Houston Newsmakers with Guests Neil Bush, Dr. Julie Baker Finck & State Representative Ron Reynolds

THIS WEEK ON “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS,” NEIL BUSH AS WE DIG INTO A NUMBER OF IMPORTANT TOPICS IN HIS ROLE AS THE CO-CHAIR OF THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION, HE AND THE ORGANIZATION’S PRESIDENT ARE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF READING AND THE BIG EVENT COMING UP THAT WILL CELEBRATE THE FIGHT TO INCREASE LITERACY RATES HERE IN HOUSTON NEIL BUSH ALSO WEARS ANOTHER HAT, THAT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT CAMPAIGN WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHY HE MADE THAT MOVE AND MUCH MORE ABOUT THE CURRENT POLITICAL LANDSCAPE AND STATE REPRESENTATIVE RON REYNOLDS FIGHTING FOR HIS NAME AS HE FIGHTS A CONVICTION AND FACES A RUN-OFF FOR HIS DISTRICT 27 SEAT FROM KPRC CHANNEL 2, THIS IS “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS,” WITH KHAMBREL MARSHALL GOOD MORNING AND WELCOME TO “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS.” IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT’S KNOWN AS MARCH MADNESS BY BASKETBALL FANS, BUT IT’S ALSO PERHAPS MORE IMPORTANTLY NOW KNOWN AS NATIONAL READ OH LOUD MONTH HERE TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS AND THE BENEFITS FOR ALL OF US IS NEIL BUSH, CO-CHAIR AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION, AND FOUNDATION PRESIDENT, DR. JULIE BAKER FINCK GOOD MORNING TO BOTH OF YOU I PROBABLY OVERSTRETCHED IT A LITTLE BIT CALLING IT THE MARCH MADNESS AND MAYBE READ ALOUD MONTH, BUT IT SHOULD GAIN IN POPULARITY IT’S JUST CRITICAL EVERYBODY UNDERSTANDS THE IMPORTANCE OF READING. IF YOU CAN’T READ AT AN AGE APPROPRIATE LEVEL AT ANY STAGE OF YOUR LIVE FROM THE BEGINNING OF LIFE THROUGH ADULTHOOD, YOU CAN’T POSSIBLY REALIZE YOUR GOD-GIVEN POTENTIAL, SO I’M SO PROUD OF WHAT THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION HAS BEEN DOING THE PAST 2-1/2 YEARS UNDER THE LEADERSHIP OF DR JULIE BAKER FINCK, TO MOBILIZE THE COMMUNITY, TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THIS ISSUE MARCH WILL BECOME BETTER KNOWN AS READ ALOUD MONTH IT MAY NEVER OVERTAKE MARCH MADNESS FROM A BASKETBALL CONTEXT, BUT IT’S REALLY AS IMPORTANT FOR SURE THIS IS AN OFFSHOOT FROM YOUR MOM’S NATIONAL FOUNDATION IT IS HER NATIONAL FOUNDATION, FOR OVER 25 YEARS, AS FOCUSED ON ADULT LITERACY, TRYING TO IMPLEMENT — BREAK THE CYCLE OF ILLITERACY BY BRINGING KIDS INTO ADULT LEARNING CENTERS OUR FOCUS IN HOUSTON IS DIFFERENT WE’RE TRYING TO MOBILE THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY IN DIFFERENT WAYS, TRYING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE CRISIS, AND WE’RE SHAMELESSLY USING BARBARA BUSH’S FAMOUS LEGACY AS THE FIRST LADY OF LITERACY RIGHT HERE IN HER OWN BACKYARD JULIE, THIS ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN VERY ACTIVE EARLY ON, IT WAS ALL ABOUT GETTING PEOPLE TOGETHER HOW IS THAT WORKING? ABSOLUTELY, FROM THE VERY ONSET, IT WAS ABOUT BRINGING THE COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS THAT WE HAVE IN OUR COMMUNITY AROUND LOW LITERACY, AND SO WE PARTNERED WITH EXPERTS AT DELOITTE AND BROUGHT TOGETHER OVER A HUNDRED COMMUNITY LEADERS OVER A SEVEN-MONTH PERIOD TO LOOK AT ALL OF THE DATA, MINE RESEARCH, BUT ALSO PUT TOGETHER A VERY THOUGHTFUL AND CO HESHLT PLAN OF ACTION THAT WE CALL OUR BLUEPRINT FOR COMMUNITY ACTION, AND SINCE THAT TIME, WE’VE BEEN REALLY MOBILIZING THE COMMUNITY AND TRYING TO INJECT RESOURCES TO REACH OUR GOALS HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KEEP MRS. BUSH AS THE FIGURE — I’VE SEEN HER OUT AND SHE’S READING TO THESE KIDS AND SHE IS LOVING IT AND HOW IMPORTANT IS IT TO KEEP HER AS THE FIGUREHEAD? IT’S TOUGH TO NOT KEEP HER INVOLVED WELL, WE LOVE IT THAT SHE WANTS TO BE INVOLVED, KHAMBREL WE LOVE HAVING HER IN THE COMMUNITY SHE WAS RECENTLY WITH US WHEN WE KICKED OFF MARCH READ ALOUD MONTH ON MARCH 2nd IT WAS DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY, BUT IT WAS ALSO NATIONAL READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY, AND SO MRS BUSH CAME OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY, READ TO A GROUP OF KIDS IN WALNUT BEND, AND SHE’S JUST SUCH AN INSPIRATION AND A MAGNET FOR JUST THE KIDS AND THE PEOPLE WE’RE HERE TO CONTINUE FORTH HER LEGACY INTERESTS AND WE LOVE WHEN SHE’S WITH US FOR THOSE PARENTS WHO MAY BE WATCHING RIGHT NOW, WHO MAY NOT KNOW HOW IMPORTANTLY IT IS, TO READ ALOUD, JUST SAYING IT IS ONE THING, BUT READING ALOUD, WHAT DOES IT DO THAT IS SPECIFIC AND IMPORTANT IN A CHILD’S LIFE? ACTUALLY, READING ALOUD IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT PARENTS AND OTHER CARING ADULTS AND CHILDREN CAN DO ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS, AND THAT’S WHAT READ ALOUD MONTH PROMOTES, IS READING ALOUD AT LEAST 15 MINUTES EVERY DAY WITH YOUR CHILD, MAKING IT A DAILY HABIT, AND IT’S REALLY IMPORTANTLY BECAUSE FOR VERY YOUNG CHILDREN, EVEN FROM BIRTH, READING ALOUD HELPS THEM DEVELOP A STRONG ORAL LANGUAGE SKILLS, HELPS THEM UNDERSTAND HOW TO PUT WORDS AND RECOGNIZE WORDS TOGETHER AND HOPEFULLY BUILD THAT SENSE OF LOVE FOR READING AND IT ALSO HELPS TO BUILD A STRONG FOUNDATION FOR VOCABULARY, WHICH THEN IN LATER LIFE HELPS TO INFLUENCE A CHILD’S READING COMPREHENSION LEVEL SO JUST READING ALOUD, TALKING WITH KIDS ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE READINGS IS SUCH AN IMPORTANT STRATEGY THAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD BE DOING

