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Political Roundup: President Biden’s address, a new election poll, and the GOP fight in Austin

Analysts discuss those and other developments in this week’s political roundup.

Houston Matters Political Roundup

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A new election survey is out, Republicans in Austin are fighting, a Texan has left the presidential race, and President Biden says America stands with Israel following last weekend's deadly incursion by Hamas militants there.

Those are just a few of the major developments in politics in recent days.

Each Wednesday, we seek context and clarity in our political roundup. In the audio above, we're joined by Party Politics co-host Jeronimo Cortina, and University of Houston political science lecturer Nancy Sims.

We begin with the President's comments Tuesday. He called the Hamas attack on Israel “pure unadulterated evil,” said that there was "no justification for terrorism," and repeated that “We stand with Israel.” He also noted that if this had happened in the United States "our response would be swift, decisive, and overwhelming," while also noting he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed "how democracies like Israel and the United States are stronger and more secure when we act according to the rule of law." He wants Congress to fund aid being sent to Israel and warned other actors in the region not to take advantage of the situation.

Cortina and Sims share how President Biden's address has been received across the political spectrum. They also share mounting complications, and a sense of urgency, for the U.S. House of Representatives to elect a new Speaker (a vote is scheduled for Wednesday), so that the chamber can address foreign aid requests as well as another impending budget deadline.

Among other topics, we also discuss political fireworks during the start of the latest special session in Austin, the prospects for passage of a school vouchers bill, and what polling out from the UH’s Hobby Center tells us about the Houston mayor’s race.

NOTE: Due to special programming about Israel from PBS Friday night at 7:30, Party Politics will air a half hour later than usual on TV 8, starting at 8:30 p.m. You can still hear it Friday night at 7:30 on News 88.7 FM, or subscribe to the podcast and listen at your leisure.