Ben Philpott http://kut.org en The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law http://kut.org/post/texas-abortion-debate-continues-year-after-hb-2-was-signed-law <p>Last legislative session, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=832&amp;Bill=HB2">House Bill 2</a> proved to be a landmark moment for the abortion debate in Texas. It further politicized the issue both sides of the aisle, garnered national media attention, boosted political profiles and launched campaigns.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When the debate was over and it finally passed,&nbsp;HB&nbsp;2&nbsp;established a ban on abortions&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-bill-would-ban-abortion-20-weeks-pregnancy" style="line-height: 1.5;">after 20 weeks of pregnancy</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, required clinics to be certified as&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/issue-texas-abortion-debate-whats-ambulatory-surgical-center" style="line-height: 1.5;">ambulatory surgical centers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">,&nbsp;and forced abortion doctors to&nbsp;</span><a href="http://kut.org/post/what-it-takes-texas-abortion-doctors-get-admitting-privileges" style="line-height: 1.5;">have admitting privileges</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at a nearby hospital.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today marks the one-year anniversary of </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Perry signing the bill into law.</span><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159236004&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 14:05:15 +0000 Ben Philpott 10811 at http://kut.org The Texas Abortion Debate Continues a Year After HB 2 Was Signed Into Law Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period http://kut.org/post/both-abbott-davis-raise-11-million-most-recent-reporting-period <p>The latest campaign finance numbers are trickling in, and it looks like gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis are neck-and-neck in fundraising. At the end of the reporting period that ended on June 30, both drummed up about $11 million in the weeks following the May primaries, but Abbott's stockpile of campaign cash could give him the leg up come November.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158947340&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:17:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10794 at http://kut.org Both Abbott & Davis Raise $11 Million in Most Recent Reporting Period Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights http://kut.org/post/listen-why-obamas-austin-fist-bumper-made-call-gay-rights <p>By now, you've <a href="https://twitter.com/dougmillsnyt/status/487313545743179777/photo/1">probably seen the photo</a> from President Barack Obama's <a href="http://kut.org/post/president-obama-back-austin-today">recent Austin visit</a>: the president smiling and extending a fist bump to a cashier at Franklin Barbecue.</p><p>If you've followed the story further, then you may be familiar with what prompted the exchange: the cashier, comedian and performer <a href="http://www.thedanielwebb.com/">Daniel Webb</a>, exclaimed "Equal rights for gay people!" when the president approached the counter. When Obama asked Webb if he was gay, he answered, "Only when I have sex."</p><p><a href="http://www.austinchronicle.com/daily/gay-place/2014-07-11/fist-bumps-for-equal-rights/">Originally reported</a> by The Austin Chronicle, <a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/obama-fist-bump-franklin-barbecue-gay-rights/">the story</a> has <a href="http://gawker.com/obama-fist-bumps-texas-bbq-cashier-in-response-to-gay-s-1604591349">been written up</a> everywhere <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/14/obama-gay-sex-joke_n_5584378.html">online</a>.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:04:18 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Ben Philpott 10783 at http://kut.org Listen: Why Obama's Austin Fist Bumper Made a Call for Gay Rights Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock http://kut.org/post/think-traffic-bad-now-2035-it-could-take-3-hours-get-austin-round-rock <p>These days Austin is known as much for traffic as it is for live music or five-hour-long barbecue lines.&nbsp;</p><p>If you've been commuting in Austin for a while, you might have noticed the traffic isn't exactly getting better. Despite flirtations with building a six-lane highway, constructing a long overdue urban rail system and even "sequestering" I-35 under concrete, commute times are not only stagnant, they're getting worse. In 2011, the state commissioned a study on major roadways which found — despite all those improvements — it could take Austin commuters up to three hours to get to Round Rock by 2035.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/157857932&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:06:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10753 at http://kut.org Think Traffic is Bad Now? By 2035, It Could Take 3 Hours to Get From Austin to Round Rock Just What is 'Reparative' Therapy for Gays? http://kut.org/post/just-what-reparative-therapy-gays <p>The Texas Republican Party made headlines when it included an endorsement of <a href="http://kut.org/post/mental-health-group-says-reparative-therapy-stigmatises-texas-lgbt-community">something called “reparative therapy” </a>in its party platform. Supporters say the therapy can “cure” people of being gay. But the practice is extremely controversial, unaccredited and banned for minors in a couple of states.</p><p>If you've paid any attention to this topic over the last couple of weeks, you've seen dozens of stories and even a segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart talking about what reparative therapy is.