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Party Politics

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A political podcast from two smart guys providing you with up-to-date policy and politics for your next cocktail party.


109: Houston Democratic Debate Recap
Sep 13 • 28 min
Following the night of the 3rd Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University, Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina recap the biggest moments and key takeaways from the three-hour-long live debate! On this week’s…
108: Texas Shootings
Sep 6 • 28 min
Party Politics is officially BACK from it’s summer hiatus this week with your two favorite political science professors and podcast co-hosts, Brandon Rottinghaus and Jeronimo Cortina! In this week’s episode Brandon and Jeronimo provide a full recap on the…
107: Democratic debates
Aug 6 • 28 min
Party Politics is taking a quick break from summer hiatus to cover the most recent political events and breaking news in local and national politics. Co-host Brandon Rottinghaus is joined by guest co-host and fellow University of Houston Political Science…
106: Trade Wars
May 17 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the multiple layers of the years-long trade war between President Donald Trump and China. Jay and Brandon discuss the logistics behind the trade talks and how China’s raised…
105: Constitutional crisis
May 10 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze the potential outcomes of the House Judiciary Committee’s decision to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt after his refusal to comply with the Committee’s subpoenas…
104: Jon Lovett
Apr 30 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer are joined by a very special guest and “celebrated raconteur”! Former Obama speechwriter and Pod Save America host Jon Lovett discusses his take on the political climate going into…
103: Biden announcement
Apr 26 • 28 min
After months of deliberation, former Vice President Joe Biden finally announced his decision to throw his hat in the ring for the 2020 Presidential Election. This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze who are the front…
102: Mueller Report
Apr 18 • 27 min
Following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the redacted version of the report and discuss what the…
101: Border crisis
Apr 12 • 28 min
President Donald Trump is tightening his grip on immigration by proposing big policy changes, including cutting aid to Central America and a more aggressive stance against people seeking asylum. How will the Administration respond after a federal judge…
100: 100 Episodes
Apr 4 • 40 min
This week on Party Politics, we celebrate our 100th episode with a live podcast event recorded at the University of Houston’s coffee shop The Nook. Co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer share their favorite moments from the past 100 episodes,…
99: Mueller report
Mar 29 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer discuss the results of the most anticipated investigation since Watergate. Special Counsel Robert Mueller has delivered his report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to…
98: Beto O’Rourke
Mar 21 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer break down the new realities of the presidential race as the Beto O’Rourke campaign ramps up. Jay and Brandon analyze O’Rourke’s political leanings and discuss the challenges he faces…
Episode 97: Lizzie Fletcher
Mar 14 • 28 min
This week on Party Politics, co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer chat with Lizzie Fletcher, the newly-elected Representative for U.S. House District 7 (D-Houston), which encompasses parts of western and northwestern Harris County. Congresswoman…
Episode 96: Public education
Mar 7 • 28 min
Earlier this week the Texas Senate unanimously passed their first piece of legislation on school finance reform, addressing one of Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency items for the current legislative session. The bill passed in the upper chamber would cost…
Episode 95: Michael Cohen
Mar 1 • 28 min
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, testified before the House Oversight Committee and described the President as a con man, as well as a racist and disloyal person. His explosive testimony came in the aftermath of Cohen’s own plea deal…
94: National emergency
Feb 22 • 28 min
President Trump won the battle over his proposed border wall, but the war rages on. Despite Congress passing and the President signing a budget full of border security funds, including some for physical barriers, Trump declared a national emergency to tap…
93: Funding bill
Feb 14 • 28 min
Against the backdrop of a potential second shutdown, House and Senate leaders came up with a compromise funding bill to keep the government open. The White House said President Trump will sign the bill, but will also declare a national emergency to stop…
Episode 92: State of the Union
Feb 7 • 28 min
An embattled President Donald Trump delivered his postponed State of the Union address this week and Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus highlight the top issues and controversies. Did Trump reset his policy agenda? Did he deliver on…
91: Voter fraud
Feb 1 • 28 min
The office of the Texas Secretary of State David Whitley recently flagged about 95,000 registered voters for citizenship checks. However, in Harris County, the number of people on that initial list has since dropped by thousands. The League of United…
