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Jill Stein on Third Party Politics: Monday’s show (March 2, 2015)

So much of our political discourse these days here in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the country is diminished to a debate of right versus left, conservative against liberal, Republican opposing Democrat. Of course, there are more than two sides to most debates, and more than two potential solutions to most problems. And yet, with […]


So much of our political discourse these days here in Houston, throughout Texas, and across the country is diminished to a debate of right versus left, conservative against liberal, Republican opposing Democrat.

Of course, there are more than two sides to most debates, and more than two potential solutions to most problems. And yet, with rare exception, we elect candidates to represent us in government with ties to one or the other of the two major political parties.

Some argue those parties are in collusion to keep a stranglehold on political power. Others suggest “third parties” only ever offer up fringe candidates to represent a fringe population who can’t be taken seriously. Occasionally, an independent candidate gets elected and sticks – Bernie Sanders in Vermont is a modern example – but mostly, we chug along with our so-called “two party system.”

Among those seeking to change all of that is Dr. Jill Stein. She ran for president as the Green Party candidate in 2012, and is contemplating a run again in 2016. She was in Houston last week to speak with the Harris County Green Party and to give an address at Lone Star College-Kingwood. She also visited the picket lines of striking United Steel workers at some Houston-area refineries, and was a featured speaker at the South by Southwest Ecosocialist Conference at the University of North Texas in Denton. She stopped by Houston Public Media during her trip, and we’ll hear her thoughts about seeking change from the political edges on this edition of Houston Matters.

Also this hour: We talk with Dr. Lisa Hollier, a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine about the do’s and don’t’s of taking prescription drugs while pregnant.

Plus: We’ll discuss the latest goings-on in Houston sports with CultureMap Houston sports columnist M.K. Bower.

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