Texas Politics http://kut.org en Amazing Grace: A Love Letter to Texas Women in Politics http://kut.org/post/amazing-grace-love-letter-texas-women-politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this year, our partners at </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas Monthly</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> opined that 2014 might just be </span><a href="http://www.texasmonthly.com/story/year-statewide-latina" style="line-height: 1.5;">the year for Latina women</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Texas politics. But this week, Texas lost it's most politically powerful Latina –&nbsp;and chances are you may not have heard her name until now.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Grace Garcia <a href="http://kut.org/post/annies-list-executive-director-killed-fatal-crash">died this week</a> in North Texas, en route to a political event featuring Leticia Van de Putte and Wendy Davis. Garcia was Executive Director of Annie's List, a group committed to electing Democratic women.</p><p>Though Garcia was unelected, her impact on national and regional politics will likely span generations. So says&nbsp;political strategist <a href="https://twitter.com/HCookAustin">Harold Cook</a> in a moving tribute.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/152815766&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 19:43:04 +0000 David Brown 10540 at http://kut.org Amazing Grace: A Love Letter to Texas Women in Politics Meet the Candidates: Dan Branch http://kut.org/post/meet-candidates-dan-branch <p>If you follow Texas politics, you've heard the news: Republican&nbsp;Greg Abbott's running for Governor. &nbsp;That leaves his former seat open, clearing the way for the first competitive primary race for&nbsp;Attorney&nbsp;General since … well, you have to go all the way back to 1998.</p><p>Three prominent Republicans have stepped up to the plate: State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, Railroad Commission Chairman Barry&nbsp;Smitherman, and, in our studios today, State Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas. &nbsp;</p><p>First elected to the Texas House in 2002, Branch has been practicing law for nearly three decades, launching his own highly successful firm.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136913863&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 27 Feb 2014 12:00:00 +0000 David Brown 9855 at http://kut.org Meet the Candidates: Dan Branch