Ep124: Castro is in, Beto is in a funk, and Abbott promises the moon this session

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Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were inaugurated this week as they begin their second terms as the top elected officeholders in Texas. Each made a solid commitment to funding public education while the House and Senate offered their initial budget proposals, each reflecting that commitment. It's a far cry from the beginning of the last legislative session two years ago when divisive public restroom restrictions, cracking down on undocumented immigrants, and sweeping abortion restrictions topped the agenda. Why the change?

Former San Antonio Mayor and HUD Secretary Julián Castro launched his campaign for president in the Alamo City and Ryan was on the scene while Jeremy has the latest on why Beto O'Rourke says he's "in and out of a funk." Plus Ted Cruz gives a lesson on how to grow a beard.

Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on at the Texas Capitol and in Washington with the state's #1 political podcast: The 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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