WE THINK ABOUT STRATEGIES WHAT IS THE FOUNDATION DOING, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE, TO TRY TO CHANGE THE DYNAMIC ABOUT THE LITERACY RATES IN HOUSTON? WELL, FIRST AND FOREMOST, WE’RE TRYING TO RAISE AWARENESS AROUND THE CRISIS, AND IF YOU GO TO OUR WEB SITE, BUSH HOUSTON LITERACY.ORG, YOU’LL FIND THE FULL REPORT, AND IT’S A CRISIS THAT AFFECTS ALL AGE GROUPS SECONDLY, JULIE AND HER TEAM HAVE DONE A FABULOUS JOB OF BUILDING COLLABORATIONS BETWEEN ORGANIZATIONS THAT AREN’T NECESSARILY LITERACY FOCUSED, BUT WORK WITH THE KIDS THAT ARE THE TARGET FOR OUR CAMPAIGNS, AND THIRDLY, WE’RE BUILDING COALITIONS WE’RE HELPING THE EARLY MATTERS COALITION CITYWIDE AND WE’RE WORKING CLOSELY TO DEVELOP NEIGHBORHOOD COALITIONS SO THAT THE IMPACT CAN BE REALLY HIGHLY FELT IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AND A LOT OF THIS HAPPENS BEFORE KIDS GET TO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WE’VE GOT A WORD GAP, A BOOK GAP, KIDS ILL PREPARED TO ENTER KINDERGARTEN WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE WISH SO THAT EVERY CHILD READS AT A THIRD GRADE COMPETENCY BEFORE THEY GO TO FOURTH GRADE TALK ABOUT THE EVENT IN APRIL, WHAT IT IS AND THE HEADLINERS WHO ARE COMING IN I’LL SAVE THE HEADLINES FOR NEIL, BUT OUR EVENT IS CALLED CELEBRATION OF READING THIS WILL BE OUR 22nd ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF READING CELEBRATING THE BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION AND THE FOUNDATION FOR FAMILY LITERACY, AND WE’RE JUST THRILLED TO HAVE AN AMAZING LINEUP OF SPEAKERS AT THE HOBBY CENTER ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 21st, AND SO TICKETS AND TABLES CAN STILL BE PURCHASED FOR THIS EVENT, BUT WE HAVE A GREAT LINEUP OF FANTASTIC AUTHORS AND YOU WILL PICK THAT UP WE HAVE KELLY CORRIGAN, SCOTT SIMON, WHO IS A PBS REPORTER WHO WROTE ABOUT HIS MOM, WE HAVE BRAD MELTSER AND JOHN MEACHAM, WHO WROTE THE MOST RECENT BIOGRAPHY ABOUT MY FATHER IT’S A GREAT BOOK HE’S A GREAT BIOGRAPHER ANYWAYS, AND HE WORKED MANY YEARS WITH FULL ACCESS TO EVERYTHING RELATED TO DAD’S LEGACY, AND IT’S MOSTLY GOOD MY DAD IS MY HERO, OF COURSE, AND SO THE BOOK REFLECTS HIS GREAT LEADERSHIP AND HIS PERSONAL QUALITIES THAT MADE HIM GREAT, BUT THERE ARE SOME THINGS IN THERE THAT I DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT, SO IT’S GOING TO BE A FABULOUS EVENT I WOULD THINK THAT ANYBODY WHO IS A FAN OF YOUR MOTHER AND YOUR FATHER SHOULD GO TO THAT EVENT I’VE HAD A CHANCE TO WATCH AND READ SOME OF THE BOOK THAT HE’S WRITTEN ABOUT YOUR DAD AND THE LEGACY OF THE BUSH FAMILY, AND IT IS JUST AMAZING 6:30, APRIL 21st, HOBBY CENTER, IT’S GOING TO BE THERE, YOU HAVE TO GET THERE AND YOU HAVE TO GO TO THIS WEB SITE, THE BUSH — WHAT’S THAT AGAIN? BARBARA BUSH LITERACY FOUNDATION.ORG BUSH HOUSTON LITERACY.ORG BUSH HOUSTON LITERACY.ORG YOU CAN’T FORGET THAT IT’S A BEAUTIFUL THING BE THERE, APRIL 21st AFTER MARCH, YOU’VE GOT TO GET SOMETHING ELSE TO GET EXCITED ABOUT, AND THAT’S