Apr 27, 2018
Call this the week of the throwdowns.
It started with a raucous Houston Independent School District board meeting over controversial plans involving several school campuses, in the nation's seventh-largest district, where cops were eventually called to eject and arrest several unhappy constituents.
The result ended up looking more a like a Jerry Springer Show, with the throwing of chairs. And the board backed up and dropped its plans for now.
Then, Gov. Greg Abbott penned a letter to disgraced former U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi, demanding he pay for a special June election necessitated by his sudden resignation over sexual harassment claims.
He's the guy who promised to repay taxpayers for an $84,000 settlement, but never has. Abbott says he should pony up personally to cover the election costs resulting from his misbehavior, a tab that could reach $200,000.
Crickets so far from Farenthold about Abbott's demand.
In Austin, state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, made it clear to state higher education officials that he's not happy with their progress in upping the college graduation rates for African-Americans and Hispanics. He gave them two weeks to come up with a plan.
And in Washington, Lynnette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson -- two national media personalities who are better known by their brand name Diamond and Silk -- took on U.S. Rep. Shiela Jackson Lee, D-Houston, during a hearing about how they got the boot from Facebook for pro-Trump comments.
Jackson Lee, not a Trump-y by any measure, set off a tense set-to with the two ladies after she suggested they lied during a Fox interview and had received payments from the Trump campaign. They bluntly denied both assertions.
Texas politics are entertaining but never boring, as this edition of the state's leading political podcast, produced in collaboration with partner Texas Public Radio, clearly shows.