<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2016http://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.comen-usWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:03:51 -0500Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:03:51 -0500NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Sanders to Back DNC Delegate Trips]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:04:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DNC+Delegates+Philly+Money+4+Box.jpg

More than 600 delegates pledged to Bernie Sanders have taken to online crowdfunding to help pay for their expensive trips to the Democratic National Convention to be held in Philadelphia this July.

They have raised some $570,000 through this week on sites like GoFundMe. That is out of a collective $1.6 million they are asking for, according to a tally by Fund Bernie Delegates, an umbrella site started by a Tennessee woman to promote delegates' efforts.

For weeks, many supporters quietly wondered if the Sanders campaign would help his delegates, who are coming from all 50 states to the convention. It runs July 25-28, and delegates have been asked to book at least four nights in hotels across the Philadelphia region.

Finally, it appears, the cavalry has arrived. Sanders' campaign manager Jeff Weaver wrote Tuesday in an email to supporters that new contributions to the presidential candidate will go toward helping delegates get to Philadelphia.

"Our delegates are not wealthy campaign contributors. They're not party insiders or establishment elites. They're working folks, and it's not easy for many of them to fly to Philly and stay in hotels for a week," Weaver wrote. "We really need to have all of our delegates at the Democratic convention because we expect there could be critical votes for the party platform and electoral process."

Sanders received 1,831 pledged delegates in the primaries. Hillary Clinton received 2,220, plus the support of 591 party officials known as superdelegates, and has been deemed the presumptive nominee for the Democratic party. Sanders has acknowledged he will likely lose the nomination to Clinton but intends to continue as a candidate to the convention.

In May, NBC10.com first reported on the GoFundMe efforts of numerous Sanders delegates, most who are in their 20s and don't have the financial means to spend $4,000 to $6,000 to come from far-flung states like Minnesota or Colorado.

"I’ve got a few fundraisers in my hometown," said 27-year-old diesel mechanic Dylan Parker, who will represent Illinois’ 17th Congressional District as a Sanders delegate. "Otherwise, it’s going to come out of me and my family’s pockets."

Parker is nearing his $5,000 GoFundMe goal, with $3,675 as of June 29. But many others remain below $1,000. 

Many have been forced to use credit cards to expense their flights and hotel stays while waiting for donations, according to Katie Tillman, a mother of two from Tennessee who started the website Fund Bernie Delegates a month ago with the help of a Kansas man named Michael Doyle.

"A problem is not all states can wait until the convention date to pay for their hotels. We have those states on there. [Monday] was South Carolina's deadline for paying," Tillman said of some state delegations' deadlines to pay for the trip. "We don’t want them in debt."

Messages sent to the Sanders campaign were not immediately returned.

In the email, Weaver wrote that donations should be made before the campaign files its monthly finance report with the Federal Election Commission. 

Delegates may receive donations from candidates, but not from corporations, labor organizations, foreign nationals or federal government contractors, according to FEC regulations.

Delegates may also raise their own funds, as many have said they planned to do through hometown fundraisers and parties. State political parties are allowed to give to delegates. But with more than 4,000 delegates in Democratic primaries this year, some state organizations said supporting so many people wasn't possible.

Sanders' presidential political action committee, Bernie 2016, had $9.2 million on hand of a total $220 million raised, according to the PAC's May 31 report filed with the FEC.

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<![CDATA[Protesters at Trump Event in Boston]]> Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:43:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump+gif+new.gif

A congressman and city councilor joined dozens of protesters outside a Boston hotel where presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is holding a fundraiser.

The closed event, organized by the Republican National Committee at the Langham Hotel, was set to charge $2,700 a head, the Boston Herald reports.

An RNC delegate tells necn that Trump spoke to the crowd about "his plan to bring jobs back to the U.S., the unfair trade agreements with China and Japa, how NAFTA wiped out the manufacturing jobs in [Massachusetts] and New England which was from the Clinton era ... Trump also talked about the horrific Turkey bombing."

A group of protesters congregated Wednesday morning in One Post Office Square, chanting and hoisting signs that read "Giving to Trump: Like investing in a slot machine" and "Trump is a bigot."

"Keep your wall, keep your hate, the USA is already great," they shouted, referencing Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

"Donald Trump needs to know that his disastrous message on the economy and is bigoted hate speech is not welcome in Boston, it's not welcome in Massachusetts and that's what people here want to let him know," said Dan Hoffer of the Service Employees International Union Local 888.

U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano was among those protesting the real estate mogul outside the Langham.

"This is his welcome to Boston," the Democrat said of Trump.

