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Texas Signal Podcast

Texas Signal Podcast

By Texas Signal
Texas Signal is a progressive, fact-based media company. Our mission is to build a first-of-its-kind media ecosystem in Texas to help get the progressive message out. Think of us a megaphone to finally counterbalance right-wing conservatives who have successfully built their own media empire in the Lone Star State.

In addition, there are many more progressive stories to tell than mainstream media has the bandwidth to handle.

Our political and policy content is edgy but fact-driven across all of our products. Credibility is our currency.
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SignalCast – Early Vote Roundup 3
In our final episode for the week, Signal contributor Joe Deshotel interviews Abhi Rahman, Director of Strategic Communications for the Texas Democratic Party, about the incredible turnout in the first week of early voting for the state of Texas.
October 17, 2020
SignalCast – Early Vote Roundup 2
In another special episode of SignalCast, Senior Advisor Joe Bowen and Signal contributor Joe Deshotel are joined by Senior Brand Manager for the Texas Democratic Party Brittany Switzer to discuss another day of record turnout in the early voting period for Texas.
October 15, 2020
Introducing 3 Righteous Mamas – Episode 1
We are excited to bring you the first episode of 3 Righteous Mamas, a podcast in which three all-American moms—queer, Latina and Muslim—share the joy and challenges of motherhood with each other, and develop a passion for seeking out and lifting up the stories of mamas across the country.
October 15, 2020
SignalCast – Early Vote Roundup
In this special episode of SignalCast, Senior Advisor Joe Bowen and Signal contributor Joe Deshotel are joined by Communications Director for Texas Democratic Party Abhi Rahman to discuss the record turnout in the early voting period for Texas.
October 14, 2020
SignalCast 10/9/20 – The Paxton Affair
In this special episode, Signal staff members Joe Bowen, Jessica Montoya Coggins and Joe Deshotel discuss the latest accusations against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton—just last week, seven members of his staff accused him of criminal wrongdoing and even bribery. 
October 9, 2020
SignalCast 9/22/20 – Alex Simon, Deputy Voter Expansion Director for the Texas Democratic Party
For National Voter Registration Day, our very own contributing writer Joe Deshotel spoke with Alex Simon from the TDP about their three target voter groups, and the groundbreaking efforts to drive voters to the polls, including vote by mail.
September 22, 2020
SignalCast 8/20/20 — Brittany Switzer, the Senior Brand Manager for the Texas Democratic Party
Our very own contributing writer Joe Deshotel spoke with Brittany Switzer from the TDP, about the Democratic National Convention, the nominees and the events planned on behalf of the party in the state.
August 20, 2020
SignalCast 8/13/20 – Rafael Benavides, Spanish Press Secretary of the Texas Democratic Party
Our very own contributing writer Jessica Montoya Coggins spoke to the new Spanish Press Secretary with the Texas Democratic Party, Rafael Benavides, about his role at the party, feedback he has received from the Texas Latino community about effects of COVID-19 and how to engage Latino voters and Bernie supporters for the upcoming November elections.
August 13, 2020
SignalCast 7/28/20 – Brittany Switzer, Brand Manager of the Texas Democratic Party
In this episode, Signal contributor Joe Deshotel interviews the brand manager of the Texas Democratic Party Britney Switzer, in which they discuss the disastrous GOP convention, the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and the TDP initiatives underway for the November elections.
July 28, 2020
SignalCast 4/6/20 – Gina Ortiz Jones, Julie Oliver and ACLU joining lawsuit to help Texans vote by mail
In this episode, first Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez talks to Democratic Congressional candidate Gina Ortiz Jones, who is running in district 23, which is currently occupied by retiring congressman Will Hurd. Next, Fernando speaks with Democratic candidate for district 25, Julie Oliver, about her motivations for running, how the coronavirus pandemic has affected campaigning and her opponent Roger Williams. Finally, we look at our biggest story online this week concerning how the ACLU is joining a lawsuit that will allow Texans to vote by mail.
