<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]>Copyright 2017http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/politics http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.comen-usTue, 21 Feb 2017 22:40:33 -0600Tue, 21 Feb 2017 22:40:33 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Department of Homeland Security to Prioritize Deportations]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:51:10 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/que-es-ice-thumbnail.jpg

The second month of Donald Trump's presidency began with the release of new memos from the Department of Homeland Security outlining its plan to prioritize deportations.

"This is consistent with everything the president has talked about," said White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. "All this does is layout the exact procedures to make sure that sub group of people who pose a threat to our nation because of a conviction or violation of public safety or have a criminal record are adjudicated first and foremost. That's it, plain and simple."

When asked if the goal was mass deportations, Spicer responded, "No."

"The message from the White House and from the DHS is that those people who are in this country and pose a threat to public safety or have committed a crime will be the first to go and we'll be aggressively making sure that that occurs," he added. "That is what the priority is."

But that doesn't mean people living in the U.S. illegally get a free pass.

The administration points out there are laws on the books and they intend to enforce them.

"Remember everybody who is here illegally is subject to removal at any time. That is consistent with every country, not just ours. If you are in this country in an illegal manner, obviously there's a provision that could ensure that you could be removed," Spicer said.



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<![CDATA[Jury Selection Nears Completion in Price Bribery Trial]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:04:50 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-into-court-kk.jpg

Jury selection could be completed Wednesday in the long awaited bribery trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price.

The trial began Tuesday morning with a pool of 70 prospective jurors in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Barbara Lynn.

When asked if they had heard about the case, about half of the potential jurors raised their hands.

"Nothing you have read has anything to do with this case," Lynn said. "This case will be decided in this room."

The judge warned potential jurors the trial could last until June.

"That's very, very difficult for a large percentage of the population to serve on a jury like that," said former U.S. Attorney Matthew Orwig, who is not involved with the Price trial.

Orwig said prospective jurors with some knowledge of the case must be able to exclude bias and limit their decision to evidence heard in the courtroom. He said an impartial panel in Dallas is possible despite heavy publicity about the case.

"You do have the concern of a fair jury," he said. "At the same time, people have the right to be tried by a jury of their peers."

Price is accused of taking nearly $1 million in bribes for his influence in Dallas County business. The investigation first became public with raids on his home and office in 2011. He was indicted in 2014. He is also charged with income tax evasion.

"If you get a good jury, you have that much more of an indication that you have strong odds to win the case," said defense attorney Victor Vital, who is also not participating in the Price trial. "The job of the skillful lawyer is to unearth those people who have proclivities or inclinations against their positions or clients."

Both Vital and Orwig represented clients involved in the public corruption trial of Dallas City Council Member Don Hill in 2009. That trial lasted three months. Hill was sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Opening statements and the start of testimony in the Price trial are expected later this week.



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<![CDATA[Voters Demand More Town Hall Meetings with Congressmen]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:50:04 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/US+Capitol+Building+GettyImages-613950622.jpg

Some Texas voters are upset they are not getting face-to-face meetings with lawmakers while Congress is in recess and the lawmakers are in their home districts.

There were about 30 people standing outside of the office of U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Denton, demanding a town hall meeting Tuesday.

"We are taxpayers. We should all be heard," said Bill Featherstone, of Flower Mound.

Many in the group were concerned about the future of health care. Burgess is chairing a subcommittee that is working on a replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

"Last May I had a heart attack, and after it was all said and done, the bills were over $200,000. That's a lot of money for a middle-class family. If we didn't have our ACA insurance, that would have wiped out a good percentage of our retirement savings," said Kim Higgins, of Flower Mound.

NBC 5 reached out to Burgess about the protest. He released a statement, saying, "I have held multiple town halls every year since joining Congress. They have always been a part of my communications strategy with my constituents. I do plan on holding an in-person town hall meeting soon and I am working to identify a date and a location in which it can be conducted. Of paramount concern to me is the safety of all that attend such a function."

A spokesperson also tells NBC 5 that Burgess has met with some of the protesters.

Protesters also planned to be at an event where U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is speaking Tuesday night. Sessions told NBC 5 in a statement, "During each District Work Period I travel around the 32nd Congressional District and meet with constituents, visit local businesses, talk to community and business leaders, and participate in a variety of events. I always enjoy meeting with constituents when I am home and I look forward to providing them with a legislative update at my Town Hall meeting on March 18."

We reached out to the remaining North Texas delegation, to see if they had planned town halls for this recess period, and asked if they normally schedule them this time of the year.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Forth Worth, said, in a statement, "I am hosting my next Coffee with your Congressman this Friday at Tia Dora's in Dallas from 7:30-9 a.m. That's an opportunity for residents to stop and chat with me on their way to work on how I can better represent them in Congress. I also vary my 'mobile town hall' events such as Congress on Your Commute, where I ride DART or the 'T' in Fort Worth and talk with residents on their way to or from work, Coffee with Your Congressman, and Congress on Your Corner, where I chat with residents at a local grocery store. I also host my signature "Town Halls" during the month of August during the longer District Work Period."

