Feb 17, 2017
In just a week, Gov. Greg Abbott seems to be taking on all comers.
First, in an interview on Fox News, Abbott blasted the National Football League for, as he put it, trying to make Texas "come to heel" on enacting a so-called bathroom bill that will require Texans to use only the loo that corresponds to the sex on their birth certificate.
Now, he's not saying the measure will pass, and he's not endorsing it, but he thinks the NFL should stop criticizing Senate Bill 6. If they don't, he might just pass a bill requiring NFL players to stand and put their hand over their heart when the Star Spangled Banner is played.
He also wants the House to shape up and put additional funding into pre-K programs in Texas, just weeks after he implored lawmakers in his State of the State speech to either properly fund those programs or not fund them at all. Many lawmakers shrugged off that offer by saying they'd pass on funding them.
And while Abbott was making his opinions known on those issues known, his close ally, Attorney General Ken Paxton, under indictment and facing a May court date on felony securities fraud charges, was facing likely possibility of not one, but two, trials on the pending charges.
As the Paxton legal drama unfolded, the Senate approved an ethics reform bill designed to make officeholders more accountable, the San Antonio offices of state Sen. Carlos Uresti were raided by the FBI and IRS as part of a wide-ranging fraud investigation. State Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin, is already facing criminal charges from a January indictment for alleged official misconduct.
Hear all about that and everything else going on under the Pink Dome on 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 every Texan can understand.