Jun 23, 2017
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.
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