Inside Texas Politics (7/14)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on July 14, 2013 at 10:11 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 14 at 10:13 AM

This is a big weekend in Texas politics. There are two topics to talk about in this week's Inside Texas Politics broadcast live from Austin: Abortion and the governor's race.

As this program is broadcast, we are less than four hours away from Sunday afternoon's "major" announcement from Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is expected to declare his run for governor now that Rick Perry has stepped aside.

But who will Democrats nominate to challenge him? They have one clear star right now in Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth.

We discuss the issues with Republican political consultant Matt Mackowiak and Democratic counterpart Jason Stanford of MustReadTexas.com.

Many Texans wonder whether Wendy Davis can maintain her momentum now that the special session is nearing completion. Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy offers his view in My Voice, My Opinion.

One of the biggest sticking points over the abortion bill Gov. Perry is poised to sign is the issue of late-term abortion, terminating pregnancies after 20 weeks. That's the focus of our Flashpoint segment — from the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer, and from the left, author and producer Katie Sherrod.

After wrapping up a big political week in Texas, we have another one ahead of us. To put it all in perspective, Dallas Morning News Austin bureau chief Christy Hoppe and News political writer Gromer Jeffers talk with Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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