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Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune and consultant Tyler Norris discuss the 86th Legislature, the 2020 election cycle, and whether "Old Town Road" is a country song.
June 10, 2019
In this interview, Senior Editor Drew White sits down with Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune and consultant Tyler Norris to discuss their view as to whether the 86th Legislature was an overall success or failure, predictions for the 2020 election cycle, and whether or not “Old Town Road” qualifies as a country song.

“It’s going to be pretty furious action,” said Norris regarding the upcoming election cycle. In 2018, Democrats took 12 seats from Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives and flipping 9 more seats would create a Democrat majority.

“There still needs to be a knowledge gap closed about what Republicans did this session,” said Svitek regarding the need for Republican legislators to publicize their accomplishments to keep and regain seats. “It’ll be interesting to see how Governor Abbott’s political operation, Speaker Bonnen’s political operation — to the extent that he has his own — help incumbents message those wins.”

Towards the end of the conversation, Svitek and Norris provide perspective on the hit song “Old Town Road” — a controversial collaboration with hip hop artist Lil Nas X and country artist Billy Ray Cyrus.

Watch the full interview below.

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Ben Billups

Ben Billups is the Marketing Manager for The Texan. After earning his degree in Economics from Thomas Edison State University, he served as a policy analyst for Texas’ 85th Legislature and later operated an outlet for veteran investigative journalists. Ben is a native Texan, an award-winning filmmaker, and actively competes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.