Party Politics

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A political podcast hosted by two political science professors, Brandon Rottinghaus from the University of Houston and Jay Aiyer from Texas Southern University. They’ll provide you with up-to-date politics and policy conversations for your next cocktail party and it’ll make you sound really smart!

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106: Trade Wars

May 17th, 2019

28:56

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the multiple layers of the years-long trade war between President …

105: Constitutional crisis

May 10th, 2019

28:55

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the potential outcomes of the House Judiciary Committee’s decision to …

104: Jon Lovett

April 30th, 2019

28:55

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer are joined by a very special guest and “celebrated raconteur”! Former Obama …

103: Biden announcement

April 26th, 2019

28:55

After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced his decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Presidential …

102: Mueller Report

April 18th, 2019

27:57

Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Party Politics co-hosts …

101: Border crisis

April 12th, 2019

28:56

President Donald Trump is tightening his grip on immigration by proposing big policy changes, including cutting aid to Central America and a more …

100: 100 Episodes

April 4th, 2019

40:36

This week on Party Politics, we celebrate our 100th episode with a live podcast event recorded at the University of Houston’s coffee shop The Nook. …

99: Mueller report

March 29th, 2019

28:55

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer discuss the results of the most anticipated investigation since Watergate. …

98: Beto O'Rourke

March 21st, 2019

28:55

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the new realities of the presidential race as the Beto O’Rourke …

Episode 97: Lizzie Fletcher

March 14th, 2019

28:55

This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer chat with Lizzie Fletcher, the newly-elected Representative for U.S. House …

Episode 96: Public education

March 7th, 2019

28:55

Earlier this week the Texas Senate unanimously passed their first piece of legislation on school finance reform, addressing one of Governor Greg …

Episode 95: Michael Cohen

March 1st, 2019

28:55

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testified before the House Oversight Committee and described the President as a con man, as well as a racist and disloyal person. His explosive testimony came in the …

94: National emergency

February 22nd, 2019

28:55

President Trump won the battle over his proposed border wall, but the war rages on. Despite Congress passing and the President signing a budget full …

93: Funding bill

February 14th, 2019

28:55

Against the backdrop of a potential second shutdown, House and Senate leaders came up with a compromise funding bill to keep the government open. The White House said President Trump will sign the bill, but will also …

Episode 92: State of the Union

February 7th, 2019

28:55

An embattled President Donald Trump delivered his postponed State of the Union address this week and Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon …

91: Voter fraud

February 1st, 2019

28:55

The office of the Texas Secretary of State David Whitley recently flagged about 95,000 registered voters for citizenship checks. However, in Harris County, the number of people on that initial list has since dropped by …

Episode 90: Shutdown continues

January 24th, 2019

28:55

It’s high noon in Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and the Democrats in Congress are still facing off over the government partial …

Episode 89: Texas inauguration

January 16th, 2019

28:55

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in to office this week and it was a far cry from the last legislative session. Gone are the divisive social issues of the past—replaced by more funding for …

Episode 88: Shutdown continues

January 11th, 2019

28:55

  In this image from video, President Donald Trump speaks during a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. As the government shutdown nears a record-setting …

Episode 87: Government Shutdown

January 3rd, 2019

28:54

President Trump’s promise to build a "big" and "beautiful" wall along the southern border of the United States has run into political trouble in the …

86: Preview of 86th Texas Legislature

December 13th, 2018

17:56

The Texas Legislature’s biennial session is slated to start in January with a massive agenda punctuated by serious policy problems. The session takes …

85: 116th Congress preview

December 6th, 2018

17:42

A new Democratic House?  Check.  A narrowly-held Republican Senate?  Check.  A wildcard Republican President?  Check.  In 2019, the 116th session of …

Party Politics 84: Beto For President?

November 30th, 2018

28:55

Despite a losing bid for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Betomania hasn’t cooled off as many in the Democratic Party are hoping he’ll run for higher …

Party Politics 83: Speaker Dennis Bonnen

November 15th, 2018

28:55

After several contentious legislative sessions and a widening ideological divide within the Republican Party, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stepped …

Party Politics 82: Midterm-mania

November 9th, 2018

28:58

The midterms are behind us and the political shock waves are being felt nationally and across Texas. “Party Politics” co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon …

Party Politics 81: Final Predictions!

November 1st, 2018

28:55

We’re entering the home stretch of the 2018 midterm elections and it promises to be a wild finish. Last-minute campaign ads pulse in the background …

Party Politics 80: Early Voting Bonanza!

