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Inside the politics and issues of the Texas Legislature
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Inside the politics and issues of the Texas Legislature

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Roll credits

5/30/2019
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In the last episode of our podcast about the 86th Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody and Senate President Pro Tem Kirk Watson about what state lawmakers did for us and to us this session — and what they’ll do next. We’d love to know how you discovered the Point of Order, and what you think of our first season. Please take a moment to complete our short survey: texastribune.org/pointoforder

Duration:00:51:41

Kum-bye-a

5/23/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Reps. Ina Minjarez and Matt Krause about the issues that have divided an otherwise unified House in the last weeks of the session, including abortion and religious liberty. We’d love to know how you discovered the Point of Order, and what you think of our first season. Please take a moment to complete our short survey: texastribune.org/pointoforder

Duration:00:54:43

This is us

5/16/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state demographer Lloyd Potter about coming changes to our population with profound public policy implications: explosive growth, rapid urbanization, and demographic inevitability. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:56:06

Over the rainbow

5/10/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Celia Israel, a founding member of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus, about sexual orientation, nondiscrimination and public policy — how far we’ve come and how far we have to go. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:48:26

Appraising the House

5/2/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Reps. Dade Phelan and Donna Howard about the work done and not done in the lower chamber so far this session — and what’s likely to happen on the last stretch of road to Sine Die. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:56:16

Crude Awakening

4/18/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Chris Paddie, who chairs the House Energy Resources Committee, about the impact of oil and gas activity on the Texas economy, the downside of the upside, and what the future holds. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:48:53

The Rollback Pushback

4/11/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Austin Mayor Steve Adler about House Bill 2 — a property tax bill the chamber is expected to tackle Thursday — and his strong objections to the precise plans for property tax reform favored by state leaders. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:55:50

The news about the news

4/4/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson and Debbie Hiott, the general manager of Austin public radio station KUT, about the romantic ideal and precarious reality of the Capitol press corps. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:49:57

Will Texas Finally Go to Pot?

3/28/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Sen. Jose Menéndez about marijuana’s bipartisan moment — how the politics of legalization, decriminalization, medical cannabis and CBD oil make for strange budfellows. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:40:46

Texas and the Sexes

3/21/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House members Mary Gonzalez, Sarah Davis and Toni Rose about gender, politics and public policy in a state where the population is majority female but elected officials are overwhelmingly male. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Like what you hear? Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:45:32

Rural Texas at a Crossroads

3/14/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Four Price about the public policy challenges and opportunities in communities that may be losing population but remain critical to our history and heritage. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. We welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:48:55

High Hopes for Higher Ed

3/7/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Renu Khator, the chancellor of the University of Houston System, about access, affordability, excellence, graduation rates, and the importance of educating a diverse student population. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. We welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:50:29

The Man of the House

2/28/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to former Speaker Tom Craddick, the longest-serving lawmaker in state history, about how life and work under the pink dome has changed since he was first elected half a century ago. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. We welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:46:37

The Battle Over the Texas Border

2/21/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Poncho Nevarez, chair of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, about the president’s emergency declaration — and how the Texas legislature should address the issue of unauthorized immigration. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:46:27

Investing in the Future of Texas

2/11/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith asks state Rep. John Zerwas, the chief budget writer in the Texas House, whether we have enough money to fund today’s priorities and tomorrow’s — and which hard choices we have to make. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:48:15

Everybody Hates Property Taxes

2/6/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks with state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, the Douglas MacArthur of the war on rising appraisals and profligate local officials, about his vision for real reform — and whether it has the votes. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:47:17

Criminal Justice Reform’s Big Mo

1/31/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks with Right on Crime’s Marc Levin and House Criminal Jurisprudece Committee Chair Nicole Collier about reducing the size of the prison population, the death penalty, and more. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:47:48

The Fight on the Far Right

1/24/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House Freedom Caucus member Jonathan Stickland about the state of grass roots conservatism and the agenda his wing of the GOP will push this session. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:51:48

The Latino Moment

1/17/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks politics, policy and the emerging demographic majority with State Rep. Rafael Anchia, Cristina Tzintzun of Jolt Texas and Albert Morales of Latino Decisions. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends to subscribe wherever they listen to podcasts. Also, we welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:49:39

Dan Huberty on fixing school finance in Texas

1/10/2019
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Dan Huberty, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, about what it will take — and what it will cost — for state lawmakers to solve the state's most intractable problem. If you enjoy Point of Order, tell your friends. We welcome your feedback. Drop us a line at podcasts@texastribune.org.

Duration:00:44:34