Government & Public Policy

News about politics and government.

David Martin Davies

Donald Trump is the president elect. The Republican captured the most electoral votes. But Hillary Clinton won the popular vote. There are many people who fear what a Trump presidency will do and they are taking to the streets to protest.

In Texas these anti-Trump protests are erupting and hitting the streets every major city. These have been peaceful but loud emotional outbursts.

Forrest Wilder is the editor of the Texas Observer a progressive and respected news magazine.

Donald Trump has not been elected president yet. What voters did on November 8th was pick the Electoral College who will vote for president on Dec 19th. 

Presently Democrat Hillary Clinton managed to capture only 228 electoral votes from the election. Republican Donald Trump won 290. It takes 270 votes to win the presidency. However, Clinton won the popular vote by almost two million. This is the second time in 16 years that the people's choice was snubbed and the winner of an archaic system is given the keys to the White House (Bush v. Gore.)

Ryan Poppe

Texas veterans from across state flocked to the state capitol to celebrate this Veterans Day.  The event was also a chance for veterans to speak out about the ongoing needs and challenges they face in their daily lives.

The 1st Calvary Mounted Color Guard from Ft. Hood ushered in the 63rd Veteran’s Day ceremony at the state capitol as hundreds of veterans and military families from all across the State of Texas make the trip to Austin once a year to honor one another and remember the fallen.

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During his presidential campaign Donald Trump promised to kill a number of initiatives President Obama has put into place.  TPR’s Shelley Kofler talked with two political consultants – a Democrat and a Republican – about how Texas might be affected if President Trump follows through.  They don’t always agree on whether Texas would be better off or worse.  But they do agree the impact on our state could be significant. 

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