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.

David Martin Davies

Texas has seceded twice in its history. The attempt during the Civil War didn’t go well but one could say breaking away from Mexico did. And there are those who would like to try secession again from the United States.  The Texas Nationalist Movement says they are building momentum and voters could soon have their say about Texas independence.

David Martin Davies

As the nation is reexamining how to best remember the Confederacy and find more appropriate locations for its monuments and icons, the Bexar County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to remove two Confederate markers from county property.

In front of the Bexar County Courthouse and in the shadow of the San Fernando Cathedral’s bell tower was where a 1936 historic marker was seated. It read “Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway – Dedicated to the soldiers of the Confederacy.”

David Martin Davies

There are approximately 5,600 new cases of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease each year in the United States. There is no cure. Those afflicted face the deterioration of their nervous system and loss of control over much of their bodies, including the ability to speak. But that doesn’t mean ALS patients need to lose their voice.

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Before the end of the month the U.S. Supreme Court will make several ruling that will directly impact Texas – one could upend the Fair Housing Act, another could make same sex marriage legal and another could basically end the Affordable Care Act in Texas by ruling that the Federal government can’t provide health insurance subsidies to states that didn’t set up their own ACA exchanges.

On Thursday the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on Walker v. The Texas Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. In a five-to-four ruling the high court found that the Texas state government can reject the Confederate Veterans specialty license plate. The court ruled that the plates were a form of government speech and rejecting the confederate plate was within the state’s freedom of speech.