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David Martin Davies

Host, "The Source," "Texas Matters"

David Martin Davies is  a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. 

Davies is the host of "The Source," an hour-long live call-in news program that airs on KSTX at noon Monday through Thursday. Since 1999 he was been the host and producer of "Texas Matters," a weekly radio news magazine and podcast that looks at the issues, events and people in the Lone Star State. 

Davies' reporting has been featured on National Public Radio, American Public Media's "Marketplace" and the BBC. He has written for The San Antonio Light, The San Antonio Express-News, The Texas Observer and other publications.

His reporting has been recognized with numerous awards. Davies was named the 2008 Texas Radio Journalist of the Year by the Houston Press Club. In 2015, he was recognized with two First Amendment Awards by the Fort Worth Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The Association for Women in Communications San Antonio Professional Chapter honored Davies with the 2015 Edna McGaffey Media Excellence Headliner Award.

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The mid-term election turnout numbers in Texas have left many breathless. It’s being described as a new high water mark for the state which has a record of lack-luster voter participation. But this week Texas could be looking at a turnout of over 50 percent of registered voters.  But that also means about half of the people who could vote didn’t. TPR’s David Martin Davies takes a look at maybe why that is.

In the 1990’s MTV worked really hard to make voting cool. They drafted their trend setting video stars like Ozzy Osbourne.

“Remember your vote is your voice.”

Dimmit County is in Southwest Texas, on the border with Mexico. It was once occupied by the Comanche until they were driven out by the Texas Rangers. The county was created by Texas in 1858 by taking pieces of Bexar, Webb, Maverick and Uvalde counties and named it after the Texas revolutionary Phil Dimitt – but the law misspelled his name.

The land is mostly flat with lots of brush, sandy loam soil.  It’s called the Wild Horse Desert. Today Dimmit county has a population of just over two thousand .

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With talk of a "blue wave" and partisan mud-slinging, the midterm elections would have been divisive and tribalistic enough, but for San Antonio voters there’s additional fear at the polls.

Known as Propositions A, B, and C, these ballot items have been especially combustible in local politics. 

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Election Day is Tuesday, and health insurance for those with pre-existing conditions is a major issue. Then, the number of troops sent to the U.S.-Mexico border has now reached World War I levels, and what to make of it (09:45). And finally, contributor Yvette Benavides was at a bus station in San Antonio, where dozens of asylum-seekers from Central America were sent (15:45). 

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It’s 3 a.m. Saturday and Bertalina is shivering at the San Antonio Greyhound Bus Station. She and her son were released hours ago from a border patrol holding facility in McAllen and then sent to San Antonio.

Bertalina is one of several thousand asylum seekers suddenly released by U.S. immigration. And as a caravan of Central Americans makes its way to the U.S. border, San Antonio will continue to see a sudden surge in the number of immigrants, testing the limits of local non-profits to provide assistance.