July 13, 2018

Call this the week of fights.

U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is raking in loads of campaign cash in his bid to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, raising more than all the other Democrats running for statewide office combined.

Moves by Austin and San Antonio to mandate paid sick-leave for businesses has the state moving to shut them down, a fight that promises to end at the Legislature next January.

Even Comptroller Glenn Hegar's rosy prediction that rising energy prices could put an extra $2.8 billion in the state's coffers could be derailed by a growing trade war, spurred by President's Trump new tariffs.

As they say: Politics is sometimes akin to herding cats -- angry cats, this week.

Go behind the headlines for a look at what's really going on in Texas politics. Join the conversation featuring the Chronicle's Austin Bureau Chief Mike Ward and Scott Braddock, editor of The Quorum Report, an acclaimed Texas political newsletter, with special guest Ryan PoppeTexas Public Radio's Capitol reporter.

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