<![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 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:17:42 -0500 Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:17:42 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - April 20, 2014]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:50:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_04202014_Entire_Show_1200x675_230865987604.jpg Sunday on Lone Star Politics, NBC 5's Kristi Nelson and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News asked Ft. Worth Mayor Betsy Price why she wants voters to approve a $292 million bond issue next month. GOP candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller revealed why he enlisted Ted Nugent to serve as his campaign treasurer even though the rocker recently called Pres. Obama a "subhuman mongrel" and once referred to Hillary Clinton as a "two-bit whore." Watch Lone Star Politics every Sunday at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[FBI Probe of NTTA Includes Wendy Davis File]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 11:47:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/wendy-davis-1200-25.jpg

Documents related to Sen. Wendy Davis’ work as a lawyer for the North Texas Tollway Authority are part of an FBI inquiry of the agency, Travis County officials say.

CLICK HERE for more from our media partners The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Wendy Davis to Undergo Neck Surgery]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:16:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP13062509029.jpg

Texas state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced she will have "routine" surgery to correct an issue with her neck.

Communications Director Zac Petkanas released the following statement:

"After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Senator Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck."

Petkanas said the condition is commonly experienced by runners and endurance athletes.

The campaign announced Davis plans to have the surgery in Fort Worth on Wednesday morning and has planned to resume campaigning following the Easter holidays.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - April 13, 2014]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 11:11:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lone-star-politics-show-041314_1200x675_223825987573.jpg NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson, The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers and Congressman Marc Veasey about his lawsuit to overturn the Texas voter identification law, the F-35 budget and the effort to have a Hispanic represented congressional district in North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Willie Nelson Singing at Wendy Davis Fundraiser]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:59:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1-WillieNelSon.jpg

Legendary singer Willie Nelson will be featured at a high-dollar fundraiser for Democratic governor nominee Wendy Davis.

The event will be held April 27 in the Houston backyard of plaintiff’s lawyer Steve and Amber Mostyn, featuring barbecue, Nelson and — for those who stay overnight at the Hotel ZaZa — a campaign briefing on Monday morning.

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

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<![CDATA[Elder President Bush to Endorse GOP Nominee in Ga.]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:13:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/george+hw+bush.JPG

President George H.W. Bush is featured in a Democrat's campaign commercial, but he plans to endorse the eventual Republican nominee in Georgia's Senate race, his spokesman said Thursday.

Likely Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn, a former executive at the Bush-inspired Points of Light Foundation, uses images of the former president in her first campaign ads that try to paint her as a bipartisan leader.

"While leading President Bush's Points of Light Foundation, we grew it into the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service," Nunn says in the ad.

Hoping to head off confusion, Bush spokesman Jim McGrath on Thursday tweeted:

Republicans are in the middle of a seven-way primary race in Georgia, with no clear front-runner emerging as voters start paying attention ahead of the May 20 primary.

Republican Reps. Paul Broun, Jack Kingston and Phil Gingrey are facing former Georgia Secretary of State Karen Handel and attorney Art Gardner. Conservative activist Derrick Grayson and businessman David Perdue are also in the race to replace Republican Sen. Saxby Chambliss, who is retiring.

The messy race lacks a clear favorite in polls, among activists in Georgia or Washington insiders.

On the Democratic side, Nunn is favored over rivals Steen Miles, Branko "Rad" Radulovacki and Todd Anthony Robinson.

Republicans need to hold all of their current seats and pick up six more to become the Senate majority. Democrats are eyeing Georgia as one of the few places where they could wrest a seat from the Republicans' column.

<![CDATA[Today's Civil Rights Marches: Different Issues; Same Format]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:30:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/immigration+rally+national+mall.jpg

The black and white images of civil rights-era marches are burned into the collective memories of our nation. Some images are grainy, others crystal clear of mostly black Americans marching in solidarity. Their message: we want fairness, we want equality, we want to feel safe.

Their signs and songs, like "We Shall Overcome" made history.

Now, across the country, there are new demonstrations with new marchers.

"A host of other issues have emerged surrounding civil rights in today's world that we don't think of as black and white issues," said Dr. Jason Shelton, sociology assistant professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. "Things such as gender, men and women's issues, wage inequality in the workplace between men and women, gay rights, immigration issues."

Shelton said they still share a common theme.