IT YES, IT’S VERY EXCITING DR. JULIE, THANKS FOR JOINING US, AND NEIL, YOU’RE GOING TO STICK AROUND AND WE’RE GOING TO TALK POLITICS TED CRUZ FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES WE’LL TALK ABOUT THAT AND MORE ABOUT THE POLITICAL LANDSCAPE THAT’S NEXT WHEN “HOUSTON WELCOME BACK TO “NEWSMAKERS” ONE MONTH AGO, JEB BUSH SUSPENDED HIS CAMPAIGN FOR PRESIDENT AFTER FALLING FAR SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS IN PRIMARIES IN IOWA, NEW HAMPSHIRE AND SOUTH CAROLINA, THAT FINAL LOSS AFTER BRINGING FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W BUSH, MRS. BUSH, BARBARA BUSH OUT TO CAMPAIGN FOR HIM AS WELL QUESTION IS, HOW DIFFICULT WAS THAT AS A FAMILY TO SEE THAT HAPPEN? I KNOW YOU WANT YOUR BROTHER TO DO WELL I MEAN, IT’S FRUSTRATING, HONESTLY IT WAS VERY CLEAR TO ME, AFTER CAMPAIGNING FOR AND WITH MY BROTHER, JEB, THAT HE WAS REALLY WELL QUALIFIED TO LEAD THE COUNTRY IF YOU LOOK AT HIS TRACK RECORD AS GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, HE NREMENTD CONSERVATIVE REFORM-MINDED CHANGES THERE, AND IF HE CAN DO THE SAME IN WASHINGTON, OUR COUNTRY WOULD BE FAR BETTER OFF THAN IT WAS NOW, BUT IT ISN’T HIS YEAR THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGE GOING ON IN THE POLITICAL WINDS, ESPECIALLY ON THE REPUBLICAN SIDE, THAT’S TAKEN ALL ISSUES AND PRAGMATIC THOUGHT AND CAREFUL CONSIDERATION, ALL THE DEBATE HAS BEEN KIND OF DOMINATED BY PERSONAL INSULTS AND BULLYING AND NONISSUE-RELATED CAMPAIGN-ORIENTED, DOWN– IT TOOK JEB GETTING INTO THE RACE FOR YOUR BROTHER, PRESIDENT GEORGE “W,” TO GET IN AND FOR YOUR MOM TO GET IN THOUGH WEREN’T GOING TO BE IN IT ANY OTHER PRAY, PROBABLY, BUT YOU’RE BACK IN AS PART OF TED CRUZ CAMPAIGN YES TED CRUZ IS KIND OF — I WOULDN’T YOU TO BE EXPECTING TO BE SUPPORTING TED CRUZ

HE WASN’T MY FIRST CHOICE HE’S, FRANKLY, NOT MY SECOND CHOICE HE HAS DONE A LOT TO IRRITATE PEOPLE AND HE’S NOT THE MOST POPULAR GUY AMONG POLITICAL ALLIES OF MINE THE FACT IS, HE’S AN ANTI-ESTABLISHMENT TEA PARTY KIND OF PERSONALITY I GUESS I COME FROM AN ESTABLISHMENT FAMILY THE REALITY IS DONALD TRUMP WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR OUR COUNTRY, HE WOULD BE A DISASTER FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY I WAS GOING TO SAY, IT’S AS MUCH ANTI-DONALD TRUMP IT IS I RESPECT TED CRUZ’S COMMITMENT, COMMITTED CONSERVATIVE PRINCIPLES YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GET WITH TED CRUZ BUT WITH DONALD, THERE’S KLAOERLD A HIGH MOTIVATOR, IS DONALD TRUMP DOESN’T REFLECT THE BEST VALUES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA OUR COUNTRY IS THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET, IN SPITE OF WHAT HE SAYS, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES IS THE LEADER OF THE FREE WORLD WE WANT OUR PRESIDENT TO REFLECT THE VALUES THAT