City Councilor Ayanna Pressley also attended Wednesday's protest.

Security was heavy in the neighborhood, and police reported no unrest or arrests.

After the fundraiser, Trump is slated to attend an afternoon rally in Bangor, Maine. He'll speak at the Cross Insurance Center, where he will be joined by Maine's Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

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<![CDATA[TX Lawmakers Working on Abortion Bills for Next Session]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 18:58:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Capitol+2+122115.jpg

The Texas legislative session is still six months away, but lawmakers are already at work on bills about issues that have already surfaced.

NBC 5 has learned that several lawmakers are already thinking about bills regarding abortion, one day after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned H.B. 2.

State Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, said he is looking into ways to fully defund Planned Parenthood.

"Our aim in filing and drafting and considering legislation in the Texas House and Senate will be to protect human life in the womb, and, yes, and regulate and restrict abortion clinics all across the state," Leach said.

State Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, said he is looking to the Supreme Court decision to see where to go when writing a bill for the next session.

"The fight always moves on," Krause said.

Both lawmakers were co-sponsors of H.B. 2 and expect several bills to be introduced next session. State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, hopes the legislature focuses on other issues.

"I hope next session the Republican legislators will concentrate on the real priorities of this state, will stop trying to interfere in private medical decisions, and instead focus on our public school system, which is underfunded, our child protective services, which is underfunded and dysfunctional, and a variety of other things we should be focusing on in a very short window we have to address the needs of the state every two years," Turner said.

But Turner knows in a Republican-controlled House and Senate the bills are likely to come up. So he says they prepare like they have in the past.

"In those special sessions we were able to drag it out, get a lot of things on the record that proved to be useful in the court proceedings, and, of course, culminating in former Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster, which brought national attention to this issue. All of those things were instrumental in the ultimate rejection of this law," Turner added.

There will also likely be a focus on so-called bathroom bills this session. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick became a national voice he opposed guidelines issued by the Fort Worth Independent School District on bathroom accommodations for transgender students. Turner feels with so much attention on social issues, others like education and health care go to the wayside.

"Absolutely it does. We have 140 days every two years to address all the needs of this state, so every day we spend wasted talking about social issues, just to satisfy the Tea Party base, that's one less day we have to focus on the issues that really matter," Turner said.

But Leach thinks everything can get done.

"Absolutely, the people of Texas should be assured that their representatives are representing them in the capital. That includes all areas of concern to constituents: building roads, investing in public education, tax reform, the pro-life cause, protecting the fundamental rights of Texans across the state. We can and we will do all of these things just as we've done over these past few legislative sessions," Leach said.

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<![CDATA[Politics Today: Poll Has Clinton Eight Points Ahead of Trump]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 16:35:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg Presumptive Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton is widening the gap against challenger Donald Trump. The results of a new NBC News/Survey Monkey poll show Clinton ahead by eight points.

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<![CDATA[Obama Urges Calm Following Brexit ]]> Tue, 28 Jun 2016 13:56:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/OBAMA_FOR_MAC_1200x675_711548995969.jpg

President Obama urged calm following Britain's vote to exit the European Union.

In an interview broadcast Tuesday on National Public Radio, the president, who opposed Brexit, said the spirit of international cooperation would not be lost in the wake of Britain's historic decision.

"There's been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO's gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner," Obama told NPR. "That's not what's happening. What's happening is that you had a European project that was probably moving faster and without as much consensus as it should have," he said.

Obama Added that the Brexit vote provides a moment for Europe to reflect on how to balance the voices of nationalism without foregoing integration.

"The basic core values of Europe, the tenets of liberal, market-based Democracies — those aren't changing. The interests that we have in common in Europe remain the same," Obama said. "I don't anticipate there's going to be major cataclysmic changes as a result of this."

<![CDATA[Democrats' Preemptive Benghazi Report Exonerates Clinton]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 19:30:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-benghazi.jpg

Frustrated by the pace of the investigation, the House Select Committee on Benghazi's Democratic members released their own, 339-page minority report on the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya.

NBC News reports the Democratic report released Monday exonerates Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state at the time of attack, and accuses Republicans of exploiting the tragedy for political gain. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others were killed.

It's unclear when the committee will release its main report. It will be written by the Republican members of Congress who control the Benghazi committee, which was created two years ago.

"We are issuing our own report today because, after spending more than two years and $7 million in taxpayer funds in one of the longest and most partisan congressional investigations in history, it is long past time for the Select Committee to conclude its work," the Democratic members of the committee wrote.

