Inside Texas Politics began with Republican State Representative Angie Chen Button. She discussed Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency items for the legislature. At the top of Abbott’s list was spending more money on public schools and limiting property tax increases. Rep. Button, chair of the House Urban Affairs Committee, represents Garland, Richardson, and Rowlett. She joined host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram.
President Donald Trump travels to Texas this week to brag about how a border fence has made El Paso a safe city. However, after President Trump’s State of the Union address, El Paso leaders argued that the city was safe long before there was a wall. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, joined host Jason Whitely to discuss the reality behind the border fence and crime in El Paso. Ramsey and Whitely also talked about whether David Whitley will get confirmed as secretary of state.
MY VOICE, MY OPINION
Friday, Feb. 15 is the filing deadline to run for Dallas mayor. To date, about ten candidates are organizing to run. But what is exactly on the line for city hall in this mayoral election? Cydney Walker from Coffee and Politics 101 laid out the priorities, as she sees them, in this week’s My Voice, My Opinion.
The Dallas Independent School District recently proposed privatizing some schools, so it could receive more state funding. Dallas ISD pulled the proposal off the agenda last week; however, it's expected to return this week in another form. Dallas ISD trustee Joyce Foreman (District 6) joined host Jason Whitely to discuss the likelihood of the item passing.
The Dallas City Council is discussing whether to remove its oldest confederate monument -- just outside the convention center. But are council members missing an opportunity here? From the right, former Dallas County Republican chair Wade Emmert. And from the left, Rich Hancock from VirtualNewsCenter.com.
Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Ross Ramsey and Bud Kennedy returned along with Berna Dean Steptoe, WFAA’s political producer. Ross, Bud and Berna Dean joined host Jason Whitely to discuss whether former Congressman Beto O’Rourke will run for president or challenge Texas Senator John Cornyn. Some Texas Democrats want Beto to run for the Senate. The journalists also offered perspective on Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s State of the State address last week. There were no red meat items in his list of emergency items.