Puro Politics

A weekly podcast hosted by metro columnist Gilbert Garcia with a roundtable of the Express-News political team, editorial board members and metro editor Greg Jefferson. Join them as they examine current events, hash out rivalries and go on the record with guests from local and state arenas.

Texas GOP picks a fight with H-E-B | Puro Politics
The Puro Politics team talks about Republican resolutions against Charles Butt, San Antonio's charter review and Ken Paxton's settlement.
28 min
Law professor Al Kauffman on SB4 | Puro Politics
St. Mary's University constitutional scholar breaks down Texas "show me your papers" law.
35 min
Tony Gonzales takes on The AK Guy | Puro Politics
San Antonio congressman talks about his runoff race with Brandon Herrera.
34 min
Primary election recap | Puro Politics
Breaking down a Super Tuesday that was less than super for anti-voucher Republicans.
32 min
279. Primary preview with Jon Taylor | Puro Pol...
UTSA professor breaks down the big election races.
39 min
278. IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis Nixon | P...
IBC Bank chairman/CEO Dennis Nixon talks border and immigration policy.
39 min
277. City Council's code of conduct | Puro Poli...
Why councilmembers voted to police their own behavior.
25 min
276. The bid to unseat Ted Cruz | Puro Politics
U.S. Senate primary heats up between Roland Gutierrez and Colin Allred, Gov. Abbott and the Eagle Pass standoff with Biden, and John Courage's mayoral kickoff.
28 min
275. District Court Judge Ron Rangel | Puro Pol...
District Court judge talks about the new city/county Public Safety Action Plan.
38 min
274. Charles Hood forced out as Fire Chief | Pu...
Hood's resignation, updates on Marc Whyte and city cease-fire resolution, and Mayra Flores' GrubGate.
38 min
273. City Hall drama | Puro Politics
City Council deals with Marc Whyte's arrest and a resolution on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
30 min
272. Peter Sakai: Year One | Puro Politics
The Bexar County judge assesses his first year in office, and talks about a possible new Spurs arena, the recent rift between the DA and police chief, and the need for more mental-health resources.
38 min
271. CPS rate hike creates unusual alliance | P...
The Puro Politics team talks about the the City Council's bipartisan opposition to a proposed City Public Service rate increase, Ted Cruz's history of misinformation, and Ken Paxton suing Pfizer over its COVID vaccine.
24 min
270. Nirenberg's charter amendment push
San Antonio commission will consider expanding City Council, increasing council pay and extending the tenure of city managers.
22 min
269. Nelson Wolff's 'Power Principles'
The former Bexar County judge discusses his new guide for local leadership.
32 min
268. Statewide election results, abortion on th...
In a post-election edition of the Puro Politics podcast, the team discusses the statewide propositions that passed, Kimberly Mata-Rubio falling short in her bid for Uvalde mayor, abortion rights on the ballot nationwide, and the Spurs' potential move back to Hemisfair.
25 min
267. Culture War Speaker
The emergence of Mike Johnson, the political reaction to the Lewiston mass shooting and the questions about Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen's future plans.
27 min
266. Reproductive Justice Fund, mayoral race an...
City Hall reporter Molly Smith breaks down the lawsuit from anti-abortion groups, the wild mayoral race awaiting San Antonio and the mold found at the Alamodome.
28 min
265. Manufacturing jobs come to the South Side,...
Why JCB picked San Antonio for its new plant, what former mayoral candidate Greg Brockhouse is planning for 2025 and how the feud between Dan Patrick and Dade Phelan has escalated
28 min
264. Marisa Bono talks school vouchers and the ...
The CEO of Every Texan addresses the state's lack of support for public education and the growing Medicaid crisis in Texas.
31 min
263. GOP infighting in Texas lege and on Captio...
The Puro Politics team talks about what the narrowly averted federal shutdown and the Paxton impeachment trial tell us about the state of the GOP. Also, a look at SAISD school closures and direct flights from San Antonio to Frankfurt.
35 min
262. Kimberly Mata-Rubio on the Uvalde shooting...
Uvalde mayoral hopeful talks about gun reform and how she hopes to unite her divided, devastated hometown.
22 min
261. The Joe Gonzales Interview
Bexar County's district attorney talks about the recent spate of San Antonio Police officers being shot. He also addresses the criticism he has received from Police Chief William McManus.
39 min
260. Ken Paxton Impeachment Begins
The Puro Politics team talks about the beginning of Attorney General Ken Paxton's impeachment trial.
30 min
259. Nephtalí De León Loses His Poetic License
A look at the defunding of SA2020, the firing of Nephtalí De León, SAISD library cuts and Will Hurd's exclusion from GOP debate.
33 min