<![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 Wed, 27 May 2015 04:55:25 -0500 Wed, 27 May 2015 04:55:25 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Visits NH Brewery]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 17:21:40 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/228*120/Hillary+Clinton+smuttynose+2.jpg

Hillary Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on US Diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified.

It's new information that came to light about the former Secretary of State as she campaigned at the Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton, New Hampshire, her second visit to the state as a presidential candidate.

Clinton says she wants people to be able to see all of the nearly 300 emails that have been released

"I'm aware that the FBI has asked that portion of one email be held back - that happens in the process of FOI responses," she said. "But that doesn't change the fact that all of the information i the emails was handled appropriately."

No laws were violated. But Friday's redaction shows that Clinton received information considered sensitive on her unsecured personal server, which came to light just as she was beginning her presidential campaign.

Clinton also seemed to give a more definitive answer when asked about her views on the future of US Policy in Iraq.

"This has to be fought by and won by Iraqis," said Clinton. "There is no role whatsoever for American soldiers on the ground to go back other than as trainers and advisers."

The candidate got an earful from small business as she spoke in defense of the Export Import Bank which guarantees loans to help U.S. exporters - opposed by some Republicans.

On the subject of the controversial Trans Pacific Trade Partnership, Clinton says she is still deciding her position.

"I do have concerns," she said. "I have concerns that the standards will not be tough enough. They will not be enforceable."

The Clinton Campaign has announced that her official announcement rally will be June 13. The location has not yet been announced.



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<![CDATA[Jim Kenney Wins Philly Mayoral Bid]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 23:15:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/AP142050022358.jpg

Jim Kenney is poised to become Mayor of Philadelphia after winning the Democratic Party's nomination in Tuesday's primary.

"I am honored and forever humbled by the coalition of support that made me the Democratic nominee for mayor of the City of Philadelphia," the 57-year-old former at large city councilman proclaimed during his victory speech surrounded by family, former council members and key supporters.

Kenney was declared the winner at 9:03 p.m. with 62 percent of the vote. Only 24 percent of precincts had reported when the race was decided. The numbers narrowed as more votes were recorded, but he still carried the vote 2-1 or 56 percent.

Kenney bested five other opponents — Anthony Hardy Williams; Lynne Abraham; Nelson Diaz; Doug Oliver; and Milton Street — but his victory is far from a surprise. Heading into May, a poll of 600 likely voters showed Kenney had a huge 42 percent lead over his opponents. The survey was the only independent poll of the primary race and was conducted for NBC10/Telemundo 62, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com.

Williams and Abraham each had 15 percent of pie while the others had 5 percent or less.

Kenney had the most endorsements including vital support from former colleagues on city council and several unions including the electricians, FOP and teachers. Some of the most important backing came from prominent African-American politicians from Northwest Philadelphia including Councilwomen Cindy Bass and Marian Tasco and state representative Dwight Evans.

"Our campaign was a broad and unprecedented coalition of diverse groups many of whom came together for the first time to support me," Kenney said.

Known for his big personality and sometimes brash comments in person and on Twitter, the South Philadelphia-native said he'd like to provide universal prekindergarten education, raise minimum wage to $15 an hour and banish stop-and-frisk. They're all topics that were of top importance to voters, our polling showed.

Kenney spent 23 years in council and was seen for being progressive on issues like the environment, ethics and marijuana decriminalization. He's long supported the LGBT community, police and firefighters as well.

But he has walked back on comments about police's use of force, which some likened to brutality, and, years ago, distanced himself from former state senator Vince Fumo, who was convicted of corruption.

Kenney will now face lone Republican challenger Melissa Murray Baily in the November general election, but he's expected to win as Democrats outnumber Republicans 7-1 in the city. He said he'll be spending the next six months earning every vote.

"We need this coalition to grow even larger," he said "Together I know we can achieve even greater things, so let’s get to work."



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<![CDATA[Should College Be Free? Bernie Sanders Says So]]> Tue, 19 May 2015 18:35:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/471658670.jpg

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, announced a proposal Tuesday that would make undergraduate tuition at four-year public colleges and universities free to students. The idea would be largely funded through new fees on Wall Street.

