KUT Morning Newspod December 16, 2011
Fracking Report Reverberates in Texas
A draft report from the Environmental Protection Agency sent shockwaves through the energy industry this week. The report showed that the technique of oil and gas drilling called hydraulic fracturing lead to water contamination in Pavillion, Wyoming. What could the findings mean for drilling in Texas? For StateImpact Texas, KUT’s Mose Buchele reports.
The Final Stretch in Iowa
Thursday night’s Fox News Republican debate in Sioux City was billed as a chance for the GOP presidential candidates to give their closing arguments to Iowans. Iowa will hold the first nominating contest in the nation, when Republicans gather for caucuses on January 3rd. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott reports on how the two Texas candidates made their final cases.
State Party Leaders Negotiating Over 2012 Primaries
Texas Election dates are still up in the air. State Republican and Democratic party leaders could announce an agreement as early as Friday. Primary Election Day is scheduled for March 6 but party leaders have been talking about pushing the date back or splitting primary elections to two different days.
That’s because new congressional and legislative districts haven’t been determined. A partisan battle over which election maps should be used has resulted in a U.S. Supreme Court hearing in January.