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The descriptions often mention <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aversion_therapy">aversion therapies</a>, aimed at pairing homosexual feelings with something unwanted or painful, like electric shock.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:38:56 +0000 Ben Philpott 10644 at http://kut.org Just What is 'Reparative' Therapy for Gays? Is the Texas Republican Platform Bad for Business? http://kut.org/post/texas-republican-platform-bad-business <p>Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made a career out of&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/gov-perrys-war-blue-states">visiting, recruiting, and relocating businesses</a>&nbsp;from California to Texas. But as the state's GOP continues to push further and further to the right of the political spectrum, could the state's ultra-conservative stance hurt recruitment from a progressive state?</p><p>First came the Texas Republican Party platform that said homosexuality is a choice and&nbsp;endorsed therapy&nbsp;aimed at <a href="http://kut.org/post/mental-health-group-says-reparative-therapy-stigmatises-texas-lgbt-community">"curing" people of being gay</a> – a therapy banned in California.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154762349&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:18:40 +0000 Ben Philpott 10622 at http://kut.org Is the Texas Republican Platform Bad for Business? From Log to Bowl, Learning How to Turn Wood http://kut.org/post/log-bowl-learning-how-turn-wood <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">School is finally out across Austin. But here at&nbsp;</span>KUT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, class is in session.</span></p><p>All summer long,&nbsp;KUT&nbsp;reporters will learn a new skill or craft from folks who are experts in the field. We're calling it <a href="http://kut.org/term/summer-school">"Summer School"</a> and we hope you'll learn something too along the way.&nbsp;</p><p>In this class, KUT's Ben Philpott gets schooled by his father, Jim, in the art of bowl turning.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154246412&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:15:58 +0000 Ben Philpott 10597 at http://kut.org From Log to Bowl, Learning How to Turn Wood Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens http://kut.org/post/plea-party-unity-texas-republican-convention-opens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, kicked off </span><a href="http://www.texasgop.org/convention/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the state GOP convention</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Fort Worth today.</span></p><p>In a speech to the party faithful, Gov. Perry addressed the state's shifting demographics that Democrats hope will help them win big in election cycles to come –&nbsp;the "fight to keep Texas red" in the words of convention materials. "The national Democrats think Texas is the new battleground," Perry told the crowd. "Well let's be really clear, Texas will be their political burial ground."</p><p>Though <a href="http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-i-will-not-seek-reelection">he isn't seeking re-election</a> in November, Perry has left the door wide open to a second presidential run in 2016. He told thousands of delegates gathered in Fort Worth that grassroots conservatives have already "changed Texas for the better" and urged them to do the same for America.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:20 +0000 Ben Philpott & KUT Staff 10551 at http://kut.org Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens Gun Law Explainer: Where Can You Carry in Texas? http://kut.org/post/gun-law-explainer-where-can-you-carry-texas <p>Over the last few months, exactly where you can carry a gun in Texas has been in the national spotlight. That discussion has kicked up again at this weekend’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texasgop.org/convention/">Texas GOP convention</a>, where open carry advocates are <a href="http://kut.org/post/booze-rules-bar-open-carry-gun-groups-texas-republican-convention">barred from attending with guns and rifles</a>.</p><p>Texas gun laws are already pretty unrestrictive. Here is a rundown:</p><p><strong>Owning a gun: </strong></p><ul><li>You don't need a state permit to purchase a gun</li><li>You don't have to register a firearm</li><li>Assault rifles are legal</li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152679429&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10536 at http://kut.org Gun Law Explainer: Where Can You Carry in Texas? Booze Rules Bar Open Carry Gun Groups from Texas Republican Convention http://kut.org/post/booze-rules-bar-open-carry-gun-groups-texas-republican-convention <p>Texas Republicans have been vocal supporters of expanding gun rights in Texas. So groups pushing for laws that would expand the ability to carry firearms openly expected to be welcomed at this week's state GOP convention in Fort Worth. But the Texas GOP says the guns, themselves, will have to stay out.</p><p>Texas GOP chairman <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/leadership-directory/party-officers/chairman-steve-munisteri/">Steve Munisteri</a> wants the groups to know they are certainly welcome to attend the Republican convention, but their guns will have to remain outside because alcohol is served at the Fort Worth Convention Center.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152495957&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 19:53:02 +0000 Ben Philpott 10527 at http://kut.org Booze Rules Bar Open Carry Gun Groups from Texas Republican Convention Gay Conservatives Denied 'Official' Spot at Texas GOP Convention http://kut.org/post/gay-conservatives-denied-official-spot-texas-gop-convention <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/">Texas Republican Party</a> has denied the <a href="http://www.logcabin.org/">Log Cabin Republicans</a> a space at next week's <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/convention/">state convention</a>. Log Cabin Republicans represent gay conservatives and supporters of marriage equality in the party.