<![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 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:02:59 -0500 Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:02:59 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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.

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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.

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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. ]]> <![CDATA[McDonnells Guilty on Most Charges]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 17:16:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcdonnell-guilty-AP977255973421.jpg

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife have been found guilty of most of the public corruption charges they faced in a marathon trial centered on lavish gifts and loans from a wealthy businessman.

The former governor has been found guilty of 11 of the 13 charges against him. Former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell has been found guilty of nine of the 13 charges against her.

It was a bombshell ending to a trial that included the dissection of the former first couple's marriage, testimony that Bob had moved out and was living with a priest, and testimony that Maureen had begun frequently texting and emailing the businessman in the case, Jonnie Williams, who wanted help promoting his dietary supplement.

Three of the McDonnells' five children clutched each others' hands and prayed before the verdict was announced, breaking into sobs as their parents' guilty counts were read aloud.

The couple's son Bobby McDonnell looked at his father with tear-glazed eyes as the former governor's head collapsed into his hands.

Bob McDonnell is "broken" and "devastated," said defense attorney Henry Asbill, who added that he would appeal the verdict.

The government had accused the McDonnells of doing special favors for Williams, the former CEO of dietary supplement maker Star Scientific, Inc., in exchange for more than $177,000 in gifts and loans.

Courtroom observers said two jurors wiped their eyes as the verdicts were read.

As co-defendants, the former first couple was separated in the courtroom, with three lawyers sitting between them. Maureen McDonnell teared up, but appeared composed compared to the emotional reactions of her husband and children.

The McDonnells didn't look at each other as the verdict was read. They left the Richmond courthouse together but got into separate cars. It was a marked difference from the rest of the trial, which verged into soap opera territory as defense lawyers suggested that the McDonnells' marriage was so broken they could not have conspired to obtain gifts, trips and loans from Williams.

Throughout the trial, Bob McDonnell had appeared confident, telling reporters repeatedly that he was sure he would be exonerated and was putting his faith in God.

"All I can say is my trust remains in the Lord," he said in a brief statement as he left the courthouse Thursday with Maureen, before they got into separate cars.

McDonnell, who was once considered a rising GOP star and potential vice presidential pick for Mitt Romney in 2012, now faces, along with his wife, up to 30 years in federal prison when they're sentenced in January.

"This is a difficult and disappointing day for the Commonwealth and its citizens," said Dana Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. "Public service frequently requires sacrifice, and almost always requires financial sacrifice. When public officials turn to financial gain in exchange for official acts, we have no choice but to prosecute the case."

Bob McDonnell is the first former governor of Virginia to be convicted of a crime. The commonwealth had long had a reputation for clean politics, a reputation shattered in the five-week McDonnell trial.

Political analyst Bob Holsworth called it "a day of infamy in Virginia."

The Verdict, Count by Count

Bob and Maureen McDonnell were each charged with 13 counts in a 14-count indictment:

  • In the first count against them, the McDonnells were found guilty of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud for accepting gifts and loans from Williams.

  • The next three charges, counts 2-4, involved accepting checks from Williams: On counts 2 and 3, the McDonnells were both found guilty of honest-services wire fraud for accepting a $15,000 check to pay a caterer for their daughter's wedding, and for accepting a $50,000 loan check for MoBo Real Estate, a company the former governor operated with his sister.

  • On count 4, Bob McDonnell was also found guilty of a count of honest-services wire fraud for a $20,000 wire transfer for MoBo. Maureen McDonnell was found not guilty on that charge.

  • On count 5, the McDonnells were found guilty of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right for the gifts and loans they received.

  • The McDonnells also faced six charges of obtaining property under color of official right, counts 6-11: On counts 6-8, they were found guilty of three charges of obtaining property under color of official right for a $50,000 check to Maureen, for the $15,000 check to the wedding caterer, and for a $2,380 golf outing.

  • On count 9, Bob McDonnell was found guilty of obtaining property under color of official right for a $1,424 golf outing. Maureen McDonnell was found not guilty of that charge.

