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What Could 2020 Election Outcomes Mean For Texas' 2021 Legislative Session?

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Alexander Drago
People wear "Vote" face masks as they wait in a socially distant line at an early voting site at the Fairfax County Government Center in Fairfax, Virginia, U.S., September 18, 2020.

2020 election results will have a tremendous impact on the future of public policy in Texas, including pandemic response and recovery, as the state's 87th legislative session is mere months away.

As Texans head to the polls, daily case numbers and hospitalizations continue to rise. How much of a role will the state's handling of COVID-19 so far play in their decision-making?

One of the major goals for the Democratic party is to win the majority of seats in the Texas House of Representatives. What changes could we see if the House flips? Would this bring checks and balances or partisan gridlock to the Capitol?

House Speaker Dennis Bonnen will soon be retiring. Who's running on each side to be the lower chamber's next leader?

No special session was called to address pandemic-related fallout this year. Do state lawmakers plan to meet in person in 2021?

How could they address budget shortfalls, health care, unemployment, redistricting, public education and other hot-button issues in 2021?

Guest: Scott Braddock, editor of Quorum Report

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*This interview was recorded on Wednesday, October 28.

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