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Straus Retires, Patrick Says It Ain't Personal, And Frustration Mounts Over Harvey Recovery

Ryan E. Poppe

Editor's note: Mike Ward, who appeared on this podcast, was a reporter for the Houston Chronicle whose reporting was called into question in August, 2018. Although the podcasts were primarily analysis of current events, in the interest of disclosure, we thought it wise to include this information.
The Houston Chronicle retracted eight reports and issued corrections in multiple others, saying they were based on fabricated information, after an outside investigation revealed 44 percent of people quoted in Ward’s stories did not appear to exist. Ward resigned earlier this year while the investigation was underway.
Texas House Speaker Joe Straus delivered a stunner this week when he announced he will retire from his job as presiding officer. Unlike other top Texas Republicans who retired, he’s not expected anytime soon on Dancing with the Stars. Instead, he may get very involved in the GOP primary. 
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick insists his differences with Straus were never personal, even if it sure sounded that way as recently as Monday with Patrick arguing Straus should change his behavior and stop attacking Gov. Greg Abbott. 

President Donald Trump visits Texas with supporters cheering him and handing over their cash while opponents call him a “liar, liar, liar.” 

And Gov. Abbott thinks he can get the UT and Texas A&M game going again, but that’s easier said than done. 

With Mike Ward, the Houston Chronicle's Austin Bureau chief, and Scott Braddock, editor of the Quorum Report, it's Texas' leading online podcast about Lone Star politics -- now coming to you in collaboration with Texas Public Radio. Listen to more of their podcasts on our subscriber site, HoustonChronicle.com.