On this week's TribCast, Emily talks to Ross, Matthew and Cassi about the likely next speaker of the Texas House, the start of bill filing for the 2019 legislative session and an incoming Texas congressman's stint on Saturday Night Live.
In a wide-ranging conversation with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith, Straus launched jabs at two fellow Republicans: Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and President Donald Trump. He declined to weigh in on who should succeed him as the leader of the lower chamber.
In the GOP-dominated Texas House, can Democrats influence who will replace House Speaker Joe Straus? Some Republican members say that's unlikely but others insist that, on such an important decision, the minority party can't be ignored.
The National Democratic Redistricting Committee, the group led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, has dedicated a quarter-million dollars to the effort this fall to add more Democrats to the Texas House.