<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:08:00 -0500 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 14:08:00 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Releases Tax Return]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-tx-gov-AP574643806708.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has released his 2014 tax returns, revealing that he made about $135,000 as attorney general and paid about 40 percent of his income in federal, state and local taxes.

Abbott was attorney general for 12 years, becoming governor in January. He released his 2011-2013 tax returns while campaigning and made his 2014 filings public Friday. He gave nearly $5,000 to charity and paid about $52,000 in property taxes.

First lady Cecilia Abbott is listed as "homemaker." Previous returns listed her annual income from Harden Healthcare at $50,000.

The filings do not include tax-exempt settlement payments stemming from a 1984 accident that left Abbott paralyzed from the waist down.

As part of that, Abbott receives monthly deposits of about $14,400 and six-figure, lump-sum payments every three years.

Below is Governor Abbott's 2014 tax return in full:



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, April 19, 2015]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:20:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne explains why she supports a bill that would ban judges from using foreign laws in their rulings, a practice already illegal here. She explains why she believes the bill is needed, why her city passed a resolution supporting it, and why the bill does not target Muslims, as some say it does. Then as the state Legislature is set to pass an open carry bill, one local gun range owner explains why he is against it.]]> <![CDATA[Irving Mayor Speaks on Controversial Resolution]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:06:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_IRVING_MAYOR_SPEAKS_OUT_041715_1200x675_429838403909.jpg Only on NBC 5, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne explains why her city passed a resolution supporting a state bill that would ban judges from using foreign laws in their rulings. It is a practice that is already illegal here, and some believe it is targeting Muslims who may use a mediation panel in North Texas. See the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Why Gun Range Owner Does Not Support Open Carry]]> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:03:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+Gun+Range+Owner.jpg The State Legislature is set to pass the open carry bill, a bill which would allow licensed gun owners to openly carry their guns. A Lewisville gun range owner explains why he supports the Second Amendment, but does not believe in open carry. See the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Honors Councilman Al Lipscomb]]> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 20:55:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/041115+Lipscomb+Way.jpg City of Dallas officials unveiled new street signs renaming a stretch of Grand Avenue for councilman Al Lipscomb, the first African American man to run for the Mayors Office in Dallas. He is remembered as an outspoken civil rights leader who helped change the way council members were elected.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, April 12, 2015]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:45:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, we have the only interview with Attorney General Ken Paxton as he faces new questions over his business dealings. Plus, we talk to State Sen. Royce West (D-23rd District) about his proposal for officers to wear body cameras. Does he think the cameras help prevent violent confrontations? And, we find out how voters are responding to Sen. Ted Cruz as he begins his 2016 presidential run.]]> <![CDATA[Family Fights for Bill to Help Daughter with Epilepsy]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 18:35:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TX_Medical_Marijuana.png

Karley Davis is almost three years old, and suffers from Dravet Syndrome, a form of intractable epilepsy.

Because of that, she suffers from seizures that can't be controlled by medication. Sometimes, she can have 100 seizures a day.

Every minute, it is painful for her parents.

“Candidly we feel like we have to make terrible decisions about her treatment with our neurologist,” said Father Jeff Davis.

Some of the medications she takes can damage her liver, behavioral rage headaches, and affect her development. They are now turning to CBD oil, which he explains is an oil with small amounts of THC, and says it cannot produce a high.

Representative Stephanie Klick is their lawmaker, and one of the sponsors of the Compassionate Use Act, a bill that would allow them to get that oil here in Texas. She tells NBC 5 after meeting the Davis’ and other families, she decided to work on this bill. She explains that this would be closely regulated, and would require a neurologist prescription.

You can read the full text of the Compassionate Use act here.

The Epilepsy association says some people with epilepsy have been helped by this, and while further research is needed to see its effects on seizures,  it may be an alternative for people running out of them.

People like Karley.

The Bill has been sent to a House committee, the Committee on Public Health. It has yet to be scheduled for a hearing. Representative Myra Crownover, chairman of that committee, had this to say:

 

“Over 198 bills have been referred to the House Committee on Public Health. A number of these are legislative priorities this session, and the determination of what is heard each hearing is made on a week-by-week basis.

 

I understand the importance of this issue, especially to the parents and children directly affected, and have taken their stories into account. At this point, it is a matter of prioritizing the legislation before us by what issues are most likely to pass both chambers, the Senate and the House.”



