Texas Standard For September 25, 2020

Setting the stage for the next legislative session, Gov. Abbott proposes new sanctions he says aimed at shoring up police. We’ll hear more on what battles appear to loom for lawmakers: from coronavirus-caused cutbacks to issues surrounding policing and protests. And: A Texan brews up a beer proclaiming “Black is Beautiful.” And its going down better than even he expected. Also: With the announcement of a Supreme Court nominee imminent, judicial philosophy and gender politics. Plus: The week that was with the Texas Tribune and more today on the Texas Standard:

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By Texas StandardSeptember 25, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Friday, September 25, 2020. Listen on your Texas public radio station, or ask your smart speaker to play Texas Standard. We’ll have full posts for each story, including audio, a little later today.

Legislative Priorities Shaping Up

When Texas lawmakers return to Austin next year, they’ll be facing a budget shortfall and more COVID 19 challenges. Bob Garrett, the Austin bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News walks the Standard through what the next legislative session holds for Texans. 

Border Shutdown

It’s been six months since the Texas border with Mexico was closed to all but essential travel as a COVID-19 precaution. The impact has been felt in both Texas and Mexico. Before the pandemic thousands crossed the border on a daily basis. KTEP’s Angela Kocherga went to one international bridge to see how people are coping on both sides.

Black Is Beautiful Beer

Beer collaborations are pretty common. Brewers like to team up and get creative with their recipes. But an idea from a San Antonio brewer has taken that idea to new heights – and it’s accomplishing more than just new sales. Marcus Baskerville is the founder and head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing Company. He created the “Black Is Beautiful” stout – and it appears to be succeeding way beyond his expectations. Baskerville joins the Standard to talk about his company.

Peniel Joseph on Police Funding

The Dallas City Council approved a budget this week that largely leaves intact funding for police. That’s despite calls for reallocating some money in the wake of nationwide examples of continued police violence against people of color. Meanwhile, Austin reduced its police department budget by about 5%, prompting a quick and negative reaction from Gov. Greg Abbott. Peniel Joseph calls Austin’s move the “opening salvo” in national efforts to reimagine public safety in the wake of George Floyd’s killing by police officers. Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. 

The Future of Women on the Supreme Court

It is likely Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement on the Supreme Court will be a woman. Amy Coney Barrett,  a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago,  has emerged as a front-runner. Renee Knake Jefferson, law professor at the University of Houston and author of “Shortlisted: Women in the Shadows of the Supreme Court” joins the Standard.

Shangela on Quarantine Vogue and Paris Texas

D.J. Pierce, famously known as drag superstar Shangela, was nominated for an Emmy this year for her reality TV series “We’re Here” which she cohosts. Because of the pandemic, she wasn’t able to walk the red carpet.  So what’s a girl to do?  Hang out in Paris, of course – and let the red carpet come to her!  Only, in this case, we’re talking about Paris, Texas, and the red carpet? Vogue Magazine rolled it out big time for Shangela in a hometown photoshoot – gowns, high fashion and all that glitters. Shangela joins the Standard.

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