April 6, 2020
SignalCast 4/1/20 – Royce West, Olivia Stitilis and Texas Dems Urging Abbott on a Stay-at-Home Order
First, Signal reporter William Kim speaks with Texas Signal candidate Royce West about his runoff with fellow candidate MJ Hegar, his strengths as a candidate and the state of politics today. Then Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez talks Olivia Stitilis, Organizing Director for the Texas Democratic Party, about their new program to organize voting efforts in the state. And finally, we take a look at one of our top stories this week regarding how Texas Democrats are urging Gov. Abbott to implement a stay-at-home order.
April 1, 2020
SignalCast 3/20/20 – MJ Hegar, Michelle Leal and Housecleaning
In this week's episode, first Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez talks to Democratic candidate MJ Hegar about reaching the runoff for her race, Cornyn's leadership, and her plans as potential senator of Texas. Then Fernando speaks with Texas politics veteran Michelle Leal about the lack of proper management within the state. And finally, a new Housecleaning segment in which we look at the race in House District 126, where Republican incumbent Sam Harless is facing off against Democratic candidate Natali Hurtado.
March 20, 2020
SignalCast 3/13/20 — Beto O’Rourke, Nick Wertsch, and ‘Housekeeping’ District 66
In this week’s episode, senior Signal consultant Keir Murray first talks to former El Paso Congressman and presidential hopeful Beto O Rourke about the Texas senate race and the lack of proper leadership regarding the coronavirus. Then Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez speaks with Nick Wertsch, a Houston staff attorney and policy coordinator for Worker’s Defense Project, about the importance of paid sick leave in Texas. And finally, a new edition of our segment Housekeeping, in which we look at House District 66, where Democratic opponent Sharon Hirsch is running against Republican incumbent Matt Shaheen.
March 13, 2020
SignalCast 3/9/20 – Wendy Davis, Cliff Walker and Abhi Rahman, and Keir Murray
In this episode, Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez speaks with Wendy Davis, Congressional candidate for district 21, about her victory on Super Tuesday and now running against her Republican opponent Chip Roy. Then podcast producer Sarah Taqvi talks to Cliff Walker and Abhi Rahman from the Texas Democratic Party about the group's new lawsuit on voting rights and last week's primary. Finally, Signal reporter William Kim and longtime Democratic consultant Keir Murray discuss in detail how Democrats did in the state on Super Tuesday.
March 9, 2020
SignalCast 2/28/20 – A Conversation With Michelle Leal, Jay Aiyer, and Rafael Anchia
In this week’s episode, we have three interviews: First, Texas Signal CEO Kevin Nix talks to Michelle Leal, a diversity and inclusion consultant and former co-chair of Latino Texas Pac, about Latino outreach in the state. Then Signal Reporter Fernando Ramirez speaks with Jay Aiyer, an adjunct professor of politics at the University of Houston Downtown, about the Democratic primaries for the 2020 presidential election. And finally, Kevin Nix talks to Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia about turning Texas blue and endorsing former Vice President Joe Biden.
February 28, 2020
SignalCast 2/20/20 — Nevada Debate Recap and ‘Housekeeping’ District 54
In this week’s episode of SignalCast, senior Signal members Kevin Nix and Keir Murray discuss Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Nevada, and the current state of Texas races and early voting. Then in our newest edition of the segment Housecleaning, we will focus on House district 54, where freshman Republican Brad Buckley is running against Democratic opponent Keke Williams.
February 21, 2020
SignalCast 2/13/20 — A Conversation With Brandon Rottinghaus, Vivian Ho And ‘Housekeeping’
This week, we spoke to Brandon Rottinghaus, professor at Univeristy of Houston and co-host of Party Politics, a podcast on Houston Public Media, about the Democratic presidential primary in TX. Then we go deep into health care with Vivian Ho, an economics professor with the Baker Institute at Rice University. And finally we target the Texas legislature with some housecleaning, this week targeting State Representative Matt Krauss in district 93.