October 26th, 2018

28:57

Early voting is underway and voters are participating all over Texas in big numbers!  Early voting numbers in the midterm election are approaching presidential year levels and are breaking all kinds of records. Party …

Party Politics 79: Midterm Mania!

October 19th, 2018

28:55

With less than three weeks from Election Day, the nation’s most watched Senate race is going down to the wire and the gloves were off in the second debate between Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Senator Ted Cruz. Party …

Party Politics 78: Money, Money, Money!

October 11th, 2018

28:55

With Election Day less than a month away, campaign finance reports are due. Some candidates are raking in big money and others are flat broke. “Party …

Party Politics 77: The Hottest Statewide Race Nobody Is Talking About!

October 5th, 2018

28:56

The race for Texas Attorney General between incumbent Ken Paxton and his Democratic Challenger Justin Nelson is heating up. With Paxton under the cloud of a criminal indictment and a series of controversial court …

Party Politics 76: The Heat Is On: Kavanaugh Hearings And HPD-HFD Pay Parity Debate

September 28th, 2018

28:55

Note: This episode was recorded Thursday morning during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and before Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony. Brett Kavanaugh is under fire during confirmation hearings for an …

Party Politics 75: Beto vs. Ted—It’s Debate Time for The U.S. Senate

September 20th, 2018

28:57

With three debates in 2 weeks, the U.S. Senate race is going to be front and center in everyone’s mind. Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer give you a 6-minute primer on what to listen for in the debates …

Party Politics 74: Is the US Senate up for Grabs?

September 13th, 2018

28:57

With recent polling showing that races thought to be trending Republican as suddenly competitive, control of the U.S. Senate might be shifting. …

Party Politics 73: The Kase for Kavanaugh?

September 7th, 2018

26:44

Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer talk about the hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: the importance of the hearings, the possible changes to jurisprudence of the Supreme …

72: The Debate Over Debates

August 30th, 2018

31:42

Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer talk about the recent debate over debates in Texas. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has passed on debating …

Party Politics, Ep. 71: White House Horrors! (Repost)

August 24th, 2018

32:55

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: The week's big news …

Party Politics, Ep. 70: Texas School Districts Receive First Official A-F Grades

August 17th, 2018

33:33

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

Texas:

  • U.S. …

Party Politics, Ep. 69: Political Scandals

August 9th, 2018

23:42

In this special episode of Party Politics, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk political scandal.  They describe the scandals that have …

Party Politics, Ep. 68: Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Negotiate Debates

August 3rd, 2018

32:13

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

Texas:

  • Trump …

Party Politics, Ep. 67: Texas Health Building Invaded By Mold – Yuck

July 27th, 2018

30:44

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

Texas:

  • Texas health …

Party Politics, Ep. 66: ‘Stories From The Storm’ Takes Over The Podcast

July 19th, 2018

20:29

This week, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are taking a “summer vacation” from politics but they wanted to share a new podcast presented by Houston …

Party Politics, Ep. 65: President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For The Supreme Court

July 13th, 2018

30:19

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

Texas:

  • Jenkins …

Party Politics, Ep. 64: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Offers 10 Metal Detectors To Santa Fe ISD

July 5th, 2018

28:49

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

  • ‘Abolish ICE’? …

Party Politics, Ep. 63: Hispanic Texans On Pace To Become Largest Population Group In State By 2022

July 2nd, 2018

28:17

On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

Texas:

  • Party Politics, Ep. 62: Immigrant Family Separation At The Border

    June 21st, 2018

    25:32

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas:

  • Uresti Resigns
  • Party Politics, Ep. 61: Trump and Kim, and the Texas GOP Convention

    June 14th, 2018

    27:19
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    Party Politics, Ep. 60: Can President Trump Pardon Himself?

    June 7th, 2018

    25:33

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas:

    • George P …

    Party Politics, Ep. 59: Hurricane Season, Roseanne Scandal And Abbott’s School Safety Plan

    May 31st, 2018

    28:06

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas

    • Green party …

    Party Politics, Ep. 58: Texas Runoff Elections, Santa Fe, And Trump

    May 25th, 2018

    26:17

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas

    • Santa Fe …

    Party Politics, Ep. 57: Sports Gambling And Protests At The Gaza Strip

    May 17th, 2018

    24:54
    [caption id="attachment_285284" align="alignnone" width="1000"] A Palestinian woman walks through black smoke from burning tires during a protest on …