Episode 90: Shutdown continues
Jan 24 • 28 min
It’s high noon in Washington, D.C. and President Donald Trump and the Democrats in Congress are still facing off over the government partial shutdown, now the longest in U.S. history. The President has made policy overtures, but House Democrats have…
Episode 89: Texas inauguration
Jan 16 • 28 min
Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were sworn in to office this week and it was a far cry from the last legislative session. Gone are the divisive social issues of the past—replaced by more funding for schools and property tax reform. Is…
Episode 88: Shutdown continues
Jan 11 • 28 min
In this image from video, President Donald Trump speaks during a televised address from the Oval Office of the White House in Washington on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. As the government shutdown nears a record-setting length, President Donald Trump and the…
Episode 87: Government Shutdown
Jan 3 • 28 min
President Trump’s promise to build a “big” and “beautiful” wall along the southern border of the United States has run into political trouble in the form of a partial government shutdown since the branches have yet to agree on a short or long term budget.…
86: Preview of 86th Texas Legislature
Dec 13, 2018 • 17 min
The Texas Legislature’s biennial session is slated to start in January with a massive agenda punctuated by serious policy problems. The session takes place in the wake of big electoral gains by the Democrats in the Legislature but a returning cast of…
85: 116th Congress preview
Dec 6, 2018 • 17 min
A new Democratic House? Check. A narrowly-held Republican Senate? Check. A wildcard Republican President? Check. In 2019, the 116th session of Congress promises to be politically consequential with several new policy directions. This week’s “Party…
Politics 84: Beto For President?
Nov 30, 2018 • 28 min
Despite a losing bid for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Betomania hasn’t cooled off as many in the Democratic Party are hoping he’ll run for higher office. Although Beto O’Rourke said during the campaign he would not be a candidate for president in 2020, he…
Politics 83: Speaker Dennis Bonnen
Nov 15, 2018 • 28 min
After several contentious legislative sessions and a widening ideological divide within the Republican Party, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stepped down leaving the chamber without a leader. Representative Dennis Bonnen, of Angleton —- which is 50 miles…
Politics 82: Midterm-mania
Nov 9, 2018 • 28 min
The midterms are behind us and the political shock waves are being felt nationally and across Texas. “Party Politics” co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus look at how successful the blue wave was for the Democrats and what it means to our national…
Politics 81: Final Predictions!
Nov 1, 2018 • 28 min
We’re entering the home stretch of the 2018 midterm elections and it promises to be a wild finish. Last-minute campaign ads pulse in the background as a record number of people in Texas are voting. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus…
Politics 80: Early Voting Bonanza!
Oct 26, 2018 • 28 min
Early voting is underway and voters are participating all over Texas in big numbers! Early voting numbers in the midterm election are approaching presidential year levels and are breaking all kinds of records. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon…
Politics 79: Midterm Mania!
Oct 19, 2018 • 28 min
With less than three weeks from Election Day, the nation’s most watched Senate race is going down to the wire and the gloves were off in the second debate between Congressman Beto O’Rourke and Senator Ted Cruz. Party Politics co-hosts Jay Aiyer and…
Politics 78: Money, Money, Money!
Oct 11, 2018 • 28 min
With Election Day less than a month away, campaign finance reports are due. Some candidates are raking in big money and others are flat broke. “Party Politics” podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer comb the finance reports to see who is up and…
Politics 77: The Hottest Statewide Race Nobody Is Talking About!
Oct 5, 2018 • 28 min
The race for Texas Attorney General between incumbent Ken Paxton and his Democratic Challenger Justin Nelson is heating up. With Paxton under the cloud of a criminal indictment and a series of controversial court filings challenging Obamacare and…
Politics 76: The Heat Is On: Kavanaugh Hearings And HPD-HFD Pay Parity Debate
Sep 28, 2018 • 28 min
Note: This episode was recorded Thursday morning during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony and before Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony. Brett Kavanaugh is under fire during confirmation hearings for an alleged sexual assault that took…
Politics 75: Beto vs. Ted—It’s Debate Time for The U.S. Senate
Sep 20, 2018 • 28 min
With three debates in 2 weeks, the U.S. Senate race is going to be front and center in everyone’s mind. Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer give you a 6-minute primer on what to listen for in the debates between Republican Senator Ted Cruz and…
Politics 74: Is the US Senate up for Grabs?
Sep 13, 2018 • 28 min
With recent polling showing that races thought to be trending Republican as suddenly competitive, control of the U.S. Senate might be shifting. Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer analyze three of the most talked about Senate races in the…
Politics 73: The Kase for Kavanaugh?
