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Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on at the Texas Capitol and in Washington with the state's #1 political podcast: Texas Take. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News political writer Jeremy Wallace.


Episode Date
Roe Falls as The Texas GOP Turns on Its Elder Statesman
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Breaking news on Friday as the US Supreme Court overturned Roe v Wade and Texas abortion clinics halted services. Plus, Sen. John Cornyn is nearly booed off the stage at the Republican Party of Texas Convention as he pushes through the most significant gun safety legislation in a generation. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2022
Indecision and Delay
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About a month after the Uvalde massacre, both the cops and politicians are under heavy scrutiny for their indecision and delay in reacting on the day of the shooting as well as a policy response in the halls of power. Join us for another special edition of the show with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2022
The Fear It Will Happen Again and That Nothing Will Change
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As politicians with the biggest platforms debate gun policy in Texas and America, the smallest voices can be heard now saying they're afraid to even go back to school following the shooting in Uvalde. Join us for a special edition of the show with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 10, 2022
Distractions, Investigations, and Accusations of a Coverup
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Day after day, new information emerges about the massacre in Uvalde and much of it completely contradicts what had previously been understood about the rampage. How can we sort that out plus address the issues now raised about gun control and school safety? Join us for another special edition of the show with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 03, 2022
How Could Anyone Shoot Those Kids? How Could You Do Nothing About It?
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Grief and agony after 19 children and 2 teachers were gunned down in Uvalde, Texas, sending shockwaves around this nation and the world. Gov. Greg Abbott and his challenger Beto O'Rourke came face to face in the aftermath and the debate seems to have shifted, for the moment, away from the usual talking points from both sides. Join us for a special edition of the show with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 26, 2022
Sure, We Can Keep the Lights On. But What About Air Conditioners?
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Another electricity grid scare in Texas as the Abbott Administration plays a potentially deadly game of hide-the-ball with energy conservation requests in May. Plus, have the words of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sen. Ted Cruz, and others pushed some young and impressionable people to commit acts of violence against people of color? Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 20, 2022
If You Like Your Public School, You Can Keep Your Public School
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week went further than any Texas governor ever has in promoting a school voucher program, potentially upending the state's politics. Plus, the fight over abortion rights is playing out in the race for governor as well as a key South Texas race for Congress. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2022
The Fall of Roe?
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Abortion rights are front and center once again in Texas as it appears the United States Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v Wade decision. Plus, Sen. Cruz predicts Republicans are going to sweep elections this year in South Texas, when he really means parts of The Valley. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 06, 2022
The Only Covid Restriction Republicans Support
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As Gov. Greg Abbott ramps up "border security" spending even more, there are growing questions about the increasing number of military deaths along the Rio Grande. Plus, Rep. Chip Roy calls Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a "communist witch" and a Texas death row inmate's life is spared at the last minute. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 29, 2022
Cutting Off Our Nose to Spite Our Face
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Gov. Greg Abbott and Beto O'Rourke traded jabs this week in the race for governor over Abbott's shutdown of the Texas-Mexico border. Plus, a right-wing activist in Houston was indicted over an election fraud conspiracy theory and some in the Texas GOP started to ramp up pressure on state leaders to embrace a school voucher program. At least not yet, anyway. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 22, 2022
Abbott’s Border “Stunt”
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week announced he'd be busing migrants from the Texas border to Washington, DC. But later his office let us all know it would be on a voluntary basis. Liberals and some conservatives alike blasted it as a "bullshit stunt." Meantime, we're sorry to tell you it's not likely that Beto O'Rourke and Abbott are actually tied in the race for governor. At least not yet, anyway. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 08, 2022
"Midland not Moscow" but maybe renewable energy is okay, too
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After trashing renewable energy during last year's deadly winter storm, Gov. Greg Abbott this week did something of an about face on the value of renewable energy sources in Texas. Plus, Sen. John Cornyn signals Republicans are not done with their fight in opposition to gay marriage. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  More politics coverage from the Houston Chronicle. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2022
"Jackassery"
