<![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 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:34:41 -0500 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 22:34:41 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Texas Gubernatorial Race Two Months from Vote]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 19:04:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TX+Gov+race+poll+090114.jpg

With about two months until Election Day, the race to become the next governor of Texas is heating up.

On Monday, State Sen. Wendy Davis was in Dallas for the Democratic Labor Day Picnic, where she spoke to the crowd, shook hands and posed for pictures.

"They are looking for someone who will fight for them. Fight for their children's educations," Davis said.

Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott are running to replace Gov. Rick Perry, who may be eyeing another White House campaign.

Abbott has led Davis in the polls since the campaign began, and the latest Rasmussen poll shows Davis behind by eight points.

NBC 5 asked her about that Monday.

"When Ann Richards was at this point in 1990, she was 20 points down, and she won. The reason she won was that people came out in a grassroots effort to elect her to be their voice in the capitol. That is what I have been seeing in this state for months," Davis said.

Abbott spent Labor Day dove hunting. He plans to be in North Texas on Tuesday, talking about his education plan.

Election Day is Nov. 4.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 31, 2014]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:45:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News asks Dallas Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling if he wants to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House and what he thinks the U.S. should do to defeat ISIS. Also, Gromer and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely chat with Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[State Sen. Wendy Davis Packs Food For Guard Troops]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 19:24:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/203*120/083014+McAllen+Davis+bags.jpg

The Democrat running for Texas Governor delievered food intended for National Guard Troops serving on the Texas/Mexico border.

State Senator Wendy Davis (D) and her staff packed food at her campaign offices and then delievered food to a food bank in McAllen.

It comes just days after a TV station reported 50 National Guard troops had reached out for food and gas assistance because they won't be paid until September 5.

"These are people here who are honoring their duty to our country and we should honor our duty to them," said Davis.

Up to 1,000 National Guard troops are expected to serve along the border. The Texas National Guard says it has robust resources to feed, house and transport them.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Hensarling on Perry Indictment]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 15:01:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Sunday’s Lone Star Politics, Dallas Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling blasts the indictment of Texas Gov. Rick Perry as a partisan attack. Also, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely chat with Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Hensarling on ISIS]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:59:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Sunday’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News asks Dallas Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling if U.S. ground forces should return to Iraq to fight ISIS. Also, Gromer and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely chat with Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Hensarling Speaker]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:56:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News asks Dallas Republican Congressman Jeb Hensarling if he wants to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Also, Gromer and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely chat with Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Glass Nullification]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 14:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, Libertarian candidate for governor Kathie Glass explains which federal laws she would refuse to enforce as governor. Plus, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News asks Dallas Congressman Jeb Hensarling if he’ll run to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[KXAS to Carry Live Governor's Debate]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:17:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Davis-Abbott1.jpg

After backing out of a statewide televised debate with Democrat Wendy Davis that was set to air live on WFAA, Abbott accepted an invitation from KERA, NBC 5/KXAS-TV, Telemundo 39 and The Dallas Morning News to participate in a debate on Sept. 30.

But, Davis spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement on debates:

"There have been reports that the Abbott campaign has 'committed' to another debate, but as we learned today Greg Abbott's commitments don't mean very much. Wendy Davis has already committed the evening of September 30th to a debate on WFAA. The station has asked to have a discussion on Tuesday, September 2nd to discuss options given the recent developments and, as Wendy Davis is someone who honors her commitments, the campaign looks forward to having that discussion."

Both campaigns have agreed to a debate in the Rio Grande Valley on September 19, 6 p.m. that will be seen live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

This debate, taking place in South Texas, is a partnership between the NBC-Owned Telemundo station, KTLM and CBS affiliate, KGBT.

This debate is being distributed to many other television stations across the state to carry live.

NBC 5 / KXAS-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth, will carry this debate live on Channel 5.2, COZI-TV.



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<![CDATA[Study: Fair Park Should be Privatized]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:03:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/207*120/fair-park-MLK.jpg

If Fair Park is to fulfill its “extensive untapped potential,” Dallas should hand over the park’s operations, management and marketing to a private, nonprofit entity.

