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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.

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Recapping the Texas Primary
Ramiro Luna-Hinojosa from Somos Tejas joins us to break down the biggest races and surprises from the primary election.
March 04, 2022
An Election Preview Extravaganza
This week we have a jam-packed special episode with our friend Ed Espinoza from Progress Texas. Ed is helping us break down some of the biggest races on the ballot as we all get ready to head out to vote!
February 11, 2022
Gov. Abbott's Border Quagmire
We discuss Abbott's trifecta of failures: COVID-19, the border, and the grid
January 17, 2022
’Tis the Season for Politics
The ballot is set and the candidates are on their marks. And the biggest mark of all, Gov. Greg Abbott, is taking fire from the right and left over his failure to secure the grid.
January 08, 2022
’Tis the Season for Politics
The ballot is set and the candidates are on their marks. And the biggest mark of all, Gov. Greg Abbott, is taking fire from the right and left over his failure to secure the grid.
December 17, 2021
The Mad Dash for Democrats in December
We discuss some last-minute filings in key state races, a sobering new investigation into what’s happening to troops at the border, and where did Sid Miller’s Borat 2 appearance go?
December 10, 2021
Ted Cruz and the GOP health-scare
From abortion to vaccines the GOP continues to oppose public health measures in the name of being “pro-life.”
December 06, 2021
Giving thanks and talking turkeys
There are many turkeys in Texas politics that won’t get pardoned this year but that doesn’t mean we don’t have some things to be thankful for.
November 26, 2021
Build Back Beto
Beto O'Rourke's record-breaking 24-hr fundraising haul puts Gov. Abbott on notice.
November 19, 2021
Big Bird's the word
We discuss: Ted Cruz has an angry bird on his tail and Louie Gohmert flirts with disaster.
November 12, 2021
SignalCast 11/5/21 — Don't Virginia my Texas
Progressives see the silver lining on Election Night and Gov. Abbott continues his slide to the far right.
November 05, 2021
The kids are alright: Why won't the GOP leave them alone?
The Texas GOP banned trans kids from sports, mask and vaccine mandates in schools, and now they are coming for the books.
November 01, 2021
Austin Councilmember Greg Casar considering a congressional run
Austin CM Greg Casar has been a nemesis of the regressive GOP state legislature who often takes direct aim at his policy agenda — now he's looking to go over their heads in Congress.
October 27, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spar for worst headlines
Both men continue their anti-democratic efforts from appointing a Trump legal team member as top elections official to pushing Trump's statewide audit election request.
October 25, 2021
Who's really calling the shots in the Governor's mansion?
Texas GOP has been busy gerrymandering election maps but Donald Trump says Republicans aren't voting in 2022 if 2020 election "fraud" isn't "solved."
October 15, 2021
Donald Trump is bored and meddling in Texas again
Donald Trump is adding to the pile-on of Gov. Abbott but he's also now endorsing in the GOP primary for Texas Senate.
October 08, 2021
Austin's Prop A is a GOP Trojan horse to bankrupt the city
Texas Republicans barred cities from reducing Police funding and yet "Save Austin Now" falsely claims Prop A is needed to adequately fund the department.
October 06, 2021
GOP Redistricting: Replacement Theory, Mapped
Texas Republicans claim to be "race-blind" yet they managed to reduce black and brown representation even people of color represented 95% of the state's growth.
October 01, 2021
Gov. Abbott and his Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week
From Fox News to Donald Trump, from the border to Beto O'Rourke it's been a week of very bad news for Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
September 24, 2021
Gov. Gavin Newsom: Don't Texas my California
We discuss how Texas' abortion ban and poor handling of COVID was a big factor in the failed recall of California Gov. Gavin Newsom.
September 17, 2021
Equity & I-35 Expansion with Austin Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison
We discuss the proposed I-35 expansion project from segregation to how we can "stitch our city back together" with the right plan in this special edition of the SignalCast.
September 15, 2021
Gov. Abbott needs a lesson on how babies are made
Gov. Abbott sparked rage across the political spectrum when he tried to ban abortion but said it's OK for victims of rape to do so before six weeks. He also showed he needed a lesson in human reproduction.
September 10, 2021
SignalCast 9/3/21
In this week’s episode Joe and Jessica discuss Abbott’s falling approval rating, the latest on the new extreme bills. and Joe Rogan’s horse dewormer endorsement.
