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Bret Jaspers

Bret worked as an organizer, actor, and New York City waiter before he began his career in radio. He has reported for NPR, WYPR News and The Signal. Past production work has been with WNYC’s On the MediaThe Brian Lehrer Show and Soundcheck, as well as Wisconsin Public Radio.

Years ago, when his kids were young, Texas Sen. Royce West remembers getting stopped by a cop.

Families stood in line wearing masks. White pop-up tents sheltered health care workers while they drew patients' blood.

It wasn't the scene at a medical clinic, but the parking of a black church in South Dallas in late May. 

Calling Texas an “important battleground” that he thinks he can win in November, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden spoke to the virtual Texas state Democratic Convention in a recorded speech on Saturday. 

After high turnout in last year's midterm elections propelled Democrats to a new House majority and big gains in the states, several Republican-controlled state legislatures are attempting to change voting-related rules in ways that might reduce future voter turnout.