"You see the idea of groups — multitude of groups coming together under the guise of changing, under the perception of fairness, the perception of inequalities to fundamentally change rights and laws," Shelton said.

As anchor/reporter for Telemundo 39 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Norma Garcia has seen the complex immigration debate evolve.

"People used to say, 'Well just send them back to their country;' but they have become such an integral part of society that you cannot just ship them away, you cannot just deport them," Garcia said.

In April 2010, nearly 100,000 people took to the streets of Dallas to march for immigration issues.

Politics aside, she said the bottom line is civil rights.

"You have 11 to 14 million immigrants with no real access to health care, with limited access to education and with no real avenues to seek justice when their basic human rights are violated."

Photo Credit: Chris Gordon, NBCWashington.com]]>
<![CDATA[LBJ's Civil Rights Legacy: Long, Nearly Forgotten]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:17:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LBJ+Library+276-10-WH64_web.jpg

President Lyndon Baines Johnson's legacy has long been overshadowed by the way he escalated the United States' involvement in the Vietnam War.

While the April 2014 Civil Rights Summit in Austin will not erase that, the LBJ Presidential Library is hoping the summit will help more people understand LBJ's role in two domestic policies that changed the United States of America forever.

In 1954, segregation was the standard across the U.S. south, including Texas. From classrooms to cafes, blacks and Hispanics were forbidden to be in the company of white people.

Blacks who dared to vote paid poll taxes or were forced to take impossible exams.

In 1963, at the urging of civil rights leaders, President John F. Kennedy held a nationally televised address on civil rights.

"100 years of delay has passed since [President Abraham] Lincoln freed the slaves yet their heirs, their grandsons are not fully freed," said Kennedy.

Just months later, on Nov. 22, 1963, Kennedy's life ended in Dallas. But the work continued through a new president, a Texan, LBJ.

"My fellow citizens, we've come now to a time of testing. We must not fail," said President Johnson during an address to the nation before signing into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The act outlawed discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex or national origin. It affected schools, governments and businesses that accommodated the public like hotels and restaurants.

There were protests and leaders who wouldn't enforce it. But LBJ pressed on.

"It is wrong, deadly wrong to deny any of your fellow Americans the right to vote in this country," said Johnson in another address to country.

In 1965, civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was on hand as LBJ signed the Voting Rights Act into law, stopping racial intimidation at the polls.

The impact was swift. In Mississippi, voter registration among blacks increased from seven percent in 1965 to 60 percent in 1967.

In 1972, just a month before his death, Johnson told an audience at the LBJ Presidential Library the work was far from over.

"Until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skin, emancipation will be a proclamation not a fact," said Johnson.

Photo Credit: LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton]]>
<![CDATA[Mansfield: Nearly 60 Years of Racial Change]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:22:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/040814+no+negroes+allowed+sign.jpg

The Mansfield, Texas, of 1956 was very different from the busy, diverse and rapidly growing city we know in 2014.

It was the country back then and, as in most other parts of the southern United States, everything was segregated: the neighborhoods, the cemeteries and the schools.

The Rev. Floyd Moody of the Mount Horum Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth remembers he and other black students had to catch a Trailways bus to get to an all-black school in Fort Worth. 

"It would come through Mansfield, stopped at the little drugstore over there about 7 a.m.," Moody said. "Eight or 10 black kids, going to James E. Guinn or I.M. Terrell in Fort Worth."

At the time I.M. Terrell was Tarrant County's only all black high school.

But change was in the air. Moody, who was 16-years-old at the time and a high school junior, was part of the plan.

A court ordered the Mansfield ISD to desegregate and allow three black boys to enroll in Mansfield High School, which was all white. Moody was one of them.

"The next thing I knew, we had a total uproar," Moody said. 

Many white citizens resisted. Moody's father was a sharecropper and was told his family had to leave the farm.

Moody recalled the white farm owner saying, "if you send that boy to school down at that school, you're going to have to move."

And in August 1956, a crowd of hundreds of angry white people gathered in front of Mansfield High School with shotguns and dogs. The Mansfield desegregation incident made national headlines. 

"The mobs kind of grew around the school, they watched the school. They would hang effigies [of black people] in the street," Moody said.

The effort to integrate failed then. Mansfield ISD remained segregated until 1965 and for a time it retained that image of a place hostile to diversity and change.

But no more. From 2000-2010, the number of black and Asian residents grew more than 500 percent with the Hispanic population rising more than 140 percent. It is one of the fastest-growing and ethnically diverse cities in the region.