Sep 7, 2018 • 26 min
Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer talk about the hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court: the importance of the hearings, the possible changes to jurisprudence of the Supreme Court, and the impact on Texas and…
72: The Debate Over Debates
Aug 30, 2018 • 31 min
Podcast hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer talk about the recent debate over debates in Texas. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has passed on debating his Democratic opponent Mike Collier, but is headed off to match up with Geraldo Rivera on Fox News. Ted…
Politics, Ep. 71: White House Horrors! (Repost)
Aug 24, 2018 • 32 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: The week’s big news was the conviction of Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen. Party Politics Co-Hosts, Jay Aiyer and Brandon…
Politics, Ep. 70: Texas School Districts Receive First Official A-F Grades
Aug 17, 2018 • 33 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visited Houston and talked about illegal immigrants Houston Republican John…
Politics, Ep. 69: Political Scandals
Aug 9, 2018 • 23 min
In this special episode of Party Politics, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk political scandal. They describe the scandals that have complicated the Trump Administration, draw on some historical parallels of past presidential scandals, and talk about…
Politics, Ep. 68: Ted Cruz And Beto O’Rourke Negotiate Debates
Aug 3, 2018 • 32 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Trump donations to TX Republicans 3D Guns? Austin city name change? Beto-Cruz Debates SD 19 sorta shocker? National:…
Politics, Ep. 67: Texas Health Building Invaded By Mold – Yuck
Jul 27, 2018 • 30 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Texas health building invaded by mold, raising health concerns Austin State Hospital 127 sick Fetal burial remains trial…
Politics, Ep. 66: ‘Stories From The Storm’ Takes Over The Podcast
Jul 19, 2018 • 20 min
This week, Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are taking a “summer vacation” from politics but they wanted to share a new podcast presented by Houston Public Media. It’s called “Stories from the Storm” and it’s conversations with community leaders, public…
Politics, Ep. 65: President Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh For The Supreme Court
Jul 13, 2018 • 30 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Jenkins blames Cruz for not making ballot U.S. Senate Debate? Fundraising roundup Breitbart poll Vet school debate?…
Politics, Ep. 64: Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Offers 10 Metal Detectors To Santa Fe ISD
Jul 5, 2018 • 28 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: ‘Abolish ICE’? Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke isn’t so sure CD 27 race Gov. Greg Abbott power expansion through rules? Texas…
Politics, Ep. 63: Hispanic Texans On Pace To Become Largest Population Group In State By 2022
Jul 2, 2018 • 28 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Supreme Court of the United States: Sales tax Texas Supreme Court strikes down Laredo’s plastic bag ban Hispanic Texans…
Politics, Ep. 62: Immigrant Family Separation At The Border
Jun 21, 2018 • 25 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Uresti Resigns Houston on DNC short list Trump Jr. cancels George P. fundraiser National: China tariffs Commerce…
Politics, Ep. 61: Trump and Kim, and the Texas GOP Convention
Jun 14, 2018 • 27 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Jimmy v. Ted! game on Texas School safety committee Immigration looking to Texas to house children in tent facilities…
Politics, Ep. 60: Can President Trump Pardon Himself?
Jun 7, 2018 • 25 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: George P Bush and “doctored report” Texas leads in removing Confederate symbols Gov. Greg Abbott fallout from school…
Politics, Ep. 59: Hurricane Season, Roseanne Scandal And Abbott’s School Safety Plan
May 31, 2018 • 28 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas Green party won’t be on the ballot, but Texas Libertarians will be! Hurricane Season starts—is the state ready? Mansfield…
Politics, Ep. 58: Texas Runoff Elections, Santa Fe, And Trump
May 25, 2018 • 26 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas Santa Fe shooting Courts forcing online voter registration? Democratic runoff candidate threatens to call the “damn…
Politics, Ep. 57: Sports Gambling And Protests At The Gaza Strip
May 17, 2018 • 24 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas Early voting begins Texas sues Mexican national on voter fraud Paxton vs. OxyContin Farenthold’s new gig National…
Politics, Ep. 56: The Iran Deal Is No More After Trump Withdraws
May 10, 2018 • 25 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas Eric Johnson and Texas Speaker Race Was Jade Helm Russian inspired? Cornyn critical of Paxton Aug Election & Harvey Bonds…
Politics, Ep. 55: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court Of Appeals Upholds Texas Voter ID Law
May 3, 2018 • 22 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas Ken Paxton sues to end DACA NRA coming to Dallas Beto calls for 6 debates with Cruz Lupe loses another endorsement—this…
Politics, Ep. 54: Gerrymandering, Texas Style, At SCOTUS
Apr 26, 2018 • 23 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas What is going on with HISD? Special emergency election for CD 27 Miller loses on BBQ National Ronny Jackson Veteran…
Politics, Ep. 53: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Vows To Challenge Lupe Valdez
Apr 19, 2018 • 23 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Gov. Greg Abbott sends top aide to fix Texas Health and Human Services Commission San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich…
Politics, Ep. 52: Paul Ryan Not Seeking Reelection, What Does This Mean For The Midterms?
