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86: Preview of 86th Texas Legislature

The Texas Legislature's biennial session is slated to start in January with a massive agenda punctuated by serious policy problems. The session takes place in the wake of big electoral gains by the Democrats in the Legislature but a returning cast of Republican statewide officials, as well as Republican Dennis Bonnen as the new House Speaker. "Party Politics" podcast co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer identify the major issues confronting Texas government, the divided politics... Read More

85: 116th Congress preview

A new Democratic House? Check. A narrowly-held Republican Senate? Check. A wildcard Republican President? Check. In 2019, the 116th session of Congress promises to be politically consequential with several new policy directions. This week's "Party Politics" podcast focuses on what can happen on Capitol Hill with the new year and a new composition of Congress, which –among other factors— will be marked by the record number of women serving. Hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus... Read More

Party Politics 84: Beto For President?

Despite a losing bid for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Betomania hasn't cooled off as many in the Democratic Party are hoping he'll run for higher office. Although Beto O'Rourke said during the campaign he would not be a candidate for president in 2020, he suggested this week that he might be open to the idea. We are a long way from a decision from Team Beto and the 2020 election is two years away,... Read More

Party Politics 83: Speaker Dennis Bonnen

After several contentious legislative sessions and a widening ideological divide within the Republican Party, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stepped down leaving the chamber without a leader. Representative Dennis Bonnen, of Angleton, announced this week he has the votes to win the position. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus discuss the importance of this change in leadership for the parties, politics, and policy in the upcoming legislative session. NATIONAL TOPICS -Supreme Court Justice... Read More

Party Politics 82: Midterm-mania

The midterms are behind us and the political shock waves are being felt nationally and across Texas. "Party Politics" co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus look at how successful the blue wave was for the Democrats and what it means to our national politics. Here in Texas: did Betomania deliver the state for the Democrats, and was the success the start of something bigger, or a one-time occurrence? NATIONAL TOPICS Another mass shooting tragedy--this time... Read More

Party Politics 81: Final Predictions!

We're entering the home stretch of the 2018 midterm elections and it promises to be a wild finish. Last-minute campaign ads pulse in the background as a record number of people in Texas are voting. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus make final predictions about what to expect on Election Day in the state and in the rest of the nation. NATIONAL TOPICS -Pittsburgh mass shooting tragedy -Trump floats idea of ending birthright... Read More

Party Politics 80: Early Voting Bonanza!

Early voting is underway and voters are participating all over Texas in big numbers! Early voting numbers in the midterm election are approaching presidential year levels and are breaking all kinds of records. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus break down the impact of the swell of voters and discuss what this means for races up and down the ballot. NATIONAL TOPICS: -Mail bombs draw attention to the coarseness of political discourse -Sandra... Read More

Party Politics 79: Midterm Mania!

With less than three weeks from Election Day, the nation's most watched Senate race is going down to the wire and the gloves were off in the second debate between Congressman Beto O'Rourke and Senator Ted Cruz. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus give us the blow-by-blow, analyzing the impact this debate will have on the race. What does O'Rourke need to do to score an upset? Can Cruz hold on to his... Read More

Party Politics 78: Money, Money, Money!

With Election Day less than a month away, campaign finance reports are due. Some candidates are raking in big money and others are flat broke. "Party Politics" podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer comb the finance reports to see who is up and who is down, and talk about what these reports might mean for the electoral chances of the candidates. NATIONAL TOPICS: -Kavanaugh confirmed – What impact will the confirmation process have on... Read More

Party Politics 77: The Hottest Statewide Race Nobody Is Talking About!

The race for Texas Attorney General between incumbent Ken Paxton and his Democratic Challenger Justin Nelson is heating up. With Paxton under the cloud of a criminal indictment and a series of controversial court filings challenging Obamacare and supporting the internment of immigrant children, a normally sleepy race for AG has become increasingly contentious. Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the impact of this race on Texas politics and what it could... Read More

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