CLICK HERE for more on on this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News



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<![CDATA[Texas Sec. of State Getting Out the Vote]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:16:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/nandita-berry-capitol.jpg

There may be a higher turn out at the polls this fall due to a tour taken by Secretary of State Nandita Berry.

Berry is touring 11 universities across Texas this week to encourage young voters to get to the polls on Election Day.

Berry, who kicked off her tour Monday in Lubbock, said tdhe primary focus is to make sure young voters understand the voting process so that they aren't intimidated or afraid to voice their opinion.

The next statewide election, which includes the race for governor between Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, will be held Nov. 4.
 



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<![CDATA[Resolution to Suspend John Wiley Price Dies]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 12:32:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/John+Wiley+Price+081214.jpg

Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price will not face suspension, despite his battle with federal corruption charges.

The proposed resolution seeking "temporary suspension with pay" of Price written by Commissioner Mike Cantrell was not seconded Tuesday and died without a vote.

It always seemed unlikely to pass, since Price is a Democrat and his other colleagues have indicated that they want the legal process to play out before any action is considered.

The resolution, drafted by the lone Republican on the court, noted that Price is presumed innocent until proved guilty, but that the court has a "responsibility to consider the severity of the alleged charges" and "prevent further harm to Dallas County."

Some Democrats on the court, meanwhile, have portrayed the effort as political posturing.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Bush Staffer Touts Rick Perry in NH]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:27:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edtAP259994489655.jpg

Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry's swing through a key early presidential voting state continued Saturday with a boost from a Republican with direct ties to the Oval Office.

John H. Sununu, a former New Hampshire governor who was President George H.W. Bush's chief of staff, told a crowd of party faithful in Stratham that President Barack Obama and the Democrat-led Senate have put the country in danger.
"I don't think I've ever been as worried about what is going on in this country as I am now," Sununu said. "We have an absolutely incompetent president who is not even smart enough to know how bad the problems are. We have got to make a change."
"There's a handful or two of Republican governors and former governors who are great candidates," Sununu said. Rick Perry "is someone I suspect is going to be a very frequent visitor to the state of New Hampshire."
   
Perry's 2012 presidential campaign ended badly after a much-publicized stumble during a televised debate when he froze and couldn't name the third of three federal agencies he said he would work to eliminate. With that as a backdrop, this visit also includes last week's indictment on charges he abused his power when he vetoed funding for an ethics unit run by a prosecutor who had been arrested for drunken driving. Perry called the indictment political payback.
   
He said he hasn't decided to run again but is making visits to important early states including New Hampshire, Iowa and South Carolina.
If Perry was looking for a little love from the state where he finished a disappointing sixth in the 2012 primary, he found it in the cheers from the gathered. Linda Beyer retired to Falmouth, Maine, after the last election, but she and husband Bill returned Saturday to see the candidate they supported two years ago.
"I like his honesty. I like his delivery of being straightforward," Linda Beyer said. "He gets the job done. I've been following him and he just does a marvelous job of following through and getting things done."
Democrats have used the visit to tie state Republican candidates for governor and Senate to Perry, whom they call a "disgrace," and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, another 2016 contender who is still dogged by a scandal in which aides orchestrated the shutdown of a bridge as political retribution.
In Stratham, Perry hit the same notes as the day before in events in Portsmouth, Manchester and Nashua. He criticized the federal government for overreach on things like health care and education overhaul and said it wasn't carrying out its constitutional duty to safeguard the southern border. He also ripped Obama specifically for foreign policy he said has put the nation in danger, invoking James Foley, the New Hampshire journalist slain by Islamic State militants.
"When a president says there's a red line, it has to mean something," Perry said.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 24, 2014]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:54:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News break down the news and impact surrounding Governor Perry’s indictment with The News’ Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater. Also, will Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia support a resolution suspending fellow Democrat John Wiley Price from the court following his corruption charges. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Dr. Elba Garcia on Craig Watkins]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:38:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia joins NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers as Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins faces questions about county money he used to cover a car crash. Is she upset the D.A. did not tell her about this? Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Dr. Elba Garcia on John Wiley Price]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:37:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Dallas County Commissioner Dr. Elba Garcia joins NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers to talk about two major issues: John Wiley Price’s indictment and the controversy surrounding Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins. Does she support a motion to suspend Price from the Commissioner’s court? Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Wayne Slater on Gov. Perry]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 15:23:25 -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 reveals what impact, if any, Governor Perry’s indictment will have on his possible 2016 presidential run. Also, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers ask Dallas County Commissioner Elba Garcia if she will support a resolution to suspend fellow Commissioner John Wiley Price now that he faces bribery and corruption charges. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Perry in NH: Charges All Politics]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 22:03:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/edtAP259994489655.jpg

