<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]> Copyright 2014 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 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:26:53 -0500 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:26:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CA Plastic Bag Ban Approved]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:23:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Plastic+Bag+Ban+Store+Counter+copy.jpg

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags Tuesday.

The measure, first proposed by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of Los Angeles, would prohibit single-use plastic bags at grocery stores and large pharmacies in 2015 and at convenience stores in 2016.

It includes $2 million in loans to help manufacturers shift to producing reusable bags and lets grocers charge 10 cents each for paper and reusable bags.

The bill had sparked one of the most contentious debates in the last weeks of the legislative session, with aggressive lobbying by environmentalists and bag manufacturers.

Moments after Brown signed the measure, the American Progressive Bag Alliance called it a “back room deal between grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars without providing any public benefit – all under the guise of environmentalism.”

The group plans to launch a referendum effort for the November 2016 ballot to repeal the measure.

San Diegan Laura Quinn-Stalker had mixed feelings about the news.

“Although I reuse my plastic bags constantly and will miss that,” she posted to NBC 7’s Facebook page, “I think this is important to do.”

“Won't see a dime saved in my pocket. Now, I have to buy garbage bags,” Oxnard resident Wade Wilson posted.

For years, a statewide plastic bag ban has been an elusive goal for lawmakers trying to reduce the buildup of plastic waste in oceans and waterways that costs millions of dollars to cleanup.

About 100 local jurisdictions in California already have adopted similar bans, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.



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<![CDATA[Davis Calls on Abbott to Disavow Remarks by GOP Strategist]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 11:05:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092314_Davis_after_speech_1200x675_332571715826.jpg

Campaigning in Dallas Tuesday, Democratic gubernatorial candidate State Sen. Wendy Davis called on Republican nominee Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to disavow remarks made by a GOP consultant on Lone Star Politics, the weekly show produced by NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News.

During a discussion of Abbott’s position on abortion, Matt Mackowiak referred to women seeking abortions in cases of rape and incest as, "minor issues that are one percent or two percent the problem."

Here is a partial transcript of Mackowiak's exchange with Democratic strategist Matt Angle:

Mackowiak: "Texas is a pro-life state. We can get into minor issues that are one percent or two percent the problem. But ultimately Texas is a strong pro-life state. Abbott would love to fight this campaign on that issue alone from here on out but Wendy knows that's not strategically wise."

Angle: "That's the first time I've heard rape or incest called a 'minor issue.'"

Mackowiak: "It's minor in terms of the percentage of cases. That's all I'm saying."

Angle: "A victim of rape or incest is not a minor problem."

After speaking to a gathering of Annie's List in Dallas Tuesday, Davis challenged Abbott to repudiate Mackowiak's statements.

"I am calling on them to disavow those statements and to show their respect for women in this state who have undergone the horrific and heinous crimes of rape and incest," the Fort Worth Democrat said. "He (Mackowiak) has been a surrogate voice for Greg Abbott and the Greg Abbott campaign. And I think that most telling is the fact that Greg Abbott has not come forward to disavow Matt Mackowiak's characterization of women who've been victimized in rape and in cases of incest as though somehow they've suffered a minor issue," said Davis.

Davis added, "If I disagreed with something that a supporter said I would be quick to make a public statement about that."

The Abbott campaign did not respond on the record to NBC 5's phone calls or emails seeking comment.

Meanwhile, Mackowiak released the following statement Tuesday:

"I am neither an 'Abbott strategist' nor an 'Abbott surrogate' and have never claimed to be, so the Davis campaign's repeated claims of this are false. To the extent that the Davis campaign has intentionally mislead voters about what I said and offended people, I regret that. The Davis campaign has intentionally mischaracterized what I said in a desperate attempt to raise money, while selfishly trivializing domestic violence and sexual assault victims by using them to score cheap political points. The Davis campaign has now relentlessly targeted a private citizen for two days, with thousands of emails, social media postings, online graphics, a speech and even a press conference demeaning me, based on several blatant falsehoods. It's time for this campaign for Governor to return to a discussion about the future of our great state."