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Sen. Ted Cruz sought the spotlight during the confirmation hearings for President Biden's pick for the Supreme Court, Judge Katanji Brown Jackson. Plus, we revisit this question: Is Beto O'Rourke too mean this time around in his campaign against Gov. Greg Abbott or is he being just mean enough? Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. READ: After being mocked by Ted Cruz during SCOTUS hearing, 'Antiracist Baby' book hits bestseller list More Texas politics from the Houston Chronicle. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 25, 2022
Completely Detached from Reality
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Gov. Greg Abbott continues to slam President Joe Biden over the deadly flow of fentanyl across the border even though, as Jeremy notes, both the feds and the state are having some success cracking down on it. Plus the State of Texas goes after families with transgender children as alleged "child abusers" while the state acknowledges horrific child abuse in state-funded facilities. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 11, 2022
On To the Runoffs
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The Texas primary is in the books and the GOP candidates for Attorney General are already arguing over which one of them should get a show of love from former President Trump. Meantime one of the Democrats running for Lt. Gov. called on the other to drop out of the race. Why? Plus congressional runoffs may test the strength of progressives in South Texas. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  More Texas politics from the Houston Chronicle. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 04, 2022
It's Do or Die Time in the Texas Primary
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As the clock ticks down to March 1 and early voting wraps up, top Texas Republicans broke with ex-President Trump this week when he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin after he ordered troops to invade Ukraine. Plus three of the GOP candidates for Texas Attorney General faced off in a televised debate as they looked for a chance at a runoff with AG Ken Paxton, who did not join them on stage. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. More: Election 2022 on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 25, 2022
With Voting Underway in Texas, More Confusion About How to Do It
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Just two days before a key deadline, Texas Secretary of State John Scott attempted to clear up confusion about how to apply for a mail-in ballot while Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick managed to confuse GOP voters about how to do it. Meanwhile, some listeners wanted to know our thoughts on AOC's comments that Texas will inevitably "turn blue." Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  More Texas politics on HoustonChronicle.com. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 18, 2022
Texans Start Voting Now
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Early voting has begun in the election of consequence in Texas: The primary. Gov. Greg Abbott, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Ag Commissioner Sid Miller all face multiple challengers as they try to win by pushing in all their chips on former President Trump's endorsement. Down ballot races are heating up as well and we've got you covered. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Portions of this episode were recorded before a live audience at the Texas REALTORS® Winter Meeting in Austin. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 14, 2022
The Storm Passes
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The latest ice storm in Texas, almost nothing like the one that was so devastating last year, has mostly passed but not without causing a panic across the state and potential political fallout on the campaign trail. Plus, Republicans lash out at Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo after the funeral of a fallen officer. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 04, 2022
The Trump Show Returns to Texas
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Former President Trump is slated to return to Houston this weekend as a war rages within the Texas GOP over his endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott. Plus, Beto O'Rourke sets the tone for in-person campaigning and in-person voting despite lingering concerns about the pandemic. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 27, 2022
A School Voucher Fight? Don't Get Scared Now.
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As he courts GOP primary voters and makes good on promises to contributors, Gov. Greg Abbott has to carefully maintain that he's pro-public education in Texas while pushing more "school choice" initiatives including a "Parental Bill of Rights." Meanwhile, Beto O'Rourke had an impressive fundraising haul and Rep. Dan Crenshaw gets into an argument with a young girl because it's possible he just talks too much. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 21, 2022
Texas Primaries in Full Swing
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With the March primary coming up faster than you think, candidates for statewide office are crisscrossing Texas making their pitch to voters. The Republicans and the Democrat trying to oust Gov. Greg Abbott are slamming him on everything from the border to covid. Meantime, the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner emerges as maybe the nastiest race of the moment. Join the conversation with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 14, 2022
Sen. Cruz Stands Against Domestic Terrorists Until He Doesn't
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2022 in Texas politics starts with GOP politicians going out of their way not to speak too harshly about the January 6th insurrection. That includes Sen. Ted Cruz, who called the attackers "terrorists" until a Fox News host took him to task for it. Plus, the race for governor is heating up with bipartisan attacks against Gov. Greg Abbott. Join the conversation as we start the year with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2022
