The odds for Medicaid expansion are shrinking.

Wednesday, House Democrats held a last-minute press conference to say that any chance of expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act is nearly dead.

Meanwhile, Texas lawmakers are scrambling to get support for a statewide law regulating payday lenders. Rep. Mike Villarreal joined us to talk about his effort to keep the measure alive.

Charter School Rally

The number of charter schools in Texas could drastically increase if legislation continues to move forward this session. Republican Sen. Dan Patrick spoke to hundreds of parents, teachers and students at a rally outside the Capitol Wednesday, vowing he’ll do everything he can to see the state pass its first major charter school bill since 2001.

The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about that issue and more. Click the logo below to watch the full episode.

Inside Out

Several deadlines are looming that could doom the chances of any bill not already scheduled for a House or Senate floor debate. We spoke with former Democratic State Senator Hector Uribe and former Republican State Representative Aaron Peña about the pressure that process brings.