The Mansfield ISD website states that among it's 32,000 students, 38 percent are white, 26 percent are black, 24 percent are Hispanic and six percent are Asian.

Moody looks at the long history with pride.

"Now I'm proud to say that I was raised in Mansfield ... everything's going real good," Moody said. "That's what I'm proud of — the fact that I was used to help get things to where they are today."

<![CDATA[Civil Rights Summit]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:31:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/President-Obama.jpg President Barack Obama is one of the four presidents who mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act signed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1964. ]]> <![CDATA[Civil Rights Law Anniversary Celebration]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 17:00:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/199*120/276-10-wh64_medb.jpg A civil rights summit is underway in Austin. This year marks 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Photo Credit: LBJ Library photo by Cecil Stoughton]]>
<![CDATA[Sen. Dan Patrick Says Equal Pay Laws Not Needed]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 05:57:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dan_Patrick_%28R%29_on_Equal_Pay_1200x675_220499523717.jpg

On the same day President Barack Obama pushed for equal pay for women, candidate for Lt. Gov. state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) insisted new equal pay laws are not needed.

Speaking after a fundraiser luncheon in Fort Worth Tuesday, Patrick told NBC 5 he opposes any new federal or state equal pay protections.

"Women and men should be paid the same wage for doing the same job. But the government should not be enforcing it. We have too much government in our lives. In some cases women are making more than men. In other cases men are making more than women. But if they are doing the same job then there should be equal pay. It's just the government shouldn't be calling the shots," Patrick said.

This week the U.S. Senate will vote on a provision making it easier for women to sue their employers over pay.

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis frequently criticizes her Republican opponent Greg Abbott for supporting Gov. Rick Perry's 2013 veto of a bill to give women more time to sue for equal pay.

Patrick faces incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a Republican run-off next month.

<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - April 6, 2014]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:55:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lone_Star_Politics_040614_ENTIRE_SHOW_1200x675_216577091512.jpg NBC 5's Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News talks with candidates Kinky Friedman, David Alameel and more.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Advances to Next Phase of RNC Convention Selection]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 13:21:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic-dallas-skyline.jpg

Dallas is one of a six-pack of cities still in the running to host the 2016 Republican National Convention.

During a conference call today, the Republican National Committee's Site Selection Committee voted to eliminate two of the eight cities -- Columbus and Phoenix -- who were vying to host the 2016 RNC convention.

"In any other year, Columbus and Phoenix could have topped the list, but with so many strong cities competing, the committee had to make the difficult decision to narrow the field.  Phoenix and Columbus are great American cities, and I hope they’ll pursue a future bid for an RNC convention," Chair Enid Mickelsen said in a statement following the vote.

The six cities that did make it through for the next phase of consideration include Dallas, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. 

The next phase will send a small team of RNC staffers to each of the cities to check out venues, hotels, media workspaces, and the all-important financing.

Following those site surveys, the selection committee will get together and decide which cities will receive officials site visits from the full RNC delegation. After those official, full delegations kick the tires -- maybe then we'll see the RNC in Big D for their next Presidential nomination.

<![CDATA[Ted Cruz at Liberty University]]> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 11:48:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ted_Cruz_at_Liberty_University_1200x675_214383683950.jpg Texas U.S. Senator Ted Cruz told students at Liberty University Wednesday that “religious liberty has never been more under attack" than it is today. And he urged students at the school founded by evangelist Jerry Falwell to stand up for their faith. Cruz also discussed the Supreme Court case involving Oklahoma based Hobby Lobby. The Republican said the Affordable Care Act unfairly imposes requirements on businesses to provide access to contraception. Cruz’s father, evangelist Rafael Cruz, also recently spoke at Liberty University.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics March 30, 2014]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 10:05:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers talk to Rep. Michael Burgess about the Affordable Care Act; talk to the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate who wants President Obama impeached; and talk to Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater about the impact abortion may have on the race for Texas governor. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Impact of Abortion Rulings In Texas]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:35:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater and his colleague Gromer Jeffers talk to NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely about the impact abortion may have on the race for Texas governor. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Rep. Burgess on Obamacare]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:43:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers talk to Lewisville Congressman Michael Burgess about the Affordable Care Act. The physician wants more details about the Obama Administration’s claim that six million people have signed up. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]>