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State of Affairs July 2, 2014 KVUE / Mark Wiggins

Hosting the second installment of KVUE's new quarterly politics special program, politics reporter Mark Wiggins focuses on the race to become the next lieutenant governor of Texas.

The July 2, 2014 edition of State of Affairs features in-depth interviews with the two candidates who will face each other in the Nov. 4 statewide election. State Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) easily won a hotly-contested GOP runoff to unseat Republican incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in May, while state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) hopes to lead a newly-energized Democratic party back to power for the first time in two decades.

Both candidates hope to hold the gavel Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby wielded for a record 18 years. The 82-year-old Texas political legend sits down for a rare interview, reflecting on his family of public servants, legacy in office and advice for the next lieutenant governor.

WEB EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

State Sen. Dan Patrick discusses abortion legislation and what recent tea party electoral victories mean for the Republican party.

State Sen. Dan Patrick speaks with KVUE political reporter Mark Wiggins in this web exclusive video. KVUE

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte answers questions about gun control in the wake of recent mass shootings and dismal voter turnout for the May 27 runoff.

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte speaks with KVUE political reporter Mark Wiggins in this web exclusive video. KVUE

Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby details why he fought so hard for education funding and shares a story involving a fellow political legend, the late Bob Bullock.

Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby sits down with KVUE political reporter Mark Wiggins in this web exclusive. KVUE

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