Politics

4:45am

Tue July 2, 2013
Politics

Texas Democrats See Opportunity In Changing Demographics

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 8:36 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

All week, we are looking at demographic changes in the currently very red, very Republican Lone Star state. Democrats hope the growing size and potential voting clout of the Latin population will turn Texas blue.

Whether that happens or not, the Texas Democratic Party already bears little resemblance to what it looked like when it last dominated Texas politics decades ago.

NPR's Don Gonyea brings us the latest in our series Texas 2020.

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7:47pm

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

Texas Abortion Fight Follows Familiar Pattern

Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis at an abortion-rights rally in Austin on Monday.
Eric Gay AP

For many watching the abortion fight in Texas, it's deja vu all over again.

Abortion-rights protesters once again gathered Monday at the state capitol building to express their outrage at the Legislature's attempt to further restrict abortions in the state. The images from Austin looked a lot like the previous week's when state Sen. Wendy Davis famously filibustered to stop the legislation from passing.

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6:11pm

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

Texas was decidedly red on the electoral map in NBC News' "Election Plaza" in New York's Rockefeller Center in 2008. Do Democrats really have a chance to turn it blue in the future?
Mary Altaffer AP

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

With the two parties in Washington gridlocked on immigration, the budget and other issues, it's easy to forget that when it comes to winning presidential elections, one party has a distinct advantage.

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5:20pm

Mon July 1, 2013
The Two-Way

The ZIP Code Turns 50 Today; Here Are 9 That Stand Out

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 7:50 pm

Each black dot represents the geometric center of a ZIP code.
Matt Stiles U.S. Census Bureau

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Zone Improvement Plan, the network of ZIP codes we use for everything from mail delivery to credit card security.

The U.S. Postal Service began using the five-digit codes on July 1, 1963, hoping they would improve the efficiency and speed of mail sorting. Since then, the codes have assumed a role in the identities of many Americans, helping to define where they live or work.

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3:15pm

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

How To Turn A Red State Blue: California Edition

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 6:11 pm

Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 1994. But his divisive campaign led to a backlash, especially among the growing Latino population in the state.
Kevork Djansezian AP

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

Democrats who hope to turn Texas from red to blue are looking to California for inspiration.

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10:59am

Mon July 1, 2013
Barbershop

Can America Learn From Foreign School Systems?

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

I'm Michel Martin, and this is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Now it's time for a visit to the barbershop, where the guys talk about what's in the news and what's on their minds. We're here in Aspen for the Aspen Ideas Festival, and we couldn't get into the shop, so we brought the shop to us.

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10:59am

Mon July 1, 2013
Education

Is America Still The 'Land Of Opportunity?'

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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10:59am

Mon July 1, 2013
Education

Superintendent's Effort To Do Right By His Kids

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 1:45 pm

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3:00am

Mon July 1, 2013
It's All Politics

In Houston, America's Diverse Future Has Already Arrived

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 9:16 am

Glenda Joe, a seventh-generation Chinese-Houstonian.
Elise Hu NPR

All this week, NPR is taking a look at the demographic changes that could reshape the political landscape in Texas over the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of the country.

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6:58pm

Sun June 30, 2013
It's All Politics

Big Growth Could Shake Up Texas' Old Political Equation

Originally published on Mon July 1, 2013 9:36 am

A bilingual sign stands outside a polling center at a public library ahead of local elections on April 28 in Austin, Texas.
John Moore Getty Images

It's no secret: Texas is big. And it's getting bigger.

The Lone Star State has added about 5 million people since the turn of the century, and its population is expected to swell by another 5 million by 2020.

This week, NPR examines the dramatic demographic shifts underway in the Lone Star State in our series Texas 2020. We'll look ahead to how the second-biggest state could change in the next decade — and what that could mean for the rest of America.

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