Ep123: Dan Patrick skips beginning of legislative session to help Trump sell wall


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Sparking rumors that he is joining the Trump administration, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick skipped town on the first day of the legislative session this week to join the president in the White House. Patrick denied reports that he is seeking a role in the federal government and said he already has the best job in politics that he will ever hold.

Meanwhile, the session got underway with the election of a new Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, who was chosen unanimously by members. He's pledged to reform the way public education is paid for while containing the pain of property taxpayers across the state. He says it will all happen in a regular session with no special session needed.

And Julián Castro is expected to announce this weekend that he is running for the presidency. We talked with him one-on-one.

Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on at the Texas Capitol and in Washington with the state's No. 1 political podcast: Texas Take. Join the conversation featuring Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, Texas Public Radio Capitol reporter Ryan Poppe, and Chronicle political writer Jeremy Wallace.

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