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, says they are in the process of scheduling a telephone town hall that will take place in the next few weeks.

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Mesquite, says they typically hold multiple town halls a year and they are working on the schedule now.

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ellis County, says, "Congressman Barton will be hosting town hall meetings in April. Throughout his time in Congress he has hosted in-person meetings each April and August. This week he has a full schedule of constituent meetings."

A spokesperson for U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Fort Worth, says, "Congressman Williams is back in the district, and he has been meeting with his constituents throughout the week."



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<![CDATA[South Dallas Supporters Stand By John Wiley Price]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:50:37 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/john+wiley+price+022117.jpg

In the courtroom, Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price is a defendant. In the south Dallas community he represents, Price is a hero.

"He's a people's person. We like him. He's the man downtown, and I think he needs to stay downtown," said Mae Kessee, a Price supporter having lunch at South Dallas Cafe on Tuesday, the first day of jury selection in Price's trial.

"He needs to stay in downtown Dallas. Not in the downtown jail," Kessee said.

Dallas Examiner publisher Mollie Finch Belt has known Price for more than 30 years. The newspaper focuses on the city's African American community.

"He has always been outspoken. He's the voice of the African American community. If you want somebody to get in a room, tell you the truth, tell you what's happening, then John would do it," said Belt. "You know why they call him the man downtown? They call him that because any time something was wrong, the black community could always call on John and he would try to straighten it out."

Belt is a friend of Price's and said they don't talk about the trial.

"If you interview a lot of people on the street, they don't think he's done anything wrong. The perception is he's done so many good things for the black community," said Belt.

Belt added Price was influential in convincing Dallas television stations to hire African American journalists. She said it was one of Price's biggest accomplishments.

"I've personally witnessed Commissioner Price out on the front lines trying to represent the interests of black folks," said supporter Darrell Lyons. "Commissioner Price will fight for anyone he believes in. I don't think he's perfect, but I don't think any of us are. He's saying he's innocent. We live in a society that says you're innocent until proven guilty."



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<![CDATA[Trump Condemns Racism, Anti-Semitism]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 18:22:10 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Immigration0221_MP4-148771155634700001.jpg

President Donald Trump spoke out against racism and anti-Semitism Tuesday following a tour of the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Trump’s comments followed 10 bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers across the country and the vandalization of more than 170 Jewish graves in a Missouri cemetery on Monday.   

The president’s concessions, however, were called inadequate by some Jewish advocacy groups. Critics have previously focused on the new administration’s failure to mention Jews on Holocaust Remembrance Day and its silence on anti-Semitic attacks across the country, which increased from 13 to 28 in New York when compared to the same period in 2016. Pressure for the White House to condemn anti-Semitism rose further on Thursday, when the president interrupted a reporter from an Orthodox Jewish magazine asking about bomb threats made against Jewish centers recently.

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<![CDATA[John Wiley Price Bribery Trial Begins]]> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:36:35 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jwp-courthouse.gif

The trial of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price began Tuesday morning after numerous delays spanning more than a year.

Price is accused of receiving nearly $1 million in bribes in exchange for his influence in Dallas County business over a period of many years.

He has pleaded not guilty to bribery and tax fraud charges.

Court records show the prosecution has 150 witnesses and 2,000 pieces of evidence. Defense lawyers for Price list 40 witnesses and 629 exhibits.

In 2011, the FBI raided Price's home and offices, and then in 2014, Price was indicted.

The indictment alleges a scheme between Price and Kathy Nealy, a political consultant and lobbyist, claiming Price gave Nealy's clients a strategic advantage in landing contracts.

In exchange for Price's vote, the indictment said, "Nealy provided a stream of financial benefits to price in the form of money, cars, and land, totaling approximately $950,000."

Price, a controversial figure in Dallas County politics, continues to have some voter support.

After the indictment, Price was reelected to the Dallas County Commissioners Court in 2016.



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<![CDATA[Trump Picks McMaster as National Security Adviser]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:36:46 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-mcmaster-annoucement-148762365967200001.jpg

President Donald Trump announces Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his pick for national security adviser at Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Feb. 20, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Emails Show Kushner's Stricter Approach on Ethics Than Trump]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 20:25:58 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17023542554197.jpg

The Trump administration has struggled with ethics vetting for Cabinet nominees and faced criticism for the president's decision to remain invested in his business empire. When Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, prepared to enter the White House, however, the administration sought to do it by the book.

That is the picture established by new emails, obtained by MSNBC, showing how Kushner's lawyers worked on a divestment plan to avoid conflicts by conferring with the Office of Government Ethics.

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"The process was good here," said Norm Eisen, an ethics expert who is suing the Trump administration, saying the emails show Kushner and his wife divested themselves from any holdings that presented conflicts.

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"Although the Trump transition team apparently was not particularly cooperative with the Office of Government Ethics," said Kathleen Clark, an ethics expert at Washington University Law School, "Kushner and his lawyers seem to have taken a different approach."



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - February 19, 2017]]> Sun, 19 Feb 2017 10:17:31 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg

Lone Star Politics with NBC 5's Julie Fine and The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers aired on Sunday, February 19, 2017.

