon Hill, in appreciation for Van De Putte’s support for the project while still in office, and later, on the campaign trail.

Leticia Van de Putte (left) and Mayor Ivy Taylor (right) at a mayoral forum held at the UTSA Downtown Campus on Thursday, May 28, 2015. Photos by Lea Thompson.

Mayor’s Race Sets New Spending Record

The crowded, highly competitive San Antonio mayor’s race this year was the most expensive in city history, and for the first time included significant third-party money, most of which spent in support of Mayor Ivy Taylor and former state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte, who emerged from a field of 14 candidates to face off in a June runoff that Taylor won.

Leticia Van de Putte greets the crowd with her husband Pete Van de Putte. Photo by Scott Ball.

Dixie Flag to Stop Selling Confederate Flags

Dixie Flag Manufacturing Co., the San Antonio manufacturer owned and operated by Pete Van de Putte, the spouse  of mayoral runoff candidate and former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, has reversed course and announced it is halting production and sales of Confederate flags.