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<![CDATA[Clinton's Possible Running Mate, Trump Defends Brexit Comments]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 12:04:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg Hillary Clinton has a possible running mate, Bernie Sanders's support and Trump defends his comments on Britains exit from the European Union.

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<![CDATA[Trump, Clinton Less Popular Than NRA, Planned Parenthood: Poll]]> Mon, 27 Jun 2016 08:02:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/donald-trump-hillary-clinton-encuestas.jpg

The Democratic and Republican parties and their presumptive presidential nominees continue to be significantly unpopular with voters, in some cases more so than institutions like the NRA and Planned Parenthood, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll shows.

Donald Trump was viewed unfavorably by 60 percent of the electorate, while only 29 percent offered a positive rating of the GOP standard-bearer. Hillary Clinton received a 33 percent favorable rating, compared to a 55 percent negative rating.

By comparison, 48 percent of Americans viewed Planned Parenthood favorably, while 29 percent gave the women's health and abortion rights group poor ratings. Forty-two percent of voters saw the National Rifle Association in a positive light, while 36 percent disagreed.

President Barack Obama's favorability stood at 48 percent positive and 41 percent negative.

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<![CDATA[Dump Trump Movement Planning for Convention Floor Fight]]> Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:20:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16171043306152.jpg

The grassroots movement aimed at ousting Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention is planning for a convention floor fight, hiring staff, establishing a command center in Cleveland and rolling out ads in key states over the next week, NBC News reported

Organizers of the effort held their second weekly conference call Sunday night.

Former Bogota, New Jersey, Mayor Steve Lonegan, a Ted Cruz supporter and spokesman for a super PAC backing the effort, said he plans to hire East, West and Central regional field directors to begin building a "comprehensive list of every single delegate" to get to know their interests and issues.

The group is also planning to hire a full-time executive director, because the current staff is working on a volunteer basis, Lonegan said. An advance team is heading to Cleveland this week to build a command center outside the convention center.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics June 26, 2016]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:25:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On the June 26, 2016 edition of Lone Star Politics, a DFW congressman talks about why he took part in a protest on Capitol Hill; State Rep. Roberto Alonzo talks about Supreme Court tie on immigration case and a Dallas councilman discusses approval for deck park over I-35 near the Dallas Zoo.]]> <![CDATA[Rep. Veasey Talks About House Sit-In]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 21:26:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_Veasey_Tease_1200x675_712451651995.jpg Rep. Marc Veasey (D) of North Texas tells NBC 5's Kristi Nelson and Julie Fine and Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News why he believes the sit-in by Democratic lawmakers was a success despite not securing votes.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Councilman Talks About Proposed I-35E Deck Park]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 20:46:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gateway+deck+park+dallas.jpg On the June 26 edition of Lone Star Politics, Dallas councilman Lee Kleinman talks with Kristi Nelson and Gromer Jeffers about a proposed deck park covering I-35E.

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<![CDATA[What Stands Between Trump and a US Brexit Effect]]> Sat, 25 Jun 2016 05:44:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/542736486-donald-trump-brexit-vote-election.jpg

Even as Donald Trump drew parallels on Friday between the British vote to leave the European Union and the American presidential election, migration experts cautioned against too close a comparison of anti-immigrant sentiment in the two countries.

There are lessons to be taken from the Brexit decision, but more important are the very different heritages of U.S. and the United Kingdom, they said. 

Together with Thursday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling blocking President Barack Obama's immigration reforms, the vote did put some wind back in Trump’s sails, said Kevin Appleby, the director of international migration policy at the Center for Migration Studies of New York. And it showed that an anti-establishment movement is not unique to the United States.

But the presidential election is months off. American voters are more diverse and the country’s history is one of immigrants building the country, he said.

"It doesn't mean that we'll have the same result on this side of the pond as Britain did, because I think our nation is different in a lot of ways," he said.

Tapping a 'Well of Anxiety' on Immigration
The EU is the world's largest zone of free movement, letting anyone with its passport settle in any of its member nations, and the Brexit victory was as much a referendum on open borders and immigration policies as on British sovereignty. An Ipsos MORI poll found last week that immigration was the most important issue to voters in the UK.

"Free movement is basically the defining achievement of the European Union," said Natalia Banulescu-Bogdan, assistant director of the Migration Policy Institute's International Program.

But although economists agree that globalization brings benefits, the effects can be jarring locally. When the EU opened up to 10 new member states in 2004, the result was an influx of Eastern European workers to the UK. 

"It's harder to point your finger at this amorphous, global event, and it's much easier to point your finger at a foreign worker who's still employed," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

The decision to leave reflected a populist, anti-elite sentiment and prompted Prime Minister David Cameron to announce he would step down in October. 