    Party Politics, Ep. 56: The Iran Deal Is No More After Trump Withdraws

    May 10th, 2018

    25:17
    [caption id="attachment_284255" align="alignnone" width="1000"] President Trump delivers a statement on the Iran nuclear deal from the Diplomatic …

    Party Politics, Ep. 55: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Upholds Texas Voter ID Law

    May 3rd, 2018

    22:59

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas

    • Ken Paxton …

    Party Politics, Ep. 54: Gerrymandering, Texas Style, At SCOTUS

    April 26th, 2018

    23:31

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

     

    Texas

    • What is …

    Party Politics, Ep. 53: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Vows To Challenge Lupe Valdez

    April 20th, 2018

    23:00

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

    Texas: 

    • Gov. Greg …

    Party Politics, Ep. 52: Paul Ryan Not Seeking Reelection, What Does This Mean For The Midterms?

    April 12th, 2018

    24:58

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news:

    Texas:

    • Texas Ag. …

    Party Politics, Ep. 51: Trump Declares DACA ‘Dead,’ But Is It Really Dead?

    April 4th, 2018

    22:24

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

    Texas: 

  • Ted Cruz …
  • Party Politics, Ep. 50: What’s Next For The ‘March For Our Lives’ Movement

    March 29th, 2018

    22:39

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

  • Trade war with China
  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 49: Cambridge Analytica Scandal; Relationship Status: Trouble

    March 23rd, 2018

    20:19

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

  • The war on opioids
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 49: Texas Education Agency Vows New Plan For Special Education

    March 23rd, 2018

    21:36

    On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: 

  • What …
  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 48: Former Porn Actress, Stormy Daniels, Sues President Trump

    March 7th, 2018

    17:34

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

  • Stormy Daniels is …
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 48: What Does The Texas Primary Mean And Why Should You Care?

    March 7th, 2018

    15:38

    On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus breakdown the Texas primaries, including what does …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 47: Ted Cruz Used ‘The Simpsons’ To Make A Political Point

    March 2nd, 2018

    19:38

    On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: 

  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 47: Texan Brad Parscale Will Be Trump’s 2020 Re-Election Campaign Manager

    March 2nd, 2018

    17:11

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

  • Brad Parscale is …
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 46: Early Voting Numbers High for Democrats

    February 22nd, 2018

    24:54

    On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: 

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 46: What to do about guns?

    February 22nd, 2018

    17:56

    On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news:

    • New lines in …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 45: Does The Budget Really Matter?

    February 16th, 2018

    19:09

    On Party Politics this week,  co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week's political news

  • Immigration Bill …
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 45: Sandra Bullock Vs Dan Patrick And The Dome Is Saved!

    February 16th, 2018

    21:59

    On the latest Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: 

  • Where is George …
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 44: Who Is Challenging Governor Abbott?

    February 9th, 2018

    19:13

    This week’s Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about a busy week in Texas political news: 

  • Governor Greg …
  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 44: How To Pass A Budget

    February 9th, 2018

    17:25

    On Party Politics this week,  co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus don't quite know where to begin there's so much to talk about!  

  • Stock …
  • Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 43: The Senate Race, Cruz Vs. O’ Rourke

    February 1st, 2018

    18:26

    This week'sParty Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausbring you:

  • State Republican Executive Committee censures (who …
  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 43: What’s The State Of Your Union?

    January 31st, 2018

    20:01

    On Party Politics this week,  co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus, address lots of happenings including: 

    • President Trump suggested firing …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 42: The Complications Of School Finance In Texas

    January 25th, 2018

    15:41

    On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the nuts and bolts of:

  • A sexual …
  • Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 42: Ladies And Gentlemen We Had A Shutdown!

    January 25th, 2018

    18:57

    Time to talk Party Politics with co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus.

    On tap this week: 

    • U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 41: Fundraising Winners And Losers In Texas Primaries

    January 19th, 2018

    18:56

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausbring you the latest from the Lone Star state's political landscape:

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 41: Have We Lost Complete Faith In The Government?

    January 19th, 2018

    17:37

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghauswalk us through a very, very busy week on the political scene, but …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 40: Oprah 2020 And Trump Legislative Roundup

    January 12th, 2018

    18:50

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what's been happening in Washington and around the …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 40: Arlington MLK And Texas Governor Kerfuffle; Valdez Kicks Off Campaign And More!

    January 12th, 2018

    18:05

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausplunge into the politics of an interesting week

    • Dan Patrick says Trump …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 39: What Will Trump Do In 2018?

