The Week in the Rearview Mirror

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A state appeals court threw out one of two counts in the indictment against former Gov. Rick Perry. It threw out the count alleging that Perry coerced a public servant when he threatened to veto state funding for a unit of the Travis County district attorney's office. But the court left intact the indictment's other count, which accuses Perry of abusing his power.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said on the Senate floor Sunday that his colleague and fellow Texan, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, “is mistaken” in saying Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told a “flat-out lie” over legislative strategy. Cruz’s statement last week got him a scolding from Cornyn and other GOP leaders in the Sunday session.

The General Land Office’s contracting procedures are riddled with “significant weaknesses” that threaten the agency’s ability to ensure it is wisely spending its dollars, State Auditor John Keel said in a report made public Tuesday. The GLO agreed with the auditor’s many recommended fixes and said it was already making changes. But former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, who led the agency for 12 years, jabbed his successor, fellow Republican George P. Bush, for failing to push back against the audit’s findings.

In a Wednesday speech, Perry launched an offensive against banks that are too big to fail and tied the 2008 financial crisis to Hillary Clinton. Warning that the "next crash is on the horizon," Perry positioned himself as the only candidate with the economic record to to reverse an era of Wall Street run amok, enabled by complicit politicians.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton confirmed on Wednesday that a video filmed in Texas, which his office obtained as part of its investigation into Planned Parenthood practices, is “consistent” with other undercover videos released by an anti-abortion group. Paxton spoke at a Senate committee hearing on Planned Parenthood fetal tissue donations.

A House committee Thursday heard from state and county officials on trooper training and jail standards following the death of Sandra Bland. Also this week, Waller County officials released Bland’s booking video to dispel rumors that they covered up the real circumstances of Bland’s death, and the prosecutor said he appointed an outside group of lawyers to review the evidence in the case to ensure that Waller County remains "an open book."

Texas’ Republican leaders and environmentalists both claimed victory Tuesday following an appeals court ruling that requires the federal government to ease limits on certain emissions for Texas and a dozen other states. Texas was among 13 states, joined by industry and labor groups, that sued over the so-called Cross-State Air Pollution Rule in 2011, challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s framework and complaining states weren't given enough time to comply.

Uber added Austin to a small list of cities in which it will add wheelchair-accessible vehicles to its transportation offerings. The Austin ordinance that allowed companies like Uber and Lyft to legally co-exist with traditional cab companies also required the vehicle-for-hire companies to make it easier for users to request a wheelchair-accessible vehicle. Similar programs are already in place in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Philadelphia and Portland, according to company officials.

Disclosure: The Texas General Land Office has been a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune. Planned Parenthood was a corporate sponsor of The Texas Tribune in 2011. Uber Technologies and Lyft are corporate sponsors of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.