In Scotland on Friday for the re-opening of his historic golf course in Turnberry, Trump praised the results and said that the British had reasserted control over their politics, their borders and economy. In November, Americans also will have a chance to vote for trade, immigration and foreign policies that put Americans first, he said.

"They took their country back, just like we will take America back," the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.

Since he entered the race last June, Trump has promised to build a wall to stop undocumented immigrants from Mexico whom he has called rapists and criminals, and wants a temporary ban on Muslims coming into the country as a way to combat terrorism.

"Both are tapping into this well of anxiety about the fast pace of change that has brought about unfavorable conditions for a lot of people, and they've really tapped into this sense that people are being left behind," Banulescu-Bogdan said. 

But the British experience of immigration largely began after its colonies became independent and, more recently, after the formation of the European Union, according to Muzaffar Chishti, the director of the Migration Policy Institute’s office at New York University School of Law.

The U.S., by contrast, is a country that has long thought of itself as a destination for people hoping to improve their lives, and throughout American history, impulses to close borders or restrict immigration have largely failed, he said. Phenomena such as the Know-Nothing Party, the anti-immigrant party of the mid-1800s and the Chinese Exclusion Act of the 1880s, prohibiting immigration of Chinese laborers, are looked back at with disapproval. Even Trump focuses on "illegal" immigration, he said.

"In our history there have been many moments of anti-immigrant sentiment and we have gone beyond them," Chishti said.

Today, in the U.S., only one third of people say immigrants are a burden to the country by taking jobs, housing and health care, while about 60 percent say their hard work and talent strengthen the country, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March. 

Referendum vs. General Election
Plus, Chishti said, the U.S. elections are not determined by popular vote. If the British parliament had taken that vote instead of opening it up into a referendum, the outcome would have been very different, he said.

Henry Fernandez of the Center for American Progress Action Fund faulted Cameron for allowing the far right and its anti-immigrant message to play an outsized role in the Conservative Party's policy and campaign messages.

Republicans leaders in the United States have allowed a similar anti-immigrant feeling to flourish, he said. That Trump is the party's presumptive nominee should come as no surprise, he said. 

"David Cameron rolled the dice on a very bad gamble in order to try to appease that extreme right wing of his party," he said. "That's very similar to what Republican leadership has done in the United States. They rolled the dice, and the dice came up Trump."

But he also predicted that the Americans would reject targeting immigrants.

"Allowing the card of racism and anti-immigrant sentiment to be played again and again will have toxic results," he said. "But what I think it will do in the United States is create very severe electoral problems for the Republican Party."

Activists say they are prepared to fight Trump's portrayal of immigrants as dangerous and a drain on the economy.

"We're worried but we're also ready to fight back against Trump's scare tactics and lies," said Pili Tobar, the director of communications at the Latino Victory Project. 

NBC's Asher Klein contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['No Fly, No Buy' Gun Measure Survives Senate]]> Fri, 24 Jun 2016 06:15:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GUNS_AP_16173672808809.jpg

A Republican-backed compromise amendment to prevent people on the "no-fly list" from acquiring firearms survived an effort to kill the measure Thursday — but at the moment it likely lacks the votes to pass it.

The amendment, sponsored by moderate Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, would allow the Justice Department to block people on the no-fly list and one other watchlist from buying guns, but would give them an ability to appeal.

A procedural vote to table, or essentially kill, the amendment failed 46-52. Eight Republicans voted against tabling the bill. If Thursday's motion is seen as a test vote, supporters of the amendment lack a handful of votes to pass it.

"I'm very pleased with where we stand," Collins said after the vote. "Obviously I'd like to get to 60 but this was a good day."

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<![CDATA[Democrats End Sit-In with No Vote on Gun Legislation]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 18:03:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/AP_16174600149411-news.jpg

After a sit-in that lasted more than a day, House Democrats walked out of the Capitol on Thursday without any scheduled votes on gun control, which had been their goal in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

"It's a new dawn and a new day in our fight," said Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

The Democrats sat on the floor of the House, and members spoke for more than 24 hours. They are calling for background checks on every gun sale and banning gun sales to anyone on a no-fly or terror watch list.

In a very chaotic scene that broke protocol on the floor, Democrats screamed as House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., called for a vote on a matter unrelated to the gun issue during the sit-in.

Ryan called the sit-in a publicity stunt, but U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, who was on the floor for the demonstration, disagrees.

"I think this is awful to call this a publicity stunt when you talk about the lives that have been lost, when you are talking about the public safety of America," said Veasey.

