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Point of Order with Evan Smith

23 EpisodesProduced by The Texas TribuneWebsite

Inside the politics and issues of the Texas Legislature

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Roll credits

May 30th, 2019

51:49

In the last episode of our podcast about the 86th Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House Speaker Pro Tem Joe Moody and Senate President Pro Tem Kirk Watson about what state lawmakers did for us and to us this …

Kum-bye-a

May 23rd, 2019

54:44

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Reps. Ina Minjarez and Matt Krause about the issues that have divided an otherwise unified House in the last weeks of the …

This is us

May 16th, 2019

56:15

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state demographer Lloyd Potter about coming changes to our …

Over the rainbow

May 10th, 2019

48:34

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Celia Israel, a founding member of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus, about sexual orientation, nondiscrimination and public …

Appraising the House

May 2nd, 2019

56:17

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Reps. Dade Phelan and Donna Howard about the work done and not done in the lower chamber so far this session — and what’s likely …

Crude Awakening

April 18th, 2019

49:01

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Chris Paddie, who chairs the House Energy Resources Committee, about the impact of oil and gas activity on the Texas …

The Rollback Pushback

April 11th, 2019

55:59

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Austin Mayor Steve Adler about House Bill 2 — a property tax bill the chamber is expected to tackle Thursday — and his strong …

The news about the news

April 4th, 2019

50:05

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson and Debbie Hiott, the general manager of Austin public radio station KUT, about the romantic …

Will Texas Finally Go to Pot?

March 28th, 2019

40:53

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Sen. Jose Menéndez about marijuana’s bipartisan moment — …

Texas and the Sexes

March 21st, 2019

45:39

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House members Mary Gonzalez, Sarah Davis and Toni Rose about …

Rural Texas at a Crossroads

March 14th, 2019

49:03

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Four Price about the public policy challenges and …

High Hopes for Higher Ed

March 7th, 2019

50:37

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Renu Khator, the chancellor of the University of Houston System, about access, affordability, excellence, graduation rates, and the …

The Man of the House

February 28th, 2019

46:45

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to former Speaker Tom Craddick, the longest-serving lawmaker in state history, about how life and work under the pink dome has changed …

The Battle Over the Texas Border

February 21st, 2019

46:35

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Poncho Nevarez, chair of the House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, about the president’s emergency …

Investing in the Future of Texas

February 11th, 2019

48:23

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith asks state Rep. John Zerwas, the chief budget writer in the Texas House, whether we have enough money to fund today’s priorities and tomorrow’s …

Everybody Hates Property Taxes

February 6th, 2019

47:25

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks with state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, the Douglas MacArthur of the war …

Criminal Justice Reform’s Big Mo

January 31st, 2019

47:56

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks with Right on Crime’s Marc Levin and House Criminal Jurisprudece …

The Fight on the Far Right

January 24th, 2019

51:56

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to House Freedom Caucus member Jonathan Stickland about the state of grass roots conservatism and the agenda his wing of the GOP will …

The Latino Moment

January 17th, 2019

49:47

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks politics, policy and the emerging demographic majority with State …

Dan Huberty on fixing school finance in Texas

January 10th, 2019

44:42

In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Dan Huberty, the chairman of the House Public Education Committee, about what it will take — and what it will cost — for state …

The Bonnen Whisperers

December 1st, 2018

48:28

Welcome to the second episode of Point of Order, a new podcast in which Evan Smith takes you inside, behind and underneath the politics and issues of …

Joe Straus on the midterms, Donald Trump’s tweets and the next speaker

November 7th, 2018

48:43

This conversation is the pilot episode of a new podcast called Point of Order. Evan Smith sits down with Texas House speaker Joe Straus the morning after the midterms to talk everything from the balance of power in the …

Trailer – Point of Order

November 5th, 2018

1:39

Join host Evan Smith for one-on-one interviews with elected officials of both parties and other key members of the Texas Capitol community, plus …

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