Texas Matters

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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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In the political battles over voting rights in Texas frequently the accusation is made that redistricting and voter ID are driven by attempts to reduce the impact of minority voters in the state. It’s a charge that the Republicans behind the laws and maps flatly deny. However a new book “Latinos and the Voting Rights Act,” builds a case that voter ID and redistricting are designed exactly to reduce Hispanic voter outcomes.

Buzzfeed.com

When students skip school they lose out on a chance to have an education – also school districts lose out on state revenue. Some Texas school districts have gotten so tough on students who skip that a number of the juveniles have been sent to jail.

Texas Legislature

January 19 is General Robert E. Lee's birthday. It’s also the date of an official Texas state holiday Confederate Heroes Day. This year it happened to also be the date of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.

It was one hundred years ago that South Texas was the scene of an out break of violence that targeted Mexican Americans who lived in the region. Some historians say there was an undeclared war against Mexico and Texas Rangers were given free rein to fight the bandits. Any Ranger was a mounted judge, jury and executioner for anyone they suspected of sympathizing with Mexico.

David Martin Davies

Every Tuesday night for the last 10 years Joan Cheever has come to Maverick Park, in downtown San Antonio to feed the homeless. But this past Tuesday something new happened. The police showed up.

Cheever: He says we have to have a permit. We have a permit. We are a licensed non-profit food truck.

Officer Mike Marrota: Licensed by who?

Cheever: City of San Antonio.

Cheever is a certified chef and licensed food handler. She also runs a non-profit called “The Chow Train.”

Officer Marrota: So do you have the permit?

Cheever: Yeah.

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