After weeks of fighting about fair pay for women, the two candidates for governor are turning their focus to early childhood education. Republican Greg Abbott released his plan for pre-kindergarten Monday. A day later, teachers’ groups supportive of Democrat Wendy Davis were quick to attack his proposal.

In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we examined the argument behind Abbott’s proposal and heard why the Davis campaign is firing back.


Another layer to the education debate started brewing Tuesday night, after the Davis campaign cited a Huffington Post article linking Abbott’s pre-K plan to a controversial scholar named Charles Murray, whose views on race, gender and education have drawn criticism.

Our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, debated the significance of the Murray link in the governor’s race.


Texas officials are touting a quick response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but what about the long-term effects? We spoke to Luke Metzger of Environment Texas about his concerns.