Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:


Jerry Patterson to Challenge Bush for Land Commissioner:

A former Texas Land Commissioner says he wants his old job back. Friday the race to head up the General Land Office took a new twist as Jerry Patterson announced he’ll be filing to run for the position next week.

Patterson has been frustrated with current Commissioner George P. Bush over what he calls a lack of transparency about the Alamo redesign project and his response to Hurricane Harvey.

Patterson says he’s been searching for a candidate to run against Commissioner Bush for the past four months.

“And at the end of the day I guess it’s me,” Patterson said.

Hear more from Patterson and the newly-filed Democratic candidate at 7.


Reporter Roundtable:

Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune and James Barragan of the Dallas Morning News join our reporter roundtable to discuss the race for Land Commissioner, Governor and sexual harassment policies at the State Capitol.


Trump Promotes Moore:

President Trump is in Florida tonight for a campaign-style rally just 25 miles from the Alabama state line.

The White House has said the rally is a campaign event for Trump. But the location — which also feeds Alabama TV markets — is stoking speculation that it’s a backdoor way for Trump to give controversial U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore a boost.

The rally and election are also coming at a watershed moment in the nation’s capital.


PolitiFact Texas:

Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas is in to fact check a claim about the share of Texas students succeeding in education after high school and whether domestic violence is a consistent predictor of mass shootings.


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.


Posted by Karina Kling