HAVE MADE IT SERVICE ABOVE SELF, WHERE YOU CAN BE STRONG AND CLEAR-MINDED, LIKE RONALD REAGAN, LIKE GORGE H. BUSH AND GORGE W. BUSH, AND DONALD TRUMP DOESN’T EVEN COME CLOSE TO PASSING THAT LITMUS TEST, SO I’M NOT GOING TO DRINK THE LEMONADE AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THE TRUMP MREMG, I WILL NOT SUPPORT DONALD TRUMP UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, AND THE ONLY GUY THAT HAS A REAL SHOT OF BEATING HIM BEFORE THE CONVENTION OR GETTING MORE DELEGATES AT THE CONVENTION IS TED CRUZ THIS WHOLE PROCESS HAS BEEN REAL FRUSTRATING FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN IN LOVE WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY QUITE FRANKLY, IT’S TORN IT AT THE SEAMS IN A LOT OF PLACES ARE YOU CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT THIS PARTY IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE AFTER THIS PRIMARY IS OVER, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS? I’M CONCERNED ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN AT THE CONVENTION IF TRUMP GOES IN WITH A PLEURALITY, MORE DELEGATES THAN ANYONE ELSE AND AT THE CONVENTION HE’S DENIED THE NOMINATION, YEAH, I THINK THERE’S GOING TO BE CHAOS AND THERE’S GOING TO BE — HE’S ALREADY THREATENED RIOTS, BUT– SUBLIMINALLY HE JUST SENDS OUT THE SIGNAL, AND THEN SAY I’M NOT STARTING A RIOT IT’S TYPICAL OF THE TRUMP MOVE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE THAT ARE THE MOST FERVENT FOLLOWERS ARE COMING FROM OUTSIDE OF THE PARTY OR ARE PART OF A FRINGE ELEMENT WITHIN THE PARTY HE HAS A SOLID BASE OF FERVENT SUPPORT THAT NO ONE IS GOING TO PEEL THAT AWAY FROM HIM, BUT HE’S ALSO GOT A PRETTY SOLID CEILING ABOVE WHICH HE CAN’T GO THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT DO NOT WANT TO SEE A PERSON WITH HIS BEHAVIORAL ATTRIBUTES AND CHARACTER ATTRIBUTES GOING TO LEAD THE PARTY OR BECOME PRESIDENT TALK ABOUT THE CONVENTION A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING IF HE GOES IN WITH PLEURALITY OR CLOSE PRAO *URLITY, HE OUGHT TO GET IT THE RULES ARE SUCH THAT YOU’VE GOT TO GET TO A CERTAIN NUMBER, AND BEFORE YOU GET TO THAT NUMBER, ALL BETS ARE OFF WHAT GOES ON IS NOT GOING TO BE BACK ROOM STUFF ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT A BROKERED CONVENTION IS JUST MALARKEY THERE’S NO SUCH THING WHERE PEOPLE SIT IN A ROOM DECIDE WHO IS GOING TO BE THE NOMINEE MOST OF THE DELEGATES ARE COMMITTED THROUGH A SINGLE BALLOT AFTER THAT FIRST BALLOT F-SOMEONE DOESN’T HAVE A MAJORITY, THEY GO TO A SECOND BALLOT, AND YOU CAN SWITCH AND CHANGE, BUT THE JEB BUSH VERY LITTLE DELEGATES ARE GOING TO GO RUBIO HAS A BUNCH KASICH VICE HAY BUNCH THOSE DELEGATES WILL BE ABLE TO GO WHEREVER THEY WANT TO GO, AND MY HOPE IS, IF IT DOES GET TO THE POINT WHERE THERE’S AN OPEN CONVENTION, THAT THEY’LL GO TO A NONTRUMP PERSON