Lawmakers pleaded with the public to call their representatives to ask for a vote. NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine checked with members of the Texas delegation about this.

Veasey's office said their phone was ringing off the hook. Most other representatives said they have heard from voters, too, but some say they have heard more from voters who are against more gun regulation.

"We have never seen this takeover of the floor. It reminded me of what other countries, third-world countries, do in their legislative bodies, not the United States. A true disappointment," said U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas.

Cal Jillson, professor of politics at Southern Methodist University, believes the Democrats did accomplish something.

"Well, at the end of the day it increases the visibility of these gun issues, and to the Democrats' benefit and the Republicans' detriment, because about 85 percent of the American public believe it makes sense to have gun control – stop someone on a terrorist watch list who couldn't get on an airplane from buying a gun," Jillson said. "The Republicans are saying, 'No, that's too strict,' the public is saying, 'What, that's too strict? These are potential terrorists.'"

"The Republican argument is that people can get on the watch list wrongly, but a lot of people are on there are on there rightly rather than wrongly. And so the Republicans are in a very difficult position on the terrorist watch list issue and the greater scrutiny of guns bought at gun shows," Jillson added.

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He 'Heard' Clinton's Email Server Was Hacked]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 15:52:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpNightlyNews.png

Donald Trump insisted Thursday that Hillary Clinton’s private email server was hacked, but could not say where he learned the information. 

"I think I read that," Trump said. "And I heard it, and somebody--"

Trump was pressed for evidence to back up his claims during an interview with NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt, which will air Thursday.

"—that also gave me that information. I will report back to you," Trump said.

Trump’s comments come after he argued that Clinton’s server, which she used as secretary of state, left her vulnerable to blackmail if she were president.

Clinton’s campaign said there is no evidence that her server was ever hacked. U.S. officials have also told NBC News there is no evidence anyone hacked into the server, although there was evidence of phishing attempts. 

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<![CDATA[Texas a Key Part of SCOTUS Rulings on Immigration, Affirmative Action]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:00:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/supreme-court-immigration.jpg Texas had a lot to do with Supreme Court rulings Thursday on affirmative action and immigration.

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<![CDATA[Rep. Marc Veasey on Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:08:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/House_Democrats_Gun_Protest.jpg Fort Worth Representative Marc Veasey (D) joins NBC DFW to shed light on why Democrats are holding a sit-in as the House prepares to adjourn for the next two weeks.]]> <![CDATA[What Lies Ahead for House Gun Control]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/House_Floor_Sit_in.jpg NBC News' Tracie Potts joins NBC DFW from Washington D.C. with the challenges House leaders face as Democrats continue a floor sit-in.

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<![CDATA[Civil Rights Icon Rep. John Lewis No Stranger to Sit-Ins]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 23:44:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SIT_IN_AP_16174617154578.jpg

Rep. John Lewis, 76, led a sit-in on Wednesday in a quest to force a vote on gun control.

And the Civil Rights icon has faced angry mobs hurling racial epithets, jail and a beating by cops wielding night sticks that was so brutal that his skull was fractured.

Over 50 House Democrats participated in the historic protest which went into Wednesday evening.

"This is an important moment. I never dreamed that one day, after coming to Congress, I would have to sit in on the floor of the House, sit down, occupy the well of the House," Lewis said Wednesday. "We've been waiting, waiting for a long time, for the leadership to bring a piece of legislation, or maybe more than one piece, to deal with gun violence. There are too many people, too many children, babies, teachers, our mothers, our fathers, our sisters and brothers, people going out to dance and have fun, to die because of gun violence."

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<![CDATA[Rubio Move Part of GOP Strategy to Keep Senate Even if Trump Loses]]> Thu, 23 Jun 2016 06:21:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RUBIO_GettyImages-515906890.jpg

Marco Rubio's decision on Wednesday to run for re-election for his Florida U.S. Senate seat, at the urging of party leaders, is part of an aggressive series of moves the GOP is taking in the hopes of keeping control of the Senate, even if Donald Trump is badly defeated in the presidential race.

Key party officials, led by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, passed over several Republicans who were already running for the Florida seat to implore Rubio to seek a second term, even though the former presidential candidate had spent months saying that he was leaving the Senate.

Former President George W. Bush, who has largely stayed out of politics since he left office, is holding fundraisers for Republican Senate candidates in close races, even as his aides have said that he will not attend the GOP convention in Cleveland that will nominate Trump. And groups affiliated with the conservative Koch brothers are already investing heavily in campaign ads and ground operations to win key Senate races in states like Ohio and Wisconsin.

