The fallout from Gov. Rick Perry’s indictment involves more than just his own political fate. In Thursday’s Capital Tonight, we checked in on two state agencies tied up — either directly or by implication — with the governor’s threat to veto funding for the state’s Public Integrity Unit.

First, we got an update on where money for the governor’s defense team is coming from and how the state attorney general’s office is involved. We also heard from Gov. Perry’s attorneys, who are getting out ahead of talk that an investigation into the state’s top cancer fighting agency may be linked to the governor’s indictment. Progress Texas PAC Director Glenn Smith joined us to comment on what the new developments mean for Texas Democrats.


At the center of all this is the agency charged with investigating state corruption. We checked in on how the Public Integrity Unit is faring now, one year after having its funding zeroed out by the governor.Plus, Rep. David Simpson discussed past Republican efforts to take the PIU out of the county’s hands entirely, and whether lawmakers will attempt to move it under the control of the attorney general’s office next session.


Meanwhile, the governor isn’t letting a little legal trouble slow him down. We checked in on the latest stop in his nationwide re-branding tour and heard from political strategists Harold Cook and Ted Delisi.