  • On count 10, both McDonnells were found guilty of obtaining property under color of official right for the $50,000 check to MoBo.

  • On count 11, Bob McDonnell was found guilty of obtaining property under color of official right for the $20,000 transfer to MoBo. Maureen McDonnell was found not guilty of that charge.

  • Only Bob McDonnell was charged with count 12. He was found not guilty of making false statements on a TowneBank loan application.

  • In count 13, both McDonnells were found not guilty of making false statements on a PenFed loan application.

  • Only Maureen McDonnell was charged with count 14. She was found guilty of obstruction of official proceeding for a handwritten note to Williams.

They will be sentenced Jan. 6, 2015.

Inside the Testimony

The trial centered on the testimony of the former governor and Williams, the prosecution's star witness. Maureen McDonnell did not take the stand.

Williams was granted immunity for his dealings with the McDonnells and possible securities fraud violations, which had been investigated by a separate grand jury. He testified that he spent lavishly on the McDonnells to secure their help promoting and obtaining state-backed research for Star Scientific's tobacco-derived anti-inflammatory supplement, Anatabloc. Williams intended to share the results of that research with doctors to gain their support of the product.

Prosecutors claimed the former first couple had an "unconscionable amount" of credit card debt and presented testimony that they were eager to accept gifts from Williams, including a $6,500 Rolex watch that Maureen gave Bob for Christmas, a vacation at Williams’ luxurious home on Smith Mountain Lake outside Roanoke, use of Williams' Ferrari and a shopping spree for designer clothes and accessories for Maureen.

Testimony showed Williams loaned $50,000 to Maureen McDonnell that she used to pay down credit debt in 2011. He also loaned $50,000 and $20,000 to MoBo Real Estate, a small company that Bob McDonnell and one of his sisters ran to operate two beach properties.

Prosecutors also said Williams paid $15,000 in catering expenses when one of the McDonnells' daughters got married. And they claimed Maureen had developed a close relationship with Williams, exchanging more than 1,200 texts and calls over a nearly two-year period, including 52 in one day.

In his defense, Bob McDonnell testified he did nothing more than extend routine political courtesies to Williams. Before the indictment, he had apologized for what he described as bad judgment and said he had repaid about $120,000 in gifts and loans, but denied breaking any laws.

A key part of the defense strategy was the claim that the McDonnells couldn't have conspired, because their marriage had deteriorated to the point that Bob McDonnell had moved out and was now living with a priest, who is a family friend. Maureen McDonnell's lawyers called Williams her "favorite playmate."

Both the prosecution and the defense called Maureen volatile and emotional. One prosecution witness called her a "nut bag." Bob McDonnell himself said his wife didn't take well to the role of first lady, calling her handling of behind-the-scenes matters "a disaster." Testimony revealed staff members at the governor's mansion had threatened to resign en masse.

Judge: 'Can't Take Another Second'

After lengthy days of intense testimony -- on day four, the judge in the case said he was stopping testimony because he "can't take another second" -- the jury faced the task of deciding the McDonnells' guilt or innocence.

Judge James R. Spencer issued lengthy instructions to the jury Tuesday morning, including the warning that the testimony of a witness who is granted immunity must be more closely examined than testimony of other witnesses.

The heightened scrutiny was required to determine whether the testimony of the immunized witness is "affected by self-interest," Spencer said.

To be found guilty, Spencer said, a defendant must understand the nature of the conspiracy and deliberately join it.

However, Spencer said a conspiracy does not have to achieve its goals, which could have undercut a defense claim that Williams never received anything of substance, including the research he took preliminary steps to seek.

He also said an agreement need not be stated explicitly by the conspirators and that it didn't matter whether the defendant would have done those favors absent a bribe.

Spencer also told jurors -- who heard from three character witnesses, two for Bob McDonnell and one for his wife -- that "evidence of good character alone may create a reasonable doubt as to a defendant's guilt."



