Lupe Valdez Would Rather Not Debate Greg Abbott On Football Night

This week in Texas politics with the Texas Tribune

By Laura RiceJuly 13, 2018 1:56 pm,

It’s time to check in with the week that was in Texas Politics with Texas Tribune managing editor Corrie MacLaggan.

This week, Gov. Greg Abbott accepted an invitation to debate the Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Lupe Valdez. But Valdez is concerned about the proposed date for the debate: it’s a Friday night in the middle of football season.

MacLaggan said Valdez tweeted back to Abbot, “seriously, during Friday Night Lights? Texans deserve better. Call me, maybe?”

Michael Cloud has been sworn in as Texas’ newest member of Congress. He replaces former Rep. Blake Farenthold, who resigned after it was revealed that he used taxpayer dollars to settle a sexual harassment claim.

State Comptroller Glenn Hegar says the Texas legislature will have more cash to work with during its next session, 2019. His annual revenue estimate increased thanks to strong sales tax receipts and higher oil prices.

MacLaggan says lawmakers are optimistic, but know there are a lot of needs. “All that Hurricane Harvey recovery is going to cost money, for example,” she says.

Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.

By Manu Schneider.