Apr 12, 2018 • 24 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Texas Ag. Commissioner Sid Miller appointed a campaign donor to the state’s Rural Health Task Force How’re Texas schools…
Politics, Ep. 51: Trump Declares DACA ‘Dead,’ But Is It Really Dead?
Apr 4, 2018 • 22 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Texas: Ted Cruz is Texas Tough; Beto O’Rourke rolls in cash Special elections in Texas Senate: When are they happening—Unrest…
Politics, Ep. 50: What’s Next For The ‘March For Our Lives’ Movement
Mar 29, 2018 • 22 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Trade war with China The latest with Stormy Daniels Russia’s expulsion from the G8 group Houston is building a channel and Elon…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 49: Cambridge Analytica Scandal; Relationship Status: Trouble
Mar 23, 2018 • 20 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: The war on opioids Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s firing Spending bill caught in partisan fight ahead of deadline…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 49: Texas Education Agency Vows New Plan For Special Education
Mar 23, 2018 • 21 min
On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: What makes the Austin bombings so terrifying? Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton versus ISDs on electioneering…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 48: Former Porn Actress, Stormy Daniels, Sues President Trump
Mar 7, 2018 • 17 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Stormy Daniels is suing President Trump Kellyanne Conway violates the Hatch Act What’s up with former Trump campaign aide Sam…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 48: What Does The Texas Primary Mean And Why Should You Care?
Mar 7, 2018 • 15 min
On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus breakdown the Texas primaries, including what does this week’s primary mean and why should you care? Don’t forget to check out our national episodes of…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 47: Ted Cruz Used ‘The Simpsons’ To Make A Political Point
Mar 2, 2018 • 19 min
On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton is still suing Obamacare? Carlos Uresti conviction of eleven felonies Campaign…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 47: Texan Brad Parscale Will Be Trump’s 2020 Re-Election Campaign Manager
Mar 2, 2018 • 17 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: Brad Parscale is tapped to run President Trump’s 2020 campaign Jared Kushner’s security status is downgraded U.S. appeals court…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 46: Early Voting Numbers High for Democrats
Feb 22, 2018 • 24 min
On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: Early voting numbers indicate Democrats are showing up at the polls Texas Tribune latest political poll with UT…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 46: What to do about guns?
Feb 22, 2018 • 17 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news: New lines in Pennsylvania Democrats potentially pick up six seats Twice as many women running for office in 2018 than 2016…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 45: Does The Budget Really Matter?
Feb 16, 2018 • 19 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are going to catch you up on the week’s political news Immigration Bill starts moving—DACA still in effect says judge? The big dig— President Trump’s infrastructure plan House GOP…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 45: Sandra Bullock Vs Dan Patrick And The Dome Is Saved!
Feb 16, 2018 • 21 min
On the latest Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the week in Texas: Where is George P. Bush? The hiding commissioner Attorney General Ken Paxton took $84, 000 in gifts for legal defense…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 44: Who Is Challenging Governor Abbott?
Feb 9, 2018 • 19 min
This week’s Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about a busy week in Texas political news: Governor Greg Abbott presents a new plan around human trafficking and using the Texas Rangers to deal with sexual…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 44: How To Pass A Budget
Feb 9, 2018 • 17 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus don’t quite know where to begin there’s so much to talk about! Stock market plummets! President’s staff secretary is out after two allegations of domestic violence from ex-wives The…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 43: The Senate Race, Cruz Vs. O’ Rourke
Jan 31, 2018 • 18 min
This week’sParty Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausbring you: State Republican Executive Committee censures (who else) House Speaker Joe Straus Hilderbran out at Texas Facilities Commission Director Texas Associated…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 43: What’s The State Of Your Union?