“It'll strengthen our economy and give us a better-educated workforce,” said Sen. Sanders, who is also running to the left of Hillary Clinton in seeking the Democratic nomination for the White House.

The Wall Street speculation fee would be levied on investment houses, hedge funds, and other speculators, according to a summary of the legislation posted on the website of Sen. Sanders. The fees would amount to $.50 on every $100 of stock. A .1 percent fee would be tacked onto bonds and a .005 percent charge would be levied on derivatives.

It is estimated that the fees could raise hundreds of billions of dollars a year, Sanders said. Through that, the federal government would cover two-thirds of the free college tuition, with states responsible for the remaining third, according to the legislation summary.

Nationally, total tuition at public colleges and universities amounts to about $70-billion a year, according to the office of Sen. Sanders.

The Independent, who is a self-described Democratic Socialist and admirer of how several European nations provide free higher education, also wants lower interest rates on student loans. The legislation Sanders introduced would give borrowers the ability to refinance student loans at lower interest rates, as homeowners can currently do with their mortgages.

“It is totally absurd that in America today, we have hundreds of thousands of bright young people who can no longer afford to go to college,” Sanders told necn.

Other reforms the College for All Act would implement include expanding the federal work study program, which offers part-time employment to students, and simplifying the student aid application process, Sanders added.

As for Sanders' proposal to tax Wall Street to make college free, many observers believe the GOP-controlled Congress will pay little or no attention. Still, Sanders said Washington has to do a better job of listening to families struggling to pay for education.

Separately, education leaders in Vermont announced Tuesday that high schoolers can continue taking up to two college courses free.

“This is really quite a big deal,” said Jeb Spaulding, the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. “It’s really a major economic advancement tool for many students who wouldn’t otherwise get to post-secondary education.”

A state law was about to make towns kick in half the costs, possibly stifling participation in the so-called “dual enrollment” program which more than 1,000 Vermont students took part in in the past year, according to Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont.

A new fix means the state education fund will now cover the costs of that coursework, Shumlin announced, noting he would like to see more students apply to dual enrollment programs before upcoming deadlines.

Kenyan-born Lule Aden, 18, a senior at Burlington High School, said she enjoyed taking University of Vermont classes well before she even graduated high school. She said she will be the first in her family to go to college when she heads to UVM in the fall, planning to study communication sciences and disorders.

“Taking these courses, getting a feel of how college feels, and how the courses are, and how long classes are, I feel more prepared for it,” Aden said, describing how her dual enrollment experience left her more ready for college. “And I'm going to be able to do it and hopefully be successful.” 

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<![CDATA["Hello, Twitter!" President Obama Gets His Own Account]]> Mon, 18 May 2015 11:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/obama-blackberry-459365998.jpg

President Barack Obama has joined the Twitterverse. 

With his second term more than halfway through, the president sent his inaugural tweet from a new @POTUS Twitter account on Monday. 

The verified account, which attracted more than 146,000 followers within 30 minutes of posting the first tweet, carries the bio "Dad, husband, and 44th President of the United States."

The official @WhiteHouse account retweeted the message and posted confirmation of its own.

The tweet wasn't the first 140-character missive sent from the 44th president. The White House's existing practice was to sign tweets from the president on the @BarackObama handle with his initials, "-bo." That @BarackObama account, launched in March 2007, is run by the staff of Obama's non-profit Organizing for Action group. 

The new account followed all major Chicago sports teams except one — the Cubs. 



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<![CDATA["SNL" Heralds the Summer of Hillary Clinton]]> Sun, 17 May 2015 05:37:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hillary-Clinton-SNL-Louis-CK-16-May-2015-2.jpg

Summer is only a calendar page away. But nevermind the sunny skies and balmy breezes: the season of straw polls and caucuses has arrived, and Hillary Clinton was in campaign mode on "Saturday Night Live."