    January 5th, 2018

    18:19

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what's been happening in Washington and around the …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 39: Texas Primary Sprint! What To Expect From The GOP And Dems

    January 5th, 2018

    15:41

    On the first episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition in 2018, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus dissect the complicated world of Texas …

    Party Politics, Special Ep. 38: #MeToo, Covfefe And Harvey, 2017 Has Been Quite The Busy Year!

    December 29th, 2017

    27:32

    On this special episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus look at 2017 and try to figure out the biggest stories in a …

    REPEAT: Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 7: Special Guest, Congressman Gene Green

    December 15th, 2017

    12:20

    In November, Congressman Gene Green announced he will retire next year and so we wanted to revisit the conversation Brandon and Jay had with him earlier this year. Listen in to learn how Washington has changed over the …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 36: Saddle-Up! The Democrats Are Joining The Race For Governor

    December 8th, 2017

    20:37

    On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus dissect the complicated world of Texas politics:

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 36: What Does The Flynn Guilty Plea Really Mean?

    December 8th, 2017

    17:30

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus explore the latest goings-on in Washington and around the world: 

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 35: Sexual Allegations And The Texas Legislature

    December 1st, 2017

    17:26

    On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of:

    • Texas abortion law …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 35: The Trouble With Taxes

    December 1st, 2017

    21:31

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a look at what happened over Thanksgiving week and the last few …

    Party Politics, Thanksgiving Edition Ep. 34: One Year Of A Donald Trump Presidency

    November 24th, 2017

    20:38

    On this special Thanksgiving episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a look at where Texas and the country is one …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 33: “Moore” Problems For The GOP

    November 17th, 2017

    22:47

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 33: Abbott Weighs In On Primaries And Congressman Gene Green Retires

    November 17th, 2017

    16:37

    On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus walk through the politics of Texas Governor Greg …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 32: The 2017 Elections Have Happened, Now What?

    November 10th, 2017

    18:37

    A new Federal Reserve chair being nominated by President Trump. His name is Jerome H. Powell. Jay and Brandon get into who he is and whether he's up to the task. Former Bush Presidents speak out against President Trump. …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 32: A Shooting, A Death Penalty Case And The 2018 Elections

    November 10th, 2017

    19:10

    Gun control after the shooting in Sutherland Springs last weekend. A death penalty case turns into life in prison for an intellectually disabled …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 31: War On Opioid’s, Indictments And The New York Terrorist Attack, It’s Been A Busy Week!

    November 3rd, 2017

    20:09

    On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week's political news means for you. Looking at …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 31: November Elections And Houston Astros Fever

    November 3rd, 2017

    18:20

    On this weeks' episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the Houston Astros …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 30: Speaker Straus Is Done?

    October 27th, 2017

    18:23

    A huge bombshell was dropped this week when Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decided not to seek re-election. Jay and Brandon unpack the impact of this to the state of Texas.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 30: Flake! Corker! Who’s Next?

    October 27th, 2017

    15:59

    Jay and Brandon get their heads around what the future of the Republican party may look like now that Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) are not seeking re-election.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 29: Iran, Deal Or No Deal?

    October 20th, 2017

    18:53

    On this weeks' national episode, Brandon and Jay get into what's really happening with the Iran nuclear deal, if there is indeed anything happening with the Iran nuclear deal.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 29: Who’s Challenging Ted Cruz?

    October 20th, 2017

    20:13

    This week's episode is a must listen. Brandon Rottinghaus gets called out by U.S. Senate candidate Beto O' Rourke and Jay Aiyer breaks some news! Oh and they talk about challengers to Ted Cruz's Senate seat.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 28: Trump Vs. Congress

    October 13th, 2017

    19:12

    Jay and Brandon get into the weeds of what Congress might achieve this year, especially as President Trump has been fighting with some of those in the Republican party.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 28: Paxton In Hot Water, Again?

    October 13th, 2017

    19:54

    Jay and Brandon talk Texas politics, including the potential trouble Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to be getting himself into.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 27: Gun Control, After Vegas

    October 6th, 2017

    18:38

    Jay and Brandon get into the horror of what happened in Las Vegas this week and the complicated politics of gun control.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 27: From Harvey, A Flood Plan Emerges

    October 6th, 2017

    18:13

    Could Harvey bring about a flood plan for the state of Texas? Jay and Brandon discuss the possibilities.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 26: If Straus Is Out, Who Is In For Texas House Speaker?

    September 29th, 2017

    16:39

    The profs break down what the inside baseball of someone new running for the job of Texas House Speaker means to you.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 26: Let’s Talk About Tax Baby!

