Our daily digest is a mid-day update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re watching:


Patrick teacher bonus plan:

A plan to tap the Texas lottery to pay for teacher bonuses has been proposed. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick laid out the idea at a press conference Thursday. He wants to spend $700 million each year in lottery revenue to give veteran teachers a boost. Patrick says the lottery raises about $1 billion yearly for education.

His plan would force school districts to use most of that on pay bumps for teachers with at least six years of experience and retirees with more than 20 years.

The proposal would require a change to the Texas Constitution — meaning voters would have to approve it.

Public school advocates argue the state needs to better invest in public education.


Redistricting Trial Day 4:

Our Alese Underwood is in the courtroom today and will have the latest on day four of the fight over Texas’ political maps.


Texas Congressman Calls on Trump to Kick Adult Kids out of the White House:

A Texas Republican Congressman is calling on President Trump to kick his adult kids out of the White House.

“I’m going out on a limb here, but I would say I think it would be in the president’s best interest if he removed all of his children from the White House — not only Donald Trump but Ivanka and Jared Kushner,” Rep. Bill Flores, R-Bryan, said. “And so I wished that he would get them out of the way so that we could have — from a professional standpoint — House policy issues.”

Specifically Rep. Bill Flores of Bryan was asked about Donald Trump, Jr., who posted an email exchange from June with a Russian official that he appeared eager to accept information that could have damaged Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Flores says the meeting should not have happened. And he added he’d like to see more professionals in the White House so they could get back to the issues that matter.


Senate Revised Health Care Bill Unveiled:

Senate Republican leaders unveiled their new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill would still cut Medicaid and it would allow insurers to sell plans with bare-bones coverage. But the legislation is still in jeopardy with not enough votes to even start debating it on the Senate floor. Our Washington DC Bureau Reporter Alberto Pimienta will have the latest details.


Travis County Republican and Democratic Party Chairs Debate:

Republican Matt Mackowiak and Democrat Vincent Harding join us to discuss 2018, special session and the state of the county parties.


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Posted by Karina Kling