Mar 11th - 8:25 pm
One week after the primary polls closed, Republicans remain split over who to support in the lieutenant governor’s race. Sen. Dan Patrick soared passed incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, surprising pundits and forcing the race into a runoff.
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at where support is coming from for both candidates. Plus, we spoke to Sen. Leticia Van de Putte about how a contentious runoff race could affect her campaign.
Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign is bringing in some outside help to lead the communications team. We talked to Democratic strategist Harold Cook and Republican strategist Ted Delisi about that change, along with new lines of attack between the Davis and Greg Abbott campaigns.
Federal officials say more than four million people have signed up for health insurance through the online exchange since October, but the White House still needs more young people to sign up in order for the Affordable Care Act to work as planned.
A new video from comedian Zach Galifianakis might help in that effort. The fake community access interview with the president has gotten more than six million views so far, and White House officials say it’s driving record traffic to the healthcare.gov website.
Mar 11th - 6:48 pm
Sen. Wendy Davis’ campaign is bringing in some outside help to run its communications operation. The campaign announced today Zac Petkanas will be the new communications director.
In February, the campaign said it would take action to correct its course, following some dust-ups with the Capitol press corps. Davis’ team was criticized after only select members of the media were allowed into a Travis County Democratic Party fundraiser in January. Davis took that opportunity to set the record straight over reports that she blurred some of the details of her personal story on the campaign trail.
At that time, the campaign said it would bring in an outsider to “right the ship” in the communications department. Other additions are being made to the communications staff as well. Sources close to the campaign say they’re trying to bring on board the best team possible to move the campaign forward and to help get Davis’ message out across the state. Petkanas has worked for Senate majority leader Harry Reid as well as the Nevada Democratic party.
Mar 7th - 7:30 pm
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we sat down with leadership from the Republican and Democratic parties to get their take on Tuesday night.
Gov. Rick Perry got the crowd fired up at the Conservative Political Action Conference outside of Washington Friday. We talked about his chances in a 2016 presidential race with Robert Garrett of The Dallas Morning News, Jonathan Tilove of the Austin American-Statesman and the Texas Tribune’s Reeve Hamilton.
Did Democratic nominee for county judge Sarah Eckhart turn down her raises as a commissioner? Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas put a recent claim on the matter to the test.
Mar 6th - 8:49 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard from both sides of the abortion debate about what to expect heading into September, when a new portion of the law could lead to more closures.
He might be out of the race for lieutenant governor, but Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has no plans to fade away quietly. He joined us for a one-on-one interview about his campaign, the runoff race, and his potential successor in the General Land Office, George P. Bush.
Plus, Democratic strategist Harold Cook and Republican strategist Ted Delisi weighed in on the stories that got overlooked on election night.
Mar 5th - 7:47 pm
Now the underdog, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has only a few months to turn the tide against Sen. Dan Patrick, who led the polls on primary night. Patrick has positioned himself as the more conservative, Tea Party favored candidate.
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we dug into last night’s primary election results, seeing how they will shape future Texas political races.
Director of the Texas Politics Project James Henson joined us to discuss why the UT/Texas Tribune poll was so off the mark compared to the actual results.
Harvey Kronberg with the Quorum Report spoke with us about how the primary election shows the strength and importance of various Texas groups like the Tea Party and Empower Texans.
Mar 4th - 11:58 pm
Lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick will face incumbent David Dewhurst in a runoff in May. State Sen. Patrick won the top spot, doing better than projects polls expected.
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we took a look at what several surprising primary outcomes mean for the nearing runoffs and the general election.
EXPLAINING THE UNEXPECTED
Democratic strategist Harold Cook and Republican strategist Ted Delisi provided explanations for why so many unanticipated results occurred.
ON THE AGENDA
From the Quorum Report, Harvey Kronberg and Scott Braddock, joined us to discuss what political strategies and narratives to look forward to in the governor’s race up until the general election in November.
Mar 3rd - 8:04 pm
As primary election day approached, a last string of attack ads came from candidates wanting to be the GOP nominee for lieutenant governor, while UT’s Texas Politics Project director Jim Henson says the race has turned into a competition to get in the top two.
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at how the possibility of a runoff election is affecting political strategy and how the cold weather could change the kind of voters who show up at the polls.
PARTY LEADERS TELL ALL
Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri and the executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, Will Hailer, gave their thoughts on potential GOP runoffs and what to expect in the campaigns until November.
COLD WEATHER CONSEQUENCES
Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry spoke with us about how the cold weather could affect polling locations and provided details about what to expect from the Texas voter ID law in the second election since it was passed.
Feb 28th - 7:30 pm
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we talked to election officials and voters about why that might be the case.
A lawsuit against the Texas ban on same-sex marriage saw a new twist this week, and a candidate’s Twitter typo made waves nationally. We sat down with Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune, Christy Hoppe of The Dallas Morning News and KUT’s Ben Philpott to sort through those stories and more.
FACT CHECK FEVER
Plus, Attorney General Greg Abbott has denounced a controversial comment by Ted Nugent, but the Motor City Madman himself isn’t completely backing down. PolitiFact’s Gardner Selby joined us to clear up the latest claim.
Feb 27th - 8:10 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we sidestepped the politicians to hear what two pastors think about gay rights and religious freedom.
The debate over same-sex marriage could become an increasingly large factor in the race for governor. Our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, weighed in on that issue and more.
Voter access has been a hot-button issue in Texas lately, but it’s nothing new for an organization that’s been around for more than 90 years. We sat down with Jacklyn Williams of the League of Women Voters to go over the issues they’re focusing on this election.
Feb 26th - 7:56 pm
Federal Judge Orlando Garcia deemed the Texas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional Wednesday. Marriage equality advocates praised the decision, while opponents say Texans have already weighed in on the issue. The case will likely be appealed to a higher court.
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we heard reaction from same-sex marriage advocates and state leaders, plus we looked at how the state could play a role in the next round of national conventions.
TEXAS WRITER’S TAKE
Freelance writer Robert Draper has been drawing the nation’s attention to Texas with in-depth profiles on Wendy Davis and the state’s Democratic party. We spoke one-on-one with Draper about his view of the efforts to turn Texas blue.
Harvey Kronberg discussed the constitutionality of the new same-sex ruling and the progress of Battleground Texas on its one-year anniversary.