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Understanding COVID vaccinations, Texas politics and early voting

Having trouble keeping up with headlines in Texas politics? Experts explain the legislature’s third special session and early voting. Plus, in light of the passing of former Secretary of State Colin Powell, we discuss COVID complications and vaccines.

Susan McLellan
Signs that display “Seat Belts, Vaccinations Both Save Lives” can be seen along I-10 in Louisiana. This photo was taken between Lafayette and Lake Charles.


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From voting to guns to abortion, it seems like every day there's a new headline or development in Texas politics.

Need help understanding the new laws being passed?

Wondering how they impact you, and how they might be influencing the country?

On top of that, it's the first day of early voting here in Texas.

What should you know about new voting laws and new voting machines for the November 2nd Election?

Today, experts are here to discuss and to field your calls — from the latest on redistricting and the future of transgender athletes to what's on the ballot this election.

We also discuss the passing of Colin Powell, former US Secretary of State, who has died of COVID complications. A local medical expert will help us better understand COVID deaths, underlying conditions and vaccine efficacy in light of this tragic news.


Susan McLellan

  • Medical Director of the Biocontainment Treatment Unit
  • Director of Biosafety for Research-related Infectious Pathogens at UTMB Health in Galveston

Andrew Schneider

  • Politics and Government Reporter for Houston Public Media

Isabel Longoria

  • Harris County Elections Administrator

James M. Douglas

  • Distinguished Professor of Law at Texas Southern University’s Thurgood Marshall School of Law

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