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<![CDATA[LSP: Can Body Cameras Stop Deadly Confrontations with Police?]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 16:58:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg A deadly officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this week brings an old question back to the surface: should officers wear body cameras? State Sen. Royce West is proposing a bill that would help police departments pay for those devices. He explains why the cameras may lower the chances of deadly police shootings. Watch the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: State Attorney General: Religious Freedom Bills Not "License to Discriminate"]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 17:01:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg As the furor over so-called “religious freedom” laws dies down in Indiana and Arkansas, scrutiny now shifts to similar bills in the Texas Legislature. Only on NBC 5, we talk to Attorney General Ken Paxton and he tells us why he believes the bills are necessary and why they do not discriminate against people. See the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[2016 NH Primary Candidate Tracker]]> Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:28:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/candidate-tracker-NH.jpg

The candidates included in the tracker are individuals identified by necn as potential 2016 presidential contenders. The list will change as the race develops. Information about candidate stops was collected from media reports, candidate schedules and plans confirmed by necn.

For more coverage of the 2016 New Hampshire Primary and politics throughout New England, check out necn.com's "Politics First" section.


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<![CDATA[Former RI Gov. Lincoln Chafee Exploring Presidential Bid]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 09:59:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/72123949.jpg

Lincoln Chafee, the former governor and U.S. senator from Rhode Island, announced Thursday that he has formed an exploratory committee to consider a run as the Democratic nominee for president in 2016.

His launch was made on his website, Chafee2016.com.

Chafee will spend the next few months in New Hampshire, Iowa and other key battleground states, according to a statement issued Thursday morning. 

"Throughout my career, I exercised good judgment on a wide range of high-pressure decisions, decisions that require level-headedness and careful foresight," Chafee said. "Often these decisions came in the face of political adversity. During the next weeks and months I look forward to sharing with you my thoughts about the future of our great country."

Chafee served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican from 1999 until 2007. That same year, he left the Republican Party and became an independent. He switched his affiliation to Democratic in 2013.

He served as governor until 2014. He did not seek re-election.



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<![CDATA[Legislators Introduce 4 Bills Inspired by West Blast]]> Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:31:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas_plant_explosion1.jpg

April 17 marks two years since a deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West killed 15 people and injured hundreds of others.

With the anniversary date on the horizon, there's an effort by legislators at the capitol building in Austin to make sure something like that never happens again.

Four bills currently in committees would strengthen regulations for ammonium nitrate, the fertilizer compound that ignited and leveled homes and schools near the plant, that would ideally reduce the risks associated with storage of the material.

  • House Bill 942, written by Rep. Kyle J. Kacal (R-College Station), relates "to the storage of certain hazardous chemicals; transferring enforcement of certain reporting requirements, including the imposition of criminal, civil, and administrative penalties, from the Department of State Health Services to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.
  • House Bill 417, authored by Rep. Joe C. Pickett (D-El Paso), relates "to information regarding the storage of certain hazardous chemicals; providing penalties.
  • House Bill 2470, authored by Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), relates "to liability insurance for ammonium nitrate operations; creating a criminal offense.
  • House Bill 3810, authored by Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston), relates "to an alert system for notification of the release of toxic chemicals by a manufacturing facility."

As of Wednesday, the four bills are being considered by Texas House committees.

The 84th legislative session ends June 1.



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<![CDATA[Analysis: Rahm Emanuel Wins Again]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 23:31:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rahm-463880456.jpg

It always seemed inevitable that he’d win. That was the point.

Rahm Emanuel won his re-election contest Tuesday night and bested challenger Jesus “Chuy” Garcia to remain in charge of Chicago for another four years, the Associated Press projects.

“I have had the good fortune to serve two presidents, being elected to congress, but being mayor of the city of Chicago is the greatest job I’ve ever had," Emanuel told supporters. "I’m humbled at the opportunity to serve you, the greatest city, for the next 4 years."

The acerbic mayor overcame questions about his personal style and fended off opposition from the Chicago Teachers Union and the Service Employees International Union who backed his opponent, to win back the job of running city hall.

It wasn’t easy for a mayor who’s used to getting his way. Emanuel expected to cruise to victory in a February primary where he took on a weak field of challengers. But the self-confident political operative, who’s served in Congress and in two White House administrations, ran into trouble.

Garcia, the handpicked candidate of the Chicago Teachers Union, shocked the political system and thrilled progressives when he forced Emanuel into the city’s first ever runoff election for mayor.

Emanuel was left vulnerable after a tenure that saw him clash with teachers over a contract dispute that led to a strike, close 50 schools in mostly black neighborhoods, preside over a wave of violent crime on the south and west sides, and install a series of questionable red light cameras around the city, among other autocratic decisions.

But his opponent, who turned in an impressive result on primary night, was not able to turn Emanuel’s weaknesses into an electoral victory. Garcia often punted on opportunities to outline a specific plan for helping the city through its myriad fiscal woes and ran a campaign whose central theme was “I’m not Rahm.”

