Bathroom Bills In Texas Reveal Larger GOP Tensions, By Lincoln Dow

Bathroom bills in Texas reveal larger GOP tensions, by Lincoln Dow

For decades, the Republican Party has been a mixture of business-minded, free-market capitalists and socially conservative, often Christian traditionalists. This unlikely marriage has survived and thrived in Texas because until recently, the two divisions have found little reason to clash with each other in the Legislature. This year, however, the infamous bathroom bill fight started to indicate growing strains in the GOP. If this keeps up, pro-business Republicans might soon find themselves forced out of the party.
House Speaker Joe Straus must have known the 85th Legislative Session wouldn’t be easy when social conservatives in the state Senate began …

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