Patrick Svitek

Patrick Svitek

Reporter, @TexasTribune. Email: I write The Blast: Previously @HoustonChron.

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Late last night, Texas House gave preliminary approval to #HB1802 , @GovernorPerry-championed  bill to study psychedelics for PTSD in veterans: #txlege 

DPS spox re: Todd Smith: “This matter is being investigated by the Texas Rangers on behalf of the Department of Public Safety in collaboration w/ the Travis County District Attorney’s office. Our offices will be keeping the community updated as more information becomes available"

After Democrat-led committee resurrects bill to ban transgender students from playing on sports teams that correspond w/ their gender identity, House Dem caucus chair @ChrisGTurner  says it's "a terrible bill and I'm severely disappointed it came out of committee" #SB29  txlege

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Top political aide to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller arrested in alleged scheme to take money in exchange for hemp licenses

From this morning: With 2022 -- and 2024 -- on the horizon, @GregAbbott_TX  sends clear signals on some hard-right priorities in final weeks of session #txlege 

Something you don't see every day: a joint statement from @TPPF  and @EveryTxn  opposing legislation #txlege 


Latest @BetoORourke  email to supporters goes long on Dem lessons from last week in Texas:

Cruz on WikiLeaks exchange: "That official who gave the heads-up to the Hillary campaign should be terminated & Loretta Lynch should resign”

"Kill 'em." Houston GOP powerbroker Steve Hotze left Greg Abbott a voicemail requesting National Guard "shoot to kill" rioters

Trump has won Zapata County — just north of the Rio Grande Valley along the border — by 6 points, 53% to 47%, per SOS results. Last two presidential elections there were Clinton +33 and Obama +43.

Just in: @TedCruz  is ending his presidential campaign, campaign manager Jeff Roe tells me.

News — @GovAbbott : "Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%." "Also, I am ending the statewide mask mandate." #txlege