    September 29th, 2017

    19:57

    The profs discuss whether tax reform may actually make it to the table now healthcare reform is off the menu.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 25: Castro Says No, Where Are The Texas Democrats?

    September 22nd, 2017

    17:23

    The profs talk about Joaquin Castro passing on the Texas governor race! Will any Democrat actually run? What are they thinking?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 25: Trump’s Global Vision

    September 22nd, 2017

    18:06

    The profs talk about a bunch of stuff, including, Manafort's wire tapping under subpoena; the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill; corporate Bachelor—Amazon edition, which city will get the rose; Spicey rocks the Emmys; …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 24: Redistricting Ruling Rodeo

    September 15th, 2017

    17:26

    The profs talk about the Supreme Court's blocking of the rule against Texas redistricting, Ted Cruz tweets, floods, and tax hikes. Oh my!

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 24: DACA Deal Or No Deal

    September 15th, 2017

    18:09

    The profs talk about a possible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 23: The J.J. Watt Parkway, Harvey Recovery

    September 8th, 2017

    17:02

    The profs talk about Tropical Storm Harvey recovery, including funding from Congress and next steps by city and county government to prevent major flooding from happening again.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 23: What Next For Dreamers?

    September 8th, 2017

    17:18

    The profs talk about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Will Congress, under President Trump vote for something that didn't pass under President Obama or President Bush?

    Party Politics, Texas And National Edition Ep. 22: All Harvey, All The Time

    September 1st, 2017

    16:43

    Tropical Storm Harvey devastated Houston this week. Brandon and Jay talk about what happened to them and Houston after being under water. The storm sounds you'll hear in this episode are actually from the rain that …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 21: Of Rollercoasters And Monuments

    August 25th, 2017

    16:49

    Phew! This week, amiright? Hurricane Harvey, Confederate monuments at UT, Six Flags flags...we try to cover it all.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 21: New Direction In Afghanistan?

    August 25th, 2017

    17:29

    The profs talk about Afghanistan. Will there be new direction in US involvement there, or more of the same?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 20: Sine Die? Really?

    August 18th, 2017

    18:24

    The profs settle up last week's wager about how many of Gov. Greg Abbott's priorities survived the special session because apparently, lawmakers adjourned sine die...for now.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 20: Charlottesville

    August 18th, 2017

    17:03

    The profs talk about what happened this week in Charlottesville, Virginia at the rally held by white nationalists, the aftermath of violent clashes …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 19: The Wager

    August 11th, 2017

    16:35

    How many of Gov. Greg Abbott's priorities will be pass both the House and Senate to be signed into law? The professors make a gentlemanly wager.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 19: Battle For The Middle Class

    August 11th, 2017

    16:36

    Believe it or not, in addition to everything else this week, tax reform is on the table. What would it look like? Is there any real chance for …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 18: Senate v. House Showdown

    August 4th, 2017

    15:37

    "There's a growing number of conservatives in the House that don't understand why Speaker Straus is blocking a conservative agenda," - state Rep. Matt Schaefer

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 18: Chaos Theory

    August 4th, 2017

    16:31

    “Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!” - Presidential tweet

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 17: Repeal, Replace, Re…Now What?

    July 19th, 2017

    16:12

    The profs explain where we are with the Republican initiative formerly known as "Repeal and Replace," then simply, "Repeal," and now, we're pretty …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 17: 30 Days Of Summer – The Special Session

    July 19th, 2017

    15:54

    Our hosts analyze the special session of the Texas Legislature using more sports metaphors than you can shake a foam finger at.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 16: Pop Stars And Progeny

    July 14th, 2017

    16:08

    The profs dig into what's going on with Donald Trump, Jr., his emails and meetings, and what it all means for the White House.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 15: Pretty Vacant

    July 7th, 2017

    14:56

    The profs dig deep into the open seats in Texas courts: why are they still open, and what's the impact?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 15: Voter Fraud Commission Push-Back

    July 7th, 2017

    17:33

    The profs explore the overwhelming non-partisan push-back against the requests of President Trump's voter fraud commission. Is it a tempest in a teapot or are the concerns legit?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 14: “Sanctuary City” Showdown

    June 30th, 2017

    17:43

    Cities and counties across Texas are filing suit against the state over SB 4. What's going to happen next week during the first hearing?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 14: Reconciling “Better Care”

    June 30th, 2017

    16:56

    The Better Care Reconciliation Act has just 17% support from the American public. Is it irreconcilable?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 13: The DACA/DAPA Divide

    June 20th, 2017

    16:25

    The profs explore what's going on with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans).

