Feb 3, 2017
The arguing and fighting of Washington has come to Austin.
Gov. Greg Abbott's State of the State speech, where he gently lectured the House and Senate to approve more money for Pre-K and child-protection programs, has some lawmakers rolling their eyes over where the additional money is going to come from, when the budget already faces a significant shortfall.
A Senate hearing on a bill to ban so-called "sanctuary cities" was quickly and repeatedly interrupted by vocal protests from the public gallery, with hundreds of witnesses still waiting to register their opposition, including law enforcement groups that a key constituency of the Republican leadership.
School choice? There's wide disagreement among lawmakers on the controversial issue, even in the Senate where the leadership has tagged it as a must-pass issue.
The bathroom bill? Ditto.
On the Convention of States that Abbott supports to rein in the federal government, even Republicans are not all on board with the concept.
Just three weeks into the legislative session, a lot of disagreement about a lot of issues is building fast.
And back in Washington, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn jumps to the defense of his junior colleague, Ted Cruz, a guy with whom he seldom sees eye to eye. He defended him from none other than U.S. Sen. Al Franken, a Minnesota Democrat who most recently yucked it up with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a public hearing over, of all things, a couch.
Hear about the couch and sanctuary cities and all the Austin eye-rolling in 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 all Texans can understand.