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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."

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