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Log Cabin Republican Executive Director Gregory Angelo says the state party denied the group’s application for a booth at the convention because, as homosexuals, they disagree with a plank in the <a href="http://www.texasgop.org/wp-content/themes/rpt/images/2012Platform_Final.pdf">party platform</a>.&nbsp;The plank reads, in part, that "homosexuality tears at the fabric of society."</p><p>"It was our obligation to let the voters of Texas know and to let members of the Republican Party in Texas know that that language is in the party platform and it is being used to intentionally exclude gay Republicans from formal participation in the state GOP convention," Angelo says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151898412&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:02:31 +0000 Ben Philpott 10515 at http://kut.org Gay Conservatives Denied 'Official' Spot at Texas GOP Convention Six Races on Today's Primary Runoff Ballot http://kut.org/post/six-races-todays-primary-runoff-ballot <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been 12 weeks since the <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-travis-county-primary-live-blog-who-won-whos-runoff" target="_blank">March primaries</a>. And with so much time, and in some cases so much money on hand, some of the six races on the ballot have turned pretty nasty.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At the top of the list is the headline-grabbing Republican Lieutenant Governor's race between incumbent </span><a href="http://www.daviddewhurst.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">David Dewhurst</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and State Senator </span><a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Dan Patrick</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/151391230&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 13:15:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10496 at http://kut.org Six Races on Today's Primary Runoff Ballot A Mysterious Mailer Closes the Heated Runoff for Texas Lieutenant Governor http://kut.org/post/mysterious-mailer-closes-heated-runoff-texas-lieutenant-governor <p><strong>Update</strong>: Today,&nbsp;KUT's Ben Philpott talked to&nbsp;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/">WBUR's&nbsp;Here and Now&nbsp;</a>about the Lieutenant Governor primary. <a href="http://kut.org/post/mudslinging-continues-texas-lieutenant-governor-race">Listen to the interview here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Original story </strong>(7 a.m.): A political mailer was sent to hundreds of thousands of Republican voters recently, calling on them to elect what it called “Tea Party Champions” in tomorrow’s Republican runoff elections. But many Tea Party leaders in the state have never heard of the group that put out the glossy ad.</p><p>The previously unheard of "United Texas Tea Party" isn't the only fishy thing about this mailer, according to Tea Party activist <a href="http://katpierson.wordpress.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Katrina Pierson</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It shows Lieutenant Governor David </span>Dewhurst<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> alongside Tea Party-backed candidates like Attorney General candidate Ken Paxton and Agriculture Commissioner candidate Sid Miller. That’s despite the fact that most Tea Party groups back </span>Dewhurst's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opponent, State Sen. Dan Patrick.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/150975761&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 26 May 2014 17:44:27 +0000 Ben Philpott 10487 at http://kut.org A Mysterious Mailer Closes the Heated Runoff for Texas Lieutenant Governor It's Experience vs. Conservative Cred in Agriculture Commissioner Runoff http://kut.org/post/its-experience-vs-conservative-cred-agriculture-commissioner-runoff <p>Monday is the first day of early voting for the May 27&nbsp;Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections.</p><p>The Republican race for Agriculture Commissioner is between two former state legislators,&nbsp;Stephenville's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.millerfortexas.com/">Sid Miller</a>&nbsp;and Longview's&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tommymerritt.com/">Tommy Merritt</a>. And&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/contradictory-message-david-dewhurst-needs-beat-dan-patrick">unlike the other GOP primaries</a>, this one hasn't only focused on who's the most conservative –&nbsp;for the most part.</p><p>That's because for Miller, this race is about conservative credentials. And he'll quickly let you know that he's got empirical data on his side.</p><p>"You know Rice University took all the votes … and ranked the legislators from one to 50 on how conservative they were. And I was ranked No. 2 and my opponent was ranked the most liberal of the Republicans," Miller says.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/149829556&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 16:12:37 +0000 Ben Philpott 10434 at http://kut.org It's Experience vs. Conservative Cred in Agriculture Commissioner Runoff Outsider Democrats Friedman & Hogan Vie for Agriculture Commissioner http://kut.org/post/outsider-democrats-friedman-hogan-vie-agriculture-commissioner <p>Texas Democrats have had trouble over the last several years filling out the statewide ballot with well-known candidates.