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<![CDATA[Texas State Rep to Push for Constitutional Carry Bill]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:18:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shooting+range1.jpg

For the second time, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, will try to get a constitutional carry bill through the Texas Legislature.

Strickland says the fee for the license makes it more difficult for Texans who can't afford it to protect themselves.

NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine spoke to Stickland about person-to-person gun sales, and whether this would make it easier for a criminal to get a gun without a background check, and carry it openly.

"I think they could be doing that already. The notion that criminals are all of a sudden going to obey a law or pay a fee or do things the right way is ludicrous," said Stickland.

Fine also asked him about someone using a gun who didn't have training in a CHL class.

"Anybody that has been through the licensing process right now knows that if you go there and take a couple of hours at a course where you are sitting down, that is not even the real training that you need anyways. The idea that that somehow keeps us safer is a farce," said Stickland.

"The state minimum requirements for the current CHL is not going to turn someone who is a bad shot, for instance, into a good shot after a couple of hours," he added.

But in order for this bill to make it to the floor of the Texas House, it must get out of committee. It did not last time, and State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, does not expect it to this time either.

"I just don't think there's an appetite for it in the House, and I think it is dead on arrival," said Anchia.

"Well, I mean certainly the timing with what's going on nationally is very, very bad," he added. "I mean, nobody wants unlicensed carry right now. Even NRA members are concerned about unlicensed carry since we'd be going back to the Wild West, where people didn't have to pass background checks, didn't have to have any sort of licensed to carry, and could just have guns everywhere. And in this particular political climate I don't think that's a winner."

NBC 5 reached out to the National Rifle Association, and so far we have not heard back.

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<![CDATA[Julian Castro Could be Hillary Clinton Running Mate]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:10:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/julian+castro1.jpg U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, a former mayor of San Antonio, is reportedly among the list of possible running mates for Hillary Clinton.

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<![CDATA[Time's Running Out for Bernie Sanders to Make a Deal]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:43:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/topNews-AP_16161617906947.jpg

The last Democratic primary is done, President Obama, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Oprah have all endorsed Hillary Clinton, and Sen. Bernie Sanders is increasingly out of the limelight.

With the country now focused on the race between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, how much bargaining power does Sanders still have? Can the Democratic socialist from Vermont push the Democratic party any further toward the left?

"People are paying less attention to him with each passing day," said Seth Masket, an associate professor of political science at the University of Denver. "Without contests, without media attention, he doesn't have anything. He has every incentive to try and make some sort of deal pretty quickly."

Sanders still has not ended his campaign two weeks after Clinton became the Democrats' presumptive nominee, the first woman to do so for either major party. But in a C-SPAN interview on Wednesday, Sanders conceded, "It doesn't appear that I'm going to be the nominee."

He will address his supporters about what comes next for his campaign in a speech in New York on Thursday called "Where We Go From Here."

"Real change never takes place from the top on down or in the living rooms of wealthy campaign contributors," he said last week when he talked about continuing to press for economic and social justice. "It always occurs from the bottom on up when tens of millions of people say loudly and clearly, 'Enough is enough,' and they become engaged it the fight for justice."

Leah Wright Rigueur, an assistant professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government, said it continued to be important for Democrats to get the support of Sanders and his backers. He will campaign energetically against Trump, she said.

Clinton met with Sanders last week and in an interview with USA Today the former secretary of state appeared to acknowledge Sanders' success in the primaries when talking about "progressive" Democrats being vetted as vice presidential candidates. Sanders said on C-SPAN that it would be a terrible mistake for Clinton to pick someone with roots in Wall Street.  

The Vermont senator could force fights at the convention over positions where he differs with Clinton -- over the U.S. relationship with Israel, whose prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, he has criticized, and the Glass-Steagall Act's banking regulations, which he would reinstate. He has called for imposing a ban on fracking and for federally administered single-payer health care, neither of which Clinton supports. He would raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour -- Clinton has said she backs $12 an hour though would encourage some states and cities to go higher. And Sanders opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal Clinton championed while it was being negotiated but now is against.

Sanders has already won an unprecedented say over the party's platform. He was awarded almost as many members on the committee writing the platform as Clinton, five to her six of the 15, and among his picks are James Zogby, an advocate for a more even-handed approach to Palestinian rights, and Cornell West, who challenged former Attorney General Eric Holder on why no banks were held accountable for the economic collapse in 2008.

"His delegates to the platform committee are going to put forward a radical vision of what they imagine the Democratic Party to be," Rigueur said. "And so what happens after that is the hammering out of the platform."

