It’s end of a long week in Texas politics, with news from the stately halls of Washington DC, where the Supreme Court heard two Texas cases. Here to make sense of it all, Aman Batheja of the Texas Tribune.
This week marked the return of Wendy Davis to the national conversation. The former State Senator and former Democratic gubernatorial candidate has written two high-profile essays – one in the Lenny Letter, a feminist newsletter, and the other in Politico magazine – about her loss in the governor’s race last year.
“Whoever is working with her to rehabilitate her image is doing a very good job,” Batheja says. “She’s smartly going after her biggest weaknesses from her failed race against Abbott.”
Davis spoke about her frustrating loss to Abbott and why she caved on open carry during the governor’s race, because she thought it’d make it easier to win over conservative voters, Batheja says.
“When she announced her bid for governor after her famed filibuster, she really had a better image nationally than in Texas,” he says. “Among Democrats around the country, she is really popular.”
“Both of them deal with Texas coming to terms with its fast-growing minority population,” Batheja says.
Listen to the full interview in the audio player above.