Politics http://kut.org en Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI http://kut.org/post/anti-corruption-unit-chief-no-davis-docs-passed-fbi <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">The agency charged with prosecuting state public corruption cases wrapped up an investigation into state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy </a><a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Davis</a>&nbsp;last year without finding any issues worth pursuing, its director said, and did not uncover anything it believed it should refer to the&nbsp;FBI.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorneys Office closed an investigation into a complaint made against Davis’ law firm last year. </span><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">The&nbsp;</span><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Dallas</a></em><em style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;"><a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140417-fbi-probe-of-ntta-includes-wendy-davis-file-travis-das-office-says.ece" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);"> Morning News</a></em><span style="box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 1.35;">&nbsp;reported Friday that documents related to Davis’ legal work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry into the agency's board members, citing a letter from the Public Integrity Unit about its own closed investigation into Davis.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:42:02 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune & Jay Root, Texas Tribune 10254 at http://kut.org Anti-Corruption Unit Chief: No Davis Docs Passed to FBI Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions http://kut.org/post/castro-patrick-immigration-debate-offers-plenty-attacks-few-solutions <p>Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor <a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a>&nbsp;has been making headlines for taking what some consider a hard line on immigration in his campaign. Last night, he squared off against San Antonio Mayor&nbsp;<a href="https://www.sanantonio.gov/mayor">Julian Castro</a>&nbsp;over the topic.</p><p>The genesis of the debate was a&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/JulianCastro/statuses/425846445455859712">squabble on Twitter</a>&nbsp;between the two –started in large part because of State Sen. Dan Patrick's comments calling undocumented immigrants entry into Texas an "<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/donate-stop-illegal-invasion/">invasion</a>." In the debate, Mayor Castro quickly revisited that topic.</p><p>“I want to break news to the Senator, that we’re about to celebrate San Jacinto Day, but Texas is not being invaded by Mexico. I can assure you of that," Castro joked.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/144971927&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:52:52 +0000 Ben Philpott 10231 at http://kut.org Castro-Patrick Immigration Debate Offers Plenty of Attacks, Few Solutions REWATCH: Dan Patrick and Julian Castro Immigration Debate http://kut.org/post/rewatch-dan-patrick-and-julian-castro-immigration-debate <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="326" scrolling="no" src="http://new.livestream.com/accounts/4773527/events/2922167/videos/48165610/player?width=580&amp;height=326&amp;autoPlay=false&amp;mute=false" width="580"></iframe></p><p></p><p>State Senator and GOP Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick faced off against San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro in a televised debate over immigration tonight at 6pm.</p><p>The debate was moderated by the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith.</p><p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 00:20:04 +0000 Matt Largey 10228 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies http://kut.org/post/immigration-activists-chain-themselves-mlk-statue-protest-obama-policies <p>Protesters gathered on the UT campus to protest President Obama’s immigration policies during his <a href="http://kutne.ws/1lNONwQ">speech today at the Civil Rights Summit</a>. Some chained themselves to the statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. on campus and many brandished signs deriding the president for strict deportation strategies in light of the event which highlights equal rights.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“We want them to recognize that the fight for civil rights is not over,” said student organizer Maria Reza. “Enough talk – we need action.”</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:41:39 +0000 Lynn Romero 10181 at http://kut.org Immigration Activists Chain Themselves to MLK Statue to Protest Obama Policies Watch President Obama's Address at the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-obamas-address-civil-rights-summit <object width="540" height="304"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="304" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin.</p><p>The summit, <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">gathering four U.S Presidents</a> and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Laura Rice 10190 at http://kut.org 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 Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit http://kut.org/post/bill-clinton-speaks-ut-austins-lbj-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former President Bill Clinton spoke Wednesday night </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">at </span><a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the Civil Rights Summit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;at the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Austin. The summit, </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit" style="line-height: 1.5;">gathering four U.S Presidents</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and dozens of other speakers, marks the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of </span><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Clinton lamented last year’s decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to weaken another part of the </span>LBJ<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> legacy, the Voting Rights Act. Clinton singled out the Texas law requiring voters to show photo ID.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 00:28:43 +0000 Trey Shaar & Wells Dunbar 10184 at http://kut.org Bill Clinton Speaks at UT Austin's LBJ Summit Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP http://kut.org/post/red-state-returns-spotlight-women-backbone-texas-gop Republican women have always played an important role in Texas politics, but this year, the GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help address the issue: Red State Women. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:45:31 +0000 Ben Philpott 10185 at http://kut.org 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 Immigration, Gay Marriage and the Expanding Definition of Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/immigration-gay-marriage-and-expanding-definition-civil-rights <p>When the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">Civil Rights Act</a> was signed into law nearly 50 years ago, its main focus was on the treatment of the country's black population. But over the years, other groups have slipped under the act’s umbrella of protection. As the<a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/"> LBJ Library’s Civil Rights Summit</a> opened in Austin Tuesday, it began with a discussion of how two groups are hoping those protections will extend to them.</p><p>The opening panel at the summit dove right into one of the two civil rights issues dominating the American political and legal landscape: same-sex marriage.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143856413&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:54:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10174 at http://kut.org Immigration, Gay Marriage and the Expanding Definition of Civil Rights Watch: Jimmy Carter Speaks at the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-jimmy-carter-speaks-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fF14ceTrBw&amp;feature=share</p><p>Former President Jimmy Carter is in Austin today as part of <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a> at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a>. The event marks the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 22:50:00 +0000 Laura Rice 10161 at http://kut.org Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights http://kut.org/post/interview-president-jimmy-carter-why-womens-rights-are-civil-rights <p>President Jimmy Carter is <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">one of four U.S. presidents attending</a> the <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit at the&nbsp;LBJ&nbsp;Library and Museum</a> in Austin this week.</p><p>President Carter, who served from 1977 to 1981, grew up in Southern Georgia during some of the worst days of Jim Crow. The&nbsp;39th&nbsp;president of the U.S. is also promoting a new book, "Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power," in which he discusses what he calls discrimination and violence against women and girls worldwide – what he calls "the most serious and unmet worldwide challenge" of our time.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143758254&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:19:09 +0000 Emily Donahue & Jennifer Stayton 10171 at http://kut.org Interview: President Jimmy Carter on Why Women's Rights are Civil Rights 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 Former President Jimmy Carter: Religions Have A Role In Abuse And Degradation Of Women http://kut.org/post/former-president-jimmy-carter-religions-have-role-abuse-and-degradation-women Jimmy Carter is on a mission. The 89-year-old former president has issued a blunt manifesto in book form titled <em>A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power.</em> In today’s Friday Conversation, President Carter talks with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter, about what he calls “the human and civil rights struggle of our time” – how religions have systematically denigrated women, leading to prejudice, infanticide and horrific violence.<p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:41:33 +0000 Rick Holter & Krystina Martinez 10154 at http://kut.org Former President Jimmy Carter: Religions Have A Role In Abuse And Degradation Of Women Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four U.S. Presidents headline a <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">three-day summit</a> in Austin this week, kicking off a celebration of the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64text.htm">1964 Civil Rights Act</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life before the act can sometimes seem foreign to those of us who came after the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rganizers say that alone is a great reason to hold a summit.</span></p><p>"Of course it's appropriate to look back. I mean, I myself am a child of the segregated South. So I grew up in that world and I know in ways that our students really don't, what things were like before this legislation,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;School of Public Affairs Dean Robert&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutchings says.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143592759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:09:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10145 at http://kut.org Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit