<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth and Texas State Political News]]> Copyright 2015 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, 02 Mar 2015 06:45:13 -0600 Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:45:13 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, March 1, 2015]]> Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:03:13 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg New drama at Dallas ISD. Three members of the school board urge superintendent Mike Miles to step down over questions about why he hired hundreds of teachers and staff without consulting them. So what’s next for Miles? We talk to Tawnell Hobbs from The Dallas Morning News who helped break the story. Then, it’s election time. We break down some of the campaigns for city council in Dallas ahead of the May election. Watch Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Race for Dallas Mayor Heats Up]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:13:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg With the candidate filing deadline passing, the race for Dallas mayor is intensifying. Incumbent Mike Rawlings faces opposition from lawyer Marcos Ronquillo. So who is Ronquillo and can he beat Rawlings? Watch Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: New Drama at DISD]]> Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:09:29 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg A new problem now plagues Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles: the hiring of more than 100 teachers and staff members. The school board says it was misled. Miles denies it. Can he survive the latest controversy? We ask The Dallas Morning News reporter who broke the story. Watch Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[NJ Officer Meets President Obama]]> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:39:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/Officer+Obama+Camden.jpg

Although cops are used to being called to important gatherings, a New Jersey officer was shocked to discover who she would be meeting at an upcoming event.

Officer Virginia Matias of the Camden County Police was told by Chief Scott Thompson that she would be meeting President Barack Obama.

“He called me and told me I would have the honor of meeting the president,” the 28-year-old said. “It was unreal, I thought ‘is this a joke?’”

Matias went to the White House and met Obama and Vice President Joe Biden in at the White House on Feb. 24 along with five other officers across the U.S. who were nominated by the heads of their respective departments.

“As soon as they opened the door to the Oval Office he was right there with a smile on his face,” Matias said. “He was very welcoming, I felt like I was at home.”

Obama met with the officers to thank them for their service and discuss how law enforcement can work with communities to ensure public safety.

“We’re a model of community policing, so he wanted to get our feedback on what’s working,” Matias said.

Matias was motivated by a tragic event in her teens to become an officer.

“When I was around 17, I had an uncle who was murdered in North Camden while he was operating his bodega in 2003,” Matias said. "At that moment, I knew I wanted to be a part of a change in my city."

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<![CDATA[Runoff for Rahm: Mayor Falls Short]]> Wed, 25 Feb 2015 06:22:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rahm+and+chuy.jpg

Rahm Emanuel failed to clinch another term as Chicago's mayor on Tuesday, setting the stage for an unprecedented runoff election against challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia.

Results showed the incumbent mayor with about 46 percent of the vote, short of the 50 percent-plus-one support he needs to win another term outright. Garcia, a Cook County commissioner, came in second place with 34 percent. 

The results mean the two will face off April 7, a potentially embarrassing result for a high-profile politician who has already spent millions in his re-election bid. It is the first time since the city changed its election system in the 1990s that an incumbent mayor is forced into a runoff. 

"We have come a long way and we have a little bit farther to go," Emanuel told supporters. "This is the first step in a real important journey for our city. To those who voted for me in this election, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. For those who voted for someone else, I hope to earn your confidence and your support in the weeks to come." 

A boisterous Garcia celebrated the outcome as a win over moneyed interests and other powerful forces supporting the incumbent, saying the results show "the people have spoken."

"Nobody thought we’d be here tonight," Garcia said. "They wrote us off; they said we didn’t have a chance. They said we didn’t have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we’re still standing! We’re still running! And we’re gonna win!" 

Emanuel, a former White House chief of staff, struggled to rise above 50 support throughout the campaign, even as he outpolled his four lesser-funded and known challengers. A late campaign blitz that blanketed the airwaves and a public appearance last week with President Barack Obama — a move seen as an effort to appeal to undecided African-American voters — couldn’t propel the 55-year-old mayor to victory.

The 55-year-old Democrat anchored his re-election bid on first-term efforts to better the lives of Chicagoans, highlighting pushes to expand access to early childhood education, raise the minimum wage and improve the city’s business climate and infrastructure. But he faced criticism for other major policies pursued during his first term, including his decision to close dozens of schools.

The school closures fueled a tumultuous relationship with the Chicago’s Teachers Union, which went on strike in 2012. The union, which also clashed with Emanuel over other changes to the city’s education system, endorsed Garcia after a brain cancer diagnosis sidelined its own president, Karen Lewis.

Political expert John P. Frendreis said while Garcia is “funny, he’s got a good speaking presence, he’s been around long enough, he’s got this colorful nickname so people kind of know him,” it was the support of the teachers that made the race competitive. 

“It’s really the school controversy, the closure of schools, the continued opening of charter schools and then the ... battle with the CTU and Rahm that has generated any kind of heat in this and has made him even remotely vulnerable,” the political science professor at Loyola University in Chicago, said ahead of Tuesday’s race.

Emanuel's “bare-knuckles” approach to running the city, despite yielding results in some areas, also hurt his standing with some voters, analysts say.

“He’s reasonably good at his job,” Freindreis said. “Now where he has stumbled is that he is a tough guy and he is a bully and sometimes he is just too smart for his own good and so he’s rubbed people the wrong way because he’s not nice.”

Emanuel’s challengers criticized him throughout the campaign for not doing enough to help bring jobs, safer streets and other opportunities to all Chicagoans. Garcia told NBC Chicago he would, to hire a thousand more police officers, reduce class sizes and standardized tests and “invest in neighborhoods to attract manufacturing or industrial-creation jobs.” In addition to the backing from the teachers, he also gained headlines for winning the endorsement of the liberal political group MoveOn.org. The group applauded Tuesday's results as a "huge win for progressives and working families across Chicago." 

Even if Emanuel succeeds in winning a second term in April, some observers say the education initiatives he pushed in his first four years could take a hit in Chicago and beyond.

“Over the next few years you could have mayors, some Democrats and some Republicans, in cities across the nation saying I’m going to pick the kids over the unions,” said Keith Koeneman, author of “First Son: The Biography of Richard M. Daly.”

Check back with NBCChicago.com for more on this developing story. For complete election night coverage, visit the Ward Room blog. 

<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: February 22, 2015]]> Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:45:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Immigration returns to the spotlight on Lone Star Politics. A South Texas judge temporarily halted President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. We examine what happens next after the ruling. Then, a gay couple gets married in Texas’ first legal wedding. But the debate is not over. See why on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[New Smoking Ordinance to be Decided]]> Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:06:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/tlmd_3_quit_smoking_636002_133899343275_484x363.jpg

Smokers in Cleburne may soon get a clear signal whether or not they can smoke in local businesses.

The City of Cleburne announced today that the City Council is to consider a new smoking ordinance. City officials said the proposed ordinance lets business owners to choose whether to permit smoking or not in their businesses.

"After wrestling for some time with how to balance the rights of smokers, non-smokers, and how to allow the free market to drive business, this proposed ordinance was the solution I was seeking," stated Cleburne Mayor Scott Cain.

A revised smoking ordinance will deal with city properties, but is unique in how it deals with privately-owned businesses that cater to the public.

Under the proposed ordinance, city officials said businesses allowing smoking will not allow anyone under 18 years old. The other two options of non-smoking or smoking in designated areas are similar to smoking ordinances in other cities, officials said.

The ordinance will levy a fine up to $500 for people who violate a business's choice to be non-smoking. A sign displaying the smoking preference must also be displayed near the business's entrance.

"This is another way of addressing competing rights without taking away from the free market approach to business," Mayor Cain said in a written statement.

The decision on whether or not to adopt the new ordinance will be made at Tuesday night's City Council meeting in Cleburne.

<![CDATA[LSP: Congress Responds to "Injured Heroes, Broken Promises" Investigation]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:04 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg An investigation by NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News revealed troubling details about the care of wounded soldiers when they return home. We question Rep. Mac Thornberry, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, about the report and what he plans to do about it. See his entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: What's Next After Immigration Ruling]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 16:00:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg A South Texas judge temporarily blocks President Obama’s executive orders on immigration. State Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) reacts to the news and tells us why he believes the federal government is at fault for the immigration impasse. Watch the entire conversation on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Small Fire Damages Garland Apartment Building]]> Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:03:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/miller-glenn-apts-garland.jpg

A small fire damaged one residence at the Miller Glenn Apartments in Garland Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported at about 12:30 p.m. after smoke and flames were seen inside a second-floor apartment at the community on the 1200 block of West Miller Road.

Garland firefighters arrived and evacuated the building as they contained the fire to the one residence.

The cause of the fire is under investigation and a damage estimate has not yet been prepared.

No injuries were reported.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Abbott Sets Goals in First State of State]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:35:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-speaks.jpg Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday gave marching orders in a State of the State address that abandoned the fiery flair and defiant rhetoric on social issues that his predecessor had.

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<![CDATA[Abbott to Name 'Emergency Items' in First State of the State]]> Tue, 17 Feb 2015 15:02:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-speaks.jpg

The governor's office released a YouTube video on Monday that asked Texans what they wanted to hear about in the address, including topics on education, transportation and veterans' issues.

Abbott's speech will lay down his vision for Texas and what he hopes the legislature will accomplish this session.

“He needs to talk about his main priorities that are not really good sound bites for campaign season, but about how the trains are going to run on time for Texas. How we are going to fund transportation, water and our human capital in the form of education? Those are the three biggies we got to get right,” said State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas.

Among the items Abbott is likely to discuss are education, transportation, border security and lowering the tax burden.

It will be the first State of the State delivered by someone other than former Gov. Rick Perry in 14 years.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said it's important Abbott establishes himself early as a strong governor with new ideas.

“I think the focus for him will be on issues not so divisive. I think the last governor, because he may have been running for president, talked about issues that may divide Texas. I think you are going to see this governor talk about uniting Texans on issues that impact all of us,” said Villalba.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:02:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, the open carry debate moves forward. We talk to Dallas State Sen. Don Huffines about why he supports the bills. And State Rep. Chris Turner tells us why he does not support keeping 1,000 Texas National Guard troops on the border with Mexico. Watch Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Fort Worth Mayor Speaks about DreamVision Project]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:12:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/betsy-price-lsp.jpg It is a $3.5 billion dollar project to bring a Disney-like theme park to Fort Worth. But will DreamVision actually happen? We ask Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price what concerns her about the proposal. Plus, we ask what she wants to accomplish as she runs for reelection. Watch Lone Star Politics, Sundays at 8:40 a.m on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[LSP: Sen. Explains Support of Open Carry]]> Fri, 13 Feb 2015 15:10:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_HUFFINES_ON_OPEN_CARRY_021515_1200x675_398912067827.jpg The issue of open carry took center stage again at the Capitol. But State Sen. Don Huffines also wants a bill to pass that would allow people to openly carry handguns even if they do not have a license. The Dallas republican explains why he supports it on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Philly Chosen as 2016 DNC Host]]> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:51:07 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/philly+skyline+generic+camden+waterfront+sunset+comcast+liberty+place.jpg

The 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia, party leaders announced Thursday.

Philadelphia beat out two rival cities for the chance to host the party’s nominating convention in July 2016. Both Brooklyn and Columbus, Ohio, were in the running through the final round of the bidding process.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz said the city’s “deep rooted place in American history provides a perfect setting for this special gathering.”

“I cannot wait to join Democrats across the country to celebrate our shared values, lay out a Democratic vision for the future, and support our nominee,” she said.

Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter said the city's "proven track record of hosting big events safely and efficiently with a dynamic team of top-tier professionals to organize and manage a conference of this magnitude, paired with our City's tremendous amenities, its accessible location and historical significance" made it an ideal pick.

"We're all delighted to make history again, here in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection," he said.

The final contract between the DNC and Philadelphia was signed Thursday, Wasserman Schultz said. The convention will take place the week of July 25, 2016. The decision was made following a meeting between Wasserman Schultz and President Barack Obama Wednesday night in the Oval Office, a source involved in the selection process confirmed to NBC10.

"The president enthusiastically signed off," said the source.

The meeting of Democratic politicians and delegates will be the second major event for the city in less than a year's time. In September, millions are expected to flock to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis during the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

Philadelphia last hosted a national convention in 2000, when Republicans gathered there. Republicans have already announced plans to hold their 2016 nominating convention in Cleveland.

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<![CDATA[TX Lawmakers Waiting for Apology From FL Lawmaker]]> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 17:29:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rep+Michael+Burgess.jpg

Don't mess with Texas, if you do you'll have Texas Republicans, namely Rep. Michael Burgess and Rep. Pete Sessions, to deal with.

It all started with a heated exchange during a House Rules Committee hearing Monday focused on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Rep. Alcee Hasting, D-Florida, insulted Texas while lamenting the fact that Obamacare could prove to be more effective if more states had expanded the medicaid rolls.

Currently, the GOP-dominated Texas has not allowed for a federally-backed expansion of Medicaid, the law that other states have used to cover the poor and uninsured. It's worth noting Florida has not expanded the Medicaid rolls either.

Hastings called Texas "a crazy state" and said he "wouldn't live there for all the tea in China."

That had Burgess asking for an apology for both the state and Texas residents.

"You will wait until hell freezes over for me to say anything in an apology. I would apologize to you if I was directing my comments to you. I was commenting on the state that you happen to be a resident of," said Hastings. "I will not apologize."

Sessions took to the floor Tuesday morning to defend Texas.

"I want to make sure people have a better understanding, to know why Texans are being attacked. That is because we reject big liberal government, that is embodied in the laws known as Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act."

On Tuesday night Texas Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives issued a joint statement saying "Don't mess with Texas" and demanding an apology from Hastings.

According to The Dallas Morning News, Hastings has yet to respond to a demand for an apology to the citizens of Texas issued jointly by the Texas Republicans in the House.

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<![CDATA[Texas Bill Would Require Rear-Facing Car Seats]]> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:45:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rear-facing+Carset+012915.jpg

A North Texas lawmaker has filed a bill he hopes will keep young children safe in the car. It's something many parents are already doing: keeping their child in a car set facing backward.

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington and Grand Prairie, introduced legislation to ensure kids are in backward facing car seats for two years or until they grow out of the weight limits of the seat manufacturer.

Turner commented on the legislation on his web page, saying "Keeping kids safe should always be our top priority."

"This bill will help inform parents and others about car seat safety and the need to keep children rear-facing longer," he said.

A trauma injury prevention specialist at Cook Children’s Medical Center said a rear-facing car seat is the safest way to travel because a young child’s spinal cord is not completely developed yet.

As for some kids being too big to ride in them, experts say most seats are now made to hold at least 35 pounds.

NBC 5 spoke to one mother who was buckling her 1-year-old into a rear-facing car seat.

“I have a friend who is a policeman, and our pediatrician also said that is the safest place for her. So that is what we do,” said mother Candis Linscott.

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