But presidents are not bound by a party's platform and most voters know little about them, said Keena Lipsitz, an associate professor at Queens College in New York City. Activists use them when they try to win over lawmakers and they can show how a party has evolved over time, but ordinary people care little about what's in them.

"They don’t really matter," she said.

John Hudak, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said that although Sanders' performance in the primaries gave him some power to seek changes, he needed to be careful not to overplay his hand.

"He is not going to get everything he wants because at the end of the day he did not win the nomination," Hudak said. "The longer that he holds out on endorsement and a sign of party unity, the less eager Democrats will be to meet whatever demands he has."

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Wednesday that she hoped Sanders would endorse Clinton before the convention. Sanders knows what is at stake in November, she said. "Two words: 'Donald Trump.'"

Sanders persists in calling for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party. He wants a change in its leadership, primaries open not just to registered Democrats, same-day registration and the elimination of super delegates, the party officials and leaders who are free to vote for any candidate at the national convention at the end of July in Philadelphia.

Sanders wants the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to be replaced. In the USA Today interview, Clinton noted that she did not choose Wasserman Schultz but also praised the congresswoman's commitment to defeating Trump. 

Masket said that he thought that the party would resist open primaries, which could enable voters other than Democrats to pick the nominee. Sanders might win a commitment for a task force to study the nominating process, maybe with Sanders as the chairman, he said.

The national party has traditionally given state parties latitude about how to conduct their primaries.

"It's not as if — and it's important for Sanders supporters to understand this —the DNC can wave a magic wand and change every nominating contest in the United States overnight," Hudak said.

That said the Democratic Party could prompt nationwide changes if it wanted to, Masket said. The national committee protects Iowa's and New Hampshire's first in the nation voting status, for example.

Eliminating super delegates could also be a sticking point, especially considering Trump's success in the Republican primaries. The Republican Party does not have super delegates.

"It's sort of a tough sell for Sanders because in one sense there's a lot of skepticism of super delegates in the Democratic Party but if you look at what Republicans are doing this year, I imagine they wish to God that they had super delegates," Hudak said. "So I think the irony might be that if anything undermines Sanders desire to get rid of Democratic super delegates, it's the Republican nominee who is standing in the way."

The Vermont senator should focus on building his movement, supporting candidates who share his views, finding a position that would allow him to further his goals, Lipsitz said. Were Democrats to regain control of the Senate, she could imagine him head of its budget committee.

"Ultimately what matters is what Bernie Sanders does with all the excitement he's created and all these people who are following him," she said. "He needs to somehow turn that into something that’s more long term."

Only about half of his supporters plan to vote for Clinton in the national election, according to a Bloomberg poll of likely voters conducted earlier this month. Some of his supporters plan to demonstrate in his favor at the convention in Philadelphia from July 25 to 28. A group called Occupy DNC Convention, whose goal is to swing super delegates in Sanders' favor, has more than 28,000 members on Facebook.

And more than a dozen former staff members from his campaign already have joined NextGen Climate, the group founded by billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer to build political power to fight climate change.

The question now for Sanders is whether he becomes an integral part of the Democrats' strategy, Rigueur said.

"Given how exciting this primary season has been, I don't think Bernie Sanders is going to walk off into the sunset and disappear," she said.

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<![CDATA[Rubio to Run for Re-Election]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:29:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/031216Rubio.jpg

One year ago, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination while promising to not seek re-election.

After failing in his run for the White House, the Florida senator is now reversing his stance and announcing that he will indeed run for a second term. The news was initially reported by the Washington Post and confirmed by NBC News.

Rubio was elected in 2010 as part of the Tea Party movement that put several Republicans into both chambers of Congress.

After dropping out of the running for the GOP nomination, Rubio was approached by Senate leadership in an effort to convince him to reconsider his initial pledge. Republicans who had announced they would run for the office said they would drop out if Rubio did run, including U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Lt. Gov.Carlos Lopez-Cantera.

Several potential opponents on both sides of the aisle came out against Rubio for not keeping his promise to stay out of the race. Businessman and GOP candidate Carlos Beruff said that Rubio is “more worried about keeping the job than doing the job”, while U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat, said Rubio is treating Floridians like "a consolation prize.”

Rubio released a statement admitting that he changed his mind and said he has no problem with potential opponents using it against him, saying "I have never claimed to be perfect." Rubio went on to say that he is running because he feels Washington needs "principled, persuasive leaders" no matter who is elected President.

Recent polls show Rubio easily winning the Republican primary despite his late decision, while being a slight favorite against both Democratic contenders.