'The Texas Model' Has a Whole New Meaning
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Now that the Supreme Court has let stand a six-week abortion ban in Texas enforced by civil lawsuits, Democratic states want to crack down on guns using a similar scheme while some GOP states want to unleash private lawsuits over "critcal race theory." Plus, Texas' highest criminal court puts an end to Attorney General Ken Paxton's prosecutions of what he calls "voter fraud" cases. Join the conversation as we end the year with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 16, 2021
It's Put Up or Shut Up Time
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With the filing deadline approaching Monday, this is when the rubber meets the road for anyone who wants to run for office in Texas. Plus, the state is in court with the feds over abortion, redistricting, and more. And Attorney General Ken Paxton is lavished with praise by ex-President Trump. Is that really all it takes to win this GOP primary? Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 10, 2021
Abbott Guarantees the Texas Electricity Grid Won't Collapse
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As Democratic candidate Beto O'Rourke ramps up his attacks on Gov. Greg Abbott over the failure of the Texas electricity grid earlier this year, the Republican governor says he can "guarantee the lights will stay on." Plus, the vaccine mandate wars continue in Austin and Washington as Abbott tries desperately to avoid another special session of the Legislature. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 03, 2021
Y'all Happy Now? There's Finally a Democrat Running for Texas Governor
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After months of anticipation among Texas Democrats, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke this week announced his candidacy for governor against Gov. Greg Abbott. Plus, retirements are stacking up in the Texas Legislature as new candidates come forward to file for office all across the Great State. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2021
The Far Right Starts to Turn on Ken Paxton
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The Texas Attorney General's race got a jolt this week as archconservative Congressman Louie Gohmert announced he's considering running against Trump-endorsed incumbent Ken Paxton in the GOP primary. Plus, some in the Texas GOP now have a new target for their anger: Big Bird. Yes, you read that right. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 12, 2021
The United States Vs Texas
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From abortion to election laws, Texas and the United States are locking horns in court. Plus, retirements abound in the Texas Legislature just as the campaign season is set to kick off with candidates throwing their hats in the ring starting in about a week. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 05, 2021
Politically Lost in Translation
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Why are Texas Republicans, including Gov. Abbott, embracing a chant that goes "Let's go Brandon"? Well, the answer actually informs just about everything happening in the state's politics at the moment. Plus the new Texas abortion law will be before the Supreme Court next week. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 29, 2021
It is Mercifully Over. Now What?
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Gov. Abbott racked up wins and losses in the finally-concluded special legislative session, including a big loss on vaccine mandates. Plus the new Texas Secretary of State is a Trump loyalist who tried to overturn the election last year. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 21, 2021
The Consequences of Our Actions
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Amid a flurry of issues in Texas politics as another special session careens toward its end, we thought it would be good to slow down a little and talk about potential long term consequences of some of the debates unfolding at the Capitol this year. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 15, 2021
Thoughts, Prayers, and Good Luck
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Even when a school shooting dominates national headlines after every parent's nightmare unfolded at a high school in North Texas, it only gets a passing mention from this state's leadership as they seek to focus attention on the border. Plus, women take to the streets of Texas to protest the state's new abortion law and Matthew Dowd starts taking some heat in his bid to be the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 07, 2021
It's Never Enough for Trump
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Gov. Abbott finds himself between Trump and a hard place as he tries to placate the former president with elections audits and stiffer penalties for illegal voting. Will Trump withdraw his endorsement of the governor? Also, the new Texas abortion law has the attention of lawmakers in DC this week. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 01, 2021
Ain't Nobody Happy About the Border
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Both President Biden and Gov. Abbott are under fire from members of their own political parties over the crisis at the Texas-Mexico border. Plus, former President Trump now wants Abbott to push for a forensic audit of the Texas 2020 election. Hoo boy. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 23, 2021
The Outlines of Campaign Season
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There's still at least one more special session of the Texas Legislature starting Monday, but we are already seeing the outlines of what campaign season in this state will look like in 2022: Abortion, guns, immigration, and more are on the agenda. Plus two Houston-area members of Congress who usually play nice with each other are now clashing on Capitol Hill. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 17, 2021
Roe vs ...Who Knows?
