The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is responding to questions about its death penalty procedures, following a botched execution in Oklahoma in which an inmate returned to consciousness before eventually dying of a heart attack.

Texas currently uses one large dose of the drug pentobarbital for lethal injections, not a mixed-drug method like Oklahoma. But newly released documents show the state has one of the drugs Oklahoma used in stock.

In Wednesday’s Capital Tonight, we learned more about the kind of lethal drugs the TDCJ has on hand, and how opponents and supporters of the death penalty are reacting.


The numbers suggest that Texas is a very Republican state, but Democrats believe they can prove otherwise by getting more people to the polls in November. We sat down with Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa to talk about new support for Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, a perceived snub from Democratic Governor’s Association and their plans for the summer convention.


Wednesday brought a new wave of back-and-forth attacks in the Republican runoff race for lieutenant governor. The Quorum Report‘s Harvey Kronberg joined us to talk about that development and more.