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Celebrating 100 Episodes Of Party Politics

Brandon and Jay revisit the biggest political news stories of the past two years.

Brandon Rottinghaus (left) and Jay Aiyer (right) co-host Houston Public Media's Party Politics weekly podcast.
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Brandon Rottinghaus (left) and Jay Aiyer (right) co-host Houston Public Media’s Party Politics podcast.


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This week on Party Politics, we celebrate our 100th episode with a live podcast event recorded at the University of Houston's coffee shop The Nook.

Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer share their favorite moments from the past 100 episodes, including President Trump's greatest wins and losses since his inauguration.

Brandon and Jay take questions from the audience, analyze the biggest shifts in American politics and the impact on our culture and society. They even predict which candidates they think will be on the ticket for the 2020 Presidential Election!

Brandon and Jay's top moments in politics over 100 episodes:

Jay's Top 4:

  • Donald Trump becomes the social media President. Roosevelt had radio, Reagan had TV, and Trump has social media
  • 2018 Texas midterm elections and the massive shift in politics across the country. Suburban voters move leftward, Nancy Pelosi is back as House Speaker, and a return to divided government
  • "Betomania" and the return of Texas Democrats. Texas inches back to becoming a two party state powered by Beto O'Rourke and an increasingly more moderate state. How structural is this shift?
  • Local government vs the State. How local control and population shifts have caused an increasingly widening division between the state and local government

Brandon's Top 4:

  • President Trump goes unilateral on executive orders and Supreme Court nominations.
  • #MeToo and #TimesUp: Roseanne Barr fired, John Conyers and Al Franken resign
  • Texas House Speaker Joe Straus steps aside
  • George H.W. Bush passes away

You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts. Tweet us using #PartyPoliticsPod or email Party Politics is produced by Sophie Moll, the audio engineer is Todd Hulslander and our digital editor is Alvaro ‘Al' Ortiz.


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