Jan 31, 2018 • 20 min
On Party Politics this week, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus, address lots of happenings including: President Trump suggested firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller Hillary Clinton’s Super PAC’s faith adviser accused of harassment Does the…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 42: The Complications Of School Finance In Texas
Jan 25, 2018 • 15 min
On the latest episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the nuts and bolts of: A sexual harassment training video which may be legalistic but also ineffective George P. Bush disagrees with Governor Greg…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 42: Ladies And Gentlemen We Had A Shutdown!
Jan 25, 2018 • 18 min
Time to talk Party Politics with co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus. On tap this week: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is interviewed by Robert Mueller Vice President Mike Pence in Israel A Pennsylvania gerrymandering case Hawaii false missile…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 41: Fundraising Winners And Losers In Texas Primaries
Jan 19, 2018 • 18 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausbring you the latest from the Lone Star state’s political landscape: Fed report says special education cap was wrong Governor Greg Abbott’s new tax plan Maternal mortality study…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 41: Have We Lost Complete Faith In The Government?
Jan 19, 2018 • 17 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghauswalk us through a very, very busy week on the political scene, but what’s new there right? Using swearwords and what that means when you’re president Steve Bannon plans to talk…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 40: Oprah 2020 And Trump Legislative Roundup
Jan 12, 2018 • 18 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017: Oprah 2020? DACA up for discussion again Sheriff Joe Arpaio runs, California…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 40: Arlington MLK And Texas Governor Kerfuffle; Valdez Kicks Off Campaign And More!
Jan 12, 2018 • 18 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghausplunge into the politics of an interesting week Dan Patrick says Trump greatest President since Reagan Arlington MLK Parade and Abbott Transportation Commissioner billed…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 39: What Will Trump Do In 2018?
Jan 5, 2018 • 18 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus catch you up on what’s been happening in Washington and around the world since the end of 2017: My button is bigger than yours - President Trump comparing nuclear button sizes…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 39: Texas Primary Sprint! What To Expect From The GOP And Dems
Jan 5, 2018 • 15 min
On the first episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition in 2018, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus dissect the complicated world of Texas politics: Willet and Ho to the 5th Circuit Court Voter ID takes effect in Texas—for now Julian Castro launches…
Politics, Special Ep. 38: #MeToo, Covfefe And Harvey, 2017 Has Been Quite The Busy Year!
Dec 29, 2017 • 27 min
On this special episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus look at 2017 and try to figure out the biggest stories in a year when there’s been so many big stories: ‘Covfefe’ or the way President Trump uses social media American…
Politics, Special Live Edition Ep. 37: Voting, Freedom Of Speech And Lone Star College Tomball
Dec 22, 2017 • 25 min
Party Politics co-hosts Brandon Rottinghaus and Jay Aiyer were invited to tape the podcast in front of a live audience at Lone Star College Tomball, Texas. The hot topics were free speech and voting. Brandon and Jay went into great depth on how both…
REPEAT: Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 7: Special Guest, Congressman Gene Green
Dec 15, 2017 • 12 min
In November, Congressman Gene Green announced he will retire next year and so we wanted to revisit the conversation Brandon and Jay had with him earlier this year. Listen in to learn how Washington has changed over the years and whether he likes corn or…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 36: Saddle-Up! The Democrats Are Joining The Race For Governor
Dec 8, 2017 • 20 min
On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus dissect the complicated world of Texas politics: The Texas House votes on sexual harassment training for members of the House. Blake Farenthold (R-TX 27th…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 36: What Does The Flynn Guilty Plea Really Mean?
Dec 8, 2017 • 17 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus explore the latest goings-on in Washington and around the world: President Trump has decided to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Congressman John…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 35: Sexual Allegations And The Texas Legislature
Dec 1, 2017 • 17 min
On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of: Texas abortion law is unconstitutional, so says Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court for the Western District of…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 35: The Trouble With Taxes
Dec 1, 2017 • 21 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a look at what happened over Thanksgiving week and the last few days: The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau had two bosses for a bit this week…how did this happen? The…
Politics, Thanksgiving Edition Ep. 34: One Year Of A Donald Trump Presidency
Nov 24, 2017 • 20 min
On this special Thanksgiving episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus take a look at where Texas and the country is one year after Donald Trump was nominated President of the United States. They delve into: ECONOMICS - looking…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 33: “Moore” Problems For The GOP
Nov 17, 2017 • 22 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you, starting with President Trump speaking out on Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s alleged election meddling. The…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 33: Abbott Weighs In On Primaries And Congressman Gene Green Retires
Nov 17, 2017 • 16 min
On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus walk through the politics of Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces he will seek re-election and unveils a new veterans plan. U.S. Representative Gene Green…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 32: The 2017 Elections Have Happened, Now What?