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<![CDATA[Dallas Council Delays Nelson Mandela Road Discussion]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:07:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mandela10.jpg

Plans to rename Lancaster Road in Dallas for the late South African President Nelson Mandela were delayed Wednesday.

Councilman Dwaine Caraway failed to see the City Council support he forecast there would be when his proposal reached a City Hall public hearing.

Caraway argues the name change between Illinois Avenue and Interstate 20 would help revitalize the Lancaster Road area.

“The seed that’s being planted is one of hope, to give the neighborhood something to be proud about,” he said.

Supporters include students at the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy on Lancaster.

“Nelson Mandela was an influential African figure similar to how Barack Obama, our school’s namesake, was an influential African American figure,” said student council president Kendell Long. “So, I think it would aid the community.”

Across the street from the school, Eric Curtis, who works at the Sko N’ Go music and tobacco store, also supported the Mandela change.

“It will make a statement to people as to knowing who he actually was,” Curtis said.

But other business people have complained the name change would cost them money.

Lancaster Road is also home to the Dallas VA Hospital. Veterans packed Wednesday’s public hearing to oppose the change.

“If you make that name change, you’re really not showing support for the veterans of this country,” said veteran Clarence Jackson.

Opponents of the Mandela plan said any change should honor American military veterans.

Caraway blasted African American council members Vonceil Hill and Tennell Atkins for refusing to support his plan. Lancaster Road also runs through their City Council districts.

“I’m glad that you all are here to see today who is with you and who is not,” Caraway said to supporters in the room.

Caraway complained that Atkins held a meeting with opponents Tuesday night before the Wednesday public hearing after earlier indicating support for the change. Atkins said he was only invited and didn’t arrange the meeting with opponents.

Hill said she told Caraway long ago that Mandela deserves a tribute bigger than renaming Lancaster Road and that she would not cross veterans who oppose the change.

“Spread the word,” Hill said to renaming opponents about her position.

Caraway did win a delay on the issue until Nov. 12.

Caraway said he would talk with opponents between now and then in an effort to sell them on the merits of his plan.



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<![CDATA[Dallas County Voter Registration Day Kicks Off]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 05:38:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/798393511.jpg

The Dallas County Elections Department kicks off Dallas County Voter Registration Day Tuesday morning with 17 locations where people can go to sign up. Government center locations and college and university locations are listed below.

Downtown Dallas 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
500 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Duncanville 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
100 E. Wheatland Road
Duncanville, Texas 75116

Garland 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
140 N. Garland Avenue
Garland, Texas 75040

Grand Prairie 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
106 W. Church Street, Suite 105
Grand Prairie, Texas 75050

Mesquite 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
210 W. Grubb
Mesquite, Texas 75149

Richardson 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
516 Twilight Trail
Richardson, Texas 75080

North Dallas 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
10056 Marsh Lane
Dallas, Texas 75229

Oak Cliff 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
408 S. Beckley Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75203

College & University Locations:

Brookhaven Community College
3939 Valley View Lane
Dallas, Texas 75244
Valley View Entrance - Building S

North Lake Community College - Central
5001 N. MacArthur Boulevard
Irving, Texas 75038
Cafeteria area in central building

North Lake Community College - North
101 S. Royal Lane
Coppell, Texas 75019
Student center hallway

North Lake Community College - North & South
1081 W. Shady Grove Road
Irving, Texas 75060
Student center hallway

Richland Community College
12800 Abrams Road
Dallas, Texas 75243
El Paso Hall

Richland Community College - Garland
675 W. Walnut Street
Garland, Texas 75040
Student center hallway

Dallas Baptist University
3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
Dallas, Texas 75211

Paul Quinn College
3837 Simpson Stuart Road
Dallas, Texas 75241

The University of Texas at Dallas
800 W. Campbell Road
Richardson, Texas 75080-0321



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<![CDATA[Davis Makes "Lone Star Politics" Exchange a Campaign Issue]]> Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:11:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+Debate+Abortion+092014.jpg

An exchange on Sunday's Lone Star Politics, the weekly show NBC 5 produces with our media partner The Dallas Morning News, suddenly took center stage in the Texas gubernatorial campaign Monday.

