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August 14, 2019

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Dennis Bonnen, Michael Quinn Sullivan and the Texas political roller coaster
Texas Tribune 

Nearly three weeks later, this is still the talk of the House. And that’s the only audience a speaker has to cultivate. If at least 76 of them don’t want a change at the top, there won’t be a change at the top. What the public thinks is important, but only if voters have some reason to care who’s swinging the gavel in the Texas House. 

Emboldened DCCC plans to turn up the heat on Texas GOP congressmen
Austin American-Statesman

Democratic optimism is built on the changing demographics of the rapidly growing districts and the presence of President Donald Trump atop the 2020 GOP ticket. The DCCC is modeling its Texas strategy on its success in flipping seven California districts in 2018, centered on Orange County, once the seedbed of Republican conservatism.
Trump’s trade war retreat gives lie to his rhetoric
The Washington Post

Economic forecasts are increasingly warning about the threat of a recession, often citing the new China tariffs President Trump announced two weeks ago. The stock market has taken hits during that span. Inflation is starting to tick up. It’s against that backdrop that the Trump administration on Tuesday announced that it would be pulling back on the recently announced tariffs. And the timing is conspicuous, to say the least.

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