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
Ep53: Driving past a bad car wreck with serious injuries, without stopping? Plus, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn pushes for Obamacare repeal, faces pushback from Texas colleague Ted Cruz
4 days ago
If the Texas political fight of the week was most recently in Austin, it's now moved to Washington. U.S. Senate. John Cornyn of Texas has pushed ahead on a GOP Senate plan to dump Obamacare, and Democrats have all jumped ship, saying it was hatched in secret and, essentially, sucks. The Senate's leading Democrat, Charles Schumer of New York, insists that even Republicans aren't thrilled with it. If they were, he insisted during a tense debate with Cornyn, Republicans would be sending "brass bands down every Main Street in America," which they aren't. Cornyn snapped back by likening Obamacare to a serious car wreck, and accused Democrats of "driving right by" without stopping to render aid to the seriously injured victims of the ill-fated plan passed by Democrats. Count on this: The fight over this reform in coming days won't be happy time in the U.S. Senate. Never the supportive player for Cornyn, junior U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who has railed to repeal Obamacare for what seems like forever, says he is a 'no' vote for the present on the GOP plan. Cornyn has not commented on that, but he can't be happy with his Lone Star colleague. If that's not enough political drama for the week, Houston doc and conservative GOP activist Steve Hotze is publicly calling for House Republicans to give House Speaker Joe Straus the boot when the special session starts on July 18. Hotze, you see, is a political ally of Gov. Dan Patrick, who is no fan of Straus, who he considers too moderate in his politics compared to his ultra-right views Then there's Texas Monthly's Best & Worst list, the review of lawmakers from the recently concluded regular session. Lots of Houston senators and reps on both lists this year and, as you would expect, some are unhappy about how they were ranked. We've got all the lowdown on the political meltdowns in both Washington and Texas in this week's Texas Take, where you get the inside scoop in unvarnished, straight talk that every Texan can understand. From Mike Ward, the Chronicle's Austin Bureau chief, and Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, comes Texas' leading online podcast about Lone Star politics.