Conservative activists organize and rally to express priority needs in Texas, yet so-called Republican lawmakers in the Texas Legislature routinely do the opposite. The House Republican Caucus chairman might be one reason that is the case.
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After unsuccessful efforts to expand Medicaid in Texas during the regular 87th Legislative Session, supporters endeavor to convince Abbott to add it to any of the upcoming special sessions.
The bill currently boasts 69 authors, seven short of the 76-vote threshold for passage in the House of Representatives.
The stars might be aligning, assuming the Republican-led Legislature follows through.
Republicans must choose if they will continue to empower a minority to obstruct conservative reforms.
The Democrat coalition is fast-tracking liberal priorities while delaying conservative reforms.
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