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The Oddities of Political Power in Texas

Even though Republicans hold all statewide elective offices, and have solid majorities in both legislative houses, we’ve seen instances this session when Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus have not been on the same page. Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston (and co-host of […]

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Even though Republicans hold all statewide elective offices, and have solid majorities in both legislative houses, we’ve seen instances this session when Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Joe Straus have not been on the same page.

Brandon Rottinghaus, professor of political science at the University of Houston (and co-host of Houston Public Media’s New Podcast Party Politics) joins us to talk through those examples.

And then, springing off of the latest NPR A Nation Engaged project examining presidential power at the federal level, we consider gubernatorial power at the state level and ask why in Texas does the lieutenant governor seem, at times, a more powerful office than governor?

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