Joe Straus

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.

texasgopvote.com

On the first day of the new legislative session members in the Texas House of Representatives have overwhelmingly re-elected Rep. Joe Straus, a San Antonio Republican, to his fourth term as Speaker of the House. 

Tomorrow, when the Texas House of Representatives gavels in for its 140-day session, members are expected to elect Rep. Joe Straus III of San Antonio to a fourth term as Speaker. 

texasgopvote.com

While some Tea Party Republicans are asking for new leadership in the Texas House, others’ are siding with the incumbent Speaker, San Antonio Republican, Joe Staus. And while choosing a new House leader won’t happen for another two months, there are already major efforts underway to claim the spot and that’s left a House divided.

State of Texas

On Friday Speaker of the House Joe Straus announced the creation of the Select Committee of Economic Development Incentives, which will examine if the state’s business incentives are really driving companies to move to Texas and if the programs are still worth their weight.

In a statement, Straus wrote:

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