On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics, I talked with host Jason Whitely and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy about last week's U.S. Supreme Court cross-border pollution ruling, which went against Texas and several other states. We also talked about Democratic candidate for governor Wendy Davis being left Texas off the Democratic Governors Association's list of states to target in November, underlining the steep uphill climb her campaign faces. The Republican race for lieutenant governor took a turn as state Democrats put up a website attacking incumbent David Dewhurst, reflecting Party thinking his opponent, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, will be easier to beat in November.
Also: Jason and Bud interviewed state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, in a runoff with state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, who's been mostly absent from the campaign trail for the last two weeks following a Texas Tribune story detailing violations of state securities laws and Texas Ethics Commission requirements; two departure gates at the Love Field airport in Dallas have become political footballs; a debate about the economic impacts of raising the minimum wage; and WFAA TV will be televising — and livestreaming — a debate between Dewhurst and Patrick at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
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