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Roe vs ...Who Knows? Under Texas' new 6 week abortion ban, enforcement will not be up to District Attorneys like it was decades ago when Dallas DA Henry Wade became the Wade in the landmark Supreme Court Case. The new law instead empowers anyone to file civil litigation against abortion providers, creating a more diffiulct patth to legal challenges. We'll explain. Plus, the year's second special session of the Texas Legislature has concluded. What's next? Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 03, 2021
Don't Say That
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After the Democratic quorum break and months of public fighting over the elections bill, it finally came to a head on the Texas House floor this week. Right out of the gate, Speaker Dade Phelan asked lawmakers to avoid the term "racism," and you can imagine how that played out. Plus, former Gov. Rick Perry made a sales pitch at the Texas Capitol that even rubbed some Republicans the wrong way. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 27, 2021
Gov. Abbott Gets Covid While Fighting School Districts for Fighting Covid
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week announced he has tested positive for coronavirus just as he ramps up his fight against independent schools districts to prevent them adopting covid restrictions to protect children. Plus, the quorum break ends in the Texas House of representatives. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 20, 2021
Open Revolt in Texas
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It has been a week of open defiance to Gov. Greg Abbott's orders banning cities, counties, and school districts from mandating masks and taking other precautions to contain the spread of coronavirus. Plus, a dramatic filibuster of the elections bill unfolded in the Texas Senate while Texas House Democrats continue to deny GOP leadership a quorum. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 13, 2021
Get Out of the Way
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Republicans wish Texas House Democrats would get out of the way and stop blocking an agenda from moving forward in Austin while President Biden wants Gov. Greg Abbott to get out of the way of an effective response to coronavirus. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 06, 2021
Masks, Voting Rights, The Border, and More
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Even with covid cases on the rise in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott is attempting to keep extra health measures from being implemented while he instead focuses on border security and rounding up immigrants. Meanwhile, Texas Democrats in Washington testified before Congress about the ongoing voting rights fight and their dramatic measures aimed at stopping elections legislation. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 30, 2021
Covid Cases Rising, Complicating Things for Texas House Democrats and Gov. Abbott
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The Texas House Democrats in Washington breaking quorum to stop elections legislation had their plans complicated by positive covid tests this past week. Meantime, Gov. Greg Abbott says he will absolutely not reinstate mask mandates despite rising cases of coronavirus.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 23, 2021
Stalemate
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Stalemate  On this special edition of the show, Scott reports from Washington on the latest in the standoff between Texas House Democrats who fled the state to delay an elections bill and GOP leadership demanding they return.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2021
Miller Lite and Voting Rights
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On this special edition of the show, Scott updates you on the developing story of Texas Democrats breaking quorum to try to block elections legislation from moving forward in Austin.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 14, 2021
Bring It. The Special Session Starts Now.
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Texas lawmakers will convene in Austin again this week after Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled a lengthy list of mostly red meat topics for them to address in the first of what could be several special sessions. This happens as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick moves away from some of the more controversial proposals in an elections bill that was killed by Democrats in the regular session. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 07, 2021
Build the Wall or Fix the Damn Grid?
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Gov. Greg Abbott hosted ex-President Trump in Texas this week and that went about like you'd expect. Jeremy traveled to the border to give you the real scoop. Plus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Abbott don't agree about doing more to address the state's electricity crisis. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 01, 2021
National Democrats Countering Trump in Texas
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With ex-President Trump on his way to Texas next week to visit the border with Gov. Greg Abbott, national Democrats including Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden are here as well. We've got their trips covered plus there's now a crowded field as GOP challengers look to take down Texas AG Ken Paxton in the primary. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2021
We Will Build a Wall and Texans Will Pay For It
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week declared Texas will build a wall of it's own between this state and Mexico. But unlike ex-President Trump's original proposal, Texas taxpayers will have to pony up the starter cash. Plus, Texas Democrats traveled to DC to continue the fight for the right to vote. And Juneteenth is now a federal holiday, putting a huge smile on the face of a legendary civil rights activist from Fort Worth. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 18, 2021
He Likes Me! He Really Likes Me!
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With the Texas legislative session coming to a dramatic end, campaigns are already ramping up with Gov. Greg Abbott and others arguing that voters should reelect them based on the fact that ex-President Trump "likes me." Plus, Texas Democrats get an historic if temporary victory in killing a sweeping proposal to restrict voting. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 04, 2021
"Pretty Goofy"
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Frustrated with the Texas House this week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick demanded that Gov. Greg Abbott call an immediate special session to address "conservative priorities." Abbott immediately dismissed the suggestion as "pretty goofy." And as the legislative session winds down, big issues like elections, electricity, and more are still unsettled. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 28, 2021
Legislative Endgame
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As the clock ticks down on the legislative session in Austin, the Texas House and Senate are in a war with each other over the legislative agenda. Plus, Attorney General Ken Paxton lashes out at Land Commissioner George P. Bush as one prepares to possibly challenge the other in the GOP primary. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 21, 2021
The 2022 GOP Primary Begins
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As the Texas Legislature takes a hard right turn in the final weeks of its regular session, we examine the way ex-President Donald Trump is influencing legislators months after he lost the election. Plus, country artist Randy Rogers is teaming up with Texas legislators to save dance halls across the state. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 13, 2021
Legislative Combat and Betrayal
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The final weeks of the Texas Legislature's regular session are heating up with debates about fundamental voting rights, transgender athletes in schools, permitless carry of handguns, "defunding police," and more. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
May 07, 2021
A Voting Meltdown Over Voting Rights
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Texas House Democrats are asking the Department of Justice to monitor legislative proceedings in Austin after the way a GOP Chairman tried to rush passage of sweeping changes to voting laws in this state. We'll explain. Plus, an allegation of sexual assault rocked the Texas Capitol this week. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 30, 2021
Does Gov. Abbott Support Permitless Carry of Firearms or Not?
