<![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 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:11:23 -0500 Fri, 04 Sep 2015 20:11:23 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[More Troubles for Rick Perry’s Campaign]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 15:56:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+Gromer+090415.jpg This week on Lone Star Politics, former governor Rick Perry’s campaign continues to struggle and the experts are speaking out including Gromer Jeffers with the Dallas Morning News. Hear their take this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5’s.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Plans Rally at American Airlines Center]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 16:07:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/196*120/trump+rnc.jpg

The third Republican presidential contender to visit North Texas in as many weeks is expecting a big crowd when he takes the stage in Dallas.

Donald Trump is holding a rally Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. at the American Airlines Center.

Attendees are required to have a ticket, and they are available for free online through Ticketmaster.

NBC News reported Trump is tied with Ben Carson for the lead among likely Iowa caucus participants, according to the latest Monmouth University poll.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker appeared at a Sept. 2 campaign event in Highland Park, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz rallied Sept. 3 at the Fort Worth Stockyards.

Texas voters head to the polls for the primary election on Super Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

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<![CDATA[Trump Slams Conservative Radio Host After Fumble]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 12:04:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump20.JPG

A day after exposing gaps in his knowledge of foreign affairs during a radio show interview with Hugh Hewitt, Donald Trump labeled the conservative host a "third rate radio announcer,” NBC News reported.

During the Thursday interview, Hewitt asked Trump about Quds Force commander Ghasem Soleimani. Trump responded by saying how Kurds have been “mistreated.”

After he was told the Quds force was Iranian, and not Kurdish, Trump said: ”Oh, I’m sorry, I thought you said Kurds.”

When Hewitt suggested that a future commander-in-chief should be knowledgeable about world affairs and leaders, Trump accused Hewitt of asking “gotcha questions.”

"Every question was do I know this one and that one? It was like he worked hard on that," Trump further explained Friday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

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<![CDATA[Presidential Candidates Flock to N.H. for Labor Day Weekend]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2015 10:03:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_543643793268.jpg

Ten 2016 presidential contenders will be campaigning in New Hampshire over Labor Day weekend, the traditional cut-off point when Granite Staters really start paying close attention to the upcoming election.

The visits include barbecues, county fairs, Labor Day breakfasts and other traditional holiday weekend-related events.

It all starts Friday with appearances by GOP hopefuls Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham and Democrat Martin O'Malley. Graham also has stops planned on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

On Saturday, Hillary Clinton is scheduled to hold two events, including one in Portsmouth where she will officially be endorsed by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Carly Fiorina also arrives in state Saturday for the first leg of a 3-day swing.

On Sunday, Republican Scott Walker begins a 2-day motorcycle tour of the state, which will take him to all 10 counties.

Monday will be busy as well. In addition to Walker, Fiorina and Graham, Democrats Bernie Sanders and Lincoln Chafee will be in state, along with Republicans John Kasich and Marco Rubio.

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<![CDATA[Biden Says Family Will Decide on Presidential Run]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 22:03:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_129386530074.jpg

Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday night he "will not hesitate" to run for president next year — but only if his family is up to it.

"I'll be straightforward with you: The most relevant factor in my decision is whether my family and I have the emotional energy to run," Biden said during an appearance at a synagogue in Atlanta.

Biden's son Beau, the former attorney general of Delaware, died of brain cancer in May at age 46.

Biden said that while other issues were a concern — particularly whether he could build a strong campaign and raise money — the only question that matters is, "Can my family undertake an arduous commitment they would be proud to undertake under ordinary circumstances?" 

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<![CDATA[Texas Sen. Cruz Holds Rally in Fort Worth (Raw Video)]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:54:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz-rally-raw_1200x675_518817859946.jpg Texas Sen. Ted Cruz held a presidential campaign rally in the Fort Worth Stockyards Thursday morning.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Signs Pledge to Back GOP's 2016 Nominee]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:56:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_173815961848.jpg

Presidential candidate Donald Trump ruled out the prospect of a third-party White House bid Thursday and vowed to support the Republican Party's next presidential nominee — whoever it may be.

The billionaire businessman announced his decision in a raucous news conference at Trump Tower, the gold-hued skyscraper in midtown Manhattan where he launched his surging and front-running campaign for president.

"The best way forward ... to win, is if I win the nomination and go direct against whoever (the Democrats) happen to put up. So for that reason, I have signed the pledge," Trump said.

"So, I will be totally pledging my allegiance to the Republican Party and the conservative principles for which it stands, and we will go out and we will fight hard and we will win," he said.

Trump's decision comes weeks after he roiled the race for the GOP nomination when, in response to the first question at the opening debate of the 2016 campaign, he refused to promise to back the party's nominee if he fell short.

He was intensely lobbied by Republican National Committee leaders, who have struggled to rein in the unpredictable former reality television star. Trump announced his decision shortly after meeting privately with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

The decision puts an end — for now — to the nervousness felt inside the GOP about the prospect of Trump holding firm and keeping his options open. At the debate, he said that gave him "a lot of leverage."

The pledge is not legally binding. Trump could always change his mind, particularly if GOP establishment leaders take aggressive steps to thwart his candidacy in the coming months.

"I see no circumstances under which I would tear up that pledge," Trump said Thursday.

If not for Trump, the need for such a loyalty oath probably would not exist. There were no doubts about the intentions of the GOP's other major presidential contenders headed into the debate, and they quickly lined up Thursday to sign.

"The RNC clearly felt it had to box Trump into a decision," said Doug Watts, a spokesman for fellow candidate and retired surgeon Ben Carson. "We just sort of shrugged our shoulders, and that's the end of that."

A third-party bid by Trump could harm the GOP's efforts to take back the White House after eight years of Democratic President Barack Obama. He leads the Republican field in what are still very early polls.

"Ross Perot ended up giving us the first Clinton, and I think if Trump does this, he could give us another Clinton," Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said on "CBS This Morning," referring to Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

RNC officials have been working with Trump's campaign to avoid such a scenario. In recent days, Trump hinted the lobbying was beginning to work. "I think a lot of people are going to be very happy," he said Saturday in Tennessee.

The RNC's pledge asks candidates to promise to "endorse the 2016 Republican presidential nominee regardless of who it is." Further, it asks them to pledge "that I will not seek to run as an independent or write-in candidate, nor will I seek or accept the nomination for president of any other party."

"It is, more than anything, your word," former technology executive Carly Fiorina said Thursday on CNN's "New Day." ''And I would presume that somebody running for president would like to signal to the American people, and most especially right now to Republican primary voters, that their word can be trusted."

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<![CDATA[Texas Sen. Cruz Holds Rally in Fort Worth]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 11:58:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz-rally2.jpg Texas Sen. Ted Cruz holds a presidential campaign rally in the Fort Worth Stockyards Thursday morning.

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<![CDATA[Texas Sen. Cruz Holds Rally in Fort Worth]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 16:50:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ted-cruz-rally2.jpg

More than a thousand people turned out to see Texas Sen. Ted Cruz at a presidential campaign rally in the Fort Worth Stockyards Thursday morning.

Cruz is one of more than a dozen Republicans vying for the nomination.

Cruz told the crowd it was great to be home. He highlighted his plans to get rid of the Affordable Health Care Act.

He also said he wants to abolish the Internal Revenue Service and got a big applause when he said they should padlock the IRS building.

NBC DFW sat down with Cruz before the rally to talk about Donald Trump. Cruz has been one of the few candidates to sing Trump's praises.

Cruz said Trump is beneficial for his campaign.

"If there is one thing Donald is very good at it is attracting attention. You look at the first debate, 24 million people watched that, it broke records. Coming out of that debate most of the other candidates -- their numbers either stagnated or went down, our national support doubled coming out of that debate," said Cruz.

"I'm thrilled that millions of people turn on the TV to see Donald trump. Those millions of extra eyeballs had the opportunity, maybe for the first time, to hear my positive optimistic conservative message," Cruz said.

NBC DFW also asked Cruz about Governor Perry, who is struggling financially and in the polls. We asked what he thinks Perry should do, and if he will go after Perry’s supporters.

“I like Rick Perry. Rick is a friend of mine. I think he was a terrific governor of the state of Texas, and I like and respect him. He will make the decision what to do with his campaign, everyone will do that. Am I going after his supporters? Absolutely. I'm going after the supporters of every other candidate in this race," Cruz said.

After Fort Worth, Cruz headed to Tyler for another rally Thursday afternoon.

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<![CDATA[Scott Walker Campaigns in Dallas County]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 16:36:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/scott+walker+in+tx.JPG

The race for the White House included a North Texas visit Wednesday from one of the Republican presidential contenders.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker spent about an hour meeting voters at the Highland Park Soda Fountain.

NBC 5 asked him with so many candidates running with Texas ties, why would he be better.

"I have governed like a red state governor would here in Texas, in a blue state. I have shown that I am not intimidated by anybody. It is is one thing to do it in a red state. I have shown that common sense conservative forums can work in a state that has not gone conservative for president since 1984," Walker said.

NBC News on Wednesday confirmed that former Texas Gov. Rick Perry no longer has paid campaign staff in New Hampshire.

In response, his campaign released the following statement.

"Gov. Perry continues to travel the country sharing his optimistic vision for the future of the country and his proven record of success, and he continues to focus on competing in the early states.

Whether it's his time serving as governor of the 12th largest economy in the world, stepping in when Washington D.C. failed to secure our border, or serving our country in the U.S. Air Force, Gov. Perry's record is unmatched by any other candidate in the field."

Dallas County Republican Chairman Wade Emmert, speaking about Perry's financial problems, pointed out that Sen. John McCain struggled financially early in the 2008 campaign, and went on to become the Republican nominee for president.

NBC 5 asked Emmert whether this is the beginning of the end for Perry's bid.

"I think in the next several months you will see several candidates bow out. Whether that's Rick Perry, I don't know," said Emmert.

Emmert said Perry needs to have a good showing in Iowa. He is one of several candidates with Texas ties trying to win the nomination. Texas is very important in this election, with 155 electoral votes, and an earlier primary.

The question is who will get the backing both financially and politically.

"I am not going to get involved in the primaries because we have so many good Texans who are running, and people born in Texas from other states, so I wish them all well," said U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

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<![CDATA[Beluga Whale Photobombs Connecticut Governor's News Briefing]]> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 09:46:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/juno+gov+malloy+mystic+whale.jpg

Juno the beluga stole the show Wednesday at a press event with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy.

The governor visited Mystic Aquarium to discuss travel in Connecticut ahead of Labor Day Weekend, touring the facility's Animal Rescue Clinic, Arctic Coast and Pacific Northwest exhibits before addressing the crowd in front of Juno's tank.

As the governor speaks, Juno appears behind him, swimming up to the governor and hovering over his shoulder. At one point, the beloved beluga presses his forehead to the glass, seeming to know he has an audience.

It's not the first time Juno has been playful with visitors or the camera.  He interacted with a mariachi band in 2011 and checked out the work of a sketch artist in 2012.

Watch Juno ham it up for the camera in the video above.

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<![CDATA[Presidential Candidate Scott Walker Visits Dallas]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:55:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scott-walker-soda.jpg Presidential candidate Scott Walker meets with the public at a popular Highland Park soda shop Wednesday morning.

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<![CDATA[Donald Trump Piñatas Take Over San Francisco's Mission District]]> Wed, 02 Sep 2015 14:02:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-GettyImages-485601348_master.jpg

Call it a not-so-subtle form of revenge on the GOP presidential candidate.

At least three kinds of Donald Trump piñatas are for sale in San Francisco's Mission District.

Piñatas are on display on the window at Piñata Art, a piñata art studio on Mission Street.

A very blonde version of the billionaire Republican presidential candidate is on offer at Discount City, and a screaming, orange-haired take available at San Francisco Tropical, both on Mission Street. A photo by Getty photographer Justin Sullivan shows Univision reporter Luz Pena recording a news segment while Discount City manager Shafi Mohammad holds a Trump piñata on August 28.

The piñatas are selling out fast in the predominantly Latino neighborhood. Trump is leading in many polls of his party's candidates, and his rise has been attributed in part to his willingness to criticize illegal immigration.

If elected, Trump says he'll build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and deport all of the country's illegal immigrants, prompting criticism from many in the Latino community.

Additional styles from various manufacturers and artists are available on sites such as eBay, where prices currently range from $13.95 to $299.99, and Etsy, where they're going for $29.99 to $80.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 700 New Texas Laws Go Into Effect Tuesday]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 09:35:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

From the classroom to the airspace, Texans have nearly 700 new laws going into effect Tuesday.

There are new laws involving drones, including expanding allowances for when drone pilots can take pictures to include academic, engineering and surveying purposes. Drones must also stay above an altitude of 400 feet around buildings deemed critical infrastructure, such as power and gas processing plants. Finally, a third law allows the Texas Department of Public Safety to enact a "no-fly zone" around the Texas capitol complex.

In the classroom, there are big changes when it comes to high school Advanced Placement exam scores. To obtain college credit at many public universities, students now need only an AP score of 3 or above to gain credit -- previously, a score of 4 was required for college credit.

In law enforcement, Texas will likely have more body cameras for police officers. A bill from State Sen. Royce West, (D-Dallas), makes $10 million in grants available to local police departments.

There is also a change when it comes to airport security. A person who accidentally carries his or her handgun through security will get a break if he or she has the proper concealed handgun license. Once the traveler is deemed OK by police, he or she will be allowed to take the gun back out of the secured area.

"People are not wanting to commit a crime. They are not trying to sneak a gun into the airport. They just forgot," said David Prince, the owner of the Eagle Gun Range in Lewisville.

Prince said he hears these stories more frequently. And, according to the Transportation Security Administration, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport lead the nation's airports in 2014 with 120 weapons discovered at security checkpoints. Dallas Love Field came in 18th, with 43 weapons.

Those with CHLs will also be allowed to use that license as a valid form of identification.

A measure allowing some epilepsy patients to get low-THC cannabis oil, Texas' first concession on medical marijuana, is now allowed. Also kicking in are laws strengthening restrictions on synthetic marijuana.

So are laws scrapping criminal penalties for skipping school and ending the "pick-a-pal" grand jury system, which critics said created conflicts of interest.

Elected officials accused of ethics crimes will now be tried in their home counties and "revenge porn," or posting explicit pictures of ex-lovers online, becomes a crime.

The Texas Legislature website allows you to look up any bill on the books in the state.

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<![CDATA[New Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Capitol_Building_34.jpg More than 600 bills become law on Sept. 1, from drones and guns at airports to advanced placement scores and money for police body cameras, NBC 5's Julie Fine highlights a few.

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<![CDATA[Critics Scrutinize Texas' Unusual Dropout Rates]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:41:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-89018487+%281%29.jpg

The head of a key Texas business group criticized the state's high school graduation rate as inflated and unsound, questioning a statistic that is a point of pride for state officials.

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond told The Dallas Morning News that public schools can manipulate the statistics they give to the Texas Education Agency, including the rates of students who opt for home schooling.

TEA reported an 88 percent graduation rate for the 2014 graduating class. It also said 4 percent of all Class of 2014 students -- more than 15,000 in total -- opted for home schooling, subtracting them from the total number of high school dropouts.

Hammond said he didn't believe that many families would decide to move to home-school during high school.

"Anybody who has had children knows you don't do that," Hammond said. "If you're going to home-school, you begin when the child is young."

Debbie Ratcliffe, a TEA spokeswoman, said the state can take action against districts that are caught manipulating their dropout statistics, and that parents who decide to home-school their children must turn in a signed statement.

"Superintendents must make a statement of approval and affirm measures have been taken to verify the accuracy and authenticity of the data being submitted," she said.

An alternate study of high school students conducted by the San Antonio-based Intercultural Development Research Association found that 24 percent of Texas' high school students dropped out between 2010-11 and 2013-14. The study found dropout rates to be higher for minority students than white students.

State education officials dispute the group's findings, saying its attrition rate is higher because it doesn't account for students repeating the ninth grade, graduating early or leaving the public school system without dropping out.

"Texas continues to lead the way in its efforts to close the achievement gap among all its student groups, and other states are taking note of our efforts," said Michael Williams, the state education commissioner.

Click here to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 30, 2015]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Controversy in Dallas County, the race for the President and the Boy Scouts of America. Watch this week’s Lone Star Politics for a head-to-head discussion about Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk’s absence, battle with depression and future in the job. Dallas County Republican Party Chair Wade Emmert and Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan square-off. Plus, we sit down with U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions. His take on the next President, immigration and the Boy Scouts. It is all on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: One-on-One With Rep. Pete Sessions]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lsp_pete_session_raw_082815_1200x675_515208259654.jpg NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine sits down for a one-on-one interview with U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Rep. Pete Sessions on Immigration, Perry & Boy Scouts]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions talks about his new bill targeting illegal immigrants who are also criminals. His take on the next President, former Governor Rick Perry and the Boy Scouts. It is all on Lone Star Politics this Sunday at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Will DA Susan Hawk Return?]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Can Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk return? Dallas County Republican Party Chair Wade Emmert and Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan square-off about Hawk’s depression and leave of absence on Lone Star Politics, Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 

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<![CDATA[AG Paxton Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud, Attorney Quits]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/paxton-in-court.jpg

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is looking for a new lawyer after pleading not guilty Thursday morning to charges he defrauded investors.

Paxton appeared in front of Tarrant County Judge George Gallagher at 10 a.m. after the judge denied the general's request earlier this week to waive the arraignment hearing. Paxton also filed a not guilty plea through a document at that time, The Dallas Morning News reports, which was confirmed in Thursday's hearing.

Paxton released the following statement after the arraignment:

"I am innocent of these charges. It is a travesty that some would attempt to hijack our system of justice to achieve political ends they could not accomplish at the ballot box. Regardless, I will continue to serve the people of Texas as Attorney General and continue to fight for the freedoms guaranteed under our Constitution.”

After entering Paxton's not guilty plea, defense attorney Joe Kendall read a statement on behalf of the attorney general requesting that the case be tried only in Collin County and without TV cameras present.

Gallagher said he had the authority to issue whatever orders he deemed appropriate and that he would make decisions later about where future hearings will be held and whether cameras would be allowed.

After reading the statement, Kendall asked that he be allowed to withdraw as Paxton's counsel.

"There are issues in this matter that make my continued representation something I don't personally want to persist in. I think it's in everyone's best interest if the court grants my motion," Kendall said.

In the motions, Kendall said, "During the course of this representation, differences have arisen that adversely affect the attorney client relationship making continued representation untenable."

Prosecutors didn't object to the motion but said they may in the future if it appears to be a tactic used to delay the case going to trial.

Dallas attorney Pete Schulte has said Paxton hired him but in court, when asked directly by the judge, Paxton said Schulte did not represent him. Paxton later clarified the comment, saying Schulte had been helping with his case.

