Month: October 2020

2020 Student Op-Ed Contest Now Open!

The Baines Report’s student op-ed writing contest is open! All students at the University of Texas are eligible to submit an article. Rules and Instructions: Op-eds must be between 500 and 625 words. Op-eds may cover any topic. Co-authored articles are acceptable. Op-eds must be submitted by Nov. 6 at midnight. Early submission are welcome. To submit your op-ed, email bainesreport@gmail.com with the subject line “Op-Ed Contest.” The winning article will be considered for publication at the Austin American-Statesman, and the top five articles will be considered for publication at The Baines Report.  Find further directions on writing  an op-ed, here,...

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A Conversation with Leading Latino Strategist Chuck Rocha

On September 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 conversation with Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School Dean for Civic Engagement, highlighted important considerations about Latino voter engagement in this year’s elections. A recording of Rocha’s full interview with Dr. Soto can be found here and a recap of the conversation is available...

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LBJ School Hosts Latino Strategist Chuck Rocha to Speak on the 2020 Election

As 2020 marks the first election cycle in which Latinos are the largest minority electorate, politicians and political pundits grapple with how and to what extent this voting block will impact the ballot box in November.  On September 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 conversation with Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, LBJ School...

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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 eligible citizens to cast their ballots,” warned Abrams, stressing that voter suppression tactics overwhelmingly target voters of color. Yet, she added, “I’m also very strongly encouraged by the responses we’ve seen around the country. Voters who are now aware of the challenges to their...

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