Listen: Texas Observer’s Post-Election Wrap-Up

The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin).
The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin). Jen Reel
The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin).
The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin). Jen Reel
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In case you missed our post-election, pre-Lege session discussion in Austin last night, we’re posting the audio from the event. You’ll hear the voices of moderator Forrest Wilder, state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), Harvey Kronberg of the Quorum Report, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Observer writer Chris Hooks and state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas).

In part one, our panelists pick apart the factors that helped make 2014 such a big win for Republicans:

The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin).
The Observer’s Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with political reporter Christopher Hooks, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg, state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas), and state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin).  Jen Reel

In part two, the panelists look ahead to next session: How will Dan Patrick wield the gavel in the Senate? And how can Democrats influence policy when they’re so greatly outnumbered?

State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) and Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder
State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) and Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder  Jen Reel
State Rep. Donna Howard
State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) at the Texas Observer’s post-election panel discussion, 2014.  Jen Reel
The Observer's Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), Quorum Report's Harvey Kronberg, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, political reporter Christopher Hooks and state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas).
The Observer’s Forrest Wilder moderates a conversation with state Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin), Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg, Texas Monthly senior editor Erica Grieder, political reporter Christopher Hooks and state Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas).  Jen Reel
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