Post Date: August 2023
Second Reading Podcast: Unpacking the notion of an informed electorate in the context of the Paxton impeachment trial
In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss what UT/Texas Politics Project polling can tell us about Texan's attention to the Paxton impeachment – and the notion that his reelection implied voters' forgave for his legal and ethical troubles.
Is all forgiven? Texas public opinion and the “prior term doctrine” in Ken Paxton's impeachment trial
Setting aside for the moment the logic and legalisms of both the Paxton legal team’s invocation of the prior-term doctrine and the House managers’ response, public opinion polling suggests that relatively small shares of Texas voters have heard “a lot” about Paxton’s legal problems, including in the run-up to the 2022 election.
Second Reading Podcast: Why Abbott is buoyed by his border policies + Texas GOP responses to the latest Trump indictment
In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson and Josh Blank discuss the politics of Greg Abbott’s latest testing of the boundaries of support for his border policies, and look at the impact in Texas, or lack thereof, of the latest Trump indictments.
Second Reading Podcast: A conversation with The Dallas Morning News' Lauren McGaughy about the Paxton trial
In a new Second Reading Podcast, Jim Henson talks with The Dallas Morning News' Lauren McGaughy about the latest in the impeachment trial of suspended Attorney General Ken Paxton.