Archive for November, 2013

Capital Tonight: Looking ahead to election day


Click the link below to watch Monday’s show in its entirety. 

The governor’s race is shaping up to be the most exciting match-up in decades. A new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll shows Republican Greg Abbott leading Democrat Wendy Davis, 40 percent to 34 percent. The Texas politics project’s Jim Henson joined us in the studio Monday to break down the numbers.



Early voting is over and election day is Tuesday. On Monday’s show, we got an update on voter turnout and voter ID. Plus, Harvey Kronberg with the Quorum Report offered his commentary on the week’s political news.



Voters will be faced with nine proposed constitutional amendments when they head to the polls. If they are approved, the amendments will join more than 600 that have already been added to the constitution over the years. In the video below, former State Senator John Montford talks about the history of the state’s complicated constitution and efforts to simplify it.


New UT/TT poll shows close governor’s race

A new University of Texas / Texas Tribune Poll shows the governor’s race within single digits. The poll released Monday puts Attorney General Greg Abbott ahead of Wendy Davis, 40 percent to 34 percent. About a quarter of those polled still say they have not decided who to vote for.

Poll director Daron Shaw told the Texas Tribune, “What you’ve got is a race in which, for the first time in a long time, the Democrat is as well-known as the Republican at the outset of the race.”

James Henson from the Texas Politics Project will join us this evening to talk more about what the poll means for the 2014 election.