A series of Tweets and emails, the Wendy Davis campaign cited an exchange between two consultants, Democrat Matt Angle and Republican Matt Mackowiak, in which Mackowiak referred to cases of women seeking abortions in cases of rape and incest as "minor issues."

Mackowiak clarified that he was only referring to the percentage of total abortions. You can watch the exchange above.

Here is an excerpt:

Mackowiak: "Texas is a pro-life state. We can get into minor issues that are one percent or two percent the problem. But ultimately Texas is a strong pro-life state. Abbott would love to fight this campaign on that issue alone from here on out but Wendy knows that's not strategically wise."

Angle: "That's the first time I've heard rape or incest called a 'minor issue.'"

Mackiowak: "It's minor in terms of the percentage of cases. That's all I'm saying."

Angle: "A victim of rape or incest is not a minor problem."

Davis spokesperson Zac Petkanas released this statement Monday:

"Rape and incest are horrific crimes, not 'minor issues.' This disgusting viewpoint illustrates exactly why Greg Abbott is so out of touch when he says he would make abortion illegal even in the cases of rape and incest."

An email from the Davis campaign also refers to Mackowiak as a "surrogate" of Greg Abbott. However, this afternoon Mackowiak confirms that is not is not employed by or advising the Abbott campaign.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: September 21, 2014]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 08:19:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Julie Fine reports from McAllen on Friday night’s first gubernatorial debate. Plus, Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak and Democratic strategist Matt Angle battle over who won the debate. Finally, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell talks traffic, John Wiley Price, and the secret car crash payouts made by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Gov. Debate on Education]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:39:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+Debate+Education+092014.jpg On Lone Star Politics, two political strategists, Republican Matt Mackowiak and Democrat Matt Angle, discuss who won the first gubernatorial debate, including the candidates’ contrasting views on funding public education. NBC 5’s Julie Fine also reports on the debate aftermath from McAllen. Plus, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell talks traffic, John Wiley Price, and the secret car crash payouts made by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Cantrell on Minimum Wage]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:36:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/092114_LSP_Cantrell_1200x675_331578435854.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell explains why he opposes County Judge Clay Jenkins’ plan for a minimum wage that would apply to employees of contractors doing business with the county. Plus, NBC 5’s Julie Fine reports from McAllen on Friday night’s first gubernatorial debate. And Republican consultant Matt Mackowiak and Democratic strategist Matt Angle battle over who won the debate. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Gov. Debate on Abortion]]> Sat, 20 Sep 2014 15:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+Debate+Abortion+092014.jpg On Lone Star Politics, two political strategists, Republican Matt Mackowiak and Democrat Matt Angle, discuss who won the first gubernatorial debate, including the candidates’ different viewpoints on abortion rights. NBC 5’s Julie Fine also reports on the debate aftermath from McAllen. Plus, Dallas County Commissioner Mike Cantrell talks traffic, John Wiley Price, and the secret car crash payouts made by Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[New Ads in Governor's Race Hit TV]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:35:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/abbott-davis.jpg

In the past few days, both Attorney General Greg Abbott and Sen. Wendy Davis have new ads on television.

Abbott's new ad talks about his job plan, first by moving across a map to illustrate people moving their companies to Texas, saying it is because we keep our taxes low.

He then presents his job plan, saying his administration will control state spending, unleash the oil and gas industry and keep taxes low so businesses can grow.

We talked to The Dallas Morning News political reporter Gromer Jeffers about the strategy Abbott is using.

"He is touting his economic plan, which he doesn't tell us about, but he retreats to the Republican talking points. Rick Perry's talking points. Less regulations, low taxes, a great environment to start a business," said Jeffers.

This ad, like his last one, does not even mention his opponent, State Sen. Wendy Davis.

"He wants to put forth a positive effort, wants voters to like him. And more importantly he does not want to do anything to blow his lead," added Jeffers.

