Here are the stories on Texas Standard for Friday, Sept. 30, 2022:
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke face off in the Rio Grande Valley tonight, in the only gubernatorial debate before Election Day in November. As the Texas Newsroom’s Sergio Martínez-Beltrán reports, the candidates will use the main stage to make their biggest appeals to voters yet.
Speaking of Abbott and O’Rourke: Data website FiveThirtyEight gives Abbott a 95% likelihood to Gov. Abbott winning in November. That’s part of the reason, Alex Samuels writes, Democrats will need much more than O’Rourke to flip Texas. FiveThirtyEight reporter Samuels joins us today.
Aron Lionel Peña III, the former district director for Congresswoman Mayra Flores, resigned after multiple recent sexual assault accusations. Now, alleged victim accounts and documentation suggest his behavior has persisted for two decades. Texas Public Radio’s Carolina Cuellar spoke with four victims who have come forward.
Texas has transported migrants to cities like New York, Chicago, and Washington, D.C., for months now. The trips are part of Gov. Abbott ‘s strategy to expose what he calls an unsecure border. Opponents call it expensive political theater. But what’s it like for the migrants making the trip? Houston Chronicle reporter Sam Gonzalez Kelly recently followed a bus from Eagle Pass to Chicago and shares the story.
Congress has voted to make the Blackwell School in Marfa a national historic site. The Blackwell School served as the only campus in town for Mexican American children for over 50 years and is the only remaining structure tied to the history of Mexican American segregation in Marfa. Daniel Hernandez, who among the citizens working to preserve the Blackwell School and its history, joins us today.
The gang delivers another custom poem.
Texas Tribune political reporter James Barragán stops by to recap his story Migrant encounters at the border are higher today than they were before Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star began.
All this, plus the Texas Newsroom’s state roundup and Wells Dunbar with the Talk of Texas.