"Keeping Florida’s US Senate seat Republican is a top priority for our party and for hardworking Floridians who reject Democrats’ policies of ineffective government that put Washington first. That is why we welcome Senator Rubio’s decision to run for reelection," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Blaise Ingoglia said in a statement. "From the chambers of the Florida House to the U.S. Senate, Marco Rubio has proven himself as bold leader who is focused on real solutions to the issues facing Floridians across the state and to the nation."

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<![CDATA[Texas Businesses Pressing for Cuba ]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:23:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuba-GettyImages-516831134.jpg CNBC's Landon Dowdy joins NBC 5 with a look ahead in business news for Wednesday, June 21.

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<![CDATA[GOP Congressman Seeks to Block Changes to US Currency]]> Wed, 22 Jun 2016 07:14:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/th-AP_16109680151871.jpg A Republican congressman is trying to block the Treasury from redesigning U.S. currency, a move that could prevent the government from replacing Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill with abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Calls Out Donald Trump]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:15:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cuban-trump-side-by-side.jpg Mark Cuban is calling out Donald Trump on Twitter. Cuban says the reason Trump isn't funding his own campaign is because he doesn't have the money. ]]> <![CDATA[Donald Trump and the 'Mad Men' Ad Agency Mystery]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 16:23:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP16170075104020_opt.jpg

Donald Trump's latest campaign finance filing contains the names of dozens of companies that were paid for services, but one really stands out: Draper Sterling, a play on the name of the fictional ad agency from the cable TV series "Mad Men," NBC News reports.

The firm that collected $35,000 from Trump for "web advertising" in late April isn't headquartered in Madison Avenue offices filled with mid-century modern furniture and stylish secretaries; it traces back to a private home in suburban New Hampshire that's about a 15-minute drive from the home of ousted Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

Unraveling what it is and how it wound up getting a big chunk of Trump change is a bit like trying to figure out Don Draper's true identity.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to questions about Draper Sterling and the work it did, and efforts to reach people connected with the firm were unsuccessful.

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<![CDATA[Republican Senator Seeks Bipartisan Support for Gun Deal]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:00:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_16173674394575.jpg

A moderate Republican senator was seeking broad support Tuesday for a compromise to block guns from suspected terrorists, a day after the chamber split along partisan lines to derail each party's more sweeping proposals. 

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, was discussing her plan with GOP leaders and said she expected the Senate to vote on her proposal. 

"I remain encouraged," she said.

There was no immediate word from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on whether a vote would occur. And it remained unclear whether she could attract enough support to win if a vote were held. 

In an ominous sign, the National Rifle Association's chief lobbyist criticized Collins' emerging effort, though he stopped short of outright opposition to it. 

"According to reports, Sen. Collins and others would prefer to continue to talk about gun control and ignore the growing threat from ISIS," an acronym for the Islamic State group, the NRA's Chris W. Cox said in a statement. 

Cox said keeping guns from terrorists and "providing meaningful due process are not mutually exclusive." 

That could be aimed at a provision in Collins' bill that allows people to appeal to federal courts after they've been denied a gun, not before it happens.

Collins was pushing her proposal at a time when election-year politics has made partisan compromise on guns difficult to achieve. 

Even after the June 12 mass shooting in Orlando by a sympathizer of Islamic State extremists that left 49 people dead, neither party has seemed eager to cut a deal that might anger its most loyal voters — NRA-backing conservatives and pro-gun control liberals. 

The government's overall terrorist watch list has 1 million people on it. Collins' proposal would let federal prosecutors bar guns to two narrower groups of suspected terrorists: the no-fly list with 81,000 people and the selectee list with 28,000 people. 

Selectees are people who can fly after unusually intensive screening. Nearly all the people on all three lists are foreigners. 

Under Collins' proposal, Americans denied guns could appeal their rejection to the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In addition, the FBI would be notified if someone who's been on the broader terrorist watch list in the past five years buys a gun. 

Senators expressing support for Collins' plan included Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, Martin Heinrich of New Mexico and Tim Kaine of Virginia, along with independent Angus King of Maine, who usually backs Democrats. 

Republicans supporting her included Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsay Graham of South Carolina.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Senate Rejects Gun Control]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:05:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gun-control2.jpg Four measures of gun control proposed by Democrats and Republicans are rejected by the U.S. Senate.

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<![CDATA[Women Who Ran for the Presidency]]> Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Presidency-thumb.jpg Hillary Clinton made history as the first woman to become the presumptive presidential nominee of a major political party. But the first woman to try for the White House ran 144 years ago. Here are some of Clinton's female predecessors, who in seeking the presidential nomination, one by one splintered the glass ceiling that Clinton would eventually break.

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