Political Points: Bathroom Bill Fight, Trump's Border Trip and Beto O'Rourke's New Look

Good morning!Here are the top political headlines from Austin, Dallas and Washington.Points from Austin1. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said the battle over the bathroom bill is over. "Sometimes a bill doesn't pass, but you win," Patrick said Wednesday at a news conference with Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen. "I think it's been settled and I think it's been won. When you win the battle, you don't have to fight the battle again." The three officials also said they're on the same page when it comes to lowering Texans' property taxes and fixing the state's ailing system of funding public schools. While the details have yet to be worked out, they assured Texans their unity alone would ensure progress on these issues.2. Patrick also put the kibosh on him leaving his job as the Senate president for a gig in the Trump administration, though he missed the first day of the session Tuesday for meetings at the White House. "End that rumor. It's crazy. It's out of control," he said.3. The Texas House on Wednesday strengthened its procedures on sexual harassment and gave a panel already armed with sweeping investigative powers the job of ensuring that the chamber offers "a safe and professional environment."4. We're trying to make it easier, and more fun, to stay informed on what your state representatives and senators are up to. In the spirit of Schoolhouse Rock, we've started a video series about politics. The first installment is about how the state Legislature works.5. At our new site, Texas Tracker: Your Guide to the State Legislature, you'll find stories, analysis and more from the Capitol. If you're a Dallas Morning News subscriber, you can customize your feed. Sign in, click the issues you want to follow, and you'll see only posts matching those topics.Points from Washington  Continue reading...

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