Texas Blog Round-Up: February 1, 2010

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The Texas Progressive Alliance is ready for the Super Bowl this Sunday as it brings you this week's blog highlights.


About Author

Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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  1. Democratic gubernatorial debates
    KERA begged us for our money to support “public” television over the past few weeks. That arbitrary “qualifier” (6%) mentioned in the link is very weird.

    Polls are a measure of voter interest. If a candidate receives a minimum of a 6% rating in an established, nonpartisan poll or an average of established, nonpartisan polls, the candidate will be presumed to be newsworthy. Voter interest may also be measured by the amount of votes cast for a candidate, and so a candidate would have to receive a minimum of 6% of votes in a previous election for the same office or a comparable office.

    What's with the 6%? And if voters don't “know” the candidates how can they be judging “voter interest”? Isn't this public debate/forum the best way to find out if we're interested? It could be very informative and democratic to see who these candidates are.

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