Texas Standard for December 9, 2021

Survey says: Greg Abbott with a double digit lead against his best-known democratic challenger in the governor’s race. We’ll take a look behind the numbers with the Houston Chronicle’s Jeremy Wallace. And: Allegations of sexual abuse and assault against federal judges and what investigative reporter and author Lise Olson discovered about a code of silence that has protected them. Also: A huge body of water in the desert…though it’s no mirage, you don’t want to swim in it, either. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardDecember 9, 2021 9:34 am,

Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Abbott Polling Very Well Against O’Rourke

A new Quinnipiac poll indicates current Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is ahead of Beto O’Rourke by  some 15 points. Jeremey Wallace has been writing about this for the Houston Chronicle, where he covers Texas politics. He joins us with more.

Race to Replace Kevin Brady

Houston-area Republican Rep. Kevin Brady’s congressional seat is up for grabs in 2022, after he announced he wouldn’t seek reelection. The news has drawn a nine candidate Republican primary that’s also exposing some riffs among the GOP. Brandon Rottinghaus, political science professor at the University of Houston, joins us with his analysis.

The Sounds of Texas: Rachelle Meyer

Phunky Christmas Show

The holidays are always crowded with competing performances of Christmas Carols and Nutcrackers. But Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre has developed a different holiday show. From KERA North Texas, Jerome Weeks reports the theater may start its own new tradition.

Parental Controls on Instagram

Senators grilled the head of Instagram yesterday about the social media platform’s impact on children. Lawmakers have taken bipartisan aim at the photo sharing site, ever since in-house research came to light showing harm to teens from prolonged use of the platform. Just one day before his appearance in D.C., Instagram’s Adam Mosseri rolled out new parental controls for the platform. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga has an overview.

Code of Silence

When the Me Too movement went viral in 2017, it meant a reckoning over the ways in which sexual harassment and abuse were ignored and tolerated within systems of power – from the boardroom to Hollywood to major league sports. Now, a new book shines a light on abuse within the judicial system. “Code of Silence: Sexual Misconduct by Federal Judges, the Secret System That Protects Them, and the Women Who Blew the Whistle” is the new book from author Lise Olsen, investigative reporter at the Texas Observer. We welcome her back to the Standard today.

West Texas Wastewater Lake

The area around Imperial, Texas – some 50 miles southwest of Odessa – is dry and desolate. It’s one of the last places you’d expect to find a shimmering blue lagoon. But there is one: over 60 acres of shallow, inviting water, covering the scrub and sand of the desert. But it’s no oasis. Joining us with more is Russell Gold, senior editor for Texas Monthly.

All this and Texas News Roundup, plus Social Media Editor Wells Dunbar with the talk of Texas.

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