Emanuel, who relied on a nearly $30 million war chest to run advertisements during the campaign, may not have offered many more fiscal specifics than Garcia. But his attack ads painted the challenger as completely unprepared for the job of managing a multi-billion dollar budget. The image stuck and Chuy’s reliance wait-and-see-ideas (he said he’d form a commission to look at the city’s finances after the election) didn’t help define him as a candidate that could cross the hurdle of preparedness.

It turns out voters favored the bully who talked the talk instead of the good guy who didn’t say much.

"We are the city that works, and that means it has to work for everyone in every neighborhood. The decisions we make in four years will determine what Chicago will look like in the next 40 years," Emanuel said in his victory speech.

But Emanuel’s victory brings with it some questions and some challenges because the man who earned the nickname Rahmbo continues to have an image problem.

And while a majority of voters cast their ballot for Emanuel, the may have held their nose voting. Emanuel remains a deeply disliked individual. He even acknowledged his testy personality in an on-air advertisement that saw him own up to his reputation as a hard-charging jerk.

Will he try to hang on to the softer side of Rahm? Can the mayor swallow his pride when dealing with a cadre of individuals and organizations that endorsed his challenger or will he stick it to them, dead fish style? Put another way: Will Rahm play nice in his second go around?

That’s not so inevitable.



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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush ID'd Himself as "Hispanic" on Voter Form]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 09:15:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP632245416248.jpg

Likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Monday that a 2009 voter registration form that identified him as Hispanic was a "mistake."

"My mistake! Don’t think I’ve fooled anyone!" the former Florida governor tweeted in response to a post by one of his sons.

The existence of the form was first reported Monday by the New York Times, which obtained information from the Miami-Dade County Elections Department.

Bush, who was born in Texas and is the brother of the former President George W. Bush. He speaks fluent Spanish, according to the Times, and lived in Venezuela for two years in his 20s.

His wife Columba is from Mexico and is also fluent in Spanish. Bush has drawn on his background and experience to build support among Latino voters.

A spokeswoman for Bush could not explain the characterization to the Times.



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<![CDATA[Source: Rand Paul To Announce Presidential Run]]> Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:27:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/randpaul1.jpg

A politician with ties to Texas will throw his hat into the Presidential race this week.

NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine confirmed Sunday night that U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a Republican representing Kentucky, will announce a bid for the White House on Tuesday.

In February, Sen. Paul talked with NBC 5's "Lone Star Politics" about making the Steve Munisteri, chairman of the GOP in Texas, one of his advisers.

"Steve Munisteri's a great person, [he's] been leading the Texas party for five years,[he]  knows a lot of people in Texas, [he] knows how to run the party but also I think has a lot of nuts and bolts experience," Sen. Paul said. "He's been involved in four presidential campaigns."

According to his senate campaign website, Paul grew up in Lake Jackson, Texas and attended Baylor University.

He is the son of retired Texas congressman Ron Paul.

There are four men with ties to Texas who may run for the White House in 2016.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican representing Texas, announced his presidential campaign on March 23 at Liberty University in Virginia.

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush are also expected to seek the Republican nomination for President in 2016.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, April 5, 2015]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:16:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, we break down the $210 billion dollar budget the state House passed this week. What are the chances it will easily make it through the Senate? And, a Plano father whose teenage son committed suicide after using steroids explains why he supports the idea of scrapping the state’s high school steroid testing program.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Could Texas Pass Religious Freedom Bills?]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:05:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg With Indiana and Arkansas facing national backlash over its religious freedom bills, what will happen to the slew of similar bills in the Texas Legislature? At least 6 bills have been proposed. David Taffet from the Dallas Voice tells us what the bills are and what Texas may learn from the national outcry. See the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Lawmaker Explains HIV Funding Vote]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 15:03:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Tucked in the mammoth $210 billion dollar budget passed by the state House is a provision that moves $3 million in HIV and STD funding to abstinence education. State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione explains why he voted for the move. Watch the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lease Signed for Hillary Clinton Campaign HQ]]> Sat, 04 Apr 2015 10:44:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/clinton-emails-USE-THIS-ONE-465797002.jpg

A lease has been signed for an office in Brooklyn that is expected to be the headquarters for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, sources familiar with the deal told MSNBC on Friday.

The space takes up two floors of a building on Pierrepont street in Brooklyn Heights that also houses offices for Morgan Stanley and the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. 

MSNBC reports that it's not clear when Clinton or her team signed the lease. Under federal election rules, candidates have 15 days from the day they engage in campaign activities, like renting office space, to officially declare a run.