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Stop us if you've heard this one: Gov. Abbott is trying to have it both ways on a controversial proposal supported by many grassroots Republicans. This time, it's the permitless carry of firearms bill that passed the Texas House and seems to be blocked in the Texas Senate. Plus a new poll shows actor Matthew McConaughey would beat Gov. Abbott in a head to head matchup. But, people should slow their roll on that. Connect with Scott Braddock and Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 23, 2021
From Laser Focused to Scattershot
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Why did the Texas Legislature go from narrowly focusing earlier in the year on COVID and the ice storm to now being a political red meat festival? That plus the latest on the voting rights fight at the Capitol. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 15, 2021
Read the Damn Bill! Sure, Okay
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The fight over voting rights in Texas was on the national stage this week as Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick traded barbs with some corporations and the Texas House started to move in a bit different direction from the Texas Senate on the issue. Plus former US House Speaker John Boehner has some choice words for Sen. Ted Cruz. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 09, 2021
Kickin' the Bear
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Democrats warned Republicans in Texas this week that the majority party is "kickin' a bear" and "waking up a beast" by trying to make it harder to vote in this state. We've got the latest on the fight over voting rights as well as the faux outrage over the border. Plus a congressional candidate from New Jersey by way of Nevada tries his luck in a Texas special election. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Apr 01, 2021
Unscrambling the Eggs
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Texas Republicans were at each other's throats this week fighting over whether the government can retroactively change prices in the electricity market during the state's winter storm disaster. Gov. Greg Abbott in the meantime was doing his best to talk about anything other than the fallout from the ice storm, so he tried changing the subject to immigration and "election integrity." Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 17, 2021
Neanderthal Thinking
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Without consulting with his own top medical professionals, Gov. Greg Abbott this week dropped the mask mandate and said businesses can open 100 percent despite the fact the pandemic is still unfolding all around us. President Joe Biden called it "neanderthal thinking."  Meantime, Texas lawmakers are rolling up their sleeves and getting down to work on the state's policy response to the ice storm that left millions without power or water. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Mar 05, 2021
The Sound and Fury After the Storm
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Despite their political differences, Gov. Greg Abbott and President Joe Biden are together in Houston to survey damage and talk about ways to respond to the ice storm that knocked out power and put water supplies at risk for millions of Texans. Meantime, legislative hearings have begun into what went wrong with the state's power grid. And Sen. Ted Cruz cannot stop talking about his trip to Cancun during the big freeze. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 26, 2021
The Texas Ice Storm Blame Game
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week didn't wait for the lights to come back on or for Texans to stop dying in the freezing cold before he lashed out at the proponents of the Green New Deal. But after that went over like a lead balloon, Abbott did move in the direction of substantive policy changes to address the winter weather crisis gripping this state. And yes, it's true: Sen. Ted Cruz did travel to Cancun to escape the blizzard. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 19, 2021
Republicans Take Ken Paxton to the Woodshed
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton faced blistering questions this week from some of his fellow Republicans after unilaterally moving $40 million in tax dollars to give out pay raises in his office. Meantime the impeachment trial in Washington drew to a close and Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick poured cold water on proposals to expand gambling in the state. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 12, 2021
"Normalcy" Returning to Texas?
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In his State of the State Address this week, Gov. Greg Abbott argues "normalcy" is coming back to Texas. But the COVID-19 statistics suggest otherwise. Plus lawmakers in Washington continue to haggle over a new COVID relief package and Ted Cruz can't help but paint himself into a corner with his pop culture references.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Feb 05, 2021
Is Texit a Serious Thing? No. And Beto for Governor? Maybe.
