KUT Morning Newspod December 14, 2011
Holder Puts Texas on Notice for Redistricting, Voter Laws
Lawyers for the Texas Republican and Democratic parties plan to meet with a mediator to try to figure out primary election dates for next year. It appears candidates will have until Monday to file to run for state legislative and congressional seats. Texas redistricting is in limbo because the U.S. Supreme Court blocked interim maps drawn by a federal court in San Antonio, and maps drawn by the Texas Legislature still haven’t been approved by a Washington court. Meanwhile, the nation’s top law enforcement official was in Austin to defend laws aimed at preventing voter discrimination. In a speech at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin Tuesday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to fight the state-drawn maps. KUT’s Matt Largey reports.
FEMA: Wildfire Survivors Should Consider Flood Insurance
Federal disaster officials are advising Texas wildfire survivors to buy flood insurance. FEMA says people’s homes can be more prone to flooding from storm runoff after a wildfire. That’s because fires burn trees and other vegetation that soak up rainwater. FEMA says most homeowner insurance policies don’t cover flood damage.
Romney’s Offer to Bet Perry Examined
Also on today’s podcast, KUT’s Nathan Bernier speaks to Gardner Selby, of the Austin American-Statesman’s PolitiFact Texas about the kerfuffle in last weekend’s Republican presidential debate, when Romney took issue with Perry’s assertion that Romney had deleted praise for health insurance mandates from the paperback edition of his book, No Apology.