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<![CDATA[Protesters Target Tarrant County GOP Dinner]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:55:40 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/021917+Fort+Worth+Protests.jpg

Protesters lined the streets outside the Omni hotel in downtown Fort Worth on Saturday night as the Tarrant County Republican Party held an annual dinner inside.



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<![CDATA[Norma McCorvey's Moments in Dallas]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:56:05 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10pm_norma_dies_1200x675_880426563674.jpg

NBC 5 was there when Norma McCorvey met Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade. McCorvey was known as Jane Roe in the Roe vs. Wade Case. NBC 5 was also there when she was Baptized in the swimming pool of a Dallas pastor.

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<![CDATA[Frisco Council Race Headed for March 25 Runoff]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 03:57:04 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/021817+Keating+Burden.jpg

The Frisco city council seat that garnered nine candidates is headed to a runoff.

At 8:49 p.m. Saturday, the city sent out the results of the City Council Place 1 race. John Keating and Brandon Burden will face a runoff on March 25. The results of the vote were: 

John Keating had 2,099 votes and 45.72% of the vote.

Brandon Burden captured 816 votes and 18.57% of the vote.

K.D. Warrach garnered 495 votes and 11.27% of the vote.

Stanley Wang received 364 votes and 8.28% of the vote.

Henry A. (Hal) Thomas had 172 votes and 3.91% of the vote.

Stacy Plummer earned 157 votes and 3.57% of the vote.

Dan Stricklin had 161 votes and 3.66% of the vote.

Damon Vinci captured 117 votes and 2.66% of the vote.

John Redmon garnered 103 votes and 2.34% of the vote.

The council seat opened when Councilman Bob Allen decided to run for Frisco mayor in May. The winner will only hold the seat until May 2018, when Allen's term was scheduled to expire.

The city said there are 88,745 voters registered in the council district.  Only 4,394 ballots were cast, that's a voter turnout of 4.95 percent.



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<![CDATA[President Trump Talks F35 Costs In Florida Speech]]> Mon, 20 Feb 2017 04:00:15 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trump_F35_1200x675_880356931790.jpg

President Donald Trump talked about F-35 jet cost overruns to crowds at a rally in Melbourne, Florida, over Presidents Day weekend.

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<![CDATA[Bill Would Allow Hunters to Target Bears, Wolves in Alaska]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 15:22:36 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bearsinalaskafeuerherd.jpg

Hunters could once again go after bears, wolves and other predators in national wildlife refuges across Alaska if an Obama-era federal law is overturned by Congress and gets the president's approval, NBC News reported.

Supporters of repealing the rule, which was issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in August, got a boost Thursday when the House voted 225-193, mostly along party lines, to undo the law.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, is behind the resolution to strip away some of the federal government's control over Alaska's 76 million acres worth of federal wildlife refuges. Under the federal law, hunters are prohibited from shooting or trapping wolves while at their dens with cubs, using airplanes to scout for potential grizzly bear targets, trapping bears with wire snares and luring bears with food to get a point-blank kill.



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<![CDATA[‘I Am a Muslim Too’: Russell Simmons Headlines Unity March]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:05:14 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_101210146201.jpg

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons is feeling "zen" about a multifaith and multiethnic unity rally he's headlining Sunday — organized in response to the uncertainty and anxiety that was created by President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban, NBC News reported.

The entrepreneur has been trying to bridge religious and cultural divides for years, and said he is eager to lend his celebrity to the "I Am a Muslim Too" march through Times Square in his native New York City.

"Believing that people are the same takes you a long way," Simmons told NBC News this week. "I love doing this work. It's purposeful. It makes me happy."



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<![CDATA[DNC Race Shakeup: Ray Buckley to Exit, Endorse Keith Ellison]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 10:55:49 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dncshakeup.jpg

In the biggest shakeup of the Democratic leadership race in months, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley plans to drop his bid to be the party's national chairman and throw his support behind Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, NBC News reported.

With just a week left before Democratic National Committee members gather in Atlanta to cast their ballots, the move could have far-reaching consequences both for the election and the future of the party.

"While it was a tremendous honor to run for DNC Chair over the past few months, I am proud to throw my support behind Keith so we can ensure that the next Chair of the DNC is dedicated to investing in and strengthening state parties and ensuring that the DNC is an accountable organization," Buckley said in a statement. "As I've talked to the DNC membership, it's clear Keith has widespread support, and I know as our next DNC Chair Keith will successfully unite and grow our party."



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<![CDATA[Here’s How Congress Is Handling Russia Investigations]]> Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:35:30 -0600 //media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17048721312607-Sens-Comey-Secret-Meeting.jpg

At the end of a week's worth of new revelations and a resignation, FBI Director James Comey held a closed-door meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee Friday, NBC News reports.

Members who emerged refused to say what the meeting was about or even to acknowledge that a meeting was happening — though reporters saw Comey enter the same room as the senators.

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio did send out a tweet that hinted at Russia:

"I am now very confident Senate Intel Comm I serve on will conduct thorough bipartisan investigation of #Putin interference and influence," the Florida senator said.



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