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As the anger builds among Republicans against the second impeachment of former President Trump, a small group in the Texas GOP wants to start a conversation about secession. Yes, that again. Plus Beto O'Rourke floats the possibility of running against Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022. Hope springs eternal for Texas Democrats. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 29, 2021
The Democratic President Already Clashing with Texas Republicans
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He's just been sworn in this week and Democratic President Joe Biden is already at odds with Texas Republican leaders on a host of issues from immigration to energy. Plus Sen. Ted Cruz faces the wrath of the Lincoln Project and Gov. Greg Abbott snubs Houston's political leadership when hosting a roundtable on COVID vaccine in Houston. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 22, 2021
President Trump Impeached Again as he Heads to Texas
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President Trump was impeached for a second time right as he visited the Texas border for a subdued victory lap for an uncompleted border wall. Meantime, Sen. Ted Cruz faces questions about his role in inciting riots at the Capitol and the Texas Legislature convened under the cloud of the pandemic. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 15, 2021
Texans at the Center of an Insurrection
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As riots unfolded at the US Capitol in Washington, Sen. Ted Cruz and his former top aide Rep. Chip Roy were on opposite sides of the argument fueling the violence. Meantime, Rep. Dan Crenshaw told Jeremy that some of his GOP colleagues who incited the rioters later behaved like "cowards." Plus, a top Texas health official is caught on tape saying the state government has reached the limits of what it can do in the battle against COVID-19. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jan 07, 2021
What Kind of Year Has it Been?
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Now that the dust has settled from the elections and even Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is admitting President Trump won't be in office come January, it's time to take stock of 2020. We reflect on the year that was. Plus, is there any real shot for casinos in Texas along with legalized pot? Maybe. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 17, 2020
If Ken Paxton Rushes to Trump's Rescue, Will Trump Rush to His?
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, embroiled in his own personal legal troubles, is now rushing to the defense of President Donald Trump in trying to overturn the election results. That's sparked some speculation that Paxton is trying to get a presidential pardon for his alleged crimes. Plus Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick looks to change the rules in the Texas Senate once again so that the number of votes it takes to advance legislation equals the number of GOP senators in the chamber. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 11, 2020
Texas Reloaded, Except in Georgia
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Businesses across DFW are now under new restrictions as COVID-19 cases spike, the mayor of Austin is under the gun after traveling to Mexico while telling people to "stay home," and Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, is reloading for a campaign in Georgia. But this time it's his fellow Republicans angry with him for trying to elect GOP senators. Yes, you read that right. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.      Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Dec 04, 2020
The Ninth Inning of Covid?
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Despite rising numbers in cases of coronavirus, Gov. Greg Abbott insists we're now in the "ninth inning" of the pandemic because therapeutics will be distributed soon in Texas in addition to vaccines that may be available in the near future. Plus, Sen. Ted Cruz absolutely refuses to mask up depending on the situation and Matthew McConaughey toys with running for governor of Texas. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 19, 2020
The Stages of Political Grief
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Republicans are very slowly coming to grips with President Trump's loss to President-Elect Joe Biden while Texas Democrats are grieving the fact they weren't able to make much progress at all after a much-hyped campaign season. But the GOP takes some solace in Trump's ongoing legal challenges while Democrats here can take pride in an ever-growing Blue Spine of Texas as first reported by Jeremy. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 12, 2020
Texas has spoken — what now?
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As the vote counting battle rages on in the battleground states, the national election returns leave us with more questions than answers, especially in the presidential contest. But, Texas has spoken and voters have delivered some answers — President Trump took Texas by a big-enough margin and the GOP remains in control of all statewide offices and both houses of the legislature. Scott Braddock of The Quorum Report hosts this morning-after discussion with Houston Chronicle staffers: political writer Jeremy Wallace, Managing Editor for Content Maria Reeve, Editor of Opinion Lisa Falkenberg and editorial writer Luis Carrasco.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 04, 2020
Enough Already! It's Election Day. Go Vote.
