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Ben Philpott is a senior reporter for KUT-FM, Austin's National Public Radio affiliate. He has been covering state politics and dozens of other topics for the station since 2002, during which time he has been recognized for outstanding radio journalism by the Radio and Television News Directors Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, the Houston Press Club and the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters. Before moving to Texas, he worked in public radio in Birmingham and Tuscaloosa, Ala., and at several television stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Born in New York City and raised in Chattanooga, Tenn., Philpott graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in broadcast journalism.

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Dave Nakayama

Hoping to Reform Justice System, Groups Look to Sunset Review

The Legislature will soon begin the so-called sunset review process for the Department of Criminal Justice and the Board of Pardons and Paroles. The review, as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, has already attracted the attention of advocacy groups looking to change the state's criminal justice system.

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Gage Skidmore

Does Arpaio Help Perry?

Gov. Rick Perry picked up a substantial endorsement on Tuesday from controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. But as Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, it's unclear whether the endorsement will be enough to turn around Perry's flagging campaign.

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Rick Perry being served water by Michele Backmann at the Family Leader forum in Des Moines Iowa. Ben Philpott

Evangelicals Assert Their Role in GOP Primary

While national security was the focus of last night’s Republican debate, some voters want to turn the conservation back to religion and social issues. As Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, even in a year of economic concerns, such voters could tip the scales in early-voting states like Iowa.

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Gov. Rick Perry at a presidential forum hosted by conservative group Family Leader in Des Monies, Iowa. Ben Philpott

GOP Candidates Talk Faith In Iowa

It was a night of faith and politics for the GOP candidates in Des Moines, Iowa, where six of the eight top-tier candidates spoke at a forum hosted by a conservative Christian group. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports.

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Gov. Rick Perry talking to the media after the CNBC Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9, 2011. Ben Philpott

Perry Campaign Starts Damage Control

The biggest story to come out of last night's Republican debate in Michigan was Gov. Rick Perry’s gaffe. As Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports, the more important story is what Perry's performance on stage may spark behind the scenes.

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GOP PResidential hopefuls, Herman Cain and Newt Gingrich before Lincoln-Douglas type debate on November 5th, 2011 The Woodlands, Texas Marjorie Kamys Cotera

What's Behind GOP Battle With Unions?

The economy — and how to improve it — has been at the center of the fight for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports on how unions and their future play into the GOP rhetoric.

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