WE CAN’T AFFORD — IF TRUMP IS A HUNDRED AWAY FROM THE 1,237 NEEDED, THEN IT’S GOING TO BE REALLY HARD TO THE PARTY TO NOT JUSTIFY HIM HAVING GET THE MAJORITY BUT NOW YOU’RE SUPPORTING TED CRUZ ARE YOU HOPEFUL THAT SENATOR CRUZ WILL AT SOME POINT ALONG THE WAY UNDERSTAND WHAT COMPROMISE ACTUALLY MEANS? YES UP TO NOW, THAT HASN’T HAPPENED, AND IT’S HURT HIM FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE, EVEN SENATORS THERE’S NOBODY SUPPORTING HIM UNTIL THEY HAVE TO HERE’S THE DEAL I KNOW TED AND I LIKE TED AND I LOVE HIS WIFE, HEIDI TED IS UNCOMPROMISING HE WENT TO WASHINGTON WITH AN UNCOMPROMISING ATTITUDE TO NOT GO LONG TO GET ALONG HE WENT THERE WITH A TEA PARTY KIND OF MOTIVE OF SHAKING UP WHAT HE CALLS THE WASHINGTON CARTEL IF HE’S ELECTED PRESIDENT, WHEN HE’S ELECTED PRESIDENT, HE’S GOING TO BE WEARING A DIFFERENT HAT HE’S GOING TO BE WEARING THE HAT OF A GUY WHO IS GOING TO WORK WITH PAUL RYAN, WITH SENATOR McCOLLOUGHEN TO MAKE MAJOR REFORMS, AND THAT’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOTIVATORS WE’VE HAD A STAGNANT GOVERNMENT FOR SO LONG, AND I’M NOT THE KIND OF GUY THAT BLAMES OBAMA FOR EVERYTHING WE’VE HAD A CONGRESS THAT REFUSES TO DO WHAT OBAMA WAPTS, HE HAVE OBAMA REFUSING TO DO WHAT CONGRESS WANTS SO, THERE’S A DIVIDED GOVERNMENT WE HAVE A CHANCE TO HAVE A UNITED GOVERNMENT THAT CAN LEAD

IN MAKING MAJOR REFORMS TO HEALTHCARE AND TO OUR WELFARE SYSTEM, TO THE SOCIAL SECURITY — WE HAVE TO ADDRESS OUR DEBT, AND I REALLY BELIEVE THAT TED CRUZ COULD BE PART THAT HAVE REFORM MOVEMENT IN A POSITIVE WAY, AND SO HIS DIFFICULTY IN WORKING WITH WASHINGTON HAS BEEN PART OF WHO HE HAS BEEN AS THE OUTSIDER COMING IN AS PRESIDENT, IT’S GOING TO BE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT GAME I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING WHAT HAPPENS I WISH I HAD A CRYSTAL BALL THANK YOU FOR COMING IN WE APPRECIATE YOU COMING IN AND TALKING, BECAUSE NUFNLT OTHER BUSHES WILL DO IT NONE OF THE OTHER BUSHES LIVE HERE THANK YOU, NEIL IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE OF APPRECIATE IT COMING UP, ANOTHER POLITICAL RACE IS AHEAD FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE RON REYNOLDS, NOW IN A RUN-OFF TO KEEP HIS SEAT IN DISTRICT 27 THE CONTROVERSY AND THE OPPONENT HE’S FACING THAT’S NEXT WHEN “HOUSTON FROM KPRC CHANNEL 2, THIS IS “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS,” WITH KHAMBREL MARSHALL AND WELCOME BACK TO “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS” AND WELCOME TO STATE REPRESENTATIVE FROM DISTRICT 27, RON REYNOLDS GOOD TO SEE KHAMBREL, IT’S GREAT TO BE HERE PER WE HAD YOUR OPPONENT LAST WEEK, AND IT’S GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE NOW YOU HAD THREE OPPONENTS IN THE GENERAL ELECTION ARE YOU SURPRISED? BECAUSE YOU ALMOST DIDN’T HAVE TO GO INTO A RUN-OFF THAT’S