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On this special Election Day edition of the Texas Take Podcast, we covered the essential arguments you need to hear while standing in line to cast your ballot. From the Republicans' claim that Democrats will let cities burn to the Democrats' argument that the GOP is going to eliminate your health care, it's all here with appropriate fact checking. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 03, 2020
The Quiet Before the Storm? No, Not Exactly
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Republicans and Democrats alike worked it hard over the weekend trying to get their voters to the polls for the final push to Election Day. Plus, a lawsuit is playing out over drive-through voting in Harris County and the Texas GOP Chairman is yelling conspiracy theories through an InfoWars bullhorn down in The Valley. Yup. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace, and KXAN political reporter John Engel.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Nov 02, 2020
The Final Push Through The Weekend
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As Democratic VP Nominee Kamala Harris campaigns in Texas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick warns that her party will steal the election and that there will be violence in the streets if President Trump wins. Meantime, GOP legislative candidates in the Houston area are taking a very different approach in their campaigns as the election comes to a close. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, Houston Chronicle political writers Jeremy Wallace and Jasper Scherer. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 30, 2020
Closing Arguments
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Democrats want you to think Republicans are corrupt crooks who will take away your health care and Republicans want you to think Democrats will defund the police and let crooks run wild in the streets. We must be closing in on the end of the campaign. That plus Jeremy has a rundown of where exactly the Texas money is flowing from to both President Trump and Joe Biden. READ:President Donald Trump raised nearly twice as much money in Texas as Joe Biden Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 29, 2020
Managing Expectations
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After saying for months that President Trump will perform better in Texas this year than he did in 2016, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick this week admitted the race will be much closer than he had anticipated. Plus, Houston Chronicle Opinion Writer Erica Grieder argues Sen. John Cornyn and MJ Hegar's race is coming down to whether voters give a pass to the GOP incumbent. Erica joins us with her take on that and more.     READ:Grieder: Cornyn’s fate may depend on whether voters give him a pass for standing by Trump Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 28, 2020
Kamala is Coming
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With a week to go, the Joe Biden Campaign is sending VP Nominee Kamala Harris to Texas this Friday, the last day of early voting. Plus, former Gov. Rick Perry has some thoughts on Biden's "inconsistency" on fracking and Sen. Ted Cruz says Biden and Trump aren't doing any good by attacking each other's families. Join us for a special edition of the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Kamala Harris coming to Texas on Friday HoustonChronicle.com: Election 2020     Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 27, 2020
Turned Out for What?
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There's record-shattering turnout across Texas as the final presidential debate is in the books. We'll break it all down. Plus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick makes his Showtime debut, we think, and the tidal wave of political ads are causing some fatigue among Texas voters. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 23, 2020
We're No Longer the Political ATM for the Nation
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Democrats in this state are pumped up after the Joe Biden campaign began pouring some resources into Texas and sending top surrogates, including Dr. Jill Biden, to Houston. But despite that, the minority party can't help but continue to fight with each other in the US Senate race. Not to worry: Texas Republicans are fighting amongst themselves as well. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.       Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 16, 2020
Oil, Guns, and Religion!
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President Trump once again feels the need to defend himself in Texas by stressing that he's a proponent of oil, guns and religion - which should probably be the name of a rock song. Plus Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton finds himself in fresh legal trouble after top staffers in his own office accused him of bribery and other crimes. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.      Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 09, 2020
Gov. Abbott Changes the Rules in the Middle of the Election
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  With some ballots already out and early voting starting soon, Gov. Greg Abbott this week infuriated voting rights advocates by ordering new restrictions on how ballots can be delivered by hand. Plus, Texas Senators Cornyn and Cruz weigh in on the first presidential debate and Texas Ag Commissioner Sid Miller gets "Boratted." Yeah, we'll explain. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Oct 01, 2020
These Aren't Your Garden Variety Democrats
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Faced with mounting criticism over the state's coronavirus response and Democratic arguments that the GOP wants to eliminate protections for people with preexisting conditions, Republicans in Texas are attacking the minority party as "the radical left" who want to "destroy entire cities." Meantime, the Texas GOP is in all out civil war over the way you're allowed to vote early in this election. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 24, 2020
Picking Winners and Losers in the Pandemic
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After more than 45 days without a real update, Gov. Greg Abbott this week announced a new round of lifting restrictions related to the coronavirus. And he continues to endure criticism from both sides of the political aisle for his decision. Meantime, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick pivots to the economy and doubles down on defending police. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 18, 2020
If You're Losing the Argument, Change the Subject Fast
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With coronavirus deaths in Texas now topping 14,000, Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. John Cornyn, and Republicans up and down the ballot would rather talk about anything else. Cornyn is tap dancing around new revelations about what President Trump knew about the virus earlier in the year and Gov. Abbott is doubling down on defending rather than "defunding" the police. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 11, 2020
The fight over mail ballots comes to a head in Texas
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Just as Republicans universally attack the Democratic Harris County Clerk for his planned mailing of mail ballot applications, the Republican Party of Texas is sending mail ballot request forms to voters across the state. What's up with that? Plus, the rebel Dallas salon owner who defied Gov. Greg Abbott's coronavirus orders is in the spotlight as a candidate for Texas Senate. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sep 04, 2020
A Texan at the RNC Never Mentions President Trump's Name
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Among the speakers at this week's RNC was Houston Rep Dan Crenshaw, who unlike just about every other speaker at the GOP's convention never uttered the name of the Republican President. Plus Gov. Abbott brushes off criticism from prominent members of his own party who have taken him to task over his response to the coronavirus pandemic. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 28, 2020
A "Skin of the Teeth" Election for Texas Republicans
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Following the model set by the Texas Democratic Party, the DNC this week kicked off its historic first-ever virtual convention. Real Texans, not necessarily Texas politicians, took center stage for much of it. Plus Gov. Greg Abbott threatened cities with loss of tax revenue if they "defund police." Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 20, 2020
Texans Snubbed at the Democratic National Convention
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The Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party says the organizers of the DNC "messed up" by not scheduling any members of the party from this state to speak. And after she was chosen as Joe Biden's running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris follows Texas Sen. Ted Cruz as the latest target of President Donald Trump's "birtherism." Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.      Connect with Scott Braddock and Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 14, 2020
Who's responsible for opening Texas schools during a pandemic?