Nov 10, 2017 • 18 min
A new Federal Reserve chair being nominated by President Trump. His name is Jerome H. Powell. Jay and Brandon get into who he is and whether he’s up to the task. Former Bush Presidents speak out against President Trump. Former Democratic National…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 32: A Shooting, A Death Penalty Case And The 2018 Elections
Nov 10, 2017 • 19 min
Gun control after the shooting in Sutherland Springs last weekend. A death penalty case turns into life in prison for an intellectually disabled inmate. A long list of Texas legislators accused of varying types of sexual harassment is released. What…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 31: War On Opioid’s, Indictments And The New York Terrorist Attack, It’s Been A Busy Week!
Nov 3, 2017 • 20 min
On this episode of Party Politics, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus deconstruct what this week’s political news means for you. Looking at the New York terrorist attack, Trump declaring war on Opioids, the new tax plan from Congress, White House…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 31: November Elections And Houston Astros Fever
Nov 3, 2017 • 18 min
On this weeks’ episode of Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus get into the politics of the Houston Astros winning the World Series, okay it’s not really politics, but this doesn’t happen every day you know! U.S.…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 30: Speaker Straus Is Done?
Oct 27, 2017 • 18 min
A huge bombshell was dropped this week when Texas House Speaker Joe Straus decided not to seek re-election. Jay and Brandon unpack the impact of this to the state of Texas.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 30: Flake! Corker! Who’s Next?
Oct 27, 2017 • 15 min
Jay and Brandon get their heads around what the future of the Republican party may look like now that Senator Jeff Flake (R-Ariz) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) are not seeking re-election.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 29: Iran, Deal Or No Deal?
Oct 20, 2017 • 18 min
On this weeks’ national episode, Brandon and Jay get into what’s really happening with the Iran nuclear deal, if there is indeed anything happening with the Iran nuclear deal.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 29: Who’s Challenging Ted Cruz?
Oct 20, 2017 • 20 min
This week’s episode is a must listen. Brandon Rottinghaus gets called out by U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’ Rourke and Jay Aiyer breaks some news! Oh and they talk about challengers to Ted Cruz’s Senate seat.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 28: Trump Vs. Congress
Oct 13, 2017 • 19 min
Jay and Brandon get into the weeds of what Congress might achieve this year, especially as President Trump has been fighting with some of those in the Republican party.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 28: Paxton In Hot Water, Again?
Oct 13, 2017 • 19 min
Jay and Brandon talk Texas politics, including the potential trouble Attorney General Ken Paxton seems to be getting himself into.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 27: Gun Control, After Vegas
Oct 6, 2017 • 18 min
Jay and Brandon get into the horror of what happened in Las Vegas this week and the complicated politics of gun control.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 27: From Harvey, A Flood Plan Emerges
Oct 6, 2017 • 18 min
Could Harvey bring about a flood plan for the state of Texas? Jay and Brandon discuss the possibilities.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 26: If Straus Is Out, Who Is In For Texas House Speaker?
Sep 29, 2017 • 16 min
The profs break down what the inside baseball of someone new running for the job of Texas House Speaker means to you.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 26: Let’s Talk About Tax Baby!
Sep 29, 2017 • 19 min
The profs discuss whether tax reform may actually make it to the table now healthcare reform is off the menu.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 25: Castro Says No, Where Are The Texas Democrats?
Sep 22, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about Joaquin Castro passing on the Texas governor race! Will any Democrat actually run? What are they thinking?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 25: Trump’s Global Vision
Sep 22, 2017 • 18 min
The profs talk about a bunch of stuff, including, Manafort’s wire tapping under subpoena; the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill; corporate Bachelor—Amazon edition, which city will get the rose; Spicey rocks the Emmys; Hillary speaks and the Presidents’…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 24: Redistricting Ruling Rodeo
Sep 15, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about the Supreme Court’s blocking of the rule against Texas redistricting, Ted Cruz tweets, floods, and tax hikes. Oh my!