Davis has a new ad out, vastly different from Abbott's. It is a blistering ad, saying boys were abused at a state run school, and Abbott, as Texas Attorney General, did not do enough to stop it.

Part of the ad said: When the investigation lags, a Texas ranger notifies Attorney General Greg Abbott, asking him to investigate. Abbott does nothing. Eleven months go by, 16 more incidents of abuse and neglect take place, but Abbott didn't pursue the case.

The Davis camp used several news reports to back this one up, and the state senator once again blasted Abbott Monday.

"As a state's top law enforcement officer he had a duty to step in, and step in immediately," said Davis.

Monday, The Dallas Morning News had an article regarding the ad, and went through the time line of events.

Campaign Spokesman Matt Hirsch said Monday, "The Attorney General can’t act until requested by a local district attorney." To bolster their side, they too point to news reports with that information. Hirsch adds after the attorney general got involved, two people were indicted.

This is Davis' fourth television ad, and the last two have been attacking Abbott.

"It is a good, short-term strategy. You have to make the contrast with your opponent. But at some point she is going to have to introduce herself to voters," said Jeffers.

Click here to read more in The Dallas Morning News



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mayor's Spokesman Resigns to Run for Council]]> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:11:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/sammerten1.jpg

The spokesman for Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has resigned to run for City Council.

Sam Merten, after a year on the job, ended on Friday his tenure in the mayor’s office. The former Dallas Observer reporter confirmed on Monday that he will mount a political bid next year in District 9, where he recently moved after having lived there in the past.

Read more from our news partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: September 14, 2014]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 15:52:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers and Wayne Slater from The Dallas Morning News discuss the impact of Senator Ted Cruz getting booed off stage for pro-Israel comments may have on his presidential ambitions. Plus, the Democrat running for Attorney General, Sam Houston, challenges his Republican opponent, Ken Paxton, to a face to face debate. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Cruz's Popularity]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, The Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater assesses the popularity of Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz with conservatives. And Sam Houston, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General stops by. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Davis Memoir]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:09:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers and Wayne Slater from The Dallas Morning News discuss the impact Wendy Davis’ new memoir and a new TV ad from Greg Abbott may have on the race for governor. And the Democrat running for Attorney General, Sam Houston, also visits Lone Star Politics. Watch Lone Star Politics at 8:40 a.m. Sunday on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Houston Vs. Paxton]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 15:07:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, Sam Houston, claims his opponent, Ken Paxton, is not ethically fit to hold the job of the state’s top law enforcement officer. Also, The Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer, Wayne Slater, and his colleague Gromer Jeffers, discuss the impact of Wendy Davis’ newly released memoir on the race for governor. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Ground Attack Necessary to Defeat ISIS: Pete Sessions]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 14:47:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091114_Pete_Sessions_reax_Obama_speech_1200x675_328096323996.jpg

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) Thursday predicted American combat forces will need to fight ISIS on the ground in Iraq and Syria to defeat them.

In an interview on Capitol Hill Sessions predicted airstrikes alone will not destroy ISIS.

“If we're in this to win then boots on the ground not only will be necessary but that will be something that will save American lives ultimately in the long run.”

The Dallas Republican also criticized President Obama for being too timid in responding to the ISIS threat.

“What I heard last night was that the president is reluctantly engaging in this fight to protect America. I believe the American people understand we must have a president and the American people committed to protecting this great nation,” said Sessions.

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<![CDATA[Beheadings Don't Justify Strikes Against ISIS: U.S. Rep.]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 06:54:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/091114_EBJ_entire_interview_1200x675_328079427949.jpg

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) argued the beheading of two American journalists by ISIS does not justify U.S. airstrikes into Syria Thursday.

During an interview on Capitol Hill, Johnson said the slayings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff should not lead to bombing ISIS forces  in Syria.

“We were on their ground. It was not in the U.S. I do think we need to protect Americans wherever they are. But Americans also need to be careful where they are,” said Johnson.

The Dallas Democrat also said President Obama does not need Congressional authority to escalate the fight against ISIS. But she feels he would be wise to seek approval from the U.S. House and Senate.