</p><p>This month’s runoff for the party’s nomination for Agriculture Commissioner is a prime example:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas comedian, author, musician and former independent gubernatorial candidate </span><a href="http://www.texasforkinky.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kinky Friedman</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> faces off against </span>Cleburn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> farmer Jim Hogan.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148742574&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10391 at http://kut.org Outsider Democrats Friedman & Hogan Vie for Agriculture Commissioner Interview: David Alameel, the Dallas Dentist Who Wants to Fix Washington http://kut.org/post/interview-david-alameel-dallas-dentist-who-wants-fix-washington <p>Texas Senator <a href="http://www.cornyn.senate.gov/public/">John Cornyn</a> is still waiting to find out who he'll face in the November general election. Democrats will choose their candidate during the May 27 primary runoff election.</p><p>The party faithful will pick between <a href="http://www.kesharogers.com/">Kesha Rogers</a>, a <a href="http://larouchepac.com/">Lyndon LaRouche</a> disciple who wants to impeach President Obama, and Dallas dentist <a href="http://alameelforsenate.com/">David Alameel</a>.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148240974&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10363 at http://kut.org Interview: David Alameel, the Dallas Dentist Who Wants to Fix Washington Interview: Kesha Rogers, the LaRouche Democrat For Senate Who'd Impeach Obama http://kut.org/post/interview-kesha-rogers-larouche-democrat-senate-whod-impeach-obama <p>Democrats will pick a U.S. Senate nominee in the May 27 primary runoff election.</p><p>The race is between two virtually unknown candidates.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Democrats around the state are going out of their way to campaign against&nbsp;one of them: </span><a href="http://www.kesharogers.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Kesha Rogers</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rogers is a follower of </span><a href="http://larouchepac.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Lyndon Larouche</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and calls for the </span><a href="http://www.kesharogers.com/impeach_obama" style="line-height: 1.5;">impeachment of President Obama</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/148192606&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 15:41:17 +0000 Ben Philpott 10359 at http://kut.org Interview: Kesha Rogers, the LaRouche Democrat For Senate Who'd Impeach Obama How Ethics Allegations Changed the Branch/Paxton Attorney General Runoff http://kut.org/post/how-ethics-allegations-changed-branchpaxton-attorney-general-runoff <p>The battle for the Republican nomination for Attorney General was similar to most GOP primaries this year:&nbsp;a race to the right, with each candidate trying to lay claim to the title of most conservative.</p><p>But with less than a month until the primary runoff, one candidate has been busy fending off allegations that he broke the law.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147456792&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Fri, 02 May 2014 15:05:40 +0000 Ben Philpott 10345 at http://kut.org How Ethics Allegations Changed the Branch/Paxton Attorney General Runoff Democrats Hoping More Political Money Will Stay in Texas http://kut.org/post/democrats-hoping-more-political-money-will-stay-texas <p>This week the<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">head of the </span><a href="http://democraticgovernors.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic Governors Association</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the Texas Governor’s race isn’t in the top tier of races his group will be financially backing in 2014.</span></p><p>Texas has long been a fertile fundraising stop for groups like the DGA and other national Democratic candidates and organizations.&nbsp;But has any of that money started flowing back to Texas to help ongoing efforts to turn it blue?</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/147287851&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 10332 at http://kut.org Democrats Hoping More Political Money Will Stay in Texas 'Keep It Red' Fights Democrats to Keep Texas Republicans in Power http://kut.org/post/keep-it-red-fights-democrats-keep-texas-republicans-power <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the big news immediately after the 2012 Presidential election: some of Pres. Barack Obama's top campaign generals were on their way to Texas to turn the solidly conservative state into a purple state&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">–&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">and eventually a Democratic stronghold.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.battlegroundtexas.com/content/home">Battleground Texas</a> leader Jeremy Bird was grilled on the plan by Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert:</span></p><div style="background-color:#000000;width:520px;"><div style="padding:4px;"><iframe frameborder="0" height="288" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/embed/mgid:arc:video:colbertnation.com:d7e802e4-1505-49e7-b51c-82b7a3ff26ef" width="512"></iframe></div></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But for every Texas Democrat who got excited about what changes could lie ahead, there's a Republican who wants to make sure that doesn't happen. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 12:09:36 +0000 Ben Philpott 10317 at http://kut.org 'Keep It Red' Fights Democrats to Keep Texas Republicans in Power