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After last year’s presidential election, Democrats are in rebuilding mode in Texas and across the country. Democrats lost the White House and they’re the minority in Congress and in most statehouses. In Texas, the last time a Democrat won statewide office was in 1994. Despite all of this, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez is optimistic.

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Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington are among a handful of North Texas cities holding runoff elections on Saturday to fill city council and school board seats.

Women make up half of the U.S. population, but hold less than 20 percent of the seats in Congress. Cindy Simon Rosenthal spent much of her career studying this issue, and then got involved herself. She was the first female elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma - and now runs the Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center at The University of Oklahoma. 

In a wide-ranging exit interview, NPR's Steve Inskeep asks President Obama about Russian interference in the U.S. election, executive power, the future of the Democratic party and his future role.

Steve Inskeep: Thanks for joining us one more time; I really appreciate it.

President Obama: Great to be with you, Steve.

How To Be A Successful Presidential Appointee

Dec 12, 2016
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President-Elect Donald Trump’s administration could appoint as many as 4,000 senior-level bureaucrats. Many of those appointees will arrive on the job with no government experience.

How Populist Candidates Come To Power

Oct 26, 2016
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It may seem like Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have nothing in common. Each candidate, though, has ideas that stray from his party’s platform.

Why Some Are Voting Third-Party

Oct 11, 2016
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According to the latest NBC News poll, Hillary Clinton holds a nine-point lead over Donald Trump. Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, though, are still holding on to a small fraction of voters.

The Potentially Insane Future Of American Politics

Sep 1, 2016
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This year’s presidential election campaign has been full of surprises – and surprising candidates.

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All this week, public radio stations across the country are taking part in NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” series – exploring America’s place in the world. 

Four Ways Americans Can Unite In Spite Of Recent Violence

Jul 18, 2016
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Violence across the country this summer — in Orlando, Dallas and Baton Rouge – along with videos of shootings of civilians by police has many Americans on edge. Today on Think, Krys Boyd spoke with Washington University associate law professor John Inazu about ways to bridge the current divides within American society. John Inazu is the author of, “Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference.”

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After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

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Two candidates for Texas governor, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, have accepted KERA’s invitation to a live, televised debate at 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.

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We've got a series going this week, Texas 20/20, bringing into focus the politics and demographics of a state where the Latino population is growing fast. Texas is a Republican stronghold, and has been for years. Still, the rising number of Latinos offers Democrats an opening. This morning, NPR's Wade Goodwyn reports on the current state of the Democratic Party.

North Texans will vote in several important local runoff elections Saturday. You can find links to sources of voting information here.

"That was a mistake," Ken Emanuelson says of his statement at a May 20 event organized by the Dallas County Republican Party. His full quote then: “I’m going to be real honest with you. The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

The polling folks at Gallup have done a post-election analysis, and for Lone Star politics-watchers, there's a shock: "Although Texas has voted Republican in each of the past nine presidential elections, Gallup classifies it as competitive, given that slightly more of its residents identify as or lean Republican than Democratic."

So that petition encouraging Texas to secede from the union, which has been signed by tens of thousands on the whitehouse.gov site? The press secretary for Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, and it sounds like the governor thinks the United States should stay united.

iPhone Release Becomes Ritual With Fifth Model

Sep 21, 2012
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If you missed the reminder on Morning Edition, lines are snaking around the four corners: Apple’s iPhone5 is now in stores.

Texas A&M University has been awarded one of three national biodefense contracts to help the country quickly develop vaccines in the event of a pandemic and strategies for responding to bioterrorism.

KERA will host a second U.S. Senate debate between the Democrats who finished first and second in the May primary. Former state representative Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough will tape a one-hour television debate that will be broadcast on KERA Channel 13 on Wednesday, June 27 at 7 p.m. and in other Texas markets at various times.

The David Dewhurst campaign is discounting a new statewide poll that shows the Lt. Governor with just a single digit lead and headed for a likely run-off election in his bid for the US Senate race.

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Commentator Chris Tucker has some thoughts on a new book that helps to explain why we believe, argue, and vote as we do.

Texas ranks in the bottom half of all states for being vulnerable to corruption. That’s one of the findings in the extensive State Integrity Investigation which looks at how accountable state governments are to their citizens.