Schulte later wrote in a tweet, "Let me be clear: I represent @KenPaxtonTX as a lawyer on his team. I am not Joe Kendall's co-counsel by Kendall's definition. That's it."

Schulte criticized Kendall in another tweet, writing, "Clarification will be forthcoming today. It's unfortunate Joe Kendall created this confusion in court today as he was leaving the team."

Paxton told the court he currently has no attorney now but expects to have a new attorney in the next week; Gallagher said that must happen by Sept. 3.

Regarding the issue of whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom, prosecutors said they had no problem with allowing the public to watch the proceedings.

“The public has a right to know what goes on in a courtroom,” said Prosecutor Kent Schaffer.

The attorney general, who took office in January, has been indicted on three charges, two of which are for securities fraud and the third for acting as a broker representative without a license.

Paxton had a group of supporters inside the courtroom.

“We know him. He is a man of integrity and we support him, and we wanted him to see us and know we support him,” said Lynette McCracken of Parker County.

NBC 5's Julie Fine, Scott Gordon, Todd L. Davis, Holley Ford and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."

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<![CDATA[Judge: Paxton Must Show Up For Arraignment]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:40:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kenpaxtonmugshot.jpg

A judge has denied a request by Attorney General Ken Paxton to skip his arraignment on Thursday, ruling the state’s top law enforcement official must show up to court in person.

Tarrant County District Judge George Gallagher, who is presiding over the case, issued the ruling on Monday.

Separately, Collin County Commissioners tentatively approved a $285,000 budget for the two special prosecutors in the case, Brian Wice and Kent Schaffer of Houston.

Paxton is charged with three felonies – two for securities fraud and one for acting as a broker representative without a license.

<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 23, 2015]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+022314.jpg Rick Perry, immigration and Planned Parenthood. Senior Congressman Joe Barton talks about the big issues facing our nation. Plus, the Dallas Citizens Council takes a stance on how to pay for all of the uninsured residents getting care at the new Parkland hospital. It is all on Lone Star Politics , this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:01:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg

Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's ever been." 

The crowd filled about half of the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, NBC News reported. It was a hot night, and humid. Trump looked upwards and joked: "If it rains I'll take off my hat and prove, I'll prove, once and for all, that its mine," while stroking his hair.

Trump repeated his tough stance on immigration, vowing "we're going to build a wall," and saying Congress could end the guarantee of being granted citizenship upon being born within the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Rep. Barton Supports Perry]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:15:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082115_LSP_Tease_One_Joe_Barton_1200x675_510413891654.jpg Republican Congressman Joe Barton says former Texas Governor Rick Perry will be the next President of the United States. On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News and NBC5’s Kristi Nelson ask him what he will have to do to make that happen. Watch more this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Mandatory Vaccines For TX Kids]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:03:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082115_LSP_Tease_Two_Gromer_Jeffers_1200x675_510416963949.jpg Parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is a growing trend across Dallas Fort Worth. Doctors and health officials share concerns. But Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News says Texas will not have a law similar to the one in California eliminating the ability to opt-out. Hear more this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump appears on the cover of the magazine under the headline "Deal with it.”

In an interview with the publication, Trump sounded off on undocumented immigrants, Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, and taxes.

When pressed on how feasible it would be to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S., he did not detail specifics but said, "it'll all work out."

“It’s called management,” Trump said. “Politicians can’t manage; all they can do is talk. It’s called management. And we’ll do an expedited system. Because I agree with you, there are some very, very good people here who they are here illegally. But they are illegal.”

He also discussed the controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

“She’s going through something that for me, for me is Watergate,” Trump said. “Her only hope is that because the prosecutors are Democrats she doesn’t get prosecuted. That’s the only hope she’s got.”

Trump also said that as president, he may decide to change laws around taxes. 

“Well I’m thinking about it but I have a problem because I may want to switch taxes around,” Trump said. “I want to save the middle class.”

Trump’s Time magazine cover issue hits newsstands Thursday.

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