Politics Reporter Mark Wiggins hosts the first State of Affairs special of 2015, with a view to changes in Texas leadership and geopolitical dynamics in the new year.
The January 10, 2015 edition of State of Affairs features the final formal interview with Gov. Rick Perry, who has held the governorship for a historic 14 years. In a wide-ranging interview, Perry reflects on the most significant moments of his record time in office, as well as legal challenges and preparations for another bid for the presidency.
After Texas Republicans swept another statewide election cycle, Democrats are buckling down for another legislative session as the state's minority political party. With Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick expected to nudge the Texas Senate further to the right, state Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) discusses political challenges for Democrats and areas of common ground.
Taking a more global view, historian and University of Texas Professor Jeremi Suri discusses the rise of Russian President Vladimir Putin -- and whether his policies are pushing Russia toward another Cold War with the United States.
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Gov. Rick Perry shares stories of dancing with rabbis and his most exciting moment of gubernatorial privilege.
State Sen. Kirk Watson on budget diversions, open carry and medical marijuana.
Professor Jeremi Suri on the complex relationship between Ukraine and Russia.