News Ticker: April 12

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Barry Smitherman tweets that voting is treasonous
Barry Smitherman tweets that voting is treasonous

Dan Patrick clears a hurdle, Barry Smitherman chokes, and Ted Cruz prattles on. Communication is on the News Ticker.

• We thought for years that In-N-Out just didn't like the Central Texas heat, but now we're beginning to take it personally.

• One Austin python is up to no good.

• In the Capitol, lawmakers are legislating. The Michael Morton Act, which seeks to make open files the law of the land, handily cleared the Senate.

• Sen. Dan Patrick's stealth school voucher bill tip-toed through the Senate. Squeakily, and very, very sneakily.

• Meanwhile, a House panel approved plans to make Texas History a little too realistic.

• And the lower chamber is gunning for other subjects too. Calculators teach thinking skills, right?

• According to Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, all the gun control debate needs is more overheated rhetoric.

• Sen. Ted Cruz is like a Chatty Cathy doll whose string is permanently pulled. He refuses to believe that there are some people who just aren't receptive to his message.

• Half of all Americans approve of America. U.S.A! U.S.A.!

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