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


Bannon Out:

Another White House staffer is out of a job.

President Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Stephen Bannon today after days of rumors that the firebrand conservative was on the outs.

Meanwhile, President Trump faces a two-front battle after his reactions to the violence in Charlottesville and the terror in Barcelona. We’ll have the latest at 7.


Redistricting Update:

The state won’t ask lawmakers to come back and redraw congressional maps. Instead, it’s asking the nation’s highest court to step in and keep the boundaries in tact for 2018.

Attorney General Ken Paxton is appealing a lower court’s ruling this week that invalidated two of the state’s 36 congressional districts.

On Tuesday, judges ruled the districts violate the Constitution and the Voting Rights Act. One is held by Democrat Lloyd Doggett — the other by Republican Blake Farenthold.

But Paxton argues the maps Texas has used for the last three election cycles are lawful and should remain in place.


Six Flags Changes to all American Flags:

The Confederate flag will no longer fly at Six Flags Over Texas. The Arlington-based theme park announced today it will fly six American flags.

A spokeswoman says they “always choose to focus on celebrating the things that unite us versus those that divide us.”

The park was named for the six flags that have flown over Texas — Confederate and those of Spain, Mexico, France, the Republic of Texas and the US.

The Confederate flag the park flew was not the battle flag known for its cross design.

It was an earlier one known as the “stars and bars.”


Reporter Roundtable:

Capitol Press Corps reporter Madlin Mekelburg of the El Paso Times and Bob Garrett of the Dallas Morning News join our reporter roundtable to discuss the abrupt end to the Texas Legislature’s Special Session and the debate surrounding Confederate statues in Texas.


PolitiFact Texas:

And Gardner Selby is in to put Gov. Abbott to the truth-o-meter over a claim about Texas jobs.

He also rates this statement from San Antonio activist and trans-woman Ashley Smith:

Says transgender residents make up “about 1-in-300 people, we’re all over the place, we’re your friends and your neighbors.”


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm.


Posted by Karina Kling