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Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Greg Brockhouse has emerged as the main challenger to Mayor Ron Nirenberg in the 2019 municipal elections. The District 6 councilman is attempting to unseat an incumbent mayor, and he's gambling his political career on this fight.

Election 2019: A Voting Guide for Bexar County

Apr 20, 2019
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Municipal and school board elections take place Saturday in San Antonio, Leon Valley, Windcrest and other cities in Bexar County.

Tune in at 8 p.m. for live coverage of the races, candidates and issues from the TPR newsroom. Leave us a voicemail about your voting experience at (210) 615-8982. Your comments may go to air.

Here's a Q&A, profiles and special reports to prepare you before you vote.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

Texas begins redistricting in two years. The process will slice up Texas into political districts. When the districts are redrawn to benefit a particular party, it's called gerrymandering.  Some say it's time to finally end this particular political game.

David Martin Davies | Texas Public Radio

President Donald Trump's re-election campaign faces a crowded field of Democrats who want to challenge him for the presidency. Among them is Julian Castro. The former San Antonio mayor and secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development is not a household name. But he is working to change that.

Epileptic Council

Texas has one of the most restrictive medical marijuana programs in the country, according experts who track marijuana laws. But some lawmakers from both parties are ready to change that.

Ivan Pierre Aguirre / The Texas Tribune

After months of intense speculation, Democrat Beto O'Rourke told El Paso television station KTSM via text Wednesday that he is running for president in 2020, the station reported.

From Texas Standard

As Election Day gets closer, the airwaves are getting more crowded with political ads. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and his challenger, Congressman Beto O'Rourke, in particular, have raised lots of money in their campaigns and are now spending it on TV and radio.

Austin-based Marketplace reporter Andy Uhler noticed some of the ads in English and Spanish are complicated by more than the issue of translation.

Today more women are running for office than ever before. Just in time for the midterm elections, a new short film highlights two Texas women who were among the first in the modern era to have a large impact on politics. The film “Molly & Ann” follows the stories of Texas Governor Ann Richards and journalist Molly Ivins.

Paul Stekler, documentary filmmaker and radio-television-film professor at the University of Texas at Austin, is the director of the short film.

“I had all this footage. We had done short pieces about them when I had my old series "Special Session" on KLRU. I thought ... How could we put this together and get it out in the world? Over the summer I realized that if could use the Women’s March and throw forward, 'cause this was what they worked for in their own ways,” Stekler says.

Why Is The Center Missing From Texas Politics?

Sep 29, 2018

From Texas Standard:

During these highly partisan times, you might be wondering, what happened to the political center? What happened to that willingness to work together despite party affiliation to get things done? Experts agree the center is definitely not holding. And they’re not sure when it’s going to come back.

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Since Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders' run for president in 2016, the nation's movement towards democratic socialism has gained traction as a new American political concept. 


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