February 13, 2020
SignalCast 2/7/20 – A Conversation With Antonio Arellano, Kirsten Myers, and a brand-new segment 'Housekeeping'
In this week's episode, Signal reporter Fernando Ramirez first talks to Antonio Arellano, who is currently leading Jolt Action, a civic engagement organization for Latino progressives in Texas. Then Fernando speaks with Kirsten Myers, the area director for refugee services of Texas, about the mission of the organization, the misconceptions about refugees, and Governor Abbott’s rejection of refugee resettlement in Texas. And finally, an all-new segment called HouseKeeping, where we will focus on a Texas State House district targeted for Democratic pick-up every week.
February 7, 2020
SignalCast 1/27/20 – A Conversation With Tim O'Brien, the Senior Advisor for Michael Bloomberg
On this week’s show, the Signal sat down with Tim O’Brien, senior advisor to Democratic presidential candidate and "pragmatic progressive" Michael Bloomberg. Team Bloomberg is making Texas a critical component of its strategy.
January 27, 2020
SignalCast 1/17/20 – Eliz Markowitz, MJ Hegar, and Keir Murray
In another packed episode of SignalCast, we have conversations with: Eliz Markowitz, a candidate running for the Texas House seat in district 28 MJ Hegar, a candidate for U.S. Senate against John Cornyn, and Keir Murray, a longtime Democratic consultant, about the upcoming House races in the state
January 17, 2020
SignalCast 1/10/19 – Interviews With the Heather Fazio, Sima Ladjevardian and Nate Levin
In this episode, we have three interviews. The first is with Heather Fazio, the Director of Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy. Next is a conversation with Texas congressional candidate for District-2, Sima Ladjevardian, who is running against GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw. And finally, we speak with Nate Levin, the Deputy Training Director of the Texas Democratic Party, about their extensive Staff the Movement initiative.
January 10, 2020
In Conversation With Wendy Davis
In this episode of SignalCast, we hand the hosting duties over to Lillie Schechter, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party. Here is her conversation with Wendy Davis, who's running for Congress in 2020.
January 9, 2020
SignalCast 12/6/19 – Texas Young Democrats and Impeachment
Join us in our conversation with Kolby Duhon from Texas Young Democrats and William Kim, our senior impeachment correspondent about this week's events.
December 6, 2019
SignalCast Thanksgiving episode
This week we talk impeachment, Rick Perry's big move, and what Texas Democrats can be thankful for. We're joined by Brittany Switzer from the TDP.
November 27, 2019
SignalCast – Day one of impeachment hearings and campaign financing
Join us in conversation with Abhi Rahman, Director of Strategic Communications at the Texas Democratic Party, about day one of the impeachment hearings of Trump and his administration, the current state of affairs with Senator Cornyn and candidate finances. We also provide context to the hearings and what today's revelations could mean for the future.
November 14, 2019
SignalCast – Bonnen, debate recap, and upcoming elections
In this episode of SignalCast, we recap the latest—and fourth—Democratic Debate of 2019, discuss the Bonnen recording that was released earlier this week, Trump impeachment, and upcoming dates to remember. Keep a lookout for the TX Senate forum—hosted by Texas Signal—and featuring five Democratic candidates on October 23. Also, be alert for voting deadlines, as early voting starts on October 21!
October 17, 2019
In conversation with Texas Democrats – October 8, 2019
We get a recap from The Texas Democratic Party from their wildly successful fundraising dinner last weekend and where things stand on Trump’s impeachment inquiry.
October 9, 2019
Interviews at TribFest: TDP and Joe Deshotel
During the Texas Tribune Festival, we spoke with two guests on the current state—and future!—of elections in Texas and the national stage.  First guest: Lauren Pully from Texas Democratic Party and Texas House Rep. Joe Deshotel.
October 1, 2019