New Hampshire wasn't kind to Texas Governor Rick Perry back in 2012. He's hoping voters in the granite state will give him a fresh start as he considers another presidential bid in 2016.

On Friday, Governor Perry returned to New Hampshire for a series of GOP sponsored events.

He met with business leaders in Portsmouth and focused many of his remarks on border concerns and the growing threat of ISIS, even connecting the two by speculating members of ISIS could enter the U.S. through unsecured borders.

"ISIS has said we are coming to America and they are going to attack us, I take them at their word," said Gov. Rick Perry.

Governor Perry also addressed his recent indictment on coercion charges by a Texas grand jury. He called the charges politically motivated and said he will fight them with every fiber of his being.

He also acknowledged making mistakes in New Hampshire back in 2012, saying he didn't spend enough time in the state and wasn't as prepared as he would have liked.

Governor Perry will make several more stops in New Hampshire through Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Dallas, HUD Clash]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 12:45:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hud-vacant-building.jpg The DMN's Rudy Bush discusses an ongoing dispute with the Federal Housing Department that would have cost taxpayers nearly $120 million.

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<![CDATA[GOP Staffer in Chicken Suit Faces Charges After Clucking at NH Governor, Senator]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:25:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/zona+chicken+suit.jpg

A GOP state committee staff member has been charged with disorderly conduct after heckling New Hampshire Senator Jeanne Shaheen and Governor Maggie Hassan at this past Saturday's Old Home Day parade.

Michael Zona, of Manchester, was dressed in a chicken suit when he began to interfere with the parade, reports The Eagle-Tribune.

The 23-year-old allegedly ran out into the parade route toward Shaheen and Hassan, clucking at them.
"I believe Senator Jeanne Shaheen should be holding town halls and I have a First Amendment right to express that point of view. I wasn't bothering anyone. I wasn't disturbing anyone. In fact, I got a good deal of encouragement from people along the parade route," said Zona in response to the incident.
Zona was escorted from the parade after failing to comply with numerous requests to stop. 
“At one point, the governor had to take a few steps back toward her security staff,” Detective Christopher Olson told The Eagle-Tribune.
Julia McClain of the New Hampshire Democratic Party used the incident to blast the state Republicans, saying the party "wastes taxpayer resources and local law enforcement time with these juvenile antics when we should be discussing critical issues that matter--like raising the minimum wage, creating good paying jobs, and protecting social security and Medicare for our state's seniors."



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<![CDATA[NYC Council Speaker Tweets About HPV Diagnosis, Urges Annual Check-Ups]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:34:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MarkViverito.jpg

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced via Twitter Sunday that she had "high-risk HPV" in an effort to boost awareness about the most commonly sexually transmitted infection in the country and encourage women to have regular gynecological exams.

In a series of tweets, Mark-Viverito divulged that she learned Friday she had the infection, and that she hadn't been to a gynecologist in two years prior to her most recent visit.

"At recent #GYN visit alarmed to find out last one, 2yrs ago. Friday got call re: results. Told have "high risk HPV". #Biopsy needed #ASAP," she tweeted.

"Tuesday I'm there. To say I'm not wee bit worried = lie. "High risk HPV" can POTENTIALLY but NOT definitively lead to cervical #cancer."

Mark-Viverito, 45, tweeted that she is "an extremely private person," but that her position has given her a platform -- and a responsibility to use it.

"Our health should never be compromised," she tweeted. "Annual physicals have to be sacred. Yet our health care system doesn't lend itself to this for many."

Mayor de Blasio called Mark-Viverito's decision to share her experience "brave" and "exemplary."

About 79 million people in the United States have HPV, and another 14 million contract it each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Anyone can get it once they become sexually active, and nearly half of the new infections each year occur among people ages 15 to 24, according to the New York City Health Department.

