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Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy take a look at new political ads as we approach the November election. Democrats are on the attack in the governor's race. State Sen. Wendy Davis takes the first swing, criticizing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott for siding with a company against a rape victim when he was on the Texas Supreme Court. In Abbott's television ad, he looks for the Hispanic vote. Helping to pull the curtain back on these spots are Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak and Democratic strategist Harold Cook.

WATCH: Political ads review


He doesn't want to send American troops to Ukraine, but Republican Rep. Michael Burgess says the United States should give old military equipment to Ukraine as it fights an uprising of pro-Russian rebels. Burgess introduced a bill to make it happen, and he's one of the few lawmakers to have actually traveled to Ukraine recently.

WATCH: Rep. Burgess interview


Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune, discusses how the next state Senate will look in January. In Houston, tea party-backed Brandon Creighton won a special runoff for Tommy Williams' old Senate seat. And now, State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst says she'll run for Sen. Glenn Hegar's old seat. Smith also looks at the state's new abortion law, which is supposed to take effect at the end of the month but it's currently on trial in Austin.

WATCH: Evan Smith analysis


With everything going on in the world, Katrina Pierson from the Tea Party Leadership Fund questions whether Democrats are focused on the right issues.

WATCH: My Voice, My Opinion


This week, Flashpoint focuses on Gov. Rick Perry's new look. The governor has changed his appearance, but has he also changed his positions? From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer; and from the left, former Democratic State Rep. Domingo Garcia.

WATCH: Flashpoint


Host Jason Whitely, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and Evan Smith from The Texas Tribune provide perspective for Republican Sen. Dan Patrick hiring a Latino spokesman, then coming out sharply attacking Democratic opponent Leticia Van de Putte on border policy and immigration issues in their race for lieutenant governor. Is Patrick worried? Plus, they discuss the recent RedState Convention. Organizers were careful to give U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Texas Gov. Rick Perry equal time. Has Perry pulled into an equal national role... or even ahead? And, where was Dan Patrick? Plus: More than 60 members of the Texas Legislature signed a brief saying gay marriage might lead to incest or pedophilia. What's the political strategy here, and is there any way it might backfire?

WATCH: Reporters Roundtable


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