Inside Texas Politics (5/18)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on May 18, 2014 at 9:36 AM

Updated Sunday, May 18 at 2:16 PM

As the May 27 primary runoff election approaches, one of Dan Patrick's former opponents drops a political bomb in the Republican lieutenant governor's race — that Patrick once sought mental health treatment. Patrick's campaign immediately blasted incumbent David Dewhurst. But the revelation came from Jerry Patterson, who ran against both men in the primary.

The reporter who broke the story is Scott Braddock with the Quorum Report, and he is our featured guest this week, questioned by Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy, columnist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


Every Sunday morning we go to Austin for context from the Capitol. Ross Ramsey is the co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune, a WFAA media partner. University of Texas regent Wallace Hall is potentially facing impeachment and Gov. Rick Perry is weighing in on tuition. What needs to happen there? And all four major papers in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio have endorsed David Dewhurst for lieutenant governor. Is he getting momentum, or does it matter?


Candidates have complained about the tone of runoff campaigns, and so is Katrina Pierson. She says real issues facing Texans are overshadowed by personal attacks and negative ads.


The Texas Department of Agriculture is gathering climate information this week for a few parts of the state on behalf of the makers of Sriracha hot sauce. They're considering moving operations out of California, and want to know if they can grow their hybrid jalapeño here. State Rep. Jason Villalba is the lawmaker pushing to get the company here. We were with him in California last week as he made the pitch.


It's been a year-and-a-half since the Benghazi incident. Eight congressional committees have investigated. Now a ninth one is taking a look at the deadly attack on a U.S. facility in Libya. Is it about the truth, or the next election? That’s the focus of Flashpoint. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer; and from the left, former Democratic state representative Domingo Garcia.


Every week, we put the week's political headlines in perspective on Reporters Roundtable with Jason Whitely, Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey. The primary runoff is May 27, the day after Memorial Day. Will this election get lost in the calendar, or will competitive races drive turnout? More police organizations are abandoning Republican frontrunner Ken Paxton in his bid for Texas attorney general. Is any of it helping rival Dan Branch? And the race between Ralph Hall and John Ratcliffe has gotten dirty. Ratcliffe got an endorsement from the Tea Party Express. It thanked Hall, but said it’s time for fresh ideas and energy. How tight will this race be?


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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