On this week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Whitely, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey talk about the personal styles of Texas' new governor and lieutenant governor. The contrast between Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was evident on inauguration day: In his speech, Abbott's tone was measured and managerial; Patrick's barn burner sounded more like a campaign speech, leaving some to wonder about his intentions for 2018.
Also: Jason and Bud sit down with U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, to talk Keystone, shutting down the Department of Homeland Security and his preference for the 2016 presidential nominee. Ross offers the perspective from Austin on the surprisingly large tuition reimbursements that state agencies — particularly the Texas Department of Transportation — have been doling out, Abbott's recent appointments to several university regent boards, and what former Texas Comptroller Susan Combs plans to do with that $6 million she still has in her campaign coffers. The state Senate's decision last week to overturn the long-standing two-thirds rule is discussed, and finally: What was behind the light turnout for Tuesday's inauguration? Word was, there was some leftover barbecue!