CORRECT ARE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW WELL YOU FINISHED? NOT AT ALL I’M VERY PROUD THAT DESPITE HAVING THREE OPPONENTS AND BEING LAST ON THE BALLOT IN AN ANTI-INCUMBENT YEAR, I FINISHED 48.5%, DOUBLE THE NUMBER OF VOTES THAT MY SECOND CLOSEST OPPONENT RECEIVED, SO I’M JUST — IT’S A TRIBUTE TO THE HARD WORK THAT MY STAFF AND I DO IN MY DISTRICT YOU HAD A LOT OF ISSUES BROUGHT UP YOU WERE CONVICTED OF BARRATRY, YOU WERE SENTENCED, YOU’RE OUT NOW, YOU’RE APPEALING THAT THAT’S CORRECT WHERE ARE WE NOW IN THE APPEAL PROCESS? TIMING I’M GLAD YOU BROUGHT THAT UP MY OPPONENTS MADE THAT A CENTRAL ISSUE OF THE CAMPAIGN THEY THREW ALL KIND OF MUD AND TRIED TO SMEAR ME THE BEST THEY COULD, TALKING ABOUT THE MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION THE MISDEMEANOR CONVICTION IS ON APPEAL RIGHT NOW, AND EVERY ATTORNEY THAT’S LOOKED AT IT, INCLUDING JUDGE MORRIS OVERSTREET, A FORMER COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS JUSTICE, SAID THAT THE CHARGES ARE PRETTY MUCH FRIVOLOUS IT WAS IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY, A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THE HISTORY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, NOT MANY AFRICAN-AMERICANS AND THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE TO CONVICT ME ON THE MISDEMEANOR BARRATRY CONVICTION THAT I RECEIVED WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES NOW GOING FORWARD ON APPEAL, THOUGH? WELL, I HAVE A BOARD CERTIFIED APPELLATE ATTORNEY THAT HAS REVIEWED THE RECORD, THE CASE IS CURRENTLY PENDING ON APPEAL HE’S VERY CONFIDENT THAT THE CASE WILL BE OVERTURNED HE SAID THAT IT’S ONE OF THE MOST EGREGIOUS CASES THAT HE’S SEEN IN HIS OVER 30 YEARS OF PRACTICING LAW WHAT DO YOU TELL THE CONSTITUENTS OF THE 27th DISTRICT AND HOW COMPETENT YOU ARE THAT IT’S GOING TO BE OVERTURNED, THEE NOT GOING TO GET IN THE WAY OF DOING YOUR JOB ABSOLUTELY WHAT I DO IS WHAT I’VE BEEN DOING FROM DAY ONE, IS THAT I’M ALWAYS TRANSPARENT, I’M OPEN, I’M HONEST, I’M ACCESSIBLE THIS HAS BEEN NO SECRET TO THE CONSTITUENTS, THEY KNOW THE CHALLENGE THAT I HAVE FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY I HAD A TOWN HALL MEETING TO ADDRESS IT IN THE JUDGE’S COURTROOM, IT WAS A PACKED COURTROOM, THERE WERE VARIOUS COMMUNITY LEADERS, MINISTERS THAT CAME OUT I ADDRESSED WHAT RECENTLY HAPPENED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY AND REASSURED MY CONSTITUENTS THAT I WAS INNOCENT AND THAT I WOULD BE VINDICATED ON APPEAL WHAT IS THE PRIORITY FOR YOU IN THE DISTRICT RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF THE BUSINESS OF BEING A STATE REP? WHAT IS THE PRIORITY AND WHAT IS IT YOU WANT TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE NEXT SESSION? THE PRIORITY IS ALWAYS PUTTING THE INTERESTS OF MY CONSTITUENTS FIRST MY PRIORITY SINCE