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Texas Take

Apr 18, 2019

With more and more people in the Texas Capitol community hoping Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick will receive a plum appointment in the Trump Administration, the Texas Senate’s presiding officer faced off with Democrats in dueling press conferences about the president’s signature issue: border security.

Meantime, Patrick's...


Apr 12, 2019

With Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick at his side, President Donald Trump took a brief tour of Texas as former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Julian Castro rallied his troops in his bid for the White House. Plus, a plan to raise sales taxes in exchange for property tax relief was rolled out. Does it stand a real chance...


Apr 4, 2019

Now that the Texas House has approved a major school finance overhaul, what happens next? Meantime some self-described conservatives are attacking GOP leadership including Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as "too liberal." Really? Oh, and Beto O'Rourke raised $9.4 million in the first quarter in his bid for...


Mar 29, 2019

After months of talk from Republican leadership in Austin about how they're all on the same page when it comes to property taxes and school finance, those issues are finally moving through the process. But now it seems there's a rush to pass something on taxes without much scrutiny of the details. Plus, the Capital crew...


Mar 22, 2019

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has begun to strike a very different tone in his governing style and in speeches. Why's that? Plus, Beto O'Rourke raised a mountain of money as he kicked off his campaign and support for a ban on red light cameras seems to be dropping at the Texas Capitol.