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A Conversation with Leading Latino Strategist Chuck Rocha

On Sept. 15, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and the Latino Studies Department at the University of Texas at Austin invited Democratic strategist Chuck Rocha, former senior advisor to Bernie Sanders and architect of the campaign’s success with Latinos, to speak on his perspective and experience coordinating outreach to Latino voters. Rocha’s […]

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Stacey Abrams Talks Voter Suppression at Texas Tribune Festival

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, voting rights activist and former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams joined Alexa Ura of the Texas Tribune to discuss voter suppression and the upcoming election. The event, held on National Voter Registration Day, was part of this year’s all-virtual Texas Tribune Festival.  “We have seen a renewed commitment to limiting access for […]

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Anti-Immigration Policy Caused USCIS Budget Crisis, Not COVID-19

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is often referred to as the “good guys” of the immigration bureaucracy. They are the benefits giving arm of the web of departments and agencies that govern US immigration policy. USCIS oversees reviewing and issuing immigrant visas, green cards and citizenship. In May, the agency announced they were […]

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Mayor Adler Responds to Surge in Texas COVID-19 Cases

On July 14, Mayor Steve Adler joined a virtual interview with Politico on the state of affairs in Austin, given the recent surge in Texas COVID-19 cases. Adler expressed his concern for the state and Austin in particular, singling out the difficulties that the city’s healthcare system is facing and the issues The University of Texas […]

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A Conversation With the ODNI’s Andrew Hallman

While pursuing a master’s degree at American University, Andrew Hallman took a class taught by a professor on sabbatical from the CIA. As he learned of the pivotal role intelligence plays in policy and security, Hallman wasn’t satisfied. He wanted to know more. Three years after earning his degree and many background checks later, he […]

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Baines Report Op-Ed Winners Featured in Texas Tribune’s TribTalk

This morning, our two 2019 Baines Report Op-Ed Contest Winners, Salimah Jasani and Lynn Murphy, were both featured in the Texas Tribune‘s op-ed section, TribTalk. Congratulations! You can find their pieces here: Salimah Jasani’s “The gas pump is no place for a child to play” Lynn Murphy’s “The silent victims of zero-tolerance immigration policies” Interested […]

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OP-ED CONTEST

OP-ED CONTEST WITH CASH PRIZES! LBJ STUDENTS: The Baines Report is offering a unique professional development opportunity to get your ideas out of the classroom and into the public with the possibility to win an American Express gift card! Submit a 750-word max Op-Ed piece on any topic to bainesreport@gmail.com by 5 p.m. on Sunday, […]

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Teacher Pay, Part II: How Can We Increase Teacher Pay?

In this two-part series, Julie Crookston and Salimah Jasani dissect the issue of teacher pay in the United States. This second piece considers different options for increasing teacher pay in the United States. (See Part I, Why Give Teachers Raises?) ___ Options for Increasing Teacher Pay While it is widely accepted that teacher salaries should […]

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Trump-Kim Summit: Is a No-Deal Better than a Bad Deal?

The promising romance between President Trump and Chairman Kim — falling in love in 2018 — seems to have experienced a flameout at the end of the Trump-Kim Summit in Hanoi last week.  After getting Chairman Kim to agree to denuclearization last year, President Trump seemed quite confident in reaching another productive deal.  A declaration […]

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Why Vietnam is the Perfect Location for the Trump-Kim Summit

Hanoi, the colorful and charming Vietnamese capital, will draw the world’s attention this week as U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands and poses for photographs with the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Surrounded by picturesque old French yellow villas, tree-lined boulevards, and lakes, both leaders couldn’t have picked better hosts or location for […]