September 03, 2021
666 Bills became law Sept. 1st and the Devil is in the details
The bills Republicans managed to get passed this session are a right-wing fever dream and yet they still weren't satisfied. They came back to further make life harder for women and people of color during this special session.
September 02, 2021
Grand Old Racism... The Texas GOP just can't help themselves
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick falsely blames black people and Democrats for Texas' low vaccination rates and GOP plows ahead with their voter suppression bill
August 27, 2021
Interview with SD 9 Candidate Salman Bhojani
Salman Bhojani, the former Mayor Pro-Tem of Euless, Texas, is challenging Sen. Kelly Hancock for SD 9. With bipartisan support, he's focused on the fight to regain local control.
August 24, 2021
Republicans make quorum as Dems make deals
As Democrats trickle back Republicans are able to make quorum to pass voter suppression, anti-abortion, anti-trans, and COVID precaution legislation.
August 20, 2021
Gov. Abbott under fire as COVID blazes across Texas
Gov. Abbott is being sued by virtually every local government over his ban on mask and vaccine mandates.
August 16, 2021
The latest on the quorum break: arrest warrants, court protections
We break down the latest twists and turns of the Texas Democrats quorum break and the fight against Gov Abbott's consolidation of power.
August 13, 2021
Gov. Abbott calls new special session adding a ban on mask and vaccine mandates
As a surge in COVID overtakes Texas hospitals, Gov. Abbott did the worst thing possible — he took legal measures from local governments to contain the spread of the virus.
August 06, 2021
Gov. Greg Abbott bans local efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and other news
Another day another executive order from Gov. Abbott that blocks local governments from implementing mask or vaccine mandates, or capacity limits for businesses.
July 30, 2021
SignalCast — Amid crisis Abbott focuses on his campaign
Greg Abbott received a $1M donation from the largest profiteer of the winter storm, meanwhile his quest to suppress voting access continues.
July 23, 2021
SignalCast — All the Latest About the Quorum Break
With Joe Deshotel off this week, Jessica Montoya Coggins and David Leffler discuss the conversations they've had with a number of Democratic representatives about their fight to pass federal voting rights legislation.
July 16, 2021
SignalCast 7/13/21 — Interview with a Texas Democrat in D.C. What's next?
We chat with State Representative Joe Deshotel about what Democrats plan to discuss with US senators about protecting American voting rights.
July 13, 2021
SignalCast — Gov. Abbott's Special Session priorities are wrong
Gov. Abbott continues to campaign on taxpayer dollars while holding the salaries of over 2,000 families hostage to his right-wing agenda.
July 09, 2021
SignalCast — Special Session Agenda and Chat with Legislative Staffer
As Texas GOP Chair Allen West enters the race for Governor we discuss what's on the special session agenda, what CPAC is, and get an inside view of how capitol staffers feel about being defunded.
July 08, 2021
SignalCast — Texas Democrats reach herd immunity
Texas Democrats reach 80% vaccination while GOP allows variants to persist. VP Harris comes to the border and Trump follows behind to see the wall he never built.
July 02, 2021
SignalCast — Gov. Abbott's cruel vetos of public safety funds and anti-abuse legislation
Greg Abbott says he backs the blue but cuts funding for crime prevention and law enforcement, says he supports family values, and vetos anti-domestic violence and child abuse legislation. What gives?
June 25, 2021
SignalCast 6/22/21 — This week in Greg Abbott vs. Beto O'Rourke. A preview of what's to come?
It's voter intimidation and retribution vs voter inspiration: We compare and contrast a week of Gov. Abbott's temper tantrum with Beto's tour for voting rights. Plus, when to expect the next big fight.
June 22, 2021
GOP covering their tracks from Juneteenth to Critical Race Theory
What does gun deregulation, voter suppression, use of force, historical revision all have in common? They are the Jim Crow-era tactics for the modern GOP.
June 18, 2021
SignalCast 6/11/21 — Progressives Make Local Gains as GOP Begins Primary Infighting
The Texas Democratic Party launches an aggressive campaign to register 2 million new voters and Beto makes his way across the state as the GOP turns barbs to each other.
June 11, 2021
SignalCast 6/4/21 — Trump Endorsements and GOP Infighting
Texas Democrats vow to continue to fight against SB 7 as GOP leaders take aim at each other and Gov. Abbott threatens to defund the legislature.
