Immigration, campaigns, migrant bus journeys

We’ve had a lot of hot topics this week in Texas politics.

Let’s start first with Texas Democrats celebrating Kansas voters who rejected a constitutional ban on abortion, saying a similar reaction at the ballot box will occur in Texas in November.

Governor Greg Abbott is taking policy action, expanding his migrant bus trips now to New York.

Senators Cruz and Cornyn are outraged for opposing a veterans relief bill and threw some shade at the Democrats’ inflation bill.

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who recently called for expanding the legalization of medical marijuana, is now criticizing state officials for not fixing the network, which sparked a quick shoutout on social media by Beto O’ Rourke.

O’Rourke is facing his own criticism for another about-face, this time on Critical Race Theory, which he didn’t support at first, but this week he said parents shouldn’t be afraid. .

When it comes to politics and education, this week another textbook war in Texas seems to be brewing. The state school board is considering a proposal to make calendar notations for BC and AD history with a possible shift to the more scientific, non-religious way of counting years.

Is a Trump presidential reboot also about to happen? Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to speak in Dallas this weekend as part of the conservative CPAC rally that has begun.

Now let’s get our titles from the panel.

SECURITIES

We’ll start with Scott Braddock with The Quorum Report. Scott, what’s your title of the week?

SCOTT BRADDOCK: Rudy, to me, he’s the governor making the immigration problems worse, so he can complain that they’re worse.

RUDY KOSKI: Steven Dial, FOX4 Dallas, what’s your title of the week?

STEVEN DIAL: Abbott’s bus service has a new stop.

RUDY KOSKI: And Patrick Svitek with the Texas Tribune. Patrick, what is your title of the week?

PATRICK SVITEK: Yeah, I was going to have to go with the migrant bus, by the governor and his expansion that we learned about on Friday.

GRID GRIPE & BIG APPLE BUS

RUDY KOSKI: Let’s talk a bit about that and also Sid Miller in that hanging curveball he gave to Beto O’Rourke. You know, it looks like the two sides aren’t really playing hard yet, with these easy arguments on these political issues. Patrick, you noticed Sid Miller’s tweet on ERCOT. Was it too easy to get or is it a legit shot?

PATRICK SVITEK: What Sid Miller did was he emailed his campaign supporters arguing that the Texas grid is not secure, not all caps. This obviously goes against the whole narrative that Governor Abbott is advancing in his re-election campaign against Beto O’Rourke.

SCOTT BRADDOCK: The grid, as you know, just like the only issue Democrats can beat Abbott on it has nothing to do with national politics. It’s a winning message for them. Of course, the flip side is that the grid is perceived to be doing very well throughout the summer, which is also possible.

RUDY KOSKI: Steven, the Democrats have given the Governor easy ground to hit.

STEVEN DIAL: Yeah, definitely with the bus map. I mean, who knows how many buses they’re going to send to New York. So it’s a win-win for Governor Abbott.

CPAC & TRUMP

RUDY KOSKI: The conservatives are meeting in Dallas for the CPAC convention or event, and Donald Trump is coming to town. Scott, is Donald Trump stealing the wind?

SCOTT BRADDOCK: Well, he’s definitely taking the oxygen out of the room, okay, for everyone else out there. I will tell you that it seems that attendance is down.

PATRICK SVITEK: Maybe they’re spreading a bit because, you know, it’s not a single big once-a-year event anymore.

STEVEN DIAL: I think people are just inundated with it.

VOTE ON ABORTION IN KANSAS

RUDY KOSKI: Kansas voters rejected a constitutional ban on abortion. Texas Democrats believe they can replicate what happened in Kansas here in Texas in November. Scott, are they going too far?

SCOTT BRADDOCK: If you look at the turnout for the ballot initiative that had to do with abortion, it was fascinating to see that it was 20% higher, the turnout was 20% higher for the abortion issue than it was for Republicans and Democrats. primary. So clearly, people were going out for that.

STEVEN DIAL: But I think Kansas is a totally different situation than Texas, just based on; Kansas doesn’t have a lot of people, and those suburbs are really what drove that.

PATRICK SVITEK: But I think this Kansas vote is a warning sign to Republicans that on this specific issue of this general election in Texas, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and energy on the Democratic side, and you see obviously the Republicans react to this.

SCOTT BRADDOCK: But I think what Patrick is saying is right about that, which is, look, Republicans would like to talk about other things. The things Republicans talked about before the March primary are very different from what they want to talk about before the general election in November.

STEVEN DIAL: I think I agree with Patrick and Scott. I don’t think the Republicans are really going to beat their chests talking about Roe vs. Wade because they know and, you know, if there’s any smart people in Beto’s ears, that’s what’s gonna bring Democrats and Independents at the polls.

SCOTT BRADDOCK: These elections are never about one issue. Right. It is a dynamic situation. It’s about the economy. It can also be abortion. It can also be armed violence. It can be many things. But when you look at the results in Kansas, it’s not hyperbole to say that it’s pretty mind-blowing.

THE WEEK IN A NUTSHELL

RUDY KOSKI: Okay. Let’s end this week in politics with our word of the week. We’ll start with Patrick Svitek. Patrick, your word.

PATRICK SVITEK: CPAC, an acronym, I guess.

RUDY KOSKI: Steven, your word.

STEVEN DIAL: Campaigns.

RUDY KOSKI: And Scott Braddock, your word of the week.

SCOTT BRADDOCK: Immigration.

RUDY KOSKI: And with that, we wrap up another week in Texas politics.

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