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.

On Thursday Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton delivered a speech in Texas on voting rights. Speaking at the historically black Texas Southern University Clinton called out Republicans, including former Governor Rick Perry, who she said have restricted voting rights. And Clinton called for the expansion of voting opportunities in America.

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The US Supreme Court this week agreed to hear a Texas case that challenges how people are counted when state senate districts are drawn in redistricting maps. Presently everyone is counted – voters and non-eligible voters – citizens and non-citizens.

The case Evenwel vs. Abbott argued that requiring states to switch to counting only citizens would “ensure that voters are afforded the basic right to an equal vote.”

Nina Perales is an attorney for MALDEF – the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund which is closing watching this case.  

A Texas state agency is refusing to issue birth certificates for children of undocumented immigrants, a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Austin charges. The suit, filed on behalf of six mothers who were not born in the United States, alleges that the Texas Department of State Health Services has an undeclared policy preventing its employees from issuing the certificates despite the fact that children born on American soil to undocumented immigrants are legal U.S. citizens.

Jennifer Harbury, an attorney with Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, filed the suit.

  San Antonio native David Crabb is a performer, writer, teacher, and storyteller in New York City.  Crabb draws from his experiences in San Antonio for his memoir "Bad Kid." The teen years are difficult enough for anyone, but the transition from childhood is made more complicated by a loneliness that comes from keeping a painful secret.  And secrets are revealed in this sometimes poignant but always funny coming-of-age memoir called Bad Kid, whic

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Emergency responders throughout Texas continue to struggle with another round of storms. This has been the wettest May on record. The rainfall has recharged dry reservoirs and effectively ended the drought.

But at a price - over 20 lives have been lost and untold flood damage.

With so much rain there would be no way to avoid having a disaster but could better planning, emergency management and state standards for flood insurance help in reducing the damage and lives lost.