Texas Matters

Fridays at 3:30 p.m., Saturdays at 6:30 a.m., and Sundays at 9:30 p.m.

Texas is a big state with a growing, diverse population and as the population grows, the issues and challenges facing its residents multiply.  Texas Matters is a statewide news program that spends half an hour each week looking at the issues and culture of Texas.

Texas Matters is hosted by David Martin Davies, who talks directly with policymakers and newsmakers in a lively discussion designed to shed light on issues often overlooked by other media.

David Martin Davies:

Davies is the host of "The Source" and a veteran journalist with over 20 years’ experience covering Texas, the border and Mexico. He is a regular contributor to NPR and American Public Media's "Marketplace." Davies also has written for "The San Antonio Light", "The San Antonio Express-News," "The Texas Observer" and others, and hosted KLRN public television’s interview program "Conversations."

Texas Matters is made possible by the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures.

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Texas
2:31 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Could Texas Be "Bailed In" The VRA?

During the recent voting process in Texas polling officials were dealing with the implementation of Voter I.D.  Voters had to provide photo identification before they could cast a ballot. The law was on again and off again after a federal judge in Corpus Christi found that the law was an unconstitutional poll tax and deliberately discriminated against minority voters. The judge threw out voter i.d. for the midterms but it was put back in place on appeal. But that’s not all that was in the ruling.

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Texas
2:24 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

The Mid-Terms And What Just Happened?

Low voter turnout, questions about Latino participation and the power of the primary; it all adds up to another lopsided victory for the Republican Party of Texas. The ugly streak of losses continues for the Democrats. For further analysis of the election returns and what happens next for Texas governance – we turn to Harvey Kronberg – editor of the Quorum Report.

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Texas
2:06 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

What's Next For Battleground Texas?

Tuesday night, November 4, Texans picked new office holders. There was little surprise that republicans again swept the state and Attorney General Greg Abbott will be sworn in as the next governor. 

That night Abbott gave his victory speech as the governor-elect of Texas.

"As Texans, the bonds we share transcend our differences," Abbott said. "We all want to live in safer communities, have greater opportunities, and to give all of our children lives worthy of their promise." 

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Texas Matters
3:20 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Kit Carson And The First Battle Of Adobe Walls

It was 150 years ago this November that the first battle of Adobe Walls was fought. A major military engagement in what is called the Indian Wars – the American genocidal campaign against the native peoples of the Great Plains.

The battle happened on November 25, 1865 and the American force was led by the famous scout Kit Carson. The battle ground is in The Texas Panhandle - Hutchison County about 75 miles north east of Amarillo.

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Texas Matters
2:54 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

State Lags In Women Office Holders

State Senator Wendy Davis campaigns in San Antonio for governor.
Credit David Martin Davies

As Texans head to the polls on Tuesday there will be many choices to make, issues to weigh and candidates to consider. But is the gender of the candidate a factor in Texas elections?

A first-of-its-kind data set reveals that Texas is among the worst in the country in the number of women represented in elected positions, ranking number 46 out of 50 states.

But are Texans less likely to vote for women candidates? Or are women candidates less likely to run for office?

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Texas Matters
3:00 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Will Hispanics Turn Texas Blue?

Castro Brothers at St. Paul's Assembly Hall for Send-Off celebration as they head off to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Credit David Martin Davies

Monday was the deadline to register to vote in Texas. And the state’s larger county election offices are reporting a two percent increase in voter registration. That's interesting, because this is a non-presidential year election, which typically generates less enthusiasm. Some are taking that as a sign that the group Battleground Texas is making headway in changing voting patterns in Texas. Battleground Texas is led by veterans of the Obama presidential campaigns and is aligned with Wendy Davis. So is Texas getting ready to show on blue on election day?

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Science & Technology
4:23 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Monkeys In The Search For Ebola Vaccine

A macaque displays at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute in San Antonio.
Credit David Martin Davies

Ebola was once seen as an obscure but deadly virus. Confined to Central Africa, the pathogen didn’t seem to pose a serious threat to the rest on the world. But due to the recent outbreak that presumption has now changed. The 2004 death toll for Ebola ranges between 4 and 5 thousand people in West Africa and one in Texas.

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Energy
4:35 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Texas Comptroller Report Targets Wind Power

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Texas has been called the Saudi Arabia of wind energy. The state leads the world in wind energy production. That boom is due in part to tax breaks that wind companies receive for the installation of the giant turbines that can be seen in the panhandle, west Texas and on the coast.

“It’s time for wind to stand on its own two feet. Billions of dollars of tax credits and property tax limitations on new generation helped grow the industry, but today they give it an unfair market advantage over other power sources,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs.

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Texas
4:04 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Travis Co. D.A. To Wait On Sen. Ken Paxton Investigation

State Sen. Ken Paxton wins the GOP nomination for Attorney General
Credit KERA-North Texas Public Media

One of the biggest races on the November ballot is for Texas Attorney General. The two main candidates are Republican Ken Paxton and Democrat Sam Houston. State Senator Paxton has been running for the office under the dark cloud that the Travis County District Attorney’s office might reveal they are targeting him in a criminal investigation related to his previous guilty plea for securities fraud. But this week the Travis County D.A.s office announced they would delay making that decision until after the election.

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Texas
3:51 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Audit Uncovers Problems With Texas Enterprise Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk break ground near Brownsville for a spaceport which received $15 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
Credit Office of the Governor of Texas

The Texas Enterprise Fund, Governor Rick Perry says it’s a deal closer. With a half billion dollars at his disposal Perry uses it as big pot of money that he can use to bring companies to Texas. Toyota was awarded $40 million to uproot its U.S. headquarters from California to suburban Dallas. SpaceX got $15 million to build the space port in Brownsville. Perry says the fund has been instrumental in helping build Texas' booming economy.

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