November 27, 2012
About 37 hours after the Election Day polls closed this month, I got to sit down with Texas Senator Dan Patrick and Texas Tribune Chief Honcho Evan Smith (an informal title) to talk about the election, the upcoming legislative session and what it all means for Texas.
It was a fun morning (though some of that was probably sleep deprivation or election-related brain damage). The legislative session starts just six weeks from today, and our talk, which you can watch here, offered a pretty good preview of the political and philosophical lines that will help define it.
As I say so often, I deeply love Texas – I love its people, its culture, its natural beauty and its history.
I also think Texas can do better. The state can do a much better job being honest and transparent about the challenges and opportunities we face, and it can be smarter and more open about how we deal with them.
So I think next year’s session will be driven by one basic question: will those in control of the Capitol do better for the families, business owners and children of Texas?
And of course we should advance a first-class economic vision for middle-class Texans that restores necessities to seniors and children, invests in education from pre-kindergarten to college, helps small businesses at least as much as big corporations, and makes Texas a national leader in new energy as much as we are in fossil fuels.
Except that, if you watch the video, it’s not clear that those in control of this state would take Texas in a direction that most Texans would consider better. And that raises some questions:
The next six months (or so) will help decide how Texas answers those questions. And I’ll be writing much more in the coming weeks and months about what we’re doing to make Texas better – and how things are going at the Capitol.
Stay tuned and, please, stay involved. The election was only the beginning.