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Ted Cruz Makes Final Push for Voter Support in Iowa

Posted on · In these final days before the Iowa caucuses on Monday (Feb. 1, 2016), we check in with Ben Philpott, senior reporter covering state politics and policy for KUT, our sister station in Austin. He’s in Iowa following presidential hopeful and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. We discuss developments in the GOP campaign and Cruz’s […]

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LGBT Workers in the Energy Sector: Friday’s Show (January 29, 2016)

Posted on · Times are uncertain for many folks in the oil and gas industry, with crude oil prices continuing to drop. But some LGBT workers say there’s always been plenty of uncertainty in the industry for them – and maybe more so now. That uncertainty was the subject of a recent article by the Houston Chronicle’s Jordan Blum, […]

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Is Ted Cruz a Formidable Challenger Against Donald Trump?

Posted on · It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

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Cruz’s Presidential Viability: Tuesday’s Show (January 5, 2016)

Posted on · It’s common during a presidential campaign, in the weeks leading up to primaries and caucuses, for voters to, in essence, audition certain candidates. Those mired near the bottom of public opinion polls can bubble up to the surface while others can slide into the background. In recent weeks, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas has […]

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The Legal Dispute Over Refugee Resettlement: Thursday’s Show (December 10, 2015)

Posted on · Nine more Syrian refugees are scheduled to arrive here in Houston today, after U.S. District Judge David Godbey Wednesday denied Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s request for an emergency order blocking them. Paxton submitted then withdrew a similar request last week. The Attorney General’s back-and-forth actions are not, of course, the only mixed messages coming […]

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Rick Perry’s Presidential Run, and Houstonian Attitudes Towards Bikers: Friday’s Show (June 5, 2015)

Posted on · Former Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced he’s running for President Thursday (6/4/15). He has to overcome his famous 2012 GOP Presidential debate flame out, and an indictment still hanging over his head. But in an already crowded field, he also finds himself one of two hard line conservatives from Texas. Is there room in […]