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Ashley Lopez

November 9, 2020

BONUS: The Big Flop

So Democrats in Texas didn’t get what they were hoping for in the 2020 election. Why not?


October 7, 2020

Part 4: It’s Hard To Predict The Outcome Of This Election. Here’s Why.

A pandemic. Changes to voting locations. Expectations for huge turnout. All of these factors are wildcards for the 2020 election.


October 6, 2020

Part 3: What This Year Could Mean For The Next Decade In Texas Politics

Whoever controls the levers of state government after the 2020 election will have a role in determining who represents you in Congress and the Legislature for the next 10 years. Democrats hope they have a seat at the table.


October 5, 2020

Part 2: What’s Next For The ‘Texas Miracle’?

For years, Texas Republicans have run for office on the state’s business-friendly reputation. But that reputation may also be leading to the GOP’s weakening political power in the state.


October 2, 2020

Part 1: How The GOP Consolidated Political Power In Texas

Something big might happen in Texas politics this November. There’s a good chance that Texas Democrats will win control of one lever of power for the first time in almost 20 years. If Democrats win a majority in the Texas House of Representatives, it would mark a huge shift in state politics. In this first […]



In 2018, Democrats across the country made significant gains in legislative and congressional races. Here in Texas, all eyes were on the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke. A race that didn’t end up with a BIG win for Democrats … but did produce lots of little ones. The Big Flip, a limited episode podcast, takes a look at Texas politics of the past, the present vote at hand and what may change, and a look down the long long road ahead for constituents that want to turn the state blue.

Ashley Lopez

Ashley Lopez joined KUT in January 2016. She covers politics and health care, and is part of the NPR-Kaiser Health News reporting collaborative. Previously she worked as a reporter at public radio stations in Louisville, Ky.; Miami and Fort Myers, Fla., where she won a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

Ashley was also part of NPR’s Political Reporting Partnership during the 2016 presidential election. She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


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