His Job Safe, Straus Now Faces Session's Hurdles

With the latest threat to his leadership easily dispatched, House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, has proven once again that he can hold onto the third-most powerful post in state government despite a vocal contingent of critics in his party’s conservative wing.

But as he heads into the state’s 83rd legislative session, he faces what may be a greater task — tackling issues that have been thorny for Republicans in the past, including public education and plans for water and transportation infrastructure without further alienating the far right. In a recent interview in his Capitol office, Straus said addressing ...

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