It’s been exactly 50 years since President Lyndon Baines Johnson called on Congress to fight poverty in the nation. Since his “War on Poverty” speech, programs have been put in place to increase jobs, benefit programs were created to help millions of Americans and investments in education have been made.

One direct result of Johnson’s vision was Head Start, a federal program that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement to low-income children and their families.

In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at where the Head Start program stands today, plus we sat down with the Executive Director for the Center for Public Policy Priorities, Ann Beeson, for a breakdown of what poverty in Texas looks like in 2014.

POLICY PLANNING

Some of the state’s top Republicans are in Austin this week to discuss policy issues, as part of an annual orientation conference put on by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. With a big political season ahead and the primaries inching closer, we looked at how Texas conservatives are debating the GOP’s future.

ON THE AGENDA

This week saw a fresh round of political endorsements, including some from unexpected places. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to weigh in on those endorsements and more.