Most people who get HPV have no symptoms of infection. Each year, about 12,000 women diagnosed with HPV nationwide develop cervical cancer, the most common cancer associated with the infection, and about 4,000 of them die from it.

To learn more about HPV treatment and prevention, including a vaccine, click here.

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<![CDATA[Former Vt. U.S. Sen. Jeffords Dead at 80]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/James+Jeffords.jpg

Former Sen. Jim Jeffords, I-Vt., died Monday at Knollwood, a military retirement home in Washington, D.C., a former aide said. He was 80.

A navy veteran, Jeffords made a name in politics as a state senator and attorney general before he was elected to seven terms in the U.S. House, once splitting with his fellow Republicans in opposing a President Reagan tax cut plan. Vermonters voted him into the Senate in 1988, where he was a champion for environmental causes.

The moderate, even liberal, Republican shocked Washington in 2001 when he said the GOP had drifted too far to the right for him. He quit the party, became an independent, and caucused with democrats.

“I am confident it is the right decision,” Jeffords said upon making his famous “jump.” “I hope that the people of Vermont will understand it.”

Jeffords announced in 2005 he would not seek re-election the next year, citing declining health.

"I think we have to bring back people like Jim Jeffords, who say running for office is really a form of public service," former Vermont Governor Madeleine Kunin said Monday.

Kunin remembered Jeffords as a good-hearted guy who just wanted to do what he thought was right; not tow some party line. "The comparison is rather painful, where we now have a Congress that prides itself on doing nothing, where in those days, people really went there to get things done and to improve the lives of the public," Kunin said.

"He's going to be very sorely missed," said Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who was in the U.S. House when Jeffords was in the Senate. "He was a guy who, I think, much preferred to be around Vermonters here in Vermont than among the big shots in Washington. It wasn't who he was."

Tom Vogelmann, the University of Vermont's agriculture and life sciences dean, told New England Cable News he thinks of Jeffords as "one of the giants." The University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is housed in the building that bears Jeffords' name.

"He was a very strong supporter of education, a very strong supporter of environmental legislation, and that's the curriculum that's basically taught in this building," Vogelmann told NECN. "So we have thousands of young people who are training here and that's all adding to his legacy."

Reflections on the life and legacy of Jim Jeffords poured in Monday. Here are several of those:

President Barack Obama:

Michelle and I send our deepest sympathies to the family of Senator James M. Jeffords on his passing. Jim devoted his life to service - as a Naval officer, a local leader in his hometown of Shrewsbury, and eventually as a U.S. Senator representing his beloved Vermont. During his more than 30 years in Washington, Jim never lost the fiercely independent spirit that made Vermonters, and people across America, trust and respect him. Whatever the issue - whether it was protecting the environment, supporting Americans with disabilities, or whether to authorize the war in Iraq - Jim voted his principles, even if it sometimes meant taking a lonely or unpopular stance. Vermonters sent him to Washington to follow his conscience, and he did them proud.

Our prayers are with the Jeffords family, including his son Leonard and daughter Laura. And we're grateful to Jim for his legacy of service to Vermont and the United States of America.

Vice President Joe Biden:

Jim Jeffords was a personal friend, a great senator, and a good man. He was not only beloved by the people of Vermont, but by anyone who ever worked with him. For the nearly four decades I served in the United States Senate, nearly half were spent with Jim as a colleague. Jim knew that with a country as diverse as ours, there is a need for consensus to move the country forward. He was a man who dealt with his colleagues without pretext and with complete honesty. And he always knew what he was talking about—and his colleagues and constituents always knew where he stood on an issue. Jim was a reflection of Vermont—independent and non-ideological and always about solving problems. Jill and I are saddened by his passing and join his family, friends, and his former staff in remembering all that he stood for: basic fairness and principled independence.

