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The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor
The four candidates in the Republican primary for Texas lieutenant governor squared off in The Texas Debates: Race for Lieutenant Governor on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. CT. The one-hour live debate between Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples was broadcast on television, radio and streamed online.
KERA News blogged the debate live. Catch up on the debate here.
- Age: 68
- Hometown: Houston
- Political career: Lieutenant governor since 2003; Texas land commissioner 1999-2003
- Founder of Falcon Seaboard, a private energy and investment company
- Age: 63
- Hometown: Houston
- Political career: State senator since 2007
- Radio station owner and talk show host
- Age: 67
- Hometown: Houston
- Political career: Texas land commissioner since 2003; state senator 1993-99
- Retired Marine
- Age: 50
- Hometown: Palestine
- Political career: Texas agricultural commissioner since 2007; state senator 2001-06; state house member 1995-2000
- Owner of real estate and ranching businesses
The Texas Debates will air live on KERA-TV Channel 13, KERA 90.1 FM, COZI-TV Channel 5.2 and other radio and television stations around the state, and streamed live online at texasdebates.org and NBCDFW.com. The television program will rebroadcast on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 10 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 11 a.m. on KERA TV. KERA 90.1 FM will rebroadcast the debate on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. Video of the debate will be posted at texasdebates.org. Spanish language translation of the debate will be streamed online at Telemundo39.com.
The Texas Debates will originate from the studios of KERA TV in Dallas. (Because of space limitations, the debate is not open to the public.) The Texas Association of Broadcasters is funding the satellite distribution of the program to commercial and public radio and television stations statewide as a public service to media outlets in Texas. Stations have the option of taking the broadcast live or delaying it. The broadcast will be available in English and Spanish and will be closed captioned. The television broadcast can be heard in Spanish on the SAP channel of the debate feed. Real-time translation and closed captioning are provided by TAB, a service it has contributed for broadcast debates since 1998.
Locally, The Texas Debates will be simulcast on KERA FM (90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 99.3 in Sherman, 101.1 in Tyler and 88.3 in Wichita Falls). The debate will be moderated by KERA managing editor Shelley Kofler. Questions will be posed by a panel of journalists:
- Norma García, Telemundo 39/KXTX-TV
- Peggy Fikac, Austin bureau chief at San Antonio Express-News/Houston Chronicle
- Ross Ramsey, The Texas Tribune executive editor
More information about The Texas Debates is available at texasdebates.org, which will also provide live audio and video streaming of the debate the night of the broadcast.
MODERATOR AND PANELISTS
Shelley Kofler, KERA managing editor and the debate's moderator, is an award-winning broadcast journalist and television producer with expertise covering public policy issues, statewide elections and presidential primaries for KXAS-TV/NBC-5, WFAA-TV/ABC and KERA.
Norma García is the main news anchor for KXTX Telemundo 39’s 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. weekday newscasts in Dallas-Fort Worth. An award-winning journalist with 20 years of experience in television news, she is also the host of Enfoque Dallas, a political newsmagazine featuring in-depth analysis of current affairs with a specific focus on the Hispanic community.
Peggy Fikac is the Austin bureau chief for the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle. She previously was deputy bureau chief for the newspapers, which merged their Austin bureaus in 2006. She has been a reporter for the Associated Press and Austin correspondent for three Rio Grande Valley newspapers.
Ross Ramsey is executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune. Before joining the Tribune, Ramsey was editor and co-owner of Texas Weekly for 15 years. He did a 28-month stint in government as associate deputy comptroller for policy with the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts and the agency’s director of communications. Before that, Ramsey reported for the Houston Chronicle from its Austin bureau and for the Dallas Times Herald, first on the business desk in Dallas and later as the paper’s Austin bureau chief, and worked as a Dallas-based freelance business writer, writing for regional and national magazines and newspapers.
ABOUT THE PARTNERS
KERA is a not-for-profit public media organization that serves the people of North Texas. The station broadcasts to the fourth-largest population area in the United States. KERA produces original multimedia content and news, carries the best in national and international public television and radio programs, and provides online resources at kera.org and keranews.org. KERA-TV broadcasts on Channel 13.1. KERA-FM broadcasts on 90.1 in Dallas/Fort Worth/Denton, 88.3 in Wichita Falls, 100.1 in Tyler and 99.3 in Sherman.
NBC 5 / KXAS-TV is an award-winning NBCUniversal-owned television station serving the communities of North Texas with quality news and entertainment programming on NBC 5, COZI TV (Digital 5.2) and online at NBCDFW.com.
Telemundo 39 / KXTX-TV is an Emmy award-winning NBCUniversal-owned television station serving the Spanish-language communities of Dallas-Fort Worth by offering high-quality content including news, original productions and first-class sports programming on Telemundo 39 and online at Telemundo39.com.
The Texas Association of Broadcasters (TAB) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, professional trade organization representing the interests of Texas radio and television stations. TAB promotes and protects a favorable climate for free, over-the-air broadcasting and educates its members and the public about opportunities and advances possible through broadcast operations. TAB is dedicated to the preservation of rights granted to the news media and individuals under the Texas Constitution and First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. tab.org.
The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that promotes civic engagement and discourse on public policy, politics, government and other matters of statewide concern. The vision is to serve the journalism community as a source of innovation and to build the next great public media brand in the United States. texastribune.org.
The San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle are two of the largest news organizations in Texas. With a long history of aggressive coverage of state government and politics, the two Hearst newspapers are dedicated to providing news and information across multiple platforms – print and digital. chron.com and mysa.com
Houston Public Media includes Channel 8, News 88.7 and Classical 91.7. These three public broadcasting stations, along with their internet presence, live streaming and podcasts, are supported by financial gifts from the community. Currently, Channel 8 reaches an average of 1.1 million viewers each week, while News 88.7 averages 315,000 weekly listeners and Classical 91.7 averages 112,000 weekly listeners. Houston Public Media stations are licensed to the University of Houston. houstonpublicmedia.org.
KUT News 90.5, a founding member of NPR, has won more than 100 state, national and international awards for journalistic excellence. KUT News uses the highest editorial standards to shed light on Austin’s civic challenges and opportunities, and connect citizens to information they need to experience Austin. kut.org.
Texas State Networks is the oldest and largest state radio network in the country with more than 200 news affiliates. A member of the National Association of State Radio Networks, TSN provides hourly newscasts, long-form and short-form news, sports and talk radio programs. NASRN affiliates include Texas State News Network, Texas Agribusiness Network and the Texas Rangers Radio Network. tsnradio.com.
Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is a nonprofit resource that encourages, sponsors and facilitates a greater appreciation, knowledge and understanding of the First Amendment. Working since 1978 to ensure that the public’s business is conducted in public, the foundation's mission is to protect and preserve the state’s open meetings and open records laws. foift.org.