See the entire interview below:


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<![CDATA[What Impact With Davis' Memoir Have on Race?]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:28:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DMN_Wendy_Davis__1200x675_326865475957.jpg The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers discusses the timing of Sen. Wendy Davis' memoir "Forgetting to Be Afraid" and the impact it may have on the race for Texas Governor.]]> <![CDATA[Wendy Davis Releases Memoir]]> Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:32:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Wendy+Davis.jpg Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis is opening up about her personal life as she releases a memoir less than two months prior to election day.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: September 7, 2014]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 16:43:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) reveals he would vote to send American ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria if that’s what President Obama’s top generals recommend. Also on Lone Star Politics, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Leticia Van de Putte argues that her Republican opponent Dan Patrick would be detrimental to Texas business. And new Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd previews his interview with President Obama. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sen. Van de Putte on Border]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:42:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, the Democrat running for Lt. Governor, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, calls for more DPS and more deputies to deal with the Border Crisis and criticized Governor Perry’s decision to deploy the National Guard. Also, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask Congressman Roger Williams if new regulations are needed to prevent another Tragedy In West. And new Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd previews his interview with President Obama. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Dan Patrick]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:36:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, the Democrat running for Lt. Governor, State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, claims many Texas business owners worry her opponent, GOP State Sen. Dan Patrick, will be bad for the state’s economy. Also, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask Congressman Roger Williams if new regulations are needed to prevent another Tragedy In West. Plus, Chuck Todd on being the new moderator for Meet The Press. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Meet Chuck Todd of "Meet the Press"]]> Sat, 06 Sep 2014 08:22:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/090714_LSP_Chuck_Todd_1200x675_325741123764.jpg

Chuck Todd makes his debut as moderator of "Meet the Press" on Sunday, and has landed President Barack Obama as his first guest. On Friday, Todd took to Reddit to introduce himself.

The Miami native, who attended George Washington University, was previously NBC’s chief White House correspondent and political director. Despite his years in Washington, the sports lover remains committed to teams outside D.C.; he has been a fan of the Miami Hurricanes and the Green Bay Packers since birth.

Here, from his Reddit “Ask Me Anything,” are five things we learned about the famed political junkie.

When will he shave his facial hair?

Don’t hold your breath — even if, as suggested, it would improve his ratings. When he looks in the mirror, he sees his late father, he says. Shaving his beard would be like getting rid of that piece of his father that he carries with him

Who is one person, now dead, that he would have loved to have interviewed?

Richard Nixon, because it would have been a challenge

How does he see his role as a reporter and moderator?

His job is to push back against bloviation and talking points by being grounded in facts, and to get to the nut of the debate.

How does he feel about his name?

He hates having two one syllable names, and has given both of his children multiple-syllable first names. “I’ve been ‘ChuckTodd’ with every coach and teacher during my childhood,” he wrote on Reddit.

Does he ever get nervous interviewing high profile guests?

He's always a tad nervous. "Any moment can be a career ender," he wrote.

What did he think about the University of Louisville’s football win over Miami on Monday?

His late father-in-law was a star quarterback at Louisville, so criticism of Louisville is off-limits in his house. He’s not upset about Louisville, he says, but about the University of Miami being unprepared.
“It’s time for the ‘State of Miami’ to return, meaning that the best players in the best high school football factories in the country go to Miami,” he wrote.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Williams on ISIS]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:29:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Congressman Roger Williams (R-Austin) reveals he would vote for sending American ground troops to fight ISIS in Iraq and Syria if that’s what President Obama’s top generals recommend. Also on Lone Star Politics, Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Leticia Van de Putte and new Meet The Press moderator Chuck Todd. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Chuck Todd]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 15:23:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics Chuck Todd previews his interview with President Obama on his first episode as the new moderator of Meet The Press. Also, Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News interviews Democratic candidate for Lt. Governor Leticia Van de Putte. And he and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely ask Congressman Roger Williams if American boots on the ground are needed to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]>