Politics, National Edition Ep. 24: DACA Deal Or No Deal
Sep 15, 2017 • 18 min
The profs talk about a possible Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 23: The J.J. Watt Parkway, Harvey Recovery
Sep 8, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about Tropical Storm Harvey recovery, including funding from Congress and next steps by city and county government to prevent major flooding from happening again.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 23: What Next For Dreamers?
Sep 8, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Will Congress, under President Trump vote for something that didn’t pass under President Obama or President Bush?
Politics, Texas And National Edition Ep. 22: All Harvey, All The Time
Sep 1, 2017 • 16 min
Tropical Storm Harvey devastated Houston this week. Brandon and Jay talk about what happened to them and Houston after being under water. The storm sounds you’ll hear in this episode are actually from the rain that saturated and flooded Houston last…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 21: Of Rollercoasters And Monuments
Aug 25, 2017 • 16 min
Phew! This week, amiright? Hurricane Harvey, Confederate monuments at UT, Six Flags flags…we try to cover it all.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 21: New Direction In Afghanistan?
Aug 25, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about Afghanistan. Will there be new direction in US involvement there, or more of the same?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 20: Sine Die? Really?
Aug 18, 2017 • 18 min
The profs settle up last week’s wager about how many of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities survived the special session because apparently, lawmakers adjourned sine die…for now.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 20: Charlottesville
Aug 18, 2017 • 17 min
The profs talk about what happened this week in Charlottesville, Virginia at the rally held by white nationalists, the aftermath of violent clashes there, and what this all means politically and socially for the country.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 19: The Wager
Aug 11, 2017 • 16 min
How many of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities will be pass both the House and Senate to be signed into law? The professors make a gentlemanly wager.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 19: Battle For The Middle Class
Aug 11, 2017 • 16 min
Believe it or not, in addition to everything else this week, tax reform is on the table. What would it look like? Is there any real chance for success?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 18: Senate v. House Showdown
Aug 4, 2017 • 15 min
“There’s a growing number of conservatives in the House that don’t understand why Speaker Straus is blocking a conservative agenda,” - state Rep. Matt Schaefer
Politics, National Edition Ep. 18: Chaos Theory
Aug 4, 2017 • 16 min
“Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!” - Presidential tweet
Politics, National Edition Ep. 17: Repeal, Replace, Re…Now What?
Jul 19, 2017 • 16 min
The profs explain where we are with the Republican initiative formerly known as “Repeal and Replace,” then simply, “Repeal,” and now, we’re pretty sure, is just going by a symbol or collection of emojis.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 17: 30 Days Of Summer – The Special Session
Jul 19, 2017 • 15 min
Our hosts analyze the special session of the Texas Legislature using more sports metaphors than you can shake a foam finger at.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 16: Pop Stars And Progeny
Jul 14, 2017 • 16 min
The profs dig into what’s going on with Donald Trump, Jr., his emails and meetings, and what it all means for the White House.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 15: Pretty Vacant
Jul 7, 2017 • 14 min
The profs dig deep into the open seats in Texas courts: why are they still open, and what’s the impact?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 15: Voter Fraud Commission Push-Back
Jul 7, 2017 • 17 min
The profs explore the overwhelming non-partisan push-back against the requests of President Trump’s voter fraud commission. Is it a tempest in a teapot or are the concerns legit?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 14: “Sanctuary City” Showdown
Jun 30, 2017 • 17 min
Cities and counties across Texas are filing suit against the state over SB 4. What’s going to happen next week during the first hearing?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 14: Reconciling “Better Care”
Jun 30, 2017 • 16 min
The Better Care Reconciliation Act has just 17% support from the American public. Is it irreconcilable?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 13: The DACA/DAPA Divide
Jun 20, 2017 • 16 min
The profs explore what’s going on with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans).
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 13: Abbott Says No
Jun 20, 2017 • 16 min
The profs dig deep into all of the flavors and varieties of Governor Abbott’s vetoes.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 12: The Episode About Everything Else
Jun 16, 2017 • 16 min
We take a look at what has been going on in the U.S. government while we were distracted by all the covfefe.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 12: Republican Rift Revue
Jun 16, 2017 • 14 min
The Texas Republican party has seen more unified days. Learn about the major divisions in the party and what this could mean for the future of Texas politics.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 11: Comey.
