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.
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 24th - 7:52 pm
A recent poll is shedding new light on the 2014 elections. Attorney General Greg Abbott led Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis by eleven points in a new UT Austin/Texas Tribune poll. However, timing likely distorted that margin, as the poll was conducted after Sen. Davis’ biography was called into question and before Abbott campaigned with the controversial Ted Nugent.
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we dug deeper into the poll numbers and took a closer look at the 2016 presidential race, which could include Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry on the Republican side.
BEHIND THE NUMBERS
James Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project, provided perspective on how various factors impacted the poll numbers of the GOP primary races and the governor’s race.
Harvey Kronberg gave his analysis of how the latest fundraising totals will influence the nearing GOP primary races and the governor’s race.
Feb 21st - 7:30 pm
After a string of negative reports about the state’s child protective services, lawmakers are evaluating changes meant to improve the overall system. Those changes include an increase in the number of case workers and more money for training, but those closest to the field say it’s not all about extra head-count.
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke to the people working closest to ground-level about what needs to be done.
Senator Dan Patrick took flack this week for the long-ago hiring of an illegal immigrant. We sat down with Mike Ward of the Austin American-Statesman, Reuters reporter Karen Brooks Harper and Terrence Stutz of The Dallas Morning News to explore whether the story will stick.
Outspoken rocker Ted Nugent issued a rare apology Friday, after drawing increasing criticism for his description of the president as a “subhuman mongrel.” Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas joined us to verify a claim made about the origin of Nugent’s phrase.
Feb 20th - 8:40 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how health officials are evaluating changes to women’s health programs, and how lawmakers and activists are hoping to influence the conversation.
The race to be the state’s top accountant is going full speed ahead. Republican comptroller candidate Sen. Glenn Hegar joined us to talk about financial transparency, spending reform and more.
WAR OVER WORDS
Political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi weighed in on the national attention surrounding gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott, following his decision to bring outspoken musician Ted Nugent along on the campaign trail.
Feb 14th - 7:30 pm
Early voting for the march primary starts soon, but many of the advertisements airing on TV now were paid for months ago.
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we spoke to political experts about the strategy behind getting your attention.
From the Washington Post to the New York Times, Sen. Wendy Davis dominated headlines this week. Can she change the popular narrative on guns, abortion law and her life story? Robert Garrett of The Dallas Morning News, Emily Ramshaw of the Texas Tribune and Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report joined us to explore that question and more.
CHECKING THE FACTS
Plus, Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman researched a pair of statements by two candidates for lieutenant governor — all over the 17th Amendment.
Feb 13th - 8:07 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how lawmakers and state agencies are involved in the debate over school safety.
Lawmakers managed to avoid a government shutdown this week, but the complicated vote to get it passed may have widened the gap between Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz. Our Capital Commentators, Harold Cook and Ted Delisi, weighed in on that story and more.
DRUG LAW REFORM
Talk of changing Texas drug laws is gaining serious traction in Texas lately, but one Austin-area lawmaker been making the case for years. Rep. Elliott Naishtat joined us in-studio to elaborate on his call for changing how medical marijuana possession is prosecuted.
Feb 11th - 8:50 pm
Attorney General Greg Abbott is standing by his comments comparing corruption in border communities to practices found in “third-world countries.” But he is clarifying that he wasn’t singling out the Rio Grande Valley.
In Tuesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at how Abbott is dealing with the political backlash and heard how his fellow Republicans are responding.
He’s the only statewide-elected official among the three Republican candidates for attorney general, but Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman has a tough challenge ahead of him. We spoke one-on-one with Smitherman about his campaign, immigration reform and more.
While most candidates for statewide office are taking a tough stance on border security, some Republicans worry the tone of the conversation could alienate potential voters. Political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi joined us to talk about how the debate could shape future elections.