Secretary of State http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton Book Tour Comes to Austin's Long Center http://kut.org/post/photos-hillary-clinton-book-tour-comes-austins-long-center <p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More than 2,000 people came to the Long Center for a conversation with Hillary </span>Rodham<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Clinton. </span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinton made Austin her </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">10</span>th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;stop on her book tour promoting "Hard Choices," an autobiography covering a series of political events and&nbsp;crises &nbsp;Clinton faced during her four years as Secretary of State.</span></p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:19:36 +0000 Filipa Rodrigues 10651 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Hillary Clinton Book Tour Comes to Austin's Long Center Report: 'Lackadaisical' Texas Leadership Does Nothing to Encourage Voting http://kut.org/post/report-lackadaisical-texas-leadership-does-nothing-encourage-voting <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas' new voter ID &nbsp;laws can be used to discourage minorities and women from voting.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's according to the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> nonprofit Texas Civil Rights Project. Today, it released a </span><a href="http://www.texascivilrightsproject.org/tcrp-human-rights-reports/" style="line-height: 1.5;">63-page report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> criticizing the states' voter registration procedures, and a lack of voting registration opportunities.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last June, the United States Supreme Court </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law" style="line-height: 1.5;">overturned a portion of the Voting Rights Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The act was originally intended to protect voters from discrimination in voting matters, but the Supreme Court ruled that the application of the act, covering large parts of the South,&nbsp;was outdated.</span></p><p>After the Supreme Court’s ruling, Texas instituted a voter identification law. The law requires registered voters to present a valid form of identification to vote. The Texas Civil Rights Project would like to see the voter ID law overturned, because they say it can be used to deter minority populations from voting.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 22:37:47 +0000 Roy Varney 9384 at http://kut.org Report: 'Lackadaisical' Texas Leadership Does Nothing to Encourage Voting Senate Confirms John Kerry As Next Secretary Of State http://kut.org/post/senate-confirms-john-kerry-next-secretary-state The United States Senate voted today to confirm Sen. John Kerry as the next secretary of state.<p>Just five days ago, Kerry, a democratic senator from Massachusetts, testified before the committee he chaired. <a href="http://www.npr.org/2013/01/24/170198090/john-kerry-lauded-at-senate-confirmation-hearing">As NPR's Michele Kelemen reported</a> at the time, the hearing was a love fest.<p>Kerry is decorated Vietnam war veteran and the son of a diplomat. Tue, 29 Jan 2013 21:43:29 +0000 6387 at http://kut.org Senate Confirms John Kerry As Next Secretary Of State