Inside Texas Politics (3/12/17)

Newsmaker: State Sen. Van Taylor discusses bathroom bill

NEWSMAKER

The Senate is the focus of most of the activity in the Texas legislature. State Sen. Van Taylor, a Collin County Republican, appeared in studio to discuss the so-called “bathroom bill.” This bill is among the first non-emergency items the Senate will consider this week. Senator Taylor also explained the Senate’s effort to close a long overdue loophole on bad teachers. And joining the questioning as always, Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram.



STATEWIDE

The Senate State Affairs Committee took up the so-called “bathroom bill” last week, and more than 400 people signed up to speak out about the bill. There was a lot of talk about several Republicans being against the bill, but they all voted for it in committee. Ross Ramsey, the co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, discussed how likely the bathroom issue will survive after passing the Senate. Ross also talked about the Senate’s effort to place limits on property tax increases, and Attorney General Paxton’s move to get in on a federal lawsuit over the way Dallas County handles immigration violators. 


NEWSMAKER 2

Federal prosecutors are laying out their case against Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Monday, March 13 marks the third week of testimony in the Commissioner’s bribery trial.

Last week, a witness testified he bribed the veteran county commissioner to get business contracts with the county. Victor Vital, a white collar attorney with Barnes & Thornburg, is not directly involved in the case, but appeared in studio to discuss the latest developments in the trial.



FLASHPOINT

Republicans have complained for years about the Affordable Care Act.  Now that they have an opportunity to do something about it, they can’t agree on what that should be. That sparked this week’s Flashpoint. From the right Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer. And from the left – author and producer Katie Sherrod.

ROUNDTABLE

Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Ross returned to discuss the two Texas U. S. Senators’ strategy in replacing the Affordable Care Act, the Texas Senate committee’s effort to prevent big emergency room charges by out-of-network doctors, and the priorities of the Texas Senate and the Texas House.

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