Inside Texas Politics (6/28/15)

State senators Don Huffines (R) and Royce West (D) debate the Supreme Court's legalization of same-sex marriage and what the state legislature might do next session. Both lawmakers also discuss the Confederate flag controversy. Huffines offers his view about what the 85th Texas Legislature might also do on gun rights. West talks about what's next for his police body cam bill that just passed.

Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy also ask both senators whether they might consider a run for the U.S. Senate.

Every Sunday morning, Texas Tribune co-founder and executive editor Ross Ramsey offers context from the State Capitol. This week, Ramsey takes a rare look inside Gov. Greg Abbott's world after his e-mails were released publicly. The messages reveal that Abbott is more hands-on than his predecessor, and he seems concerned about his public image. Ramsey also talks about findings in a new University of Texas /Texas Tribune poll which puts U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in first place among Texas GOP primary voters.

Without question, it will be the local race to watch in Dallas County next March. Former Dallas City Council member Dwaine Caraway is challenging John Wiley Price for Price's Dallas County Commissioner seat. Both men are popular politicians. Caraway explains why he thinks he can defeat Dallas' longest-serving commissioner.

Gov. Greg Abbott wanted it, but Texas lawmakers didn't deliver. Katrina Pierson from the Tea Party Leadership Fund suggests taking a closer look at ethics loopholes that lawmakers left behind.

Joyce Foreman is a long-time critic of the Dallas Independent School District, and was recently elected to serve on the Board of Trustees. Foreman is now in the middle of the search for a new superintendent. She talks about that and her early opposition to the district's consideration of a new $1.55 billion bond program.

Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey discuss how the Texas legislature might address same-sex marriage. Plus: Despite big defeats in the Supreme Court this week for Greg Abbott, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz, does it ever hurt Texas politicians to lose at the Supreme Court? And doesn't Gov. Abbott deserve credit for helping Texas dodge the current Confederate flag controversy by banning the image on our license plates?

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