Commentary: Following the latest mass shooting, Dan Patrick, John Cornyn, and Greg Abbott want to talk about anything but guns.
Republican leaders sent a letter Thursday to Texas district and county attorneys, emphasizing that a new hemp law does not decriminalize marijuana.
The proposal would boost the sales tax from 6.25% to 7.25%, generating revenue for property tax relief, if voters approve a constitutional amendment.
A Republican senator criticized by an aide to the lieutenant governor came back with a rebuke – a jab that cost him his best committee assignment.
For the first time in a decade, the Texas Legislature has opened its session without San Antonio’s Joe Straus in the powerful post of Speaker of the House. Happily, his spirit is still strong in Austin.
It’s unclear how serious the president is about the idea. “We’ll take a look,” he said.
In 2017, Patrick pushed for the controversial measure that would have restricted the use of certain public facilities for transgender Texans, but it failed to become law.
The emergence of a new House speaker all but guarantees a different dynamic among the state’s top three political leaders.
Abbott easily defeated Lupe Valdez, but Patrick, Paxton, and Miller faced rare single-digit contests before eventually besting Democratic challengers.
Republican Pete Flores credits his successful flip of Senate District 19 to a campaign based on “core values we all have.”