Texas Standard for February 24, 2022

We’re keeping a watch on the situation in Ukraine and the ripple effects for Texas. And: With early voting ending tomorrow, what to watch for in Texas’ first-in-the-nation primaries. Also: Gov. Greg Abbott’s role in keeping energy prices high during last year’s deadly statewide freeze. Those stories and much more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardFebruary 24, 2022 8:55 am,

What to watch for in the Texas primaries

This Tuesday, March 1, is Election Day in the state’s first-in-the-nation party primaries, and the eyes of the nation are on Texas. What should you be watching for in the primaries? To help us answer that question we’re joined by Politico reporter Stephanie Murray and Texas Newsroom reporter Julian Aguilar.

Brownsville activist arrested over SpaceX graffiti speaks out

A Brownsville activist is speaking out after being arrested for a misdemeanor graffiti charge. She believes the city’s mayor targeted her for speaking out against SpaceX’s activities at Boca Chica Beach. Texas Public Radio’s Gaige Davila has more.

The truth about Truth Social

A new social media platform launched this week: Truth Social, created by former President Donald Trump in response to bans by other platforms, including Twitter. Our tech expert Omar Gallaga shares how the launch is going, how Truth hopes to (as they put it) keep “battling big tech” and more.

New rules could mean trouble for Texans with disabilities trying to vote 

If you’re a voter with a disability, Texas allows you to bring an assistant into polling places to help cast your ballot. But changes made last year have those folks worried they could inadvertently run afoul of the new, more restrictive election laws. Molly Broadway with Disability Rights Texas joins us with more.

This book catalogs the grim ABCs of life and death in Juárez

Can a city have it’s own language? Whatever city you’re in right now, what words come to mind as part of that vocabulary? For one city neighboring El Paso, that language can take a dark turn. It’s the subject of a new book: “Abecedario de Juárezan: An Illustrated Lexicon” by Julián Cardona and Alice Leora Briggs. The author and illustrator join us to talk about their alphabetical address of the violence plaguing Ciudad Juárez.

Ex-ERCOT chief testifies: Greg Abbott ordered power price hike during deadly freeze

During Texas’ deadly freeze last February, state energy regulators kept power prices high for days – even after frozen power plants started to come back online. The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) hoped to incentivize production and ease stress on the grid. But the decision lead to bills in the billions, bankruptcies for power providers, and fees that ratepayers won’t be finished paying for years. Yesterday, the ERCOT CEO Bill Magness testified the decision to keep pricing at the max came from the top: the office of Gov. Greg Abbott. James Osborne, energy and politics reporter for the Houston Chronicle, brings us the story.

All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas. 

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