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The End is the Beginning

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus
Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News
House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) takes a record-setting majority into the 2011 Legislature

Texas Republicans established a post-Reconstruction record Tuesday night, claiming 99 of the 150 seats in the state House.

Now that almost 2/3 of the Texas House is Republican red, including picking up three seats in Central Texas, the GOP will have a tight grasp on the agenda of the 82nd Legislature in January. But that doesn't necessarily mean that every piece of legislation has a pipeline directly to Governor Rick Perry's desk.

KUT's Ian Crawford and Jason Embry of the Austin American-Statesman discuss some of the potential pitfalls Republican might face on their way through the 140-day regular legislative session and beyond in this week's "Texas Political Parlor."

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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