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Why Can’t The Texas Legislature Work Faster To Avoid Special Sessions Altogether?

State lawmakers are back in Austin to kick off some legislative overtime. And, as it’s been reported over and over and over again, the special session is needed because lawmakers couldn’t pass a bill to keep a handful of state agencies open and operating. That got … Continue reading

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Special Session 2017: Here’s What’s On The Texas Legislature’s Agenda

The 2017 regular session of the Texas Legislature was one of the most contentious in recent memory. It had plenty of protests, some infighting, a few filibusters and even a death threat. Now, after all that drama, lawmakers are headed … Continue reading

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VOTE! What Do You Want To Know About Lawmaking in Texas?

For the last few weeks, we’ve been asking what you wanted to know about the Texas Legislature: how it works, why it works the way it does and what you want lawmakers to do. And you didn’t disappoint! We received … Continue reading

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Why Is Voter Turnout So Low In Texas?

In recent years, voter turnout in Texas has been…well, let’s just say not everything is bigger here. State voter turnout has been below the national average for the past few decades, regularly falling below 50%. All this week, public radio … Continue reading

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How Did Texas End Up With Such Screwy Political Districts?

This year, all 36 of Texas’ congressional representatives are up for re-election, but only one of those races is considered by most observers to actually be competitive. When it comes to state house and senate races, the vast majority of … Continue reading

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How Secure Is Electronic Voting In Texas?

With talk of rigging and stolen elections, people are more concerned than usual about whether their vote will count. As part of our #TXDecides series, examining issues facing voters in the 2016 campaign, we explore the security of paperless electronic … Continue reading

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Why Is Texas So Red, And How Did It Get That Way?

We all know Texas is a red state. Democrats haven’t won a statewide election since 1994, and Republicans have carried the state in every presidential election since 1976. The question of how that came to be got Gilda Garcia wondering, so … Continue reading

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#TXDecides Live Blog: The Final Presidential Debate

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton square off tonight in the third and last presidential debate. Follow along as we hear reactions and commentary from fellow Texans. Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #TXDecides, and follow along below! This … Continue reading

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The Votes Are In – Here’s What You Want To Know Before The 2016 Election

We asked for your questions about this year’s election, and you delivered! Over the past few months, Marfa Public Radio and other public radio stations across Texas have compiled queries about this year’s election from voters all over the state. … Continue reading

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