Dan Patrick

Ryan E. Poppe

AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott met with the Honduran president last week in his first visit with a Central American leader since he took office and promised to stanch the flow of immigrants coming across the border.

It was a break from friction Abbott is confronting closer to home in the Capitol.

With six weeks left in a legislative session that began with Abbott giving largely non-contentious marching orders like ethics reforms and tax cuts — and leaving hot-button issues like gay rights and abortion aside — a standoff between the GOP in the House and Senate has put some of his agenda in gridlock.

From Texas Standard:

In a letter presented Tuesday, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s Grassroots Advisory Board called two pre-kindergarten enhancement bills in the Texas Legislature “a threat to parental rights.”

The letter also called out the bills for being “godless” and “socialistic" — a take that's at striking odds with that of Gov. Greg Abbott, who made pre-K funding a priority during his campaign.

Bonnen: Patrick ‘Playing Games’ With Border Security

Apr 22, 2015
Courtesy: Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A key member of the Texas House’s Republican leadership blasted Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as a Washington-style politician a day after the Texas Senate passed its version of a sweeping border security bill. 

Ryan E. Poppe

A group of private citizens personally selected by Texas’ Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, is crying foul on potential legislation that would expand Pre-Kindergarten classes in the state, going as far as to dub it “Godless” and a “threat” to parents across Texas.

These are bills that started out as a campaign promise for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, and were later deemed a legislative priority at the start of the session, legislation that the members of the Lt. Gov.’s grassroots advisory board called a “threat to parental rights.” 

State of Texas

AUSTIN — Advisers to Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick described a major bipartisan pre-K initiative as socialist and keeping children in a “Godless environment,” in a letter sent to lawmakers Tuesday.

The letter was a rebuke over a preschool push being led by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, whose office responded by defending its plan while not addressing the criticism. It was written by a “grassroots advisory” board of conservative activists that Patrick, a Tea Party leader, assembled upon taking office in January.

“We are experimenting at great cost to taxpayers with a program that removes our young children from homes and half-day religious preschools and mothers’ day out programs to a Godless environment with only evidence showing absolutely NO LONG-TERM BENEFITS beyond the 1st grade,” the letter said.

Pages