Texas Standard For October 28, 2020

Election Day is just around the corner. We’ll start the show with what you need to know here in Texas to make sure your vote is in on time. And: We’re watching some U.S. House races that could be up for grabs. There’s been a lot of attention on historically red seats going blue, but at least one Democratic incumbent also appears vulnerable. Also: We’ll turn our sights away from election talk for an update on something else with long-term effects on the state: coastal flooding and how a new policy change could impact how we prevent it. Plus: We’ll fact-check a claim about Texas taxes and business regulations. Those stories and more today on the Texas Standard:

By Texas StandardOctober 28, 2020 9:30 am

Here’s what’s coming up on Texas Standard for Wednesday, October 28, 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.

24th Congressional District Race

North Texas voters are set to elect a new representative for the state’s 24th Congressional District. As KERA’s Syeda Hasan reports, the race is wide open and Democrats see a chance to flip this historically red seat.

32nd Congressional District Race

The race for the 32nd Congressional District continues to generate headlines as incumbent Colin Allred and challenger Genevieve Collins face off in various debates. As KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports, for both candidates, the COVID-19 pandemic is top of mind.

Voting Lawsuits Pinwheel

Just a week out from election day several lawsuits over voting access are still working their way through the courts. The constant appeals, rulings, opinions, and orders can be a lot to keep track of, so Houston Public Media has picked some of the most important ones to walk you through.

FEMA Flood Walls

Late last month the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, quietly updated its flood protection infrastructure policy.  In the past, the agency favored sea walls and levees for flood protection, but now the agency is giving more freedom to communities to invest in more natural flood prevention measures. Sam Brody, the director of Texas A&M University’s new center for disaster resiliency and Galveston’s Center for Texas Beaches and Shores talks to the Standard.

Ask a Doctor: COVID Questions

During this pandemic we’ve been having your questions answered, and soliciting advice related to the coronavirus from Dr. Fred Campbell. He’s a doctor of internal medicine and an associate professor of medicine at the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio.

Jason Neulander on Fugitive Dreams

Progressive’s Who are not Voting for Joe Biden

Latinos make up about 40% of the population in Texas and their votes could be critical to races up and down the ballot. Campaigns are rediscovering the fact that there is no solid “Latino” bloc. Reporters from stations across Texas are listening to these voters discuss the issues they care about and give their thoughts on where the nation should be heading. Texas Public Radio’s Reynaldo Leaños Jr. talked to a progressive voter in the Rio Grande Valley.


Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

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

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