Civil rights activists say state agencies and public schools aren’t doing enough to register voters. The Texas Civil Rights Project released a report Monday saying state elections officials show no interest in raising turnout following the first election under a new voter ID law.

In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we looked what the group is proposing to get more people to the polls.


There’s no question the Texas economy is driven in large part by the oil and gas industry. A recent report from the state comptroller says taxes from exploration alone will add nearly $4.5 billion to state coffers, on top of nearly 300,000 new jobs since 2009. It’s all thanks to a process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Capital Tonight’s John Salazar joined us to introduce the first part of his weeklong series on the process.


He was on the short list for Time’s Person of the Year; now a new poll ranks Ted Cruz third among America’s most influential people. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to take a closer look at the Cruz effect.