During the 2008 campaign, Clinton made her headquarters outside Washington.



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<![CDATA[Indiana Gov: We Intend to Fix "Perception" Problem of Law]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 13:55:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pence-presser-468206814.jpg

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday said a bill he signed into law last week has been "grossly mischaracterized" and subjected to "shoddy reporting," but said he and legislators have been working around the clock to draft new legislation to clarify its intent.

"We've got a perception problem here ... and we intend to correct that," Pence told reporters during a morning press conference from Indianapolis.

The Republican reiterated earlier comments that the intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was not to discriminate but to protect religious freedom. The measure prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

Gays and lesbians are not a protected class under Indiana’s civil rights laws, and critics of the law alleged it could provide some businesses the opportunity to refuse providing services or selling goods to some people based on religious grounds.

Pence said he found that claim "offensive," and called upon the state's General Assembly to address the issue.

"This law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone," he said. "The intent of the law was to give the courts in our state the highest level of scrutiny in cases where people feel that their religious liberty is being infringed upon by government action."

His comments Tuesday were a follow-up to an op-ed piece he penned for the Wall Street Journal that the law was not a "license to discriminate."

"I abhor discrimination," he wrote. "I believe in the Golden Rule that you should ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

The law sparked outrage from many in Indiana's business community and others with ties -- established and planned -- to the Hoosier state. The public-employee union known as AFSCME announced Monday it was canceling a planned women's conference in Indianapolis this year because of the law. The band Wilco said it was canceling a May performance. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an open letter to Indiana corporations saying Virginia is a business-friendly state that does "not discriminate against our friends and neighbors," while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent letters to more than a dozen Indiana businesses, urging them to relocate to a "welcoming place to people of all races, faiths and countries of origin."

In a separate editorial with a clear message, Indiana's largest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, stressed urgency: "Fix this now."



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<![CDATA[WATCH: Indiana Gov. Addresses Law Controversy]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:56:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike-Pence-Indiana-Gov.jpg

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a Tuesday op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that a controversial bill he signed into law last week is not a "license to discriminate."

"I abhor discrimination," he wrote. "I believe in the Golden Rule that you should ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore."

"As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it," he continued.

His published remarks are an attempt to quell the firestorm that's brewed since he affixed his signature to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last Thursday. The measure prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

Gays and lesbians are not a protected class under Indiana’s civil rights laws, and critics of the law maintain it could allow some businesses to refuse providing service or selling goods to some people based on religious grounds.

That's sparked outrage from many in Indiana's business community and others with ties -- established and planned -- to the Hoosier state. The public-employee union known as AFSCME announced Monday it was canceling a planned women's conference in Indianapolis this year because of the law. The band Wilco said it was canceling a May performance. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe issued an open letter to Indiana corporations saying Virginia is a business-friendly state that does "not discriminate against our friends and neighbors," while Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent letters to more than a dozen Indiana businesses, urging them to relocate to a "welcoming place to people of all races, faiths and countries of origin."

Republican legislative leaders said they are working on adding language to the law to make it clear it does not allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

In a separate editorial with a clear message, Indiana's largest newspaper, the Indianapolis Star, stressed urgency: "Fix this now."



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<![CDATA["I'm Not Running": Warren Shuts Down 2016 Buzz Again]]> Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:36:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP868875334282.jpg

Sorry, "Elizabeth Warren for President" holdouts.

The U.S. senator from Massachusetts on Tuesday dealt another blow to supporters — and rivals on the right — hoping she'll enter the 2016 race, repeating her intention to stay on the sidelines. 

"No, I am not running and I’m not going to run," she told NBC's Savannah Guthrie in an interview.

"I'm not running. I'm not running," she repeated when asked again whether there was any room to hedge.

Warren, who has gained a national profile as a vocal critic of Wall Street, has insisted for months that she does not plan to run against likely candidate and frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic primary. On Tuesday, as she appeared on the "Today" show to promote her new memoir, she said serving in the U.S. Senate is the best platform for fighting for changes on financial regulation, student loans and more.

“I’m in Washington and I’ve got this really great job and a chance to try to make a difference on things that really matter," she said.

The senator's own words haven't stopped supporters on the left from continuing a draft-Warren effort to lay groundwork and generate support for a run. Republicans have also used the buzz surrounding a possible Warren bid to rally their base — citing the progressive Democrat in fundraising emails and other appeals for support.

Even as she rejected the speculation surrounding her own plans, Warren sidestepped a question about whether Clinton is the best messenger on issues embraced by the party's liberal wing.

