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.”
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Governing Texas in the Donald Trump era; Plus, a bathroom bill, a throwdown over property-tax cuts and fetal remains
2 days ago
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is promoting his bathroom-protection bill with a poll he paid for that says a majority of all Texans -- Republicans, Democrats and everyone else -- agree that the controversial bill is a good idea. If you thought the upcoming legislative session might go smoothly, think again. A throwdown over property-tax cuts appears to be on the horizon, pitting the state against local taxing entities including cities and school districts. Abortion will also be back, this time in the form of a bill to require fetal remains to be buried or cremated, in what quickly heated up the debate once again over women's rights. Facing a tight state budget, Texas will be hoping for some relief from the federal government in a Donald Trump era on the rising costs of healthcare and border security. But no one yet know whether that relief will come soon enough. Texas politics are never boring, and these explosive topics and other behind-the-scenes insights about the upcoming legislative session are explored in this week's Texas Take: The Podcast -- the leading political podcast in the Lone Star State, with a much-watched Facebook Live video to boot. Saddle up and watch at Chron.com. You can't make up stuff this good.