2014 Texas Elections http://kut.org en The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November http://kut.org/post/pollsters-are-coming-what-means-texas-voters-november <p>In the Texas Tribune today, Aman Batheja r<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/23/media-consortium-plans-more-exit-polling-in-texas/">eports on a significant change</a> that has researchers and politicos drooling: Exit polls are returning to Texas.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Batheja</span>&nbsp;writes:</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:58:08 +0000 Emily Donahue & Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 10851 at http://kut.org The Pollsters Are Coming! What That Means for Texas Voters in November Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination http://kut.org/post/davis-and-state-dems-planning-monitor-voter-suppression-discrimination <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="" data-attribution="Credit David Martin Davies / TPR News" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kstx/files/styles/card_280/public/early_vote_site_140218.JPG" alt="" /><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.</span><p>Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:04:28 +0000 Ryan Poppe 10848 at http://kut.org Davis And State Dems Planning To Monitor For Voter Suppression, Discrimination Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? http://kut.org/post/can-democrats-really-keep-republicans-fundraising-race <p>Both candidates in the race for governor have raised $11 million since late February. In the race for lieutenant governor, the Democratic candidate beat out the heavily-favored Republican nominee in fundraising over the last campaign finance reporting period. To some that could appear to be a watershed moment in Texas politics for red state Democrats, but The&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin American-Statesman's chief political writer <a href="https://twitter.com/JTiloveTX">Jonathan Tilove</a> says the moment is a bit misleading, if not one-sided.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Tilove spoke with <a href="http://kut.org/topic/coming-soon-texas-standard">The Texas Standard</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/DavidBrownKUT">David Brown </a>about whether the Democrats' historic fundraising efforts will be enough to defeat their Republican opponents in November.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/158978599&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:59:41 +0000 KUT Staff 10800 at http://kut.org Can Democrats Really Keep Up With Republicans in the Fundraising Race? After Rallying Party Faithful, Texas Democrats Get Back on Campaign Trail http://kut.org/post/after-rallying-party-faithful-texas-democrats-get-back-campaign-trail <p>At their statewide convention in Dallas over the weekend, the top Democratic nominees took the stage and the party set its priorities for the upcoming year. Texas Democratic Party leaders urged the party faithful to knock on doors and make phone calls to change the political color of the state. State <a href="http://www.west.senate.state.tx.us/" target="_blank">Sen. Royce West</a>, D-Dallas, chair of the convention, was among them.</p><p>"I’m crazy enough to believe, and I hope you are too, that we can do big things better if we turn Texas blue," Sen. West said.<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/156699614&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><br /> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:47:19 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10701 at http://kut.org After Rallying Party Faithful, Texas Democrats Get Back on Campaign Trail 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? GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform http://kut.org/post/gop-approves-hardline-immigration-stance-party-platform <p>FORT WORTH —&nbsp;After several hours of debate Saturday, the final day of the biennial state GOP convention, Republican delegates voted to remove the "Texas Solution" from the party’s official platform, reverting to a more hardline stance on immigration.</p><p dir="ltr"><span>About 8,000 delegates gathered to consider the party platform and eventually rejected a proposed immigration plank that included language calling for a provisional visa program for immigrants. In its place, they adopted a plank that echoes the party’s 2010 platform. It does not call for a guest-worker program and instead&nbsp;<span>calls for ending in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants and prohibiting sanctuary cities — municipalities that do not enforce immigration laws.</span></span></p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:05:48 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10558 at http://kut.org GOP Approves Hardline Immigration Stance in Party Platform Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention http://kut.org/post/cruz-runs-away-straw-poll-gop-convention <p>U.S. Sen. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ted-cruz/">Ted Cruz</a> easily won the presidential preference straw poll held at the Texas GOP’s state convention Saturday, crushing outgoing Gov. <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/">Rick Perry</a> and several other early contenders for the 2016 nomination.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cruz took 43.4 percent of the vote, according to results announced at the close of the convention. Ben Carson, a columnist and neurosurgeon from Michigan, came in second with 12.2 percent, edging Kentucky U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who came in third place with 12.1 percent. In something of a surprise, Perry, who made a failed presidential attempt in 2012, came in fourth place with 11.7 percent.