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Gov. Greg Abbott this week is trying to make it clear that local school boards, not his office, are responsible for the speed at which students across Texas return to the classroom as the coronavirus continues to ravage the state, nation, and the world. Plus Sen. Ted Cruz continues to test his political influence with GOP voters against President Donald Trump. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.  Connect with Scott Braddock and Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Aug 06, 2020
President Trump stumps for oil industry support in Texas, but Covid-19 steals the show
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President Trump arrived in the emerging coronavirus hotspot of Midland-Odessa this week to fundraise and lend his support to the struggling Texas oil and gas industry. But his visit was overshadowed by the fact that two Republicans, Rep. Louie Gohmet and congressional nominee from Houston Wesley Hunt, were diagnosed with Covid-19. Meantime, new Texas GOP Chairman Allen West welcomes the decision by comedian Joe Rogan to move to Texas from California because of "more freedom." Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace. Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 30, 2020
Beto says the Texas GOP is a "Death Cult," Gov. Abbott pushes back
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Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke went right at Gov. Greg Abbott's coronavirus response this week by saying the Texas GOP is a "death cult" and they "want you to do the dying." Abbott shrugged that off by saying the Democrat is a politician who isn't in office making any real decisions. Meantime, the Republican Party of Texas elected Tea Party leader Allen West as their new chairman. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace   Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 23, 2020
What's it Take to Keep Texas Open? Wear a Mask
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Gov. Greg Abbott is now stressing that if people would just wear masks in public, he will not have to impose restrictions once again on business and movement to control the spread of coronavirus. Meantime, runoff elections across the state have now set the table for the general election in a year when Democrats seem ascendant but Republicans vow to keep their hold on power despite current infighting. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 16, 2020
A showdown over the Texas GOP convention and Gov. Abbott plays the blame game
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Texas Republicans clashed with the Democratic Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, as his administration moved abruptly to shut down the party's massive convention that health experts had warned would be a "super spreader event" during a pandemic. Plus Gov. Greg Abbott faces more criticism from fellow Republicans over his pandemic response and he's starting to blame local officials for failing to enforce his executive orders. Trouble is it's Republican local officials declaring they won't enforce his mask orders.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 09, 2020
The Consistent Inconsistency of Gov. Abbott's Pandemic Response
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Gov. Greg Abbott did a 180 on more than one major policy position this week: He's now shut down bars again across the state and is requiring that the vast majority of Texans wear a mask when in public. Plus, Little Gov. Dan Patrick says he and the State of Texas will no longer listen to the counsel of the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci.  Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jul 03, 2020
Pushing the Pause Button on Reopening Texas
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With cases of coronavirus spiking around the state, Gov. Greg Abbott this week is slowing down the reopening of businesses and even talking about potentially "ratcheting back" the openings that have already been allowed. Plus a right-wing group that has previously swayed some of Abbott's decisions was caught on tape mocking him for being in a wheelchair. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.    Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 25, 2020
The Abbott COVID-19 guessing game
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Gov. Greg Abbott is treating the response to COVID-19 like a guessing game for local officials and business owners trying to keep Texans safe during a pandemic. Plus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and George P. Bush are fighting over the Alamo and Joe Biden is underperforming other Democrats with Latinos in Texas. Connect with Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report and Houston Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.      Support the show: https://offers.houstonchronicle.com/?offerid=125&origin=newsroom&ipid=podcast See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jun 17, 2020