BONUS: The Big Flop

So Democrats in Texas didn’t get what they were hoping for in the 2020 election. Why not?

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Part 4: It’s Hard To Predict The Outcome Of This Election. Here’s Why.

A pandemic. Changes to voting locations. Expectations for huge turnout. All of these factors are wildcards for the 2020 election.

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Part 2: What’s Next For The ‘Texas Miracle’?

For years, Texas Republicans have run for office on the state’s business-friendly reputation. But that reputation may also be leading to the GOP’s weakening political power in the state.

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Texas Standard: August 21, 2020

The party’s party’s over – now what? After the national convention, how do Texas democrats plan to seize on the momentum? A closer look today – our conversation with the head of the Texas democratic party on next steps in the run up to November. Plus, a Declaration of Independence for women in US politics….

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Texas Standard: March 22, 2019

Safe or unsafe? After assurances that smoke from a petrochemical fire near Houston was not toxic, concerns grow over the environmental implications. From the Gulf Coast west to Katy and beyond, efforts are underway to assess the full impact of the 4-day long fire. Also, the head of homeland security comes to Texas amid reports…

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Texas Standard: November 2, 2018

More jobs than workers to fill them? That’s the message today in the new employment numbers. What does it all add up to for Texas? And where’s the party? The tea party, that is. As democrats appear to be turning out in record numbers on this last day of early voting, what happened to the…

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Texas Standard: December 16, 2015

Coming up, we explore the North Texas dam holding back 2.5 billion tons of water. A Dallas Morning News investigation dares to look at what would happen if the dam broke. Fishing for the facts at Lewisville Lake Dam. Plus, the fresh scent of holiday pies… and toys to help a baby learn to crawl?…

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Texas Standard: December 14, 2015

Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman tells donors he knows who the GOP challenger will be and he’s not from New York… Today on the Standard- what hours of family videos discovered online tell us about the real Ted Cruz. Also, the population of a North Texas town grows by hundreds (of children) and some locals are…

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Texas Standard: November 20, 2015

An attack in Africa. A former french colony. How does it fit into the events of the past 7 days? A top adviser to the secretary of state weighs in. And making sense of the situation in Mali- Ambassador Kristie Kenney Joins us… Plus: 5 Texas democrats in the house join 47 others bucking their…

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The Honorable Ron Kirk, Pt. 2 (Ep. 41, 2015)

The conclusion of a conversation with the Honorable Ron Kirk, former Dallas Mayor and U.S. Trade Ambassador, and Senior of Counsel in the Dallas and Washington, D.C. offices of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.

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Texas Standard: July 13, 2015

An undercover agent tells the Dallas Morning News: This is like Osama bin Laden escaping prison. The breakout and the fallout-today on the Texas standard. 4 people died at a Houston area pesticide plant in November. Now the feds issue charges and promise to send a message to the chemical industry. Crime surges in Texas…

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Texas Standard: July 10, 2015

How hot is too hot for the US Constitution? 150 degrees, perhaps? A new ruling may turn up the heat on Texas prison officials, that’s today on the Texas standard. A Brownsville judge tells the head of homeland security and four other immigration officials to come to his south Texas courtroom, or face contempt charges….

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Agenda Texas: Breaking Down the Budget Battle

This week on Agenda Texas, an interview with The Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey about what’s holding up passage of the state budget. (here’s a hint…it’s tax cuts)

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Moving Bills From the Senate to the House

While it may have been spring break for some in Texas, state lawmakers actually put their heads down and went to work, with the first week bills could be debated and voted on in House and Senate chambers. KUT’s Agenda Texas has a look at the big bills to pass, and how relations between the…

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The First 60 Days of the Texas Legislative Session

Friday March 13th is 60th day of the 84th Texas Legislative session. That milestone marks a few important deadlines for lawmakers. It’s the final day to file a bill for the session. And, it means the House and Senate can start passing bills, which should pick up the pace of work in both chambers. On this…

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What Happened Before and After Texas’s 1st Legal Gay Marriage

You may have already heard about the marriage of Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant. But do you know what happened in the hour before that ceremony and the hours that followed? Let’s spend a few minutes explaining what happened, and maybe more importantly, what happens next.

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Border Security and the Battle Lines in Austin

A debate over how much to fund border security, and what to do with that money, highlighted differences in the Texas House and Senate this week. Agenda Texas is KUT’s weekly report on the Texas Legislative session. Each week we’ll take a deeper look into the policies being considered and explain what they could mean…

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Agenda Texas: Bills, Guns and Committees are Coming

Agenda Texas is KUT’s weekly report on the Texas Legislative session. Each week we’ll take a deeper look into the policies being considered and explain what they could mean for you and your life. From transportation to education to the environment and everything in between.

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State Contract Kerfuffle and Anti-Muslim Protesters

It was supposed to be a fairly quiet week at the Legislature. Then a small but loud group of anti-Islamic protesters came to the Texas Capitol to make noise during the Muslim lobby day. It was the 7th session in a row that Muslim groups from across the state came to Austin. Only this time,…

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How to Follow the Texas Budget Debate

Two weeks down in the 84th Texas Legislature. This one was filled with the pomp of inauguration day…and the curious circumstance of the Texas Senate’s rules for bringing up a bill. But today, I thought we’d talk about the state budget!

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