The Republican rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth told ‘Inside Texas Politics’ that he would not comment because of the ‘potential or pending investigation’.
Texas textbook revision
Inside Texas Politics begins with the letter from the State Rep. Matt Krause, who’s going to Texas school districts. He wants to know if public schools have specific books on campus about race and sexuality.
Rep. Krause, a Republican who chairs the House General Investigating Committee, which is also in the running for the Texas Attorney General, is asking about 800 different titles. But why does he want to know? And what will happen if the districts have the books?
Krause told Jason Whitely that he would not comment on the letter because of the “potential or pending investigation.”
“We sent that letter out as a query, we will see what these districts respond with, and again, more than that, we can not comment on it at this time,” he said.
Asked whether the districts would be required to respond, Krause said he hoped the districts “would act in good faith.” As for the consequences of not responding, Krause said it would be “something we address when the time comes.”
The Austin ISD has already said it will not respond to the request.
Trial of the Texas Abortion Act in the Supreme Court
Monday morning in Washington, DC, Texas will defend its new anti-abortion law before the US Supreme Court. Judges will hear arguments from both sides of the Texas law banning abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected – usually around six weeks.
Remember – the state does not enforce this law. Instead, anyone can sue abortion providers over it.
Mississippi also has a high-profile anti-abortion case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Does it matter that Texas goes first?
Ross Ramsey, med Texas Tribune, said he felt the court probably wanted to hear Texas’ law first because the Biden administration was pushing to hear the law.
“There were some immediate questions, such as ‘will you let this law apply while you decide?’ “They could hear the Mississippi case before deciding the Texas case. They could decide all of these cases together,” Ramsey said.
New Texas Secretary of State
His name is John Scott – a lawyer from Fort Worth. He worked briefly on the Trump campaign – in protest of the outcome of the November 2020 election.
Now, as Secretary of State, Scott is overseeing the Texas election. We spoke to him in his first TV interview hours after he began his job on Thursday, and asked why he thought the Texans should trust him to conduct state elections fairly.
“I think those who know me trust me, because as a lawyer I really operate based on evidence, and I think that regardless of my role in any trial, I think the core and the bottom is a analysis that makes a decision based on evidence, and I think that when we do, it allows for transparency and for everyone to look at it and most likely agree with the decision that was made, and I think “That’s one of the things I bring to this office,” he said.
Governor Abbott signed the four new redistribution cards into law. But Democrats are going to court to challenge the cards. How likely is it to postpone the primary election in March?
Ramsey, med Tribune, said it could be 50-50.
“If the courts do not redraw the cards or say they are partially illegal, we should move on on March 1,” he said. “If they do, we do not.”
Build a better plan back
Paid family leave is among the democratic priorities that did not survive in their Build Back Better plan. This is a question that Democratic Congressman Colin Allred has long defended. What’s left in the plan? And will income tax rise for Allred’s North Dallas voters to pay for it?
There is one year from the midterm elections and about two weeks from the official date to begin filing. We’re all talking about Republican races. What do we expect the Texas Democrats to give us to talk about?
Meanwhile, State Representative James White, a Republican from East Texas, is challenging Sid Miller as agriculture commissioner. Rep. White asks if anyone should recognize same-sex marriage. And State Representative Matt Krause of Fort Worth has a list of 850 books – he wants to know if they’re in public schools. Are these measures to attract attention in primary school?