“I think we need to give her a chance to decide if she’s going to run and declare and to lay out what she wants to run on," she said. "I think that's her opportunity to do that.”



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<![CDATA[Apple's Tim Cook: "Religious Objection" Laws Are "Very Dangerous"]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 12:22:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tim-cook-apple-fortuna.jpg

Apple CEO Tim Cook slammed Indiana's new "religious objection" legislation over the weekend, penning a Washington Post piece warning that “there’s something very dangerous happening in America.”

The piece, which was posted late Sunday night, said the openly gay executive, who was raised in a Baptist home in the South, was "deeply disappointed" in the recently passed "Religious Freedom Restoration" law in Indiana that shields business owners who turn away customers for religious reasons.

"This isn’t a political issue," he wrote. "It isn’t a religious issue. This is about how we treat each other as human beings. Opposing discrimination takes courage. With the lives and dignity of so many people at stake, it’s time for all of us to be courageous."

Cook called this new wave of legislation "very dangerous," noting there are about 100 similar bills under consideration in two dozen states. And he added that they "go against the very principles our nation was founded on" and "have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality."

“America's business community recognized a long time ago that discrimination, in all its forms, is bad for business,” he wrote. “At Apple, we are in business to empower and enrich our customers' lives. We strive to do business in a way that is just and fair. That's why, on behalf of Apple, I'm standing up to oppose this new wave of legislation — wherever it emerges. I'm writing in the hopes that many more will join this movement.”

Cook, who was baptized in a Baptist church and grew up in the South in the 1960s and 1970s.  He publicly disclosed that he is gay in October. Last week, Cook announced that he will give his fortune away.



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<![CDATA[Iraq War Vet Tammy Duckworth Launches Senate Bid in Illinois]]> Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:24:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Tammy-Duckworth3.jpg

In a video to supporters, Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Monday made official a 2016 challenge to Sen. Mark Kirk. 

"I’m running for the United States Senate in 2016 because it’s time for Washington to be held accountable and to put Illinois’ families and communities first," the Hoffman Estates Democrat said her video message.

Duckworth, an Iraqi war vet who lost her legs in a helicopter crash, recently had her first baby at the age of 46. 

Well known in her district, her message was a sort of introduction to a statewide audience. She said she was a Marine, a wife, a new mom and a combat veteran. She recalled the financial struggles she faced with her family while growing up and as she put herself through college.

"If you elect me as Illinois’s Senator, I will fight my heart out to represent you with honor and integrity," she said. 

Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, plans to run for re-election.

Illinois Republicans quickly tied Duckworth to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is currently serving time in a Denver-area prison on a corruption conviction.

"Rod Blagojevich protégé Tammy Duckworth is not the kind of partisan politician Illinois families want to represent them in the United States Senate," said Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider. "Duckworth represents the extreme wing of the Democrat party — voting with Nancy Pelosi 92 percent of the time. I have no doubt that next November, Illinois voters will re-elect Mark Kirk who has been a strong & independent voice for our state in Washington."



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: March 29, 2015]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:24:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, a bombshell report. The Dallas Morning News breaks the news that Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk spent time in rehab for prescription drug use. We talk to the two reporters who broke this story and ask will this affect how she leads the DA’s office. Then, Sen. Ted Cruz becomes the first candidate officially announce he is running for president. We look at his chances and what the Tea Party favorite will need to do to win the republican nomination. Watch this week’s Lone Star Politics on Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: What Ted Cruz Must Do To Win GOP Presidential Nomination]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:56:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Texas Sen. Ted Cruz makes it official: he is running for the White House. What are his chances, and what does he need to do to win his party’s nomination? The Dallas County GOP Chairman joins us to answer these questions. Watch the interview on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Dallas Co. DA Spent Time in Rehab: Report]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:54:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg The Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk spent at least a month in rehab for prescription drug use. We talk to the two reporters who broke this story and ask how will this affect her ability to run her office. See the entire conversation on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz Speaks in NH]]> Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:22:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cruz-AP938170470053.jpg

Just days after making his presidential candidacy official, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in New Hampshire for a two-day swing.

Cruz was the first major candidate to announce a run for president. He made the announcement on Monday at Liberty University in Virginia.

On Friday, he attended a rally in Merrimack, New Hampshire, at 3 p.m.

He's also scheduled to speak later in the day at the "New England Freedom Conference" in Nashua, being held by the Young Americas Foundation. On Saturday, he is scheduled to speak at a brunch being hosted by the Rockingham County Republican Committee and the Seacoast Republican Women.

Cruz has made four previous visits to the Granite State with more than a dozen individual stops dating back to 2014. See those visits and more in NECN's New Hampshire Candidate Tracker. 



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