</span></p><p> Sun, 08 Jun 2014 01:02:44 +0000 John Reynolds, Texas Tribune 10557 at http://kut.org Cruz Runs Away with Straw Poll at GOP Convention 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 Draft of State GOP Platform Cuts Guest-Worker Language http://kut.org/post/draft-state-gop-platform-cuts-guest-worker-language <p>As Texas Republicans prepare to convene Thursday in Fort Worth for their three-day state party convention, an early draft of the party's platform shows that language,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2012/06/09/gop-platform/" target="_blank">approved two years ago</a>,supporting a guest-worker program&nbsp;could be removed.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://s3.amazonaws.com/s3.documentcloud.org/documents/1182339/temporary-platform-committee-report.pdf">The draft</a>, which was obtained by the Texas Tribune, shows that the language calling for a guest-worker program has been replaced with language to support the enactment of a provisional visa program. The guest-worker program language in 2012 was an </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">unprecedented change</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to the official state party platform. It called for a national temporary worker program, which would allow foreign nationals to come to the U.S. when jobs are available but citizens are unavailable.</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:17:27 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 10542 at http://kut.org Draft of State GOP Platform Cuts Guest-Worker Language 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 Texas Primary Runoff Election Results & Analysis http://kut.org/post/texas-primary-runoff-election-results-analysis <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Polls across Texas are now closed in the 2014 Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since the start of early voting May 19, voters have </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/six-races-todays-primary-runoff-ballot" style="line-height: 1.5;">selected six candidates</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> that will run in November's general election.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Republican runoff voters cast ballots in four contests:</p><ul><li>The bitter battle for <strong>Lieutenant Governor</strong> nominee, pitting incumbent David Dewhurst against State Sen. Dan Patrick. <strong>Patrick has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Attorney General</strong> battle between State Rep. Dan Branch and State Sen. Ken Paxton. <strong>Paxton has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Agriculture Commissioner </strong>contest between former state Reps. Tommy Merritt and Sid Miller. <strong>Miller has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Railroad Commissioner </strong>runoff between former state Rep. Wayne Christian and oil and gas consultant Ryan Sitton. <strong>Sitton has won the nomination.</strong></li></ul><p>On the Democratic side, two contests:</p><ul><li>The nominee for <strong>U.S. Senate</strong>, between establishment favorite David Alameel and outsider Kesha Rogers.&nbsp;<strong>Alameel&nbsp;has won the nomination.</strong></li><li>The <strong>Agriculture Commissioner </strong>runoff between entertainer Kinky Friedman and unknown Jim Hogan.&nbsp;<strong>Hogan has won the nomination.</strong></li></ul><p> Wed, 28 May 2014 02:57:04 +0000 KUT Staff 10503 at http://kut.org Texas Primary Runoff Election Results & Analysis 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 A May 27th Primary Runoff Election Primer http://kut.org/post/may-27th-primary-runoff-election-primer <p>Early voting starts today for the May 27 primary runoff election.</p><p><strong>What's on the Ballot:</strong></p><p>The <a href="http://traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/content/images/sample_ballots/2014.05.27_REP_PrimaryRO_Bedsheet_pr14.pdf" target="_blank">Republican ballot</a> includes a runoff for the <a href="http://kut.org/post/contradictory-message-david-dewhurst-needs-beat-dan-patrick" target="_blank">Lieutenant Governor nomination</a> between incumbent David Dewhurst and State Senator Dan Patrick and also runoffs for <a href="http://kut.org/post/how-ethics-allegations-changed-branchpaxton-attorney-general-runoff" target="_blank">Attorney General</a>, <a href="http://kut.org/post/its-experience-vs-conservative-cred-agriculture-commissioner-runoff" target="_blank">Commissioner of Agriculture</a> and <a href="http://kut.org/post/why-you-should-pay-attention-race-railroad-commission" target="_blank">Railroad Commissioner</a>.</p><p>On the <a href="http://traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/content/images/sample_ballots/2014.05.27_DEM_PrimaryRO_Bedsheet_pr14.pdf" target="_blank">Democratic side</a>, voters will pick a <a href="http://kut.org/post/interview-david-alameel-dallas-dentist-who-wants-fix-washington" target="_blank">U.S. Senate</a> <a href="http://kut.org/post/interview-kesha-rogers-larouche-democrat-senate-whod-impeach-obama" target="_blank">candidate </a>and a candidate for <a href="http://kut.org/post/outsider-democrats-friedman-hogan-vie-agriculture-commissioner" target="_blank">Commissioner of Agriculture</a>.</p><p><strong>Who Can Vote:</strong></p><p>Those who cast a ballot in the <a href="http://kut.org/post/texas-travis-county-primary-live-blog-who-won-whos-runoff" target="_blank">March 4 primary election</a> can only vote in the same party’s primary runoff. Those who didn’t vote in the primary may choose which primary to vote in. Mon, 19 May 2014 12:15:59 +0000 Laura Rice 10441 at http://kut.org A May 27th Primary Runoff Election Primer 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