Jun 6th - 8:50 pm
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we put together highlights from Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz and other big-name speakers at today’s event, and we looked behind the scenes at the fight over anti-gay language in the party platform.
FROM THE FLOOR
There are always multiple storylines during these state conventions, and the staff of the Quorum Report can be counted on to have an ear to the ground about all of them. We spoke to Scott Braddock from the convention floor about the mood from delegates, the level of support for Abbott and more.
From a twist in the school finance case to a short-lived dispute over open-carry,there was plenty of other political news to get to Friday. We sat down with Lauren McGaughy of the Houston Chronicle and Terrence Stutz of The Dallas Morning News to put it all in context.
Jun 5th - 9:09 pm
In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how delegates and political experts read the governor’s speech. Plus, we spoke to Rep. Scott Turner about his bid to replace Rep. Joe Straus as Texas House Speaker.
Republican political strategist Ted Delisi joined us live from the convention and Democratic strategist Harold Cook joined us in-studio to talk about the day’s events, including whether delegates can come to an agreement on immigration reform.
This week’s events mark the first time all the Republican nominees for statewide office are in one place. That’s because many of the candidates were caught up in a drawn-out — and sometimes heated — runoff campaign all the way until the end of May. We caught up with Republican agriculture commissioner candidate Sid Miller to talk about his strategy heading into the general election.
Jun 4th - 8:49 pm
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we heard how Gov. Brewer is defending her state’s immigration policies and why she says she has a bone to pick with federal officials over immigrants picked up in Texas.
Meanwhile, the devil is in the details for Republicans in Forth Worth, as they work out the language for their party’s immigration platform. We checked in on the latest on that debate, plus former state lawmaker Aaron Peña joined us to give his take.
BEHIND THE BUDGET
It’s been months since the last Texas budget was passed, but the debate over whether it was stingy or a spending spree continues. We spoke to Bill Peacock of the Texas Public Policy Foundation about a new report that aims to make an apples-to-apples comparison between budgets.
Jun 2nd - 9:23 pm
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we checked in on the advisory committee formed to help implement Texas’ water plan to see how it’s progressing.
With the primary runoffs behind us, the focus in Texas politics is turning to the general election in November. But no matter who wins, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus will have to deal with a very different legislative body when the next session convenes. We sat down with Rep. Straus to discuss the primary runoff elections, his strategy for appointing committee chairs and more.
ON THE AGENDA
Plus, the Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us with some breaking news on the fight over education funding and a split between gun-rights groups over public demonstrations.
May 30th - 7:30 pm
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at some of the reasons behind Sitton’s win, and what they say about the grassroots conservative movement in Texas.
At the state House level, the Tea Party’s influence was less clear as well. We sat down with Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey to discuss how factors like voter turnout and campaign strategy also played a role.
May 28th - 8:17 pm
In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we took a closer look at Tuesday night’s primary runoff results to find out.
TURNOUT AND TACTICS
On the Democratic side, the attack strategies are already being put in motion, while Republicans are moving quickly to unify. We spoke Republican Party of Texas chairman Steve Munisteri and Texas Democratic Party spokesman Emmanuel Garcia to see how they view the results and where they plan to go from here.
At the House level, the Republican establishment fended off a number of attacks from the right Tuesday night. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg talked about what it could mean for next session.
May 26th - 7:30 pm
In Monday’s Capital Tonight, we focused on the lieutenant governor’s race, along with what it could look like in the Senate next session, depending on who takes the gavel.
Plus, our Capital Commentators weighed in on some of the less publicized contests, including a noteworthy fact about the race for agriculture commissioner.
May 23rd - 8:23 pm
In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at what the possible move means for not only Castro, but some of the state’s other Democratic up-and-comers.
With primary runoff elections just around the corner, some of the public vitriol in the lieutenant governor’s race appears to have died down, at least on television. We sat down with Robert Garrett of The Dallas Morning News, Morgan Smith of the Texas Tribune and KUT reporter Ben Philpott to discuss the race for the state’s second-highest office, along with some of the other races they’ll be keeping an eye on.
The promise to lower property taxes is a popular campaign line, but the state has limited power to control how fast they rise. We spoke to one expert in California, where a dramatic change to reduce property taxes led to unexpected consequences.
May 22nd - 8:45 pm
Republican Sen. Troy Fraser and Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson have put out a joint statement criticizing the Lower Colorado River Authority’s 2012 Water Management Plan, saying it “falls woefully short” of what is needed. In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we sat down with Sen. Fraser to hear his criticism of the LCRA’s proposal and what measures he believes would work better.
A new ad accuses Senator Wendy Davis of reaching for the stars in California for campaign cash. Political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi weighed in on whether the accusation will stick.
As the technology for small, airborne craft known as drones becomes cheaper, more people are discovering that the rules surrounding their use are far from clear. Now, a Wimberley man has filed suit against the Federal Aviation Administration to allow him to fly drones to help find missing persons. We looked at how unregulated the drone industry is, despite its growth.
May 22nd - 12:36 pm
It’s no lightsaber duel, but the latest online ad from the Abbott campaign uses a little light and magic to tie his opponent to the dark side — otherwise known as Hollywood.
The minute-long ad makes the most of Sen. Wendy Davis’s trip to Santa Monica, Calif. today, where sci-fi directors J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg are hosting a fundraiser. The event costs a minimum of $1,000 to get in the door, and includes a fundraising bar of $25,000 for “VIP reception” status.
Attorney General Greg Abbott and the Republican Party of Texas have sought to portray Davis as out of touch with Texas voters by highlighting her out-of-state fundraising trips.
The ad’s YouTube page sums up the most recent attack: “A candidate for Texas governor rubbing elbows with gun-grabbing, ObamaCare-promoting, tax-raising Hollywood elites? It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi fantasy film, but when it comes to Sen. Wendy Davis, it’s a reality show.”
Watch the full ad below.