Politics http://kut.org en How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement http://kut.org/post/how-sports-played-role-civil-rights-movement <p>The role sports has played in America's civil rights struggle, especially with black athletes, has been well documented.</p><p>For many the movement started with <a href="http://www.jackierobinson.com/">Jackie Robinson</a> crossing the color line in baseball. But two other athletes were in Austin Wednesday to share their perspectives at the LBJ Library's <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=33">Jim Brown</a> is often called the greatest running back in the history of pro football. But he was never the most popular player. He told the crowd in Austin he attributes that to his role in pushing for civil rights and equality for himself and other black athletes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143942765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:58:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 10186 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe http://kut.org/post/crossroads-gps-heart-gops-lois-lerner-probe Among the alleged crimes committed by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups: singling out Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's nonprofit group that spent $165 million in the last election attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.<p>That's according to House Republicans pushing criminal charges against Lerner.<p>The House Ways and Means Committee met in closed-door session Wednesday to discuss three specific violations Republicans believe she committed while running the IRS's office that handles tax-exempt groups.<p>One charge is that s Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:11:38 +0000 S.V. Date 10182 at http://kut.org Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue http://kut.org/post/politics-equal-pay-its-more-womens-issue The pay equity issue, which President Obama and Democrats are making a central theme of the 2014 midterm election campaign, is often framed as a women's issue. But Democrats are expecting it will also have crossover appeal to men.<p>For many men, it's a matter of self-interest: Two-income families are part of a long-term trend, as many families find two paychecks essential to cover the bills in an era of rising prices and stagnant, if not falling, wages.<p><a href="http://www.bls.gov/news.release/famee.nr0.htm">U.S. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:10:09 +0000 Frank James, NPR 10165 at http://kut.org The Politics Of Equal Pay: It's More Than A Women's Issue Marijuana: A Potential Cash Crop for Texas Farmers? http://kut.org/post/marijuana-potential-cash-crop-texas-farmers <p dir="ltr">Vanishing salmon and fields trashed by trespassers are the most common agricultural side effects of marijuana growth in California, experts there say. The idea agriculture commissioner candidate Kinky Friedman promotes of a hemp farming utopia brought on by the legalization of marijuana in Texas, they say, might be more pipe dream than reality.</p><p dir="ltr">"It is the green thread that weaves its way through all of our lives," Friedman said of marijuana during an interview with The Texas Tribune's Evan Smith. "This is not about long-haired hippies smokin' dope. It is about the future of Texas."</p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:13:30 +0000 Neena Satija, Texas Tribune 10083 at http://kut.org Marijuana: A Potential Cash Crop for Texas Farmers? Call for Buc-ee's Boycott After Owners Endorse Dan Patrick http://kut.org/post/call-buc-ees-boycott-after-owners-endorse-dan-patrick <p>Buc-ee's, the Texas convenience store known for their&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/am-update-labor-day-closures-ut-system-framework-americas-best-bathroom">clean restrooms</a> and<a href="https://www.facebook.com/bucees">&nbsp;beaver mascot</a>, is now the subject of a boycott.</p><p>U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, is encouraging a boycott after owners of the business endorsed Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick for Lieutenant Governor.</p><p>Castro sent a tweet saying he won't gas up there because Patrick is a "fear mongering immigrant basher:"&nbsp;</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 21:46:52 +0000 Nathan Bernier 9945 at http://kut.org Call for Buc-ee's Boycott After Owners Endorse Dan Patrick How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe http://kut.org/post/how-pick-candidate-texas-eeny-meeny-miney-moe Jim Hogan thanks God for his victory in a statewide Texas primary election on Tuesday. His campaign clearly had little to do with it.<p>Hogan paid his filing fee and then did essentially nothing else.<p>"Not being a politician, I didn't want to spend money," he says. "I didn't buy any mailers or yard signs. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 22:47:46 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 9898 at http://kut.org How To Pick A Candidate In Texas: Eeny, Meeny, Miney, Moe On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries http://kut.org/post/november-winners-2014-texas-primaries <p>The results are in for the&nbsp;<a href="http://kut.org/post/live-blog-texas-travis-county-primary-results-coming">2014 Texas Primary Elections</a>. We now know who most of the candidates will be in the November general election, but several statewide races are headed to a runoff on May 27.</p><p>We've compiled a list of the top vote earners for the major statewide and Travis County races. The percentage of votes received (as of this writing) is shown next to each candidate's name. Races with an asterisk are heading to a runoff.</p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 17:21:48 +0000 Kelly Krupa & Laura Rice 9894 at http://kut.org On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries On Farms, School Lunches & Gas Pumps, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Weighs In http://kut.org/post/farms-school-lunches-gas-pumps-texas-agriculture-commissioner-weighs <p>When Texans – mostly farmers and ranchers – sat down to write the state constitution in the 1800's, they didn’t see the need for an elected Agriculture Commissioner.</p><p>That oversight was quickly remedied.