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Debate Night in Texas – Houston Public Media
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Debate Night in Texas – Houston Public Media

Former Texas U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, left, and Gov. Greg Abbott. We’re back for our fifth anniversary season! This week on Party Politics, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the latest brinksmanship legislation in the U.S. Congress, Lizzo’s opportunity to play a flute once owned by James Madison, and the debate between Beto O’Rourke and Gov. Greg Abbott, among other stories. NATIONAL TOPICS Government funded, at least for now Lizzo plays James Madison's flute   TEXAS TOPICS Paxton runs from process server Former Republican RRC Sarah Stronger endorses Democrat No quorum in Harris County Lt. Governor candidates on TV McConaughey floats presidential run   DEEP Debate night in Texas   You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (or wherever ...
Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days
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Gray Decries ‘Dark Money’ — But Has Previously Benefitted From It | Politics | Seven Days

In a fundraising email on Wednesday, the campaign for U.S. House candidate Molly Gray went after her chief Democratic rival, Becca Balint, painting an ominous picture of the primary campaign landscape. “If our opponent has it her way, dark money will flood the airwaves and drown out the voices of Vermonters,” Gray’s campaign manager, Samatha Sheehan, wrote. “We don’t know how soon they’ll come for Molly — or how much they’ll spend — but we know now that Super PACs have been invited in by our opponent and we need to be ready.” Sheehan was responding to allegations that Balint, Vermont's Senate president, had used a controversial tactic on her website known as “redboxing.” The practice involves creating a webpage, usually using a red box as a signal, to alert super P...
‘This is on you’ – Houston Public Media
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‘This is on you’ – Houston Public Media

Former Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for Texas governor, interrupted Gov. Greg Abbott’s press conference on Wednesday, blaming him for the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. This week on Party Politics, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the horrific school shooting in Uvalde, Tx., the politics surrounding yet another call for gun reform, and the results of this week’s runoff elections, among other stories. Party Politics is taking a break for the summer, but we’ll be back with new episodes in September. TEXAS TOPICS Uvalde, Tx. tragedy Another call for gun reform Beto crashes Abbott press conference NRA convention in Houston Runoff election roundup   You can subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts (or wherever you get your ...
Should Corporations Engage on Social and Political Issues Like Abortion?
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Should Corporations Engage on Social and Political Issues Like Abortion?

Text size Pro-choice activists and anti-abortion activists protest in response to a leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in front of the U.S. Supreme Court May 3, 2022. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images About the author: Mike Callahan is professor of the practice of law at Stanford Law School and executive director of the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford ...
It’s not wedge politics to acknowledge the Conservative party’s stance on abortion
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It’s not wedge politics to acknowledge the Conservative party’s stance on abortion

In light of American news about the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, it’s important that Canadians do not get smug or complacent about abortion access here. The issues in Canada are very different, as the main barriers to abortion are funding and lack of access outside of urban centres, rather than criminality. Additionally, there are many institutional features in Canada that protect us from a lot of what has happened in the U.S. However, that doesn’t mean that everything is going great here, or that there is no reason to remain vigilant. For starters, the anti-choice movement in Canada is extremely well organized and openly boasts about wanting to influence the political process in order to roll back abortion rights in this country.There is also a lot Canada can be doing to improve acc...
5 Reasons Biden’s College Loan Amnesty Is Bad Policy and Bad Politics
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5 Reasons Biden’s College Loan Amnesty Is Bad Policy and Bad Politics

President Joe Biden is considering, and likely to implement, a plan to relieve student loan debt for many Americans. Recent reports suggest he will forgive $10,000 per debt-holder.Democrats are banking on this move to energize their base and motivate voters to show up at the polls in November. But this isn’t just bad policy, it’s bad politics.Here are five reasons why:1. It makes the problem worse.The biggest proponent of bailing out loans, Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, often talks about how it was so much cheaper for her to go to college in the 1960s, but her solution would make things exponentially worse for the generation ahead.Universities are raising the cost of tuition to a degree that is becoming nearly unattainable without generous assistance. But bailing out student loans with...
Twitter Should Be a Public Service Instead of Elon Musk’s Private Business
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Twitter Should Be a Public Service Instead of Elon Musk’s Private Business

Text size A monitor with Twitter Inc. signage on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, April 29, 2022. Michael Nagle/Bloomberg About the author: Anamitra Deb is the managing director at Omidyar Network. Can Elon Musk generate new revenue streams and turn around Twitter’s bottom line? How will he deal with issues like free speech, content moderation, open-sourci...