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


Hurricane Harvey: How Prepared is Texas?

Texans are bracing for Hurricane Harvey. As the storm barrels toward the Texas coast, its impact could mean extreme flooding and damage to communities.

Governor Greg Abbott has already declared a state of emergency for 30 Texas counties.

Harvey is set to become the first hurricane to make landfall on the Texas coast since Ike in 2008.

But how prepared is the state for a storm like this? At 7, we take a look at how decisions by lawmakers in the past could impact the state’s ability to respond to this latest storm.


Harvey Impact on Oil Industry:

About one third of the entire refining capacity in the country is located along the Texas Gulf Coast.

Texas Oil and Gas Association President Todd Staples joins us to discuss how the hurricane could affect the oil and gas industry.

“They are in the process of shutting those refineries down that are going to be directly impacted,” Staples said.

He also details a new report by OGA on Texas’ energy dominance.


Federal Court Orders Texas House Map be Redrawn:

A federal court has ruled Texas’ state House maps are intentionally discriminatory and some districts must be redrawn ahead of the 2018 elections.

A three-judge panel in San Antonio unanimously ruled lawmakers must fix the violations.

Nine districts must be redrawn, potentially affecting the configuration of political boundaries in four counties. Those counties include Dallas, Nueces, Bell and Tarrant.

Today’s ruling comes a week after the same court invalidated two of Texas’ congressional districts — and ordered those be redrawn.

Attorney General Ken Paxton appealed that ruling to the US Supreme Court. Regarding today’s House maps, Paxton said the state will appeal that ruling, too.


Report: State Cuts Hurting ECI Services:

Thousands of Texas children could be affected by state cuts to therapy services.

We’re joined by the CEO of Texans Care for Children to discuss a new report that shows how many kids with disabilities could be missing out on critical developmental care.


Trump Tweetstorm:

President Trump is once again attacking the top Republican in the U.S. Senate. The rift highlights the continuing problems the President has with the leaders of his own party.

Our Washington bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta will have an update at 7pm.


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm.


Posted by Karina Kling