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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.

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    • 4.9, 43 Ratings

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.

    Party Politics: Phase Two

    Party Politics: Phase Two

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina discuss Texas' phase two of reopening the state's economy, among other stories.  NATIONAL TOPICS Election 2020:  Justin Amash OUT! Trump taking anti-malarial drug Obama not coming to WH for portrait State Dept. ousts watchdog Space Force flag unveiled   TEXAS TOPICS Agencies asked for 5% cuts! Mail ballots allowed? West accused Cornyn of using racist dog whistle Patrick: Let us play sports!   DEEP:  Abbott... Read More

    • 28 min
    Party Politics: COVID In The White House

    Party Politics: COVID In The White House

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina talk about the political fight over opening Texas, among other stories.  NATIONAL TOPICS Election 2020:  Tara Reade fallout, Trump digital campaigning, DNC moves online More stimulus! Flynn case dropped by DOJ SCOTUS case on WH subpoenas   TEXAS TOPICS Early voting extended SA City Council chastised by Cruz Paxton threatens local officials Texas Senate endorsements   DEEP:  COVID inside the WH; partisan masks   You... Read More

    • 29 min
    Party Politics: The Battle To Open Texas

    Party Politics: The Battle To Open Texas

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina talk about the political fight over opening Texas, among other stories.  NATIONAL TOPICS RBG in hospital 2020:  Biden allegations Ratcliffe DNI hearings FBI and Michael Flynn Murder Hornets! Axl Rose vs. Steven Mnuchin   TEXAS TOPICS Federal COVID-19 strike force to Amarillo Lawsuit over mail ballots Sen. Cornyn can’t block Twitter followers Blue Bell CEO busted Texas budget update from comptroller   DEEP: Political fight... Read More

    • 29 min
    Party Politics: Ready To Reopen?

    Party Politics: Ready To Reopen?

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina talk about the White House's erratic behavior regarding COVID-19, plans for re-opening the country’s economy, among other national stories. Jeronimo and Brandon also discuss the latest in Texas politics. NATIONAL TOPICS -Election 2020:  Pelosi, Clinton endorse Biden; NY cancels primary; Ventura and Amash running? -WH COVID activity:  testing; no more briefings?; warnings earlier about virus coming -Trump issues executive order to open meat supply chain... Read More

    • 28 min
    Party Politics: To Re-Open, Or Not To Re-Open

    Party Politics: To Re-Open, Or Not To Re-Open

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina talk about Texas' plan, and the federal government's plan, for re-opening the country’s economy, among other national stories. Jeronimo and Brandon also discuss the latest in Texas politics.   NATIONAL TOPICS 2020 campaign fundraising roundup Trump's immigration order Congress poised to pass new COVID-19 bill Mark Warner, "Mr. Mayo"   TEXAS TOPICS Dan Patrick doubles down El Paso Sues Trump Texas charter of the American... Read More

    • 28 min
    Party Politics: Power Play

    Party Politics: Power Play

    This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina talk about the constitutional can of worms President Trump opened when he claimed ultimate power over re-opening the country's economy. Jeronimo and Brandon also discuss the latest in Texas politics. NATIONAL TOPICS 2020 Election:  Biden endorsements and sexual harassment allegations OPEC Deal + Texas RRC “meets” to discuss Florida governor Ron DeSantis declares WWE is an “essential service.”   TEXAS TOPICS Challenges to Abbott’s “stay... Read More

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

LynneS4 ,

The jury's still out...

I heard about this podcast when it was mentioned on my favorite podcast, "The World and Everything In It," so, I thought that I'd give it a listen. I listened to Episode 111: Fundraising Update and while I generally enjoyed the information, I was taken aback by a couple of comments that were definitely NOT unbiased: 1) when referring to the direction of the GOP in the future, it was disparaging to hear the party painted as xenophobic. Seriously?! 2) While discussing the homeless situation (street camping, used needles scattered about, etc.) in Austin, the governor & lieutenant governor's position was colored as uncompassionate & heartless. No consideration or speculation was given to organizations outside of the public sphere as part of a solution to the problem. Homelessness is indeed a challenging social problem; public policy alone will not offer the homeless population hope for living a life with dignity nor will a "compassionate" public policy protect the general population from health hazards and potential danger of long term and expanding homeless camps. I'll continue to listen but if the hosts continue to lean to the left, I'll look for other more unbiased news outlets.

G. Bricker ,

Best Politics Podcast

Great coverage of local and national politics, the people and the ideas. Seems fair to both sides, and isn’t some “talking heads” show, feels more like a college lecture of “here are the facts, you decide”. Makes sense since they’re both college professors!

Dropbox Fan ,

“All politics is local.”

“All politics is local,” Tip O’Neil famously said. Yet coverage of local (Houston and Texas) issues with the breadth and depth we expect from NY Times or Wash Post is difficult for local newspapers or TV alone. These two commentators provide not only a focused update but also context. Facts and insight are our only tools to address the issues confronting our state. A+

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