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Patrick’s love/hate relationship with local control

May 16, 2016

San Antonio Express News

May 14, 2016

by Gilbert Garcia

Dan Patrick believes in local control. Except when he doesn’t.

It infuriates the lieutenant governor to see power-hungry federal officials tell local school districts how to conduct their affairs. After all, any sensible person knows that telling school districts how to conduct their affairs is a job best left to power-hungry state officials.

Patrick delights in rousing slumbering hornets. His crusade to save the children of Texas from transgender individuals — who have the audacity to contemplate using public restrooms that match their gender identity — is a masterpiece of demagoguery: simultaneously conjuring up an emergency that didn’t exist and encouraging the social isolation of transgender kids who already face enough challenges, including the constant

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