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Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 44: Who Is Challenging Governor Abbott?

“The consistent message that seems to be coming out of her campaign is she has no idea why she’s running for governor” – Jay Aiyer, co-host of Party Politics, on media and others’ reaction to Lupe Valdez, one of the Democrats running for Texas governor


Gov. Greg Abbott has a war chest of over $43 million dollars but that doesn’t mean his seat is completely safe


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This week's Party Politics: Texas Edition, co-hosts Jay Aiyer and Brandon Rottinghaus talk about a busy week in Texas political news:

  • Governor Greg Abbott presents a new plan around human trafficking and using the Texas Rangers to deal with sexual misconduct in the legislature

  • Some Texas prisons have reached a deal on getting A/C

  • The Texas ethics committee publishes worst offenders for not paying fines

  • Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller is in hot water…again

Then they talk about just who is challenging Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s position on both the Republican and Democratic side. As always, don't forget to check out our national episodes of Party Politics, too. You can download them on Apple Podcasts or wherever you get your podcasts. Tweet us at #PartyPoliticsPod or email

Party Politics is produced by Edel Howlin and Todd Hulslander is the audio engineer.

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