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Warnings that strict voter ID laws could hinder turnout among minority voters were right, according to a new study from the University of California-San Diego. It is the first research looking at a slew of voter ID laws across the country, including Texas'.


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Latino voter groups say they are seeing an uptick in legal residents applying for citizenship so they can vote in this year’s presidential election.

The organization Mi Familia Vota held citizenship workshops in six different states this year, including Texas. The group says those events are more popular than ever.

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In about a month, the race to replace retiring Democratic state Rep. Elliott Naishtat begins on Election Day and, because there are seven candidates in the field, it will most likely end in a run-off election later this year.

There are no Republicans running in the Democrat-dominated district, which covers most of Central Austin, and before then, voters will have to choose between candidates who mostly agree on everything.


Bob Deammrich

DES MOINES, Iowa — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas won Iowa's GOP presidential caucuses on Monday, edging out billionaire Donald Trump for the top spot in the first-in-the-nation nominating contest. 

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz led Trump by 28 percent to 24 percent, according to unofficial returns. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida posted a stronger-than-expected showing at 23 percent. 

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When it comes to politics, fear works. Just ask any political operative who has gone negative to push his or her candidate to victory.  Irrational fear - paranoia - works even better as a campaigning tool if the historical time is right, as it seems to be in this Presidential election cycle. 

KUT News

Today, Feb. 1, is the deadline to register to vote in the March 1 primary elections in Texas.

Not sure if your Travis County voter registration has expired? Or even whether voter registrations do expire? If you’re unsure about your voter status – or if you know you definitely do need to register – you can check yourself and get the required forms at the Secretary of State's office's website VoteTexas.gov. @VoteTexas also has a social media presence on Twitter, and representatives are responding to people’s questions posed to the Twitter account. 

Finally, after more than 10 months of campaigning from more than a dozen presidential candidates, voters get to weigh in. Iowa Republicans and Democrats will caucus Monday night, and the results could at long last provide some clarity to the Republican and Democratic nominating contests — or not.

Here are five things we're watching:

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As he pursues the GOP presidential nomination, a key part of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s Iowa strategy has been to visit all 99 counties in that state — a strategy called "the full Grassley,” named after an Iowa U.S. Senator who visits each county every year. 

But, some have criticized the Cruz campaign for spending more time last week in rural parts of the state in an effort to hit every county, instead of going to the Hawkeye State’s population centers.


Join KUT’s Ben Philpott and the Texas Tribune’s Jay Root, Thursday, Feb. 11, for a free community event featuring a live recording of their podcast, The Ticket 2016: A look at presidential politics from a Texas perspective.

Following the live recording – featuring special guest Democratic strategist Colin Strother and a review of the latest from the campaign trail – we’ll air the PBS Democratic Primary Debate at 8 p.m.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz took the stage last night in Iowa as the frontrunner – the highest polling candidate in attendance, because Donald Trump refused to show up. So how did Cruz handle the spotlight?


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Voters in primary states begin casting ballots for a new president starting next week.   

So far, many of the presidential front-runners owe their success to their ability to appeal to voter frustration and anger, but other voters say the negative feelings fueling this year’s election are an even bigger concern.

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Texas Senator Ted Cruz has always worn his faith on his sleeve. So it was no surprise when he staked his claim with evangelical voters as a Presidential candidate. Now, those faith voters in Iowa are pushing his campaign to the top.


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KUT political reporter Ben Philpott is following GOP presidential primary contender Sen. Ted Cruz through Iowa this week as the senator from Texas gears up for the caucuses.

From @tedcruz's twitter profile

With a week before the Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz will spend that time crisscrossing the state, making a couple dozen stops before the big night. KUT’s Ben Philpott landed in the Hawkeye state Sunday to follow the Senator and has a preview to kick the week off.


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From The Texas Tribune: DAVENPORT, Iowa — Former Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed Ted Cruz for president, Politico reported early Monday.

The move comes more than four months after Perry dropped out of the race himself — and a week before the first-in-the-country caucus in Iowa. Cruz, the U.S. senator from Texas, is locked in a tight battle there with billionaire Donald Trump. 

This week on The Ticket 2016: Everything you wanted to know about how the presidential primary delegate system works…but were afraid to ask. From the number needed to win a party nomination, to how different states dole them out, and everything in between.

And with the first votes of 2016 about to be cast, hosts Jay Root and Ben Philpott will revisit their dissection last summer of the Donald Trump campaign on Stump Interrupted.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, speaking in Florida, said, "In Houston, Texas, today, there are no homeless veterans." For real? KUT's Nathan Bernier asks PolitiFact Texas reporter Gardner Selby.

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With two weeks to go before the Iowa Caucuses, Texas Senator Ted Cruz is running neck-and-neck with Donald Trump to win the first state voting for the GOP nominee. Cruz was on FOX News Sunday to try to strengthen his position in Iowa, but he spent much of that appearance defending his campaign rhetoric and Senate record.

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