In 78 days, the gavel falls on the next legislative session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was in Dallas last week to outline his priorities. But how many of them can actually pass the House? One issue is already dead on arrival, said State Representative Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas. He and State Representative Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth joined host Jason Whitely and John Gravois of the Star-Telegram to dig into property tax reduction, school choice, border spending, and which issues might face the ax in a tighter budget.
A startling number of children – 239,517 – attend failing schools in Texas, according to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Addressing that, has become a political problem each legislative session. Why shouldn’t parents be able to decide which school their child could attend? Patrick said he will push for that again this session. Ross Ramsey, the executive editor and co-founder of the Texas Tribune, discussed the likelihood of a compromise next year, whether Republicans would keep funding hundreds of millions of dollars for state troopers on the border and the new federal investigation Baylor University now faces.
Early voting begins tomorrow across the state. In Dallas, voters will also see a proposition on the ballot. It’s the pension for city workers – not police and firefighters – but a separate one for civilian employees that is better managed and in more sound fiscal condition. John Jenkins, the chairman of the Dallas Employees' Retirement Fund and an employee at the Park and Recreation Department, explained why voters should still support it.
Sunday marks seventeen days from the November election. Donald Trump remains down in the polls and last week’s debate was likely his last chance to turn around his campaign. This morning, some perspective on the Republican nominee from a conservative going solo. Here's Mark Davis from 660AM The Answer in this morning's Flashpoint.
Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. John and Ross returned to discuss why state Republican leaders don’t seem worried about the fourth statewide poll showing the presidential race tightening in Texas, whether Trump still has a path to victory, and whether a new stadium for the Texas Rangers stadium will pass in Arlington after the WFAA / Star-Telegram poll showed support is an evenly split.