Party Politics

Party Politics

Party Politics is currently on hiatus. It will return in September 2024. Overwhelmed by the political news cycle every week? We get it — that’s why we’re ‘keeping the fun but losing all the drama’ of politics! Party Politics podcast is hosted by Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina, two smart and sassy University of Houston political science professors, who deliver a friendly, funny, and casually informative recap of the week's biggest political news stories. Join the conversation on Twitter @HPMPolitics; use #PartyPoliticsPod to ask Brandon and Jeronimo questions; or email us at Party Politics.

Episodes

April 26, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFxwX7r4nTY

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss President Biden's remarks on abortion in Florida, U.S. Rep. Tony Gonzales' attacks on his GOP colleagues, and the upcoming elections in Texas, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Biden gives remarks on abortion

Gonzales calls peers 'scumbags'

Is Trump immune?

TEXAS TOPICS

Petition to oust Travis County DA

DEEP

Texas election pre...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the security of Mike Johnson's speakership, Trump's hush-money trial, and the campaign war chests of Ted Cruz and Colin Allred, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Johnson speakership under threat?

Tension in Middle East

Trump criminal trial

TEXAS TOPICS

Dan Patrick's interim charges

Lina Hidalgo wants to change county contract...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the recent near-total ban on abortion in Arizona, Ken Paxton's lawsuit against Harris County, and the first 100 days of John Whitmire's inaugural term as Houston mayor, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Biden puts pressure on Netanyahu

Trump: Leave abortion to states

Arizona abortion ban

TEXAS TOPICS

Justice John Devine in c...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the mounting threats to Mike Johnson's speakership, whether the ongoing Trump trials matter to voters, and the felony fraud charges dropped against Texas AG Ken Paxton, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Johnson faces threat to speakership

Retirements mount in Congress

Trump selling "God Bless the USA" bibles

Do Trump trials...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss President Biden's fundraising tour, Trump's ominous, violent campaign comments, and the confusing courtroom dynamics surrounding a controversial Texas immigration law, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Biden on fundraising tour

Trump threatens "bloodbath"

Willis in ongoing trial saga

McCaul sorry for vulgarity

TEXAS TOPICS

Vi...

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March 15, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASdpj-ZXIvI

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the topic of low voter turnout in Texas--its underlying causes, how legislation affects the electorate, and ways to increase turnout.

DISCUSSION POINTS

Why is turnout so low?

The Latino electorate

What characterizes a voter?

Overhaul of voting laws

How to increase turnout

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss Nikki Haley's campaign suspension, John Cornyn's run for Senate leader, and noteworthy results from the 2024 Texas primary election, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Nikki Haley drops out

Trump stays on states' ballots

Sinema won't seek reelection

Cornyn frontrunner for Senate leader

Texas-themed State of the Union?

TEXAS TO...

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March 1, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksgIYcC4-YQ

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the ongoing saga to avoid a government shutdown, the looming primary elections in Texas, and Rick Perry's support for Texas House speaker Dade Phelan, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Mike Johnson feels the heat yet again

Trump wins South Carolina, Michigan

Biden wins Michigan

TEXAS TOPICS

Trump and Biden visit border

Rick P...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the potential candidates shortlisted for Trump's VP, Ken Paxton's continuing legal saga, and the Texas incumbent candidates facing election challenges this year, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Trump hush-money trial set for March

Noem, DeSantis on Trump VP shortlist

Trump crashes Sneaker Con

TEXAS TOPICS

Jackson-Lee vs. E...

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February 16, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-FpaC5Tqt8

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the age factor in presidential viability, Donald Trump's controversial NATO comments, and the feud between John Cornyn and Ken Paxton, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

RFK Jr. blasted for Super Bowl ad

Outrage over Trump NATO comments

Trump wants mass deportations

Shakeup in the RNC?

Old age and the presidency

TEXAS TOPICS

Te...

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February 9, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92mplS1Gy8c

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the House GOP's failure to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, a D.C. court's decision that Trump is not immune from prosecution over January 6, and a look at the Texas primary elections, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

An ungovernable Congress?

Trump takes Nevada

Haley appearance on 'SNL'

Where's Joe Biden?

Court: Trump not immun...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the border-security standoff between Greg Abbott and the federal government, the House GOP's effort to impeach Alejandro Mayorkas, and Jill Dutton's runoff win in the Texas House, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Border deal busted?

House GOP advances effort to impeach Mayorkas

TEXAS TOPICS

Abbott vs. the federal governmen...

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January 26, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LF4Aho0rUnM

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the topic of political polarization--its underlying causes, how partisanship is pushed to its extremes, and some potential steps toward better unification.

DISCUSSION POINTS

What is polarization?

The gerrymandering effect

Campaigns are expensive

The primary process

The shrinking center

Violence on the rise

Potential solutions

In a...

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January 19, 2024 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CsocxaBj1Ao

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the political implications of another test for the Texas electric grid, Trump's win in Iowa, and Greg Abbott's record-breaking campaign donation, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Congress approves major tax deal

Biden-Harris campaign raises big money

Trump wins Iowa caucuses

Ted Cruz endorses Trump

TEXAS TOPICS

Texas electri...

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJBVoQyjVCU

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss Speaker Johnson's status with Republicans over his budget deal with Democrats, the DOJ's lawsuit against Texas over a new migrant law, and Rep. Mayra Flores' "Grubgate" scandal, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Congress reaches budget deal

Border security looms large

Iowa caucuses next week

Trump in appeals court

TEXAS TOPI...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss President Biden's struggle to secure aid for Ukraine, the Texas supreme court's denial of an emergency abortion, and the results of the recent runoff election in Houston, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Reduced aid for Ukraine, Israel

Trump sells mugshot NFTs

TEXAS TOPICS

'Texit' on the ballot?

Texas supreme court denies e...

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December 8, 2023 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9PhbDWi_T8

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss Ted Cruz's bill to legally regulate gender pronouns, the implications of a Liz Cheney run for president, and the results of the latest special session in the Texas legislature, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Vote to formalize Biden impeachment inquiry

Liz for president?

Santos joins Cameo

Ted Cruz aims to regulate pronou...

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December 1, 2023 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CpvANSpzsms

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the hostage deal brokered between Israel and Hamas, the lawsuit brought by Texas women over abortion rights, and the outlook for the Houston mayoral runoff election, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Deal brokered for hostages

Can Haley gain ground?

Vote to remove Santos

TEXAS TOPICS

VP Harris visits Houston

Texas women sue t...

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This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss how Congress avoided a government shutdown, the suspension of Tim Scott's campaign for President, and whether the Democratic Party will make a move to unseat Ted Cruz, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Tim Scott suspends campaign for President

Joe Manchin not running for reelection

SCOTUS under scrutiny

Congressional confro...

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November 10, 2023 26 mins

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTlHyybZI7Q

This week, Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss the role abortion rights played in the recent election, the censure of Rep. Rashida Tlaib by Congress, and the Houston mayoral runoff election, among other stories.

NATIONAL TOPICS

Abortion rights fuel Democrat election wins

Trump defiant in fraud lawsuit

Rashida Tlaib censured by Congress

TEXAS TOPICS

Uvalde mother loses mayor...

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