Jun 9, 2017 • 17 min
You’ll be shocked to know that this episode focuses on former FBI director James Comey’s hearing before the Senate intelligence committee.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 11: A Very Special Session
Jun 9, 2017 • 16 min
What makes this Special Session of the Texas Legislature so “special” anyway?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 10: Paris Climate Disagreement
Jun 2, 2017 • 16 min
The world has been all atwitter with talk of Trump’s decision regarding the Paris Accord this week. But what is the Accord, and what are the broad repercussions of a U.S. pullout?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 10: Tacos And Cannons
Jun 2, 2017 • 15 min
What did and didn’t get play in the 85th Texas legislative session, and what it all means.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 9: Legislature Countdown
May 26, 2017 • 15 min
Only a week left in the legislative session! What’s left to be done?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 9: The Sound And Fury Of The Trump Budget
May 26, 2017 • 14 min
If a budget indicates what a president cares about, what does Trump’s budget tell us about what’s important to him?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 8: I’m Just A Bill
May 19, 2017 • 15 min
Which bills are still alive and kicking in the Texas lege? Which are on life support? Which have x’s for eyes? Find out here.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 8: The Troubles Of Trump
May 19, 2017 • 15 min
President Trump’s recent woes defined and explained.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 7: You’re Fired!
May 12, 2017 • 16 min
President Trump invoked the “You’re fired!” in now former FBI Director James Comey’s direction. You won’t believe what happens next! Or you probably will. But hosts Jay and Brandon talk it out anyway.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 7: Special Guest, Congressman Gene Green
May 11, 2017 • 12 min
Brandon and Jay interview Congressman Gene Green (D-Texas District 29th). Listen in to learn how Washington has changed over the years and whether he likes corn or flour tortillas. Party Politics is always asking the important questions! Tweet us…
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 6: “Sanctuary!”
May 5, 2017 • 14 min
The ‘Sanctuary Cities’ bill passed the House. Is this the spark that will unleash the Hispanic voter bomb?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 6: Foreign Policy Hokey Pokey
May 5, 2017 • 16 min
What’s behind Trump’s bromance with Philippine strongman, Duterte, and with his thoughts on meeting with Kim Jong Un? Is this flexibility an asset or a hindrance?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 5: 100 Days Of Trump
Apr 28, 2017 • 16 min
100 Days of Trump: It’s not a political story. It’s a story about politics.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 5: Losing Control
Apr 28, 2017 • 15 min
Are Texas cities standing in the way of state control?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 4: Abbott Reopens Door To Bathroom (Bill)
Apr 21, 2017 • 14 min
What did Abbott have to say about the so-called “bathroom bill,” and what does the business community have to say about House hearings on the bill?
Politics, National Edition Ep. 4: Taxes And Asteroids
Apr 21, 2017 • 16 min
“… in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” And asteroids. - Benjamin Franklin (mostly)
Politics, National Edition Ep. 3: What The US Bombing In Syria Means
Apr 14, 2017 • 14 min
The profs talk about the US bombing in Syria and what it means, and a whole lot more.
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 3: Texas Voter Redistricting
Apr 14, 2017 • 12 min
Texas voter redistricting was tossed out. What’s it mean for Texans and for 2018?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep 2: Mid-Session Legislature Woes
Apr 6, 2017 • 14 min
Budget debates, zombie bills, bathroom ordinances, and musings about the relevance of Texas democrats. You know - just the Texas Legislature at mid-session.
Politics, National Edition Ep. 2: The Nuclear Option
Apr 6, 2017 • 13 min
What exactly is the “nuclear option”? What’s a filibuster? And how does Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch figure into all of this?
Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 1: Beto O’ Rourke Throwing Hat In The Ring
Mar 31, 2017 • 11 min
On this inaugural episode of ‘Party Politics’ co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you three hot topics in Texas political news this week: (1) Democrat Beto O’ Rourke throwing his hat in the political ring against incumbent Ted Cruz (2) The…
Politics, National Edition Ep. 1: Trump V. Congress
Mar 31, 2017 • 10 min
Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus bring you three hot topics in political news this week: (1) Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) not working out, what are the repercussions? (2) Supreme Court nomination Neil Gorsuch, will he/won’t…
New Podcast Gives You Politics To Bring To Your Party
Mar 29, 2017 • 1 min
Political science professors Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus are here to make you sound like a current events genius. Get your political learn on en route to your next party or hangout with Party Politics.