Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022:
What are the biggest takeaways from Election Day? We’re looking at results from statewide races and down the ballot with Elizabeth Simas, associate professor of political science at the University of Houston, and Sergio Martínez-Beltrán, Capitol reporter for The Texas Newsroom.
Republicans retain control of Railroad Commission
Wayne Christian, chair of the Railroad Commission of Texas, won re-election last night, defeating his Democratic challenger by 15 percentage points. The Railroad Commission is the three–member board that regulates oil and gas in Texas. And as KUT’s Mose Buchele reports, Christian ran a campaign focused on attacking federal energy policy:
Republicans hoping for red wave in South Texas saw ripples instead. While Republican Monica De La Cruz took Texas Congressional District 15, wins were elusive in other Valley areas, like Districts 28 and 34. With more on what happened along the border we’re talking with Álvaro Corral, assistant professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
As the votes from Tuesday’s election are tallied, the story’s starting to look pretty familiar for Democrats. GOP candidates continued to shut out Dems from all statewide offices. But how do party officials feel about the actual numbers? Jamarr Brown, executive director of Texas Democrats, joins us.
As you’ve heard, one of the big headlines from Tuesday’s election is that Republicans once again shut Democrats out of statewide office. But is it all celebration with party officials today? Mark McCaig, chairman of the Texas Republican Initiative, joins with more.
Anti-abortion pregnancy center takes over site of last RGV abortion clinic
An anti-abortion group and crisis pregnancy center known as McAllen Pregnancy Center bought the former site of Whole Woman’s Health of McAllen. The clinic was the last abortion care provider in the Rio Grande Valley before Texas outlawed abortion. Texas Public Radio’s Carolina Cuellar reports:
What do Tuesday’s elections mean for the balance of power in the Texas Legislature? Mark Jones, political science professor with Rice University, walks us though the results.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.