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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

CANDIDATES SWARM TO TEXPAC FORUMS

We promoted it as “Two Hours. Six Men. Tough Questions,” and that’s exactly what it was. Two candidates for the Republican nomination for attorney general and four men seeking the GOP nod for lieutenant governor faced the heat this weekend at TEXPAC forums.

  • For attorney general, State Sen. Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman took questions from Texas Tribune Editor Ross Ramsey. They both spoke about eliminating government and insurance company interference in the patient-physician relationship. State Rep. Dan Branch (R-Dallas) could not attend due to the death of his father, San Antonio neurosurgeon Charles Branch Sr., MD. Watch the tapes if you missed the event.
  • The candidates for lieutenant governor took off the gloves in a wide-ranging discussion moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Reeve Hamilton. The incumbent, David Dewhurst; Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson; State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston); and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples all participated, discussing health care issues as well as how they would run the Texas Senate if elected. Again, you can watch the recording if you wish.

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