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

 

Harvey Latest:

The storm may finally be moving out of Texas — but the road to recovery has only just begun. Preliminary estimates from AccuWeather predict Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in US history.

The price tag — roughly $160 billion.

Rescue operations continue in Houston and other parts of the state. At least 20 people have died because of the storm.

Governor Greg Abbott was briefed on the latest today and held a press conference to give an update…

“The worst is not yet over for southeast Texas as far as the rain is concerned,” Abbott said. “There will be ongoing challenges both during the time that rain continues to fall as well as for approx. four days to a week to come.”

Abbott also says more than 32,000 people are in shelters and the state has an additional 30,000 beds ready to go if needed.

About 10,000 additional National Guard troops from around the country are being deployed to help out bringing the total to around 24,000.

And more than 200,000 have registered for federal assistance and FEMA has provided more than 5 million meals.

 

Price Gouging:

The Attorney General’s office says it’s received hundreds of reports about price gouging in the wake of Harvey.

As of this morning, it had tallied 684 complaints including scams, fraud and charities. One Houston convenience store was charging 20 dollars per gallon for gas. Others complaints include $8.50 for bottles of water and $99 dollars for a case of water.

Offenders who engage in price gouging can face fines of up to $20,000 per offense, and up to $250,000 if the victim is 65 or older.

The A-G’s office is urging consumers to file a complaint or call the attorney general’s hotline if they feel they are victims of price gouging.

 

Pence to Visit Texas:

Vice President Mike Pence will visit Texas tomorrow. He made the announcement while speaking at the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce.

Pence says the president personally asked him and the second lady to go to Texas to reassure the people hit hardest — that the administration stands with them.

No word yet on where the Vice President will visit.

 

Congressman and US Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke:

Due to Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas coast on Friday — we were unable to air our interview with Congressman and US Senate Candidate Beto O’Rourke.

The El Paso Democrat is challenging Sen. Ted Cruz. O’Rourke’s been on a 34-day Texas tour — but canceled several events due to the storm.

We sat down with him on Friday to discuss the campaign, the Democratic party and his take on Trump. Hear his full interview at 7pm.

 

Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7pm.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling