Dan Patrick took special jabs at fellow Republicans in a speech on Thursday, saying conservatives shouldn’t go against their own party. Patrick didn’t mention any Republicans by name while speaking at an annual policy conference hosted by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin. But in the last year Patrick has clashed publicly with Republican House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio, whose critics have painted him as a moderate holding up the conservative agenda of the state Senate that Patrick presides over. The most high-profile of those clashes was over the legislation pushed by Patrick that became known as the “bathroom bill.” Opponents of the bill, which would have restricted which bathrooms transgender Texans could use, said it would needlessly create blowback that would harm the business community. Many conservatives blame Straus for its failure. Patrick argued in his speech that conservative policies in Texas have caused more people to move to the state and prompted business growth. But, he said, there’s “so much left to do” in Texas when it comes to education, property taxes and infrastructure. Patrick also spoke about Texas’ resilience during two tragedies in 2017: Hurricane Harvey and the Sutherland Springs shooting. Calling Texas “the envy of the world,” he highlighted the success Texas Republicans had during 2017 legislative session, from passing bills in the special session to maintaining the budget. And he boasted about the gun-friendly policies of the state. Patrick is facing challenger Scott Milder in the Republican primary. Democrats Mike Collier and Michael Cooper are also running for the seat. The Texas Public Policy Foundation has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spends $5.1M on TV ads in January, $17K on polling for Sen.
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If theres one team that embraces confidence in their players, its the New Orleans Saints, and Jalen Reagor is truly one of the most confident players in this draft and Im not just talking about wide receivers. Reagor jumped an insane 11-feet 6-inches in the broad and followed it up with an equally insane 42-inch vertical. His 4.47-second 40-yard dash might have been slower than some predicted, but after showing up at 206 pounds, no team should be turned off by that time. Pairing him with Michael Thomas would be scary for a team nearing the end of their Super Bowl window. The Minnesota Vikings need cornerback help, and Jeff Gladney looks like their type of guy. Hes a confident, strong man coverage cornerback who put up 17 reps on the bench press and a 4.49-second 40-yard dash. Zack Baun didnt have much chatter around his combine performance because we were too busy freaking out about other players. But while we were, Baun was quietly having a great weekend with a 4.65-second 40-yard dash and 7-second 3-cone drill.