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This is Behind the Story, a program where we take you straight to the source. In this episode we talk about all things elections. After a brief look at the November 3rd ballot items at a state level and local area elections, we’ll talk with Pat Flavin, an assistant professor of political science. We talk about political behavior, why voter turnout can be predictably low in local elections, and how voter turnout might look next year. 


Election day is this Saturday and this week,KWBU has aired interviews with candidates vying for seats in Districts 2, 4 and 5 races.  

Portions of the interviews, due to time limitations, ran during Morning Edition and All Things Considered.  A longer form program, Behind the Story, will air Friday, May 8 at 12:30pm.   Each full interview is also available on line.   

Tuesday, May 5th:
District 2 candidates

Carlos Morales

The three city council seats up for re-election this year are those representing Districts 2, 4 and 5. And as KWBU’s Carlos Morales reports, what was the first public debate for this election saw engaging debate from city council candidates. 

The Tea Party had its share of success in Tuesday’s primary runoffs, and more may lie ahead. KERA's Sam Baker looks ahead to the fall elections with Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

It's only April, but it looks and sounds like October. More than $80 million has been spent on political advertising in only about a dozen Senate battleground states.