Dec 5th - 8:02 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we began a series of interviews with the Republican candidates for lieutenant governor. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples joined us to talk about border security and immigration, and to explain his stance on in-state tuition for undocumented students.
With Republican Tom Pauken’s announcement that he will withdraw from the race for governor, campaign tactics could soon shift for the remaining candidates. Our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, talked about what presumed frontrunner Greg Abbott could do heading into the March primary election.
Dec 4th - 7:39 pm
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at whether the so-called surge can get long-term support in spite of $60 million in funding needs and a history of local criticism.
ON THE AGENDA
The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about the strategy House Speaker John Boehner may be taking on immigration reform.
FUNDING THE FUTURE
Plus, a new study suggests child poverty in Texas has increased over the last decade, even as the economy improved. The director for Kids Count, Frances Deviney, joined us to break down the data and talk about how to reverse it.
Dec 3rd - 8:12 pm
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at where the candidates stand on the issue, and what they’ve said in the past.
The White House is reporting over a million people visited the healthcare.gov website Monday, on the first full business day after a series of repairs. Government officials now say the federal online health insurance exchange is now functioning 90 percent of the time.
We spoke with Mimi Garcia of Enroll America about their efforts to get the word out about health insurance options through the Affordable Care Act in states like Texas, where the federally created website is the only one available.
Plus, our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, joined us to look at what’s next for the Affordable Care Act and how Republicans and Democrats will position themselves around the law.
Dec 2nd - 8:11 pm
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at whether the changes are noticeable in Texas, where a number of groups are working to get people enrolled and get the word out.
ON THE AGENDA
The campaign filing deadline is one week away, and it could mean some last-minute scrambling for a few candidates. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to explain why.
Plus, we sat down with Republican gubernatorial candidate Miriam Martinez. Click the image below to hear about Martinez’s unique background and her thoughts on immigration reform, the Republican party and more.
Nov 26th - 7:48 pm
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke to advocates for both sides of the issue, who say the outcome will go far beyond any one company.
Libertarian candidate for governor, Kathie Glass, joined us to share her political vision beyond the two-party system, including why property taxes should be one of the first things on the chopping block.
NEW DEADLINE LOOMS
When Congress returns to Washington after the Thanksgiving break, budget negotiators will have to scramble to strike a deal to avoid yet another round of steep, automatic spending cuts.
Nov 25th - 8:25 pm
For the first time in its history, Texas could see two women running the state. Sens. Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte have both announced that they’re making a bid for statewide office. It’s a move Democrats hope will help them make their case to more women voters, but Republicans say the values of their party are still very much aligned with those of Texas women.
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at how the two major parties are working to make their case to women, plus we sat down with Sen. Van de Putte to talk more about her bid for lieutenant governor.
ON THE AGENDA
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas has chosen David Reisman as its new chief compliance officer. Reisman currently heads up the Texas Ethics Commission, which enforces campaign finance laws.
The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about that development and more.
The Public Utility Commission is drawing fire from members of the Senate Natural Resources Committee after setting up a move toward a different form of payment for electricity providers, known as capacity payments. They say the new system would encourage private generators to build up more resources to guard against blackouts, but the Senate committee’s chairman, Sen. Troy Fraser, says the current system is already designed to meet demand, and that the commission is simply overstepping its authority.
Nov 22nd - 8:04 pm
The city of Dallas and people from across the country paid tribute to President John F. Kennedy Friday, 50 years after his life was cut short.
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at how those who gathered at Dealey Plaza are choosing to remember a tragic moment in history without getting mired in the past.
REPORTING FROM THE STORM
For those who were covering the president, November 22 was just the start of decades worth of repercussions and investigation. Veteran broadcast journalist Dan Rather joined us to talk about the rollercoaster that followed.
A SEPARATE LEGACY
The presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson will be forever linked to Kennedy’s death and the Vietnam war, but we spoke to one man who says LBJ’s time in office has been chronically underrated. LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove joined us to explain why.
Nov 21st - 8:48 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we reported live from Dallas as the city prepares to remember a moment that changed history and the man whose life was cut short.
AFTER THE OATH
Hours after the bullets struck, a new president was sworn in on Air Force One at Dallas Love Field. We spoke to Mark Updegrove of the LBJ presidential library about how Lyndon B. Johnson handled the transition from tragedy.
WITNESS TO HISTORY
And millions of Americans remember where they were when they heard the news, but one man had to be among of the first to tell them. Click on the image below to see radio broadcaster Gary DeLaune tell his story.
Nov 20th - 8:38 pm
State Board of Education members are busy this week, coming up with the best way to implement new graduation requirements approved as part of a curriculum overhaul last session. Lawmakers reduced the number of standardized tests high school students must pass from 15 to five, and they rewrote course requirements to promote vocational training.
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at where the process stands now, and why Algebra II is the main sticking point.
The state’s new abortion law has survived another test in court, but a newly published article in the journal Contraception argues that its real-world implementation could be negatively affecting women’s health.
We spoke to Daniel Grossman and Joseph Potter of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project about the data they’ve seen.
50 YEARS LATER
In the days leading up to President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Dallas 50 years ago, the working media all had their assignments, eager to capture history. Ahead of our special coverage this week, we looked back at a young radio reporter who wasn’t prepared for the news he had to deliver to listeners across the state.
Nov 19th - 8:56 pm
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke to an undocumented University of Texas student about what he hopes to see in the larger political debate.
The David Dewhurst campaign is out with its first statewide TV ad, touting the Texas miracle. Our capital commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, weighed in on where Dewhurst stands in his bid for another term as lieutenant governor.
While most of the Republican races for statewide office have multiple candidates, few have dared to challenge a member of the Bush family in the race for land commissioner. We sat down with David Watts to talk about why he’s giving it a shot