June 04, 2021
SignalCast 6/3/21 — How SB 7 Sine Die'd, and why That's Great for Democrats
Welcome to an all-new episode of SignalCast! The Signal's Joe Deshotel and David Leffler discuss how Texas Democrats broke quorum and killed the Republican voter suppression bill and now they are organizing.
June 03, 2021
SignalCast 5/28/21 — Sine Die doesn't mean dead for some bad bills
As the legislative session comes to a close Dan Patrick calls for an immediate special session to pass anti-transgender, anti-local control and other conservative "priority" bills.
May 28, 2021
SignalCast — Austin's camping ban was always a GOP Trojan horse
With Austin's Prop B passed, GOP backers move to next line of attack on the City of Austin — police funding.
May 27, 2021
SignalCast — Gov. Greg Abbott's trifecta of horrors
Gov. Abbott signs 6-week abortion ban, bans mask mandates and ends federal unemployment boost.
May 21, 2021
SignalCast — GOP primary challengers lining up as legislature starts to wrap up
Welcome to this week's episode of SignalCast! Signal's Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya Coggins discuss the past week's biggest stories in the state, including the busy week in the Texas legislature. 
May 17, 2021
SignalCast — Texas GOP Doubles Down on bad Bills as Their Poll Numbers Take a hit
Welcome to SignalCast! This week, we discuss the events at the Texas Capitol, including a six-week abortion ban, permitless carry, and sweeping voter suppression legislation.
May 07, 2021
SignalCast — More Lawsuits, Voter Suppression, and a Camping ban Stalled by Incompetence
Welcome to another episode of SignalCast! In this week’s roundup, we look into numerous topics, including Trump backing Susan Wright and Election Day, and the latest reforms passed in the House and Senate.
April 30, 2021
SignalCast — Local Elections and Promising new Polling for Democrats
Welcome to another episode of SignalCast! Signal's Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss the busy week in state politics, including the Texas legislature, the race for Texas governor, and the polls coming out about how Texans feel about the budget, guns and a number of other issues.
April 23, 2021
SignalCast — Austin Ballot Props are a Preview of the Next Partisan Fight in Texas
In this special episode of SignalCast, Signal's Joe Deshotel is joined by contributor David Leffler to discuss elections that are happening right now in the state, particularly Austin—breaking down all the propositions in discussion that can affect the average voter and overall voter turnout.
April 21, 2021
SignalCast — A bad, bad week for the Texas Legislature
Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss a slate of bad bills that went before the Texas legislature, including concealed carry, anti-trans sports legislation, and a lot more. 
April 16, 2021
SignalCast — ALL on the Line
Welcome to a special episode of SignalCast! We are joined today by Austin-native Genevieve Van Cleve, the Texas State Director of ALL on the Line, a national organization and advocacy arm of the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. The organization looks at how census data and gerrymandering play into voting rights.
April 13, 2021
SignalCast — More new Bills and More Voter Suppression
Welcome to another episode of SignalCast! Signal's Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins cover the following topics: Voter suppression — HB 6 moves to the floor, anti-voter suppression presser in Dallas at AT&T and the broader movement to get corporations to oppose restrictions including American Airlines 10 Marijuana bills, Dan Patrick says they are dead he opposes legalization Vax — Texas moves up to 45th past Arkansas GOP healthcare priorities do not include Medicaid expansion Beto... Will he or won’t he? George P. Bush considering a run against Paxton Congress allocated $19 billion in federal stimulus money to Texas public education, but schools have yet to see an extra dime The Texas Legislature’s budget writers have left more than $38 billion in federal COVID-19 relief out of the budgets they’re writing, as they try to sort through the details and the politics attached to that money According to a legislative report, of the 176,000 people who have begun applications for rental assistance, just more than 1,000
April 09, 2021
SignalCast – Interview With Former TDP Leaders on Recent History and Future of the Party in Texas
Welcome to a special episode of SignalCast! We are joined this week by Cliff Walker and Manny Garcia, former executive members of the Texas Democratic Party. In conversation with Signal's Joe Deshotel, our guests discuss the 2020 election, the state of the party and the lessons learned while proceeding forward in turning Texas blue. Introduction: Cliff Walker and Manny Garcia — how long have you been involved in Democratic Party politics and what have you been up to since the Election? What has the transition away from the party been like? State of the Party — over the last decade, the 2020 cycle and moving forward... Turning Texas Blue — what will it take? When will it happen? Candidate recruitment — where, how, what Messaging and branding — what have we learned, what are we doing well and not well What’s next for you and how can folks stay in touch?
