Time for the week that was in Texas politics with Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune.
Talk of a Friday debate between Sen. Ted Cruz and his challenger, Rep. Beto O’Rourke has come to nothing. Ramshaw says O’Rourke rejected the date proposed by Cruz, and wants a number of debates on a timetable agreed to by O’Rourke.
“I think it is almost certain you will see a debate – at least one debate between them.” Ramshaw says.
In the yard sign war, Ramshaw says O’Rourke has the advantage over Cruz.
“If you’ve driven all over Texas, you’re going to see a ton of Beto signs, and you’re not going to see as many Cruze signs,” she says. “And a lot of Cruz folks were asking ‘what’s the deal?'”
Ramshaw says the Cruz campaign chose not to spend its money on signs, but is rethinking that decision based on the attention the issue has received. They’re producing 25,000 new signs.
Two Texas teachers’ unions are suing the Texas education commissioner, claiming that allowing charter schools to enter struggling districts puts public school teachers’ jobs in jeopardy, and that charters don’t follow the same rules public educators do.
Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.