FIRST TEAM IS HIGH QUALITY PUBLIC EDUCATION I’VE BEEN FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION SINCE MY FIRST SESSION CURRENTLY, RIGHT NOW, THE STATE OF TEXAS IS POORLY FUNDING OUR SCHOOLS WE HAD IN THE SESSION CUT 5.4 MILLION FROM A SCHOOLS, WHICH IS ABYSMAL, AND SO WE’RE FIGHTING TO RESTORE THOSE CUTS I’M FIGHTING FOR FULL DAY FUNDING FOR PRE-K PRE-K GIVES ALL OF OUR CHILDREN A LEVEL PLAYING FIELD SO THAT NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF BACKGROUND CHILDREN COME FROM, A LOT OF PARENTS, A LOT OF CHILDREN COME FROM BROKEN HOMES, SOME PARENTS DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH, AND SO WHEN YOU GET A FULL DAY PRE-K PROGRAM, THESE CHILDREN GET A HIGH QUALITY EDUCATION AND THE STATISTICS SHOW THAT THEY’RE MORE LIKELY TO GRADUATE WHAT DO YOU THINK THE CHANCES ARE OF ANGELIC BARTHOLOMEW BEING ABLE TO PULL TOGETHER ENOUGH SUPPORT FROM THE FOLKS WHO DIDN’T VOTE FOR YOU IN THE PRIMARY TO BE ABLE TO OVERTAKE YOU IN TERMS OF KEEPING YOUR SEAT? WELL, I THINK THAT’S VERY SLIM I HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR

HER, BUT CURRENTLY, JUST SO YOU KNOW, THE LISTENERS KNOW, I CURRENTLY SEVEN AS THE HOUSE DEMOCRAT, THE NUMBER TWO IN THE LEADERSHIP OF THE HOUSE I’M ENDORSED BY EVERY ELECTED DEMOCRAT IN FORT BEND COUNTY, EVERY FREAK ACCIDENT CHAIR IN FORT BEND COUNTY, INCLUDING MAYOR SYLVESTER TURNER, CONGRESSWOMAN SHEILA JACKSON-LEE, AL GREEN, AND EVERY OTHER DEMOCRAT ELECTED OFFICIAL IN FORT BEND COUNTY I’M VERY CONFIDENT THAT THE VOTERS ARE GOING TO VOTE FOR ME FOR RE-ELECTION BECAUSE WE WORK HARD WE HAVE A PROVEN TRACK RECORD OF SUCCESS, INCLUDING I WAS HELD PARTIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PASSING THE BODY CAMERA LEGISLATION, TRUANCY REFORM, GRAND JURY REFORM, SO I HAVE A STRONG RECORD OF LEGISLATIVE ACHIEVEMENTS THANK YOU FOR COMING ON MAYBE NEXT TIME WE COULD GET YOU AND ANGELIC ON SHE’S READY TO COME BACK AS WELL PUT THE GLOVES ON AND GO FOR IT THANK YOU GOD BLESS YOU BACK AFTER THIS BREAK, WE’RE GOING TO TAKE A PEEK TO NEXT WEEK WHEN WATER IS EVERYWHERE, BUT WHAT ABOUT WHEN IT’S NOT FIT TO DRINK? WHAT’S HAPPENING ABOUT WHAT HOUSTONIANS CAN DO TO HELP NEXT WEEK HERE ON “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS,” ONE OF THE TOPICS IS WATER AND THE TREMENDOUS PROBLEMS FACING THE RESIDENTS OF FLINT, MICHIGAN, WHOSE WATER SUPPLY HAS BEEN TAINTED BY DANGEROUS LEVELS OF LEAD THERE’S A MOVEMENT HERE IN HOUSTON TO HELP THE RESIDENTS OF FLINT HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND HELP AS WELL, NEXT WEEK HERE ON “HOUSTON NEWSMAKERS.” THANK YOU TO MY GUESTS FOR JOINING ME THIS MORNING TO SEE PREVIOUS SHOWS OR GET INFORMATION ON TODAY’S PROGRAM, GO TO CLICK2HOUSTON.COM AND, UNDER THE NEWS BANNER, CLICK ON NEWSMAKERS HAVE A GREAT DAY, EVERYBODY, AND I’LL SEE YOU BACK HERE AGAIN NEXT WEEK