April 06, 2021
SignalCast — New Series Debut of 'What's it Like to be a Texas Democrat From'
In this special edition episode, we are debuting a new series called "What it's Like to be a Texas Democrat From," and this case, West Texas. This week our guest is John Mark Hogg, who will discuss his new pac, The 134 Pac, which focuses on Democrats in West Texas.
March 30, 2021
SignalCast — What's up With Cruz and Cornyn?
Welcome to another episode of SignalCast, where we look at the week's events. And yes, it was a BUSY week: HB6 — Briscoe Cain Chair and author screws up hearing; and Beto, and 100s of others ready to testify Ken Paxton — won’t release texts and emails related to trip to DC on Jan 6th for Trump rally Greg Abbott — championing alcohol to go; also gun rights in wake of mass shootings Governor’s race: Steve Hotze and Sid Miller sue Dan Patrick over Senate protocols; and Joe Straus doesn’t rule out run...says he voted for Biden Border issue: ? Ted Cruz heading — post-election report with Cambio What’s up with Cornyn? On Appointments COVID-19 updates — all adults 16+ eligible and white Republicans refuse anyway
March 29, 2021
SignalCast — Greg Abbott Piling on
Welcome to another weekly roundup with Texas Signal! In this episode, Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss the following topics:   PUC Chair caught on tape resigns, now zero commissioners remaining   Dan Patrick putting pressure on re: ERCOT appointees and price adjustment  Abbott’s Statewide press tour, regarding Houston for voter suppression bills and Dallas to blame migrant children for COVID  McConaughey criticized mask mandate removal  Ken Paxton and the bill that would expand powers re: abuse of office which is the thing he’s accused of and going through his wife’s committee  Art Acevedo leaves Houston for Miami  Anti-Asian violence; Chip Roy’s recent remarks  — Signal Gubernatorial Bracket
March 19, 2021
SignalCast — Beto Op-ed and Potential Governor Candidates
Welcome to another episode of SignalCast. This week Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss a ton of topics from COVID-19 to Matthew McConaughey, including: Abbott and the removal of the mask mandate Beto's exclusive Signal op-ed about winning Texas Ken Paxton Seeing Twitter and Twitter seeing Suing Austin over a mask mandate Matthew McConaughey — will he or won't he?, and The Eyes of Texas
March 12, 2021
Signalcast – Abbott Worsening Coronavirus Response
Signal's Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss the week's news, including:   Abbott's mask mandate repeal and opening Texas 100 percent ErCOT CEO fired. PUC chair resigned Dan Patrick took credit  Sid Miller attacks Abbott. Is he running for governor?  Ken Paxton in court. Judge trying to dismiss abuse of office suit. Judge Meachum said can proceed.  Dr. Ronny Jackson accused of being an abusive boss and drinking on the job.  HR1 passed / Texas lege targeting all night voting in Harris Co.
March 05, 2021
SignalCast — GOP is Back With Distractions After Most Expensive Winter Storm in Texas History
Such a busy week in Texas politics! The Signal's Joe Deshotel and Jessica Montoya-Coggins break it down, covering topics like the effects of the Texas winter storm, AOC and Biden coming to Houston, and Ken Paxton and Greg Abbott trying to sound sincere as a form of damage control.
March 01, 2021
SignalCast – Impeachment, Cruz and Gohmert and Going Against Coronavirus Protocol
In this week's episode, host Joe Deshotel and Guest Opinions Editor Jessica Montoya-Coggins discuss the many ways the Texas GOP is making our state proud, including a maskless Ted Cruz and Louie Gohmert at the former president's impeachment trial, to avoiding COVID-19 protocol at the Capitol.
February 12, 2021
SignalCast – Texas Lege Primer
In our latest episode of SignalCast, three of our Texas Signal members—Jessica Montoya-Coggins, Joe Bowen and Joe Deshotel—discuss the current Texas legislative session: what to expect and the changes in the session because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
January 08, 2021
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 09, 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 06, 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 01, 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 09, 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 07, 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 09, 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 06, 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 09, 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 01, 2019