October 15: Ann Beeson | What We Learned from the 2019 Texas Legislative Session
As the dust settles from the state legislative session in Austin, what were the major policy changes? How will they affect Texans? What did the new Speaker of the Texas House and large crop of first-time lawmakers mean for dynamics at the Capitol? Ms. Beeson will focus on the positive developments and the remaining challenges facing hard-working Texans, with an emphasis on what we can all do to stay engaged in the policymaking process.
October 22: Richard Murray | The Road to the White House 2020
Democrats and Republicans have dramatically different tracks to winning the presidency next year. Democrats have the largest and most diverse array of contenders in the party’s 200-year history. Republicans continue to deal with the consequences of Donald Trump’s hostile takeover of the party in 2016. What consequences will these different nomination processes have for the 2020 general election?
October 29: Richard Murray | Will Texas Be a Battleground State in 2020?
Democrats have not won Texas’ Electoral College votes since 1976 or seriously contested state elections since 1988. Will 2020 be different due to shifting demographics, the unexpectedly strong Democratic performance in the 2018 midterms, and Donald Trump’s role in shifting Texas toward being a purple state?
November 7: Sean Theriault | New Blood Versus Old Institutions
The 2018 mid-term elections brought the largest freshman class to Congress in more than a generation, with Democrats in control of the House and Republicans the Senate. Has the large influx of new members changed the way Congress operates, or will the institution prove resistant to even a sweeping election? What does it mean for the 2020 elections?
Ann Beeson is a renowned social justice lawyer, former philanthropy executive, and frequent public speaker and writer. She joined the Austin-based Center for Public Policy Priorities in 2013 and serves as CEO.
Richard Murray is the Bob Lanier Professor of Urban Public Policy and director of surveying for the Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston. He has consulted on more than 200 political campaigns.
Sean Theriault, a Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas in Austin, has received numerous teaching awards and is the author of several books on congressional decision making.