Texas Take: The Podcast
About This Show
The Lone Star State’s politicians are outspoken, colorful, humorous and sometimes off-beat characters who exemplify the historical Bigger Than Life view that Texas has of itself, whether in Austin or on the national stage. That ensures that Texas politics is seldom boring, often amusing and never lacking in colorful intrigue and drama. The Houston Chronicle’s Austin Bureau covers all the action, from smoke-filled room to raucous filibuster, and each week we go behind the headlines for an insider’s skinny on what’s really going beneath the storied Pink Dome. Informative, relevant, entertaining and occasionally surprising. Direct from Austin, this is the “Texas Take.”
Most Recent Episode
Ep36: Can you pee with the LGBT? Lots of bathroom humor at the Texas Capitol, plus immigration issues and the Convention of States
4 days ago
The fight at the State Capitol over bathrooms is getting a bit personal. Thanks to a video from the American Civil Liberties Union opposing Senate Bill 6, the controversial measure limiting who can use which loo, the new watchword has become: Can you pee with the LGBT? So it's time to drop your pants to oppose the measure, the ad advises. For Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and other supporters of the Texas Privacy Act, as it is officially known, the answer is no. And they insist the measure will pass the Senate, though the vote-counting is still going on to get it out of committee. In the House, it probably faces a tougher time. Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott have been out front in recent days blasting opponents such as the NFL and the NBA. And business groups are still blasting back with opposition. Abbott's pet project for the legislative session, support for a Convention of States that would change the U.S. Constitution to give states mower power over the federal government, has split conservative Republicans on whether changing the Founding Fathers' holy grail for government is a good idea. Hear all about peeing and all the other fun stuff going on beneath the state's Pink Dome on this week's Texas Take: The Podcast -- the leading political podcast in the Lone Star State -- where you get the inside scoop about what the Legislature is up to, in simple language every Texan can understand -- unvarnished straight talk, as they say. No political-speak here, y'all.