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 13: Abbott Says No

    June 20th, 2017

    16:35

    The profs dig deep into all of the flavors and varieties of Governor Abbott's vetoes.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 12: The Episode About Everything Else

    June 16th, 2017

    16:40

    We take a look at what has been going on in the U.S. government while we were distracted by all the covfefe.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 12: Republican Rift Revue

    June 16th, 2017

    14:54

    The Texas Republican party has seen more unified days. Learn about the major divisions in the party and what this could mean for the future of Texas …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 11: Comey.

    June 9th, 2017

    17:00

    You'll be shocked to know that this episode focuses on former FBI director James Comey's hearing before the Senate intelligence committee.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 11: A Very Special Session

    June 9th, 2017

    16:28

    What makes this Special Session of the Texas Legislature so "special" anyway?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 10: Paris Climate Disagreement

    June 2nd, 2017

    16:04

    The world has been all atwitter with talk of Trump's decision regarding the Paris Accord this week. But what is the Accord, and what are the broad …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 10: Tacos And Cannons

    June 2nd, 2017

    15:53

    What did and didn't get play in the 85th Texas legislative session, and what it all means.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 9: Legislature Countdown

    May 26th, 2017

    15:16

    Only a week left in the legislative session! What's left to be done?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 9: The Sound And Fury Of The Trump Budget

    May 26th, 2017

    14:59

    If a budget indicates what a president cares about, what does Trump's budget tell us about what's important to him?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 8: I’m Just A Bill

    May 19th, 2017

    15:23

    Which bills are still alive and kicking in the Texas lege? Which are on life support? Which have x's for eyes? Find out here.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 7: You’re Fired!

    May 12th, 2017

    16:43

    President Trump invoked the "You're fired!" in now former FBI Director James Comey's direction. You won't believe what happens next! Or you probably will. But hosts Jay and Brandon talk it out anyway.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 7: Special Guest, Congressman Gene Green

    May 11th, 2017

    12:13

    Brandon and Jay interview Congressman Gene Green (D-Texas District 29th). Listen in to learn how Washington has changed over the years and whether he …

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 6: “Sanctuary!”

    May 5th, 2017

    14:38

    The 'Sanctuary Cities' bill passed the House. Is this the spark that will unleash the Hispanic voter bomb?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 6: Foreign Policy Hokey Pokey

    May 5th, 2017

    16:22

    What's behind Trump's bromance with Philippine strongman, Duterte, and with his thoughts on meeting with Kim Jong Un? Is this flexibility an asset or a hindrance?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 5: 100 Days Of Trump

    April 28th, 2017

    16:02

    100 Days of Trump: It's not a political story. It's a story about politics.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 5: Losing Control

    April 28th, 2017

    15:23

    Are Texas cities standing in the way of state control?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 4: Abbott Reopens Door To Bathroom (Bill)

    April 21st, 2017

    14:54

    What did Abbott have to say about the so-called "bathroom bill," and what does the business community have to say about House hearings on the bill?

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 4: Taxes And Asteroids

    April 21st, 2017

    16:05

    "... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And asteroids. - Benjamin Franklin (mostly)

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 3: What The US Bombing In Syria Means

    April 14th, 2017

    14:38

    The profs talk about the US bombing in Syria and what it means, and a whole lot more.

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 3: Texas Voter Redistricting

    April 14th, 2017

    12:50

    Texas voter redistricting was tossed out. What's it mean for Texans and for 2018?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep 2: Mid-Session Legislature Woes

    April 6th, 2017

    14:05

    Budget debates, zombie bills, bathroom ordinances, and musings about the relevance of Texas democrats. You know - just the Texas Legislature at mid-session.

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 2: The Nuclear Option

    April 6th, 2017

    13:30

    What exactly is the "nuclear option"? What's a filibuster? And how does Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch figure into all of this?

    Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 1: Beto O’ Rourke Throwing Hat In The Ring

    March 31st, 2017

    11:46

    On this inaugural episode of 'Party Politics' co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you three hot topics in Texas political news this …

    Party Politics, National Edition Ep. 1: Trump V. Congress

    March 31st, 2017

    10:23

    Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you three hot topics in political news this week:

    (1) Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act …

    New Podcast Gives You Politics To Bring To Your Party

    March 29th, 2017

    1:01

    Political science professors Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are here to make you sound like a current events genius. Get your political learn on …

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