Point of Order with Evan Smith

Point of Order with Evan Smith

Host Evan Smith takes you inside, behind and underneath the politics and issues of the Texas Legislature — the turning of gears and the pulling of strings that power government in a state like no other. Point of Order features newsmaker interviews with elected officials of both parties and other key members of the Capitol community, plus candidates and campaign pros with their noses pressed against the glass.

Episodes

May 4, 2021 48 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to LaTonya Goffney, the superintendent of Aldine Independent School District, about public education’s disrupted year — pivoting online, learning loss, budget woes, and what it will take to put the whole thing back together by fall.
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In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Elena Marks, the president and CEO of the Episcopal Health Foundation, about long-shot efforts to expand Medicaid in the 2021 legislative session.
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April 20, 2021 48 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Imelda Garcia, the chair of the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Allocation Panel, about what it takes to get needles in the arms of Texans — and how long it will really be before we’ve reached herd immunity.
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April 13, 2021 51 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Senate Transportation Chair Robert Nichols about Infrastructure Week and the challenges of getting people and goods from point to point in a fast-growing, rapidly urbanizing state.
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April 6, 2021 48 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Chris Turner and Carol Alvarado, the chairs of the Democratic Caucuses of the Texas House and Texas Senate, about a challenging year for their party — from an election that did not produce a comeback for Team Blue to a session in which Republicans appear to be running the table.
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March 30, 2021 43 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Houston’s top cop, Art Acevedo, about why he’s leaving for Miami, "defunding the police," constitutional carry, qualified immunity and what he really thinks of Greg Abbott and Sylvester Turner.
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March 23, 2021 50 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to former Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus about life as a civilian, what he’d do about repricing electricity, the conservative case for expanding Medicaid and protecting voting rights, and — just maybe — running for something again.
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March 9, 2021 44 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo about Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end coronavirus restrictions — including the mask mandate — as well other points of conflict and tension between cities, counties and the state.
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March 2, 2021 48 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Renu Khator, the president of the University of Houston, about a difficult 12 months of disruption and dislocation for the more than 47,000 students on her campus — and what state lawmakers can do to help.
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February 23, 2021 44 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to University of Texas at Austin professor Michael Webber about the state’s failure to prepare for a brutal winter storm, the fragile electric grid we depend on, and whether the future of energy is bright or bleak.
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February 16, 2021 47 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Trent Ashby about his bill to create a state broadband plan — a long-overdue effort to address our digital deficiency at a time when school, work, and health care have all moved online.
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February 9, 2021 41 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Rep. Nicole Collier, chairwoman of the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, about the George Floyd Act, bail reform, marijuana, public safety funding and other items on the agenda in the 2021 session.
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February 2, 2021 46 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to Dr. Peter Hotez, the eminent virologist at Baylor College of Medicine, about mask mandates, vaccine availability, reopening schools and businesses, and the trajectory of the pandemic.
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January 26, 2021 45 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state Sen. Larry Taylor, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, about whether it’s possible to fully fund House Bill 3, learning loss, broadband access, the STAAR test and what he really thinks of Mike Morath.
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January 19, 2021 41 min
In this episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, recorded on January 15 2021, Evan Smith interviews twenty-five term state Rep. Senfronia Thompson about COVID, race, public ed and that whippersnapper Dade Phelan.
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January 12, 2021 36 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith talk politics, policy, priorities and the pandemic with the Speaker-Presumptive of the Texas House, Dade Phelan.
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October 30, 2020 42 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the Texas Legislature, Evan Smith and Ross Ramsey discuss the contours of the speaker’s race.
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May 30, 2019 51 min
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 session — and what they’ll do next.

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May 23, 2019 54 min
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 session, including abortion and religious liberty.

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May 16, 2019 56 min
In the latest episode of our podcast about the 86th Legislature, Evan Smith talks to state demographer Lloyd Potter about coming changes to our population with profound public policy implications: explosive growth, rapid urbanization, and demographic inevitability.

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