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<![CDATA[Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Agree to Debate]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 17:56:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/abbott-davis1.jpg

Texas gubernatorial candidates Attorney General Greg Abbott and state Sen. Wendy Davis have agreed to debate later this month in Dallas.

The debate, set for Sept. 30, is sponsored by NBC 5, The Dallas Morning News, KERA and Telemundo 39, and will take place at the KERA studios.

While in Dallas earlier in the week, Davis said she would debate Abbott in as many place as she can.

"I am anxious for the people of Texas to see the differences in the two of us," said Davis.

On Tuesday, Abbott talked about the upcoming debate while in North Texas presenting his higher education plan.

"I have been all along committed to two statewide debates, because I want to thoroughly discuss all of the issues affecting the future of Texas. I want to do that in a thoughtful format," said Abbott.

KERA Vice President of new Rick Holter said organizers are still ironing out the final details, but they have a format that has been used in the past, such as in the lieutenant governor debate this past January.

Candidates will have timed responses with a moderator and several panelists answering the questions.

"We try for measured responses. We are not in this for the fireworks. We are in this for the substance so we will try to dig deep with insightful questions," said Holter.



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<![CDATA[5 Days in October]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 15:11:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/5-Days-in-October.jpg

NBC 5 is partnering with The Dallas Morning News, KERA and Telemundo 39 to produce in-depth reports about the race for Texas Governor. We want to know what you want to know. Help us decide by voting and let us know what one question you want answered. We'll take the best and ask the candidates directly.

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<![CDATA[State Rep. Wants to Break Up DISD]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 13:02:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Generic-School-pen1.jpg The DMN's Rudy Bush discusses state Rep. Jason Villalba saying he might propose breaking the Dallas ISD into smaller districts.

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<![CDATA[2016 Presidential Contenders Flock to NH]]> Wed, 03 Sep 2014 11:26:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rand-paul.jpg

It's still two months from the 2014 mid-term elections, and already numerous potential 2016 presidential candidates are flocking to New Hampshire.

Politico reported on Wednesday that GOP Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will speak at a Generation Opportunity event on Sept. 11 and the NHGOP Unity Breakfast on Sept. 12. Both events will be held in Manchester.

This weekend brings two more Republican presidential hopefuls to the Granite State. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is scheduled to make appearances in Dover and Stratham on Saturday, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz will be in Concord, Manchester and Nashua on Sunday.

It was also announced last week that Donald Trump will travel to New Hampshire on Nov. 12 to speak at the Nackey S. Loeb School of Communication's 12th annual First Amendment Awards.

Paul, Jindal, Cruz and Trump have all made previous trips to New Hampshire this year.

Vice President Joe Biden, a possible 2016 contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, was scheduled to speak at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Abbott Makes North Texas Campaign Stop]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Abbott+UTD+090214.jpg

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott was at the University of Texas at Dallas Tuesday to talk about his higher education plan.

Abbott said Texas must become No. 1 for higher education.

He said his plan is for public colleges and universities to give college credit to high school students who score 3 or higher on AP exams.

In order to elevate colleges and universities to top rankings in the nation, Abbott also proposed block scheduling for community colleges.

While in Richardson, he sat down with NBC 5 to talk about several other topics, including Governor Perry’s indictments.

"A governor has a constitutional right to exercise a veto. And I have never seen a situation where a governor can be indicted for exercising a veto right," said Abbott.

With election season in high gear, the latest Rasmussen poll shows Abbott leading State Senator Wendy Davis by 8 points, with 12 percent undecided.

"I feel good but I don't take anything for granted. I have to go out and earn every single vote, and that is exactly what I will do for the next two months," added Abbott.



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<![CDATA[Abbott Campaigns in Richardson, Releases New Ad]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 16:39:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Greg+Abbott+wheelchair.jpg Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, Republican candidate for governor, released a new campaign video Tuesday and re-affirmed he's looking forward to debating Democratic opponent Wendy Davis.

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<![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.]]>