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Breaking Quorum, Voting Rights, Defying The Governor – What’s Going On With Texas Politics?

Today, experts discuss Texas politics, as the state makes national headlines for what’s going on in the legislature, voting rights, mask mandate bans and more. Plus, the White House announces a COVID vaccine booster plan.


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State Rep. Gene Wu, D-Houston, asks a question during session on the House floor on May 26, 2021.


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To say there's a lot happening in Texas politics is an understatement.

What's going on with the House Democrats who broke quorum?

The Texas Supreme Court ruled that they can be arrested to force attendance at the Capitol.

What about the backlash to Governor Abbott's ban on mask mandates?

What are the implications for the counties and school districts that are defying the Governor?

And, what about the Governor testing positive for COVID yesterday?

Today, a State Representative and an expert from the nonpartisan Texas Politics Project are here to discuss these topics and more.

Plus, a medical expert explains the latest on booster shot recommendations, as announced today at the White House.


Gene Wu

  • State Representative for Texas House District 137

Dr. Joshua Blank

Dr. Pei-Yong Shi

  • Professor and John Sealy Distinguished Chair in Innovations in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB)

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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