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Texas Take

Jan 27, 2017

In a raucous week in Austin, arguments over Muslim radicals and sanctuary cities drove the day

If President Trump's plans to start construction soon on a border wall in Texas caught some Texans off guard, his subsequent suggestion to levy a 20-percent import tax on Mexican goods to pay for it really unnerved Texas businesses.

Add to that the loud push by some state leaders to enact school choice legislation and a ban on sanctuary cities, fueling tensions between Senate and House leaders seemed to near a boiling point.

Just two weeks into the five-month legislative session, politics seemed to be wavering out of control -- even with a "summit" on radical Islam held by a freshman House member that quickly ignited even more controversy. Texas politicians are rarely boring, and seldom at a loss for some colorful exchanges, and this week was true to plan.

Yes, everyone seemed to be having fun, at least enjoying the entertainment, even if they didn't realize it.

Get the inside scoop and behind-the-scenes insights about the legislative session in Austin and the doings in Washington in this week's Texas Take: The Podcast -- the leading political podcast in the Lone Star State.