Former President Bill Clinton:


Hillary and I are saddened by the passing of our friend Senator Jim Jeffords, who served the people of Vermont and the United States for more than 30 years. Jim was one of our strongest advocates for better health and education, a cleaner environment, and increased opportunities for people with disabilities. I will always be especially grateful for his support of the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Brady Bill, and our 1993 health care reform effort. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and his many friends across the country.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.:


He was a partner in our work for Vermont, and he was a friend. He was a Vermonter through and through, drawn to political life to make a difference for our state and nation. Part of his legacy will also stand as an enduring chapter of the Senate's history.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.:

I know I share the view of all Vermonters today in expressing condolences to the family of Senator Jim Jeffords on his passing, and our gratitude to him for his life of service.

While Jim would certainly wave away the notion, he was indeed a legend in Vermont and the nation. With characteristic decency, humility and civility, and a dogged persistence, he made his mark in Congress. Millions of children with disabilities are better off today because he lead the charge for their equal access to education. Americans are breathing cleaner air and drinking cleaner water because of his fierce advocacy for the environment and clean energy. And budding artists across the nation receive the boost of his encouragement every year thanks to his legacy as the founder of the annual Congressional Arts Competition.

And, in 2001, the world saw what his fellow Vermonters already knew: Jim Jeffords, above all, had the courage of his convictions.

Jim and his wife, Liz Daley Jeffords, were mentors to me in my early days in the House of Representatives. I am deeply grateful to them both for their friendship, their support and their contributions to Vermont and our country.

Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vt.:

I join Vermonters and citizens nationwide today in celebrating the life of Jim Jeffords, a true gentleman and an independent-minded maverick in the best tradition of our state. Jim followed in the footsteps of Senators Bob Stafford and George Aiken, always putting the interests of Vermonters and the nation ahead of partisan politics. He followed his sense of right in all that he did, and was never afraid to seek compromise by reaching across the aisle for the good of our country. Jim’s contribution to Vermont spanned his service in the Vermont House, as Attorney General, and as Vermont’s Representative in the U.S. House, where he developed his passion for high quality public education that forged his policy work on behalf of our kids and continued throughout his career. The passing of Senator Jim Jeffords will be felt throughout Vermont and our country. We need more like Senator Jeffords. My heart goes out to his children and extended family.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vt.:

The story of Vermont politics cannot be told without Jim Jeffords. He served in the most honorable way a person can serve: Selflessly, and always with the best interests of others at heart. He did what he felt was right, not what he felt would make him popular. Whether it was during his time in the Vermont Senate, or as Attorney General, or in the United States House of Representatives, or in the United States Senate, Jim valued the voices of Vermonters and leaves a legacy we can all learn from: Respect over rhetoric, pragmatism over pandering, and love for Vermonters overall.

In our large, and largely faceless, system of government, he demonstrated the power that one person speaking for their constituents can have. His example of moderation and independence is what I’ve tried to model my own career off of. My sincere condolences go out to Laura, Leonard, and the entire Jeffords family.



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<![CDATA[Options After Governor Perry's Indictment]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:46:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_Julie_Austin_1200x675_318994499886.jpg A former prosecutor appointed by Governor Perry talks about the Governor's future after indictment. And a lawmaker questions if taxpayers will pick up the bill for Perry's defense.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 17, 2014]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:50:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week Lone Star Politics takes advantage of the combined resources of NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News to cover the indictment against Texas Governor Rick Perry. NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News talk to Gromer’s colleague Christy Hoppe and NBC 5’s Julie Fine, both reporting from Austin. Plus, former Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman weighs in and NBC 5’s Julie Fine reports from Austin. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Perry Legal Case]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:25:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Christy Hoppe from The Dallas Morning News details the case that led to Texas Governor Rick Perry being indicted on Friday. NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News also talk to former Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman and NBC 5’s Julie Fine reports from Austin. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Vintage Perry]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:22:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week on Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from the Dallas Morning News talk to Gromer’s colleague Christy Hoppe, The Dallas Morning News reporter who was there as Governor Rick Perry spoke out for the first time on the abuse of power charges he must now fight in court. Hoppe also details what’s next in Perry’s legal case. And former Dallas County Republican Party Chairman Jonathan Neerman gives his perspective and NBC 5’s Julie Fine reports from Austin. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Perry's Prospects]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 21:19:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News talks about the impact Governor Rick Perry’s legal troubles may have on his presidential campaign prospects. Also, NBC 5’s Julie Fine and Christy Hoppe from The Dallas Morning News appear from Austin. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]>