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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 in contributing to the Baines Report? Send your thoughts, ideas, drafts, or pieces to We will work with you from draft to...

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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 by 5pm on Sunday, April 14th, 2019 for your chance to win. Submissions will be blindly judged and scored by three LBJ faculty: Sherri Greenberg, Lorinc Redei, and Kate Weaver. Strong pieces have a clear and nuanced opinion, use compelling evidence, convincingly argue a point of view, and are...

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The Higher Court: Episode 2

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The Higher Court: A New Podcast From LBJ Students

Photo: Rock, Paper, Scissors The Higher Court is a weekly podcast from the 85th Legislature’s ultimate authority – the court of public opinion. Hosted by Estevan Delgado and Cynthia Van Maanen, produced by Jen Rice. All listeners are urged to run for office immediately. The Baines Report will be sharing the Higher Court’s episodes as soon as they’re available. You can read more about the Higher Court, as well as Estevan, Cynthia, and Jen at [soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true”...

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Nothing Endures But Change

On behalf of the Baines Report, we would like to officially welcome our new leadership: Editor-in-Chief Francoise Van Keuren and Social Media Managing Editor Jesse Tow. Francoise is a first-year Master of Global Policy Studies candidate at the LBJ School interested in economic development, investment policy, and long strolls in Austin’s Greenbelt. She has already assumed the role of Editor-in-Chief and is currently working to increase readership by engaging other policy schools for content collaboration. The re-launch of the Baines Report and a steady increase in content volume over the last year led to the creation of a new...

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