</p><p>Texas agriculture, crops and cattle are known across the country and around the world. Its "Go Texan" campaign can be seen in grocery stores and TV ads across the state: Why buy vegetables from California, when you can pick from that (noticeably labeled) batch from Texas?</p><p>But the office does more than sell the product. It also helps farmers and ranchers successfully grow it.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137716845&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:56:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 9887 at http://kut.org On Farms, School Lunches & Gas Pumps, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Weighs In Meet the Candidates: Leticia Van De Putte http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-leticia-van-de-putte <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last spring, as Republican lawmakers tried to defuse Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis’ 10 hour filibuster on abortion restrictions in Texas, a fellow Senator named Leticia Van de&nbsp;</span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;attempted to get the attention of the presiding officer. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Mr. President," Van De&nbsp;</span>Putte<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;shouted, "at what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?"</span></p><p>The remark won Van De&nbsp;Putte&nbsp;some attention, all right. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136765371&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></span></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Brown 9848 at http://kut.org Meet the Candidates: Leticia Van De Putte UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-abbott-holds-11-point-lead-over-davis <p>After what are shaping up to be easy primary wins in March for the leading gubernatorial candidates, Republican <a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" title="">Greg Abbott</a> starts the general election race for governor with an 11-point lead over Democrat <a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/">Wendy Davis</a>, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136480031&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:29:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 9833 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Abbott Holds 11-Point Lead Over Davis Texas House Race Draws Focus to Vietnamese Voters http://kut.org/post/texas-house-race-draws-focus-vietnamese-voters <p class="byline" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35; font-size: 15px;">A Democratic state representative who is the only Vietnamese-American ever elected to the Texas Legislature has drawn two Vietnamese-American Republican challengers. The contest underscores the diversity of the Houston district in a state where Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing race or ethnic group.</span></p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">Nghi Ho and Al Hoang, the Republicans who are vying to unseat Rep.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><a data-tooltip="/directory/hubert-vo/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/hubert-vo/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); text-decoration: none;">Hubert Vo</a>, are talking about the usual issues, like abortion. They are also talking about some unlikely topics, like the Communist government in Vietnam, the birthplace of all three candidates running in the southwest Harris County district, which includes most of Alief.</p><p class="body" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px 0px 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);">“It shows that a place like Alief has come a long way from what it was when it was first established as a fairly Anglo suburb of Houston,” said Mustafa Tameez, a political consultant for Vo’s first race. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 13:48:34 +0000 Corrie MacLaggan, Texas Tribune 9515 at http://kut.org Texas House Race Draws Focus to Vietnamese Voters Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized http://kut.org/post/former-first-lady-barbara-bush-hospitalized <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/first-ladies/barbarabush">Barbara Bush</a>, 88, is in a hospital in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, according to her husband's office.<p>She was admitted to Houston Methodist Hospital on Monday, a statement from the office of former President George H.W. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 10:31:52 +0000 9468 at http://kut.org Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas? http://kut.org/post/sen-john-cornyn-conservative-enough-texas Being an incumbent ain't what it used to be.<p>Texan John Cornyn is the No. Fri, 13 Dec 2013 20:55:13 +0000 9367 at http://kut.org Is Sen. John Cornyn Conservative Enough For Texas? 6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement http://kut.org/post/6-things-missing-budget-agreement The essence of the <a href="http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=0129b688-500e-4c81-a37d-d3643e0709c7">budget deal</a> reached by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis., is better understood by looking at what's missing, rather than what's included in it.<p>The agreement by the budget committee chairmen is no grand bargain. It's more like a minibargain. Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:38:46 +0000 Frank James, NPR 9348 at http://kut.org 6 Things Missing From The Budget Agreement How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations http://kut.org/post/how-alec-serves-dating-service-politicians-and-corporations A batch of <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/841593-alec-docs.html">internal documents</a> recently leaked to <em>The Guardian</em> has revealed new insights into the goals and finances of the secretive group called ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together, they develop model bills that lawmakers introduce and try to pass in their state legislatures. Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:48:30 +0000 9345 at http://kut.org How ALEC Serves As A 'Dating Service' For Politicians And Corporations