Dan Patrick Says the Only Opponents to Bathroom Bill Are Members of the Media

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune.

By Rhonda FanningJanuary 13, 2017 1:34 pm| ,

It’s time to talk about the week that was in Texas politics. Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, spoke with the Standard today to talk about what’s been going on across the state.

The Texas news cycle this week has been seemingly dominated by one issue: bathrooms. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke with CEO of Texas Tribune Evan Smith about recent criticism for the so-called “bathroom bill” saying the only opponents “are anglo liberals, and many of them work in the media.”

“I think his strategy in this conversation with Evan Smith was really to say the media is blowing this out of proportion,” Ramshaw says. “But almost everywhere you go this is a huge subject of conversation and some of the biggest proponents of this legislation are the traditionally conservative business communities so I think it’s a red herring to suggest that this is just a conversation within the media.”

What you’ll hear in this segment:

-How tighter budgets will affect education legislation

-The possibility of traction for ethics reform

-Rex Tillerson’s Senate confirmation hearing