Y’all-itics is the unofficial political podcast of Texas. Each week we’ll crack open an ice-cold Texas brew and explore a single hot topic affecting Texans. But this isn’t politics as usual. Y’all-itics doesn’t come from a fancy studio. We’re taking our podcast on the road to get past the soundbites and dive deeper into the issues that matter to y’all. Leave your labels at the door, this is a political podcast for all Texans… even the recent transplants!
This episode is about the two most influential men in Texas politics that you’ve likely never heard of.
This episode is about the two most influential men in Texas politics that you’ve likely never heard of. They’re billionaire oil men from West Texas who also preach at their local churches. Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks are now the focus of a new CNN documentary titled “Deep in the Pockets of Texas.” In talking to experts and fellow conservatives, veteran Texas journalist Ed Lavandera shows how Dunn and Wilks have successfully pushed Texas politics – and that of the nation – to the far-right. So, the Jasons invited Lavandera out for a pint to find out more about these two men, what shaped them and the political future they want for Texas.
Ed Lavandera, CNN Correspondent
Watering Lawns in Dallas Might Require Flooding Farms in East Texas
This past year has taught us not to take electricity for granted. Better be careful with water, too. Texas needs more of it to keep up with all the residents and businesses moving here. One small town along the Red River is already running low on the resource. The plan for Dallas / Fort Worth alone calls for five new reservoirs. One, proposed in northeast Texas, would flood 66,000 acres of land, move out families, and take property off the tax rolls. But not acting soon enough could also cost Texas billions of dollars in lost business and population. It’s a dicey dilemma and time is of the essence. Joining the Jasons this week is Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar. His office is studying what’s at stake. And Janice Bezanson, from the Texas Conservation Alliance, argues for other options besides taking away family farms.
Glenn Hegar, R-Texas Comptroller
Janice Bezanson, Texas Conservation Alliance
Texas Might be First to Ban Minors from Social Media
Y’all-itics: July 24, 2022
It has become one of the most pressing debates in the life of a modern parent: when to allow their children access to social media and once they have it, how best to limit it. A Texas Republican wants to eliminate the guesswork for parents and ban any child under 18 from using social media. And in this episode of Y’all-itics, state Representative Jared Patterson joins the Jasons to discuss everything from First Amendment and parental rights, to why he thinks parents stand no chance against the algorithms social media companies are using the target their children. The lawmaker, who plans to introduce this bill during the next session in January, also explains why he doesn’t think social media companies will send any representatives to a joint committee hearing being planned next month.
Rep. Jared Patterson, (R) Frisco
Will the Texas grid make it through the summer?
The lights…and thankfully the A-C…stayed on in Texas last week. But as the state baked in triple digit temps, the electric grid operator pleaded with Texans on multiple days to hike up the thermostat and conserve power as much as possible, because the state was uncomfortably close to not having enough electricity to meet demand. And it could happen again in the week ahead, with forecasts showing another string of sweltering days. But going into the summer, Governor Abbott touted the strength of the Texas electric grid…and he has said that state leaders did everything that needed to be done to fix the problems that led to deadly, widespread outages in February 2021 when the state didn’t have enough power to go around. Beto O’ Rourke, the governor’s Democratic opponent in this year’s election has made the fragile electricity situation in Texas a key pillar of his campaign, promising to fix it if he is elected in November. This week he joins the Jasons to discuss that. Also on this episode: Ed Hirs, the Energy Fellow at the University of Houston. Professor Hirs says there are no quick, easy, or cheap fixes for the situation Texas is in. Without big changes, he predicts many more problems ahead. He adds that this status quo is enriching some energy companies and is jacking up the retail electric rates we all pay.
Professor Ed Hirs, University of Houston Energy Fellow
Beto O’ Rourke, Texas Democratic Gubernatorial candidate
"It's a very interesting time to be an openly gay Republican" (in Texas)
Y’all-itics: July 10, 2022
In their official party platform, Texas Republicans now call homosexuality “an abnormal lifestyle choice.” The party goes even further and states that it opposes any criminal or civil penalties against “those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.” And the Texas GOP still refused to allow Log Cabin Republicans, which represents LGBTQ conservatives, to have a booth at the state convention last month. Despite this hostility, some Texas Republicans who identify as gay say the platform regarding homosexuality isn’t as bad as it seems. And in this episode of Y’all-itics, a Republican leader and former LCR chair explains why he still feels welcome in the Texas GOP even though he thinks it’s an interesting time to be an openly gay Republican.
Marco Roberts, Texas Conservative Liberty Forum
$6 Gas in Texas by Labor Day?
Think you’re paying a lot for gas this July 4th holiday? As hard as it is to believe, you should actually enjoy it now, because you’ll likely be buying $6 gas by the time the next federal holiday rolls around. Many experts believe these skyrocketing gas prices will only accelerate the electric vehicle (EV) revolution. But that could lead to huge problems in Texas. Experts says the power grid in our state is in no way ready for EVs to comprise the bulk of our fleet, much less EV charging stations every 50-miles. In fact, the Energy Fellow at the University of Houston tells us in this episode of Y’all-itics, your neighborhood transformer might not even be ready for a few extra EVs on your block. And he explains why you’ll paying so much for gas.
Ed Hirs, UH Energy Fellow/Energy Economics Professor
Jennifer Granholm, U.S. Secretary of Energy
Entertaining and Helpful
An enjoyable way to catch up on local politics and get a little more depth on complex issues. Thanks guys!
Jared Patterson is a violent, misogynistic racist who brings AR-15 rifles to Beto campaign events to intimidate women and children.
Whom ever is vetting your guests deserves to be fired.
Balanced and Informative
I really appreciate the effort by the hosts of the pod to be without bias and to just have open discussions about issues that effect actual Texans. I really enjoy listening and hope they keep doing this for a while.