Nov 6th - 12:06 am
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we checked in on election returns, plus we heard political analysis from Harold Cook and Ted Delisi.
Yet another poll on the Texas governor’s race came out Tuesday, but this one gives the Republican frontrunner more breathing room. We looked at the numbers, and got a preview of the 2014 national midterm elections from our DC bureau.
Plus, Houston saw a contentious election, but it wasn’t necessarily a candidate drawing all the attention.
Nov 5th - 3:39 pm
New numbers from Public Policy Polling show Davis trailing Republican frontrunner Greg Abbott by 15 points, with 15 percent undecided. The poll assumes Abbott wins his party’s nomination for governor and that no one runs as an independent.
The PPP poll also posited a hypothetical three-candidate matchup, assuming that Debra Media dropped her bid for comptroller and ran for governor as an Independent instead. In that scenario, Abbott still commanded a 10-point lead, with Davis holding onto 37 percent and Medina grabbing 9 percent.
The PPP poll surveyed 500 voters by an automated phone interview and has a margin of error of 4.4 percent.
Monday, a University of Texas / Texas Tribune poll showed Davis trailing by only six percent against Abbott in a head-to-head matchup, with that gap shrinking to five percentage points with Libertarian candidate Kathie Glass included in the race.
Nov 5th - 3:38 pm
The governor’s race is shaping up to be the most exciting match-up in decades. A new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll shows Republican Greg Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis, 40 percent to 34 percent. The Texas politics project’s Jim Henson joined us in the studio Monday to break down the numbers.
ON THE AGENDA
Early voting is over and election day is Tuesday. On Monday’s show, we got an update on voter turnout and voter ID. Plus, Harvey Kronberg with the Quorum Report offered his commentary on the week’s political news.
Voters will be faced with nine proposed constitutional amendments when they head to the polls. If they are approved, the amendments will join more than 600 that have already been added to the constitution over the years. In the video below, former State Senator John Montford talks about the history of the state’s complicated constitution and efforts to simplify it.
Nov 4th - 12:14 pm
A new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll shows the governor’s race within single digits. The poll released Monday puts Attorney General Greg Abbott ahead of Wendy Davis, 40 percent to 34 percent. About a quarter of those polled still say they have not decided who to vote for.
Poll director Daron Shaw told the Texas Tribune, “What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the race.”
James Henson from the Texas Politics Project will join us this evening to talk more about what the poll means for the 2014 election.
Oct 31st - 7:56 pm
The state’s cancer research funding agency is back up and running, after state leaders lifted a moratorium on the grant process. But after a high-profile scandal over misuse of the approval process, can the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas successfully rehabilitate its image? Our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, joined us to weigh in on that topic and more.
HEALTH CARE COSTS
Regardless of your thoughts on the Affordable Care Act, there’s no doubt that premiums will rise for some in Texas. We spoke with John Davidson with the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation about why he believes young, adult males will be hit the hardest.
Oct 31st - 7:13 pm
An appeals court has overturned the decision of a federal judge who blocked parts of a controversial abortion bill.
A three-judge panel of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling Thursday night, allowing the law requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals to take effect while a lawsuit over the restriction continues.
The ruling comes just three days after District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that the same provision serves no medical purpose. Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers had argued that the regulations were unconstitutional, and sought to have them delayed through a temporary injunction.
Instead, the new requirements will likely go into effect immediately.
Oct 30th - 8:36 pm
Vice President Joe Biden made a stop in the Austin area to speak about curbing domestic violence — a cause he’s championed since at least 1994.
Earlier in the day, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius went before a congressional committee to defend the online portal to the Affordable Care Act.
Gov. Rick Perry cast his ballot in West Austin and talked about implementation of the state’s Voter ID law. He also commented on a House committee’s investigation of UT Regent Wallace Hall. We sat down with the Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg to talk about the governor’s stance, and a new rumor tying the United Nations to the Alamo.
MEET THE CANDIDATE
Former state Rep. Sid Miller may have hired an outspoken rock star to help lead his campaign, but the newly announced candidate for agriculture commissioner has his own record to talk about. We sat down with Miller for a one-on-one interview about Ted Nugent, water issues, feral hogs and more.
Oct 30th - 7:43 pm
The state’s cancer-fighting agency can once again provide grants.
Today, Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus lifted the moratorium they imposed last December. The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas came under fire when it was revealed the agency failed to follow the proper procedures in awarding an $11 million grant to a Dallas firm. The scandal even prompted a criminal investigation.
Last session, lawmakers approved legislation to keep closer tabs on CPRIT, including a new six-member oversight board, which has since been appointed. Today’s announcement means CPRIT can resume grant operations and finalize remaining contracts.
The $3 billion agency was approved by voters in 2007 with the goal of funding cancer research and prevention efforts in Texas.
Oct 29th - 8:30 pm
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we look back at the state’s record of success with the appeals court, and look ahead to where the fight is likely headed from there.
TAPPING TEXAS DONORS
New fundraising numbers are out this week from groups working to get the word out about Proposition 6. The Water Texas PAC has raised a total of $2.1 million, adding more than a million to what it raised in the last filing period.
It’s a good sign for supporters of the ballot initiative, but some groups are raising questions about where the support is coming from and why. We sat down with Andrew Wheat with the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice to look at the bigger picture.
Conservative business owners, faith leaders and policymakers met Tuesday in Washington to try to revive immigration reform efforts. We checked in on where the issue stands now.
Oct 28th - 9:32 pm
Less than 24 hours before it was set to take effect, a federal court struck down parts of a controversial abortion law. In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at what the ruling means for abortion providers, and heard reactions from Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Wendy Davis and others.
ON THE AGENDA
The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about the newly named head of the Wendy Davis campaign, along with an ongoing Ethics Commission case that could be taking a new twist.
PROP 6 DEBATE
Just four days are left until early voting ends, and many Texans are still making up their minds about Proposition 6. That’s the ballot measure that would pull $2 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help finance water infrastructure projects.
We sat down with New Braunfels-area Rep. Doug Miller and Michele Gangnes, a bond attorney and water activist, to talk about their opposing views.