Inside Texas Politics (7/19/15)

The Republican congressman representing District 4 in East Texas discusses the Iran nuclear deal and Jade Helm.

U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe makes his first appearance on Inside Texas Politics since taking office seven months ago. The Republican congressman representing District 4 in East Texas joins host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy to discuss the Iran nuclear deal, Jade Helm, and lessons learned since arriving at the U.S. Capitol.

Jay Root, a reporter for The Texas Tribune, talks with Jason Whitely about the embarrassment some in Bastrop feel after the conservative conspiracy theories regarding Operation Jade Helm never materialized. Root also discusses Gov. Greg Abbott's trip to New York last week... who paid for it... and how much the state benefitted from Abbott trying to lure businesses to Texas. Root is the co-host of a new podcast about the presidential race called The Ticket 2016, which is free to download on iTunes.

Now that same-sex marriage is the law of the land, conservatives say the government has no right to even sanction marriage. It should not be issuing licenses, they say, even though the state and counties collect millions of dollars in fees from those licenses. Here's Katrina Pierson of the Tea Party Leadership Fund with My Voice, My Opinion.

For a quarter of a century, Hillary Clinton has been a popular yet partisan figure in American politics. The GOP loves to hate her, but there's chatter in conservative circles that some Republican women will secretly vote for the Democratic presidential candidate. Debbie Georgatos is an attorney, author and Republican activist with perspective on that... and why she thinks some Democratic men might also support Republican candidate Carly Fiorina.

President Obama said the deal to limit Iran's nuclear weapons program gives America a new direction with an old enemy. But Republicans ask why in the world would we trust a country that we also call a state sponsor of terrorism? This week's Flashpoint debate features Mark Davis from 660 AM The Answer on the right, and author and producer Katie Sherrod on the left.

Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Jay discuss Rick Perry and Donald Trump's recent criticism of each other and which one benefits. Plus, they also talked about tea party State Senators Konni Burton and Bob Hall challenging incentives to lure businesses to the state, like Facebook's recent decision to build a data center in Fort Worth. Finally, they also offered perspective about the seriousness of the Planned Parenthood undercover video and political ramifications that might pose.

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