From questions about who can keep their jobs to a surprise challenger for a high-profile Senate seat, it’s been an erratic week for some public officials.

We sat down with Morgan Smith of the Texas Tribune, Peggy Fikac of the San Antonio Express-News and the Houston Chronicle, and Texas Monthly’s senior executive editor, Brian Sweany, to talk about where things stand now that the dust has settled.

CANDIDATE CONVERSATION

The topic of teaching creationism has come up in the race for lieutenant governor. Republican Sen. Dan Patrick joined us to explain his stance on the issue, along with border security, graduation requirements and more.

CHECKING THE FACTS

Plus, Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman joined us to fact-check a claim made by the David Dewhurst campaign.