Joshua Blank, PhD

Joshua Blank is the Research Director of the Texas Politics Project. Born in New York, NY, he has a bachelor's degree in political science from Boston University and a doctoral degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin.      

Safe at Home, Ted Cruz Disrupts Another Congressional Deal

August 1, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Ted Cruz is back in the news, and while many in Washington are upset with his recent role in scuttling an immigration bill in the House, here in Texas, he's doing just fine - which explains a lot.

Why your candidate is corrupt and mine isn't

July 31, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Partisan charges of political corruption have flared around the edges of the 2014 Texas elections, yet they haven’t become the focus of media coverage in the marquee races or fundamentally changed their dynamics or our expectations of the outcomes in November.

Why is it that intimations of corruption and political malfeasance stay in our peripheral vision while rarely coming into the kind of Sharpstown-like spotlight that defines an election?

Crossing the Border into 2016

July 24, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The border crisis has been called a lot of things – a humanitarian problem, a policy failure, a reminder of the unpredictable nature of globalization. It's also a reminder that Texas is already playing an outsized role in the 2016 GOP presidential race.

The Sound of Silence on Abortion

July 3, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have been reluctant to make abortion a major campaign issue, but as polling shows, Abbott's hesitance likely benefits him more than Davis' benefits her.

On immigration, polling defies assumptions

June 26, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

In Texas, the surprisingly complex patterns of public opinion on immigration call into question the conventional wisdom informing media coverage — and even political strategy.

In Texas, the Tea Party hasn't lost its grip

June 18, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The new University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll leaves no doubt about which faction of Republicans is the driving force in Texas politics right now.

5 takeaways from the new UT/TT Poll

June 12, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

It's only June, but there's virtually no evidence yet that Texas Republicans should be concerned about November. 

The Texas GOP convention was no sideshow

June 10, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

The drama that played out at last weekend's state Republican convention may have seemed trivial, but it illustrates a bigger shift underway in the Texas GOP.

Is Easy Resolution on In-State Tuition a GOP Dream?

May 8, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

As Rick Perry hedges that he could yet again seek a presidential nomination, and the issue of in-state tuition for illegal immigrants continues to arise in GOP primary races, polling results help illustrate the challenges the issue poses for candidates. 

Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

April 25, 2014
By: 
Jim Henson, PhD
Joshua Blank, PhD

David Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Texas GOP has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.

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