Why the heck won’t David Gregory factcheck his guests? The host of Meet the Press declined a proposal from NYU’s Jay Rosen to factcheck the show. The Sunday shows tend to drone around the periphery of partisan talking points. On The Media has follow up with Chas Danner who, with another college student, is fact checking the Sunday shows for Gregory and other Sunday shows.
It’s the final installment of the PMT political podcast before Election Day on November 2.
Texas Public Radio’s Terry Gildea and PMT’s Michael Olson breakdown the latest developments in the Governor’s race and key U.S. House races in Texas.
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The measure also would allow child welfare providers to deny teenagers in foster care access to contraception or an abortion under a wide umbrella of religious protections for the state contractor. Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney, has filed the measure that gives state contractors for child welfare services the right to sue the state if they are punished for
The legislation by Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, would move key decisions about investigating public officials to the Texas Rangers and away from the Travis County DA’s office, controlled by Democrats. The bill was approved on a 20-11 vote, with Democrats casting all the no votes. It now returns to the House for consideration of amendments. Dallas Morning Ne
Sheets was serving as chair when the amendment was brought up and much of the House was distracted by the severe flooding that occurred in the Austin area on Monday. Sheets said when he had time to read the amendment after it passed, he realized it would affect Dallas’ ongoing efforts to get the reservoir built. Dallas Morning News
The plaintiffs say the law allows subsidies only where marketplaces have been “established by the state.” It is a distinction that those who drafted the law say they did not intend to make. The story of the four words has its loose origins in Mr. Obama’s campaign pledge in 2008 to overhaul the health insurance system, something presidents had tried to do for
With only a week left in the 140-day session, the list of likely legislative casualties is already long and growing longer. They include more state oversight of the so-called payday lenders; outlawing texting-while driving; consolidating local elections with the November elections; and trying 17-year-olds accused of committing a crime as adults. Lubbock Aval
The Senate on Monday unanimously passed a bill to preserve and restore the 18th century shrine. The Legislature has budgeted $30 million to fund those efforts. San Antonio Democratic Sen. Jose Menendez said the full Alamo City delegation supported his proposal — even Republican Sen. Donna Campbell, whose bill to prohibit the state from allowing the United Na
Calling the inundation here Sunday the new flood of record, Abbott likened the path of destruction along the Blanco River to a tsunami. A washed-away gauge prevented an accurate reading, but locals estimated that the river was nearly 40 feet above its flood stage of 17 feet. Huge trees floated away, and dozens of riverside homes were swept off their foundati
A Senate-revised version of House Bill 1690 was approved by a vote of 20-11 along party lines, with Republicans in favor and Democrats all opposed. Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, the Senate sponsor of the House bill who amended it with the Senate-passed wording, said ethics prosecutions of lawmakers and state officials would occur in the county where they liv
The only difference: a provision that requires a judge to consider an area's demographics when empaneling a grand jury. Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, said he took that wording out at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who said it could be an unconstitutional requirement. Dutton has said he does not want Abbott to veto the important bill. Houston Chronicl
The nine freshmen senators, the largest class in years, have sponsored major bills, sat on major committees, even chaired one. They made their views known through their own "Liberty Caucus," openly challenged the norms and publicly contested senior senators on a variety of hot-button issues. Houston Chronicle
AUSTIN -- The Texas State House is scheduled to consider legislation Tuesday that would protect faith-based welfare agencies that do not allow same-sex couples to adopt children or let foster parents give their children contraception. Houston Chronicle