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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Ep79: President Trump uses another expletive, but Dan Patrick calls him 'greatest': Plus, DACA, state border-security funding, Astros' Series win become bookmarks in a busy political week
6 days ago
As the elbowing among dozens of little-known Texas candidates in both parties intensifies as they scramble to get attention just eight weeks before the election, President Trump is again stealing the limelight with an explosive remark featuring an expletive. Just days earlier, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick appeared on a Dallas radio talk show extolling Trump as among the greatest presidents -- the greatest, in fact, behind iconic Republican Ronald Reagan. While Trump has low polls numbers in a lot of states, his standing with Texas Republicans remains rock solid. That's even as The Donald increasingly becomes a boogeyman for Democrats running for most any office. Democratic candidates at all levels are seeking to energize their base to oust state GOP leaders who support Trump. Fighting over an immigration deal in Washington for Dreamers, and calls in Austin to cut the state's $800 million in border security funding rounded out another political week in which the unexpected made the headlines. As we say in Texas, politics is seldom boring, but always entertaining. Welcome our sponsor this week: The Texas Association of Counties. With Mike Ward, the Houston Chronicle's Austin Bureau chief, and Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, it's Texas' leading online podcast about Lone Star politics -- now coming to you in collaboration with Texas Public Radio.