In the musical opening sketch, the former senator and secretary of state (portrayed in her latest "SNL" incarnation by a manic, delighftully unhinged Kate McKinnon) took to beaches and sand castles to introduce herself to a younger generation.

"May I have just a moment of your summer? I'm Hillary Clinton and I'm running for president of these United States," said Clinton, clawing at the air, her hands like pincers.

"But that's not for a long time," one (Kenan Thompson) said. "Now it's summer vacation."

"My last vacation was in 1953," she replied. "I played one round of hopscotch with a friend. I found it tedious. Why hop when you can march — straight to the White House."

She then issued her percussive laugh — something like "ah HA HA haaaaaa" — as her mouth curled into a snarling rictus.

She spoke with some kids (Aidy Bryant and Pete Davidson), whose parents remained resolutely against her political aspirations.

"I like your sand castle," she said.

"Thanks," Bryant's character replied. "It's our dream house."

"That's nice. This is my dream house," Clinton said, embracing a massive, sandy model of the White House.

Also on the campaign trail were a few surfers (Kyle Mooney, Jay Pharoah and Beck Bennett).

“Hey there, 18-to-25-year-olds," she said, stiffly hula-twisting up to a surfboard. "How does it hang?”

Blank stares.

"You know what's cool? In two years I'll be 69," Clinton said. (More blank stares). "You like that? Bill told me to tell that to young males."

The former president made a brief appearance himself (in the person of longtime "SNL" impersonator Darrell Hammond), if only to help a young woman (Sasheer Zamata) apply sunscreen.

"Billary Rodham Clinton, what are you doing?" the former first lady hissed at her husband.

"Sorry," Mr. Clinton told Zamata's character. "It's my mom."

The Clintons weren't the only political dynasty to take some flak on Saturday night. On "Weekend Update," co-host Colin Jost skewered Jeb Bush for his fumbled responses to questions related to his brother's record in Iraq.

"Jeb Bush said in an interview this week that, like his brother, he would have authorized the invasion of Iraq," Jost said. "But he wouldn't have done it for the same George did: to capture the genie from Aladdin."

Jost also noted that Jeb Bush faced criticism during a Nevada town hall meeting, where a college student said George W. Bush "created ISIS."

"But that's really not fair," Jost said. "It's more like he co-created it," as a photo of Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney appeared.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, May 17, 2015]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 16:01:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is ready to run for president, again. He’s set to announce his second bid for the White House at an event in Dallas June 4. Christy Hoppe of The Dallas Morning News broke the story and she explains what will be different during his second run. Then, Arlington’s Mayor-Elect Jeff Williams talks about his surprise win, the city’s future, and about the rumors that the Texas Rangers may move out.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: New Arlington Mayor Hopes TX Rangers Stay Home]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 15:54:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Newly-elected Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams sits down to talk about his surprise win over longtime Mayor Robert Cluck. He explains his vision for the city and he discusses whether the Texas Rangers will move to a different city. Watch the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Rick Perry's Second Run for President]]> Fri, 15 May 2015 15:51:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Former Texas Governor Rick Perry will run again for the White House. This run will be vastly different from his 2012 presidential bid. Christy Hoppe from The Dallas Morning News tells us just how much work has gone into Perry’s second campaign. See the entire interview on Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Retired Officer Joins Push to Decriminalize Marijuana]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 18:33:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/marijuana+ads.jpg

Legalizing marijuana in a conservative state like Texas might seem unlikely, but one bill is moving through the state legislature with a little help from an unlikely ally.

House Bill 507 would get rid of criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana. Read the full text of the bill below.

A new advertisement from Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy will run in several cities to try and get support for the proposal.

The ad includes comments from a retired narcotics detective from the Hill Country who says officers have more important things to do with their time than arrest people for marijuana possession; they need to protect the public.

The bill has already passed a House committee but hasn't been voted on by the full house yet. If passed, it still would have a long way to go. The bill must also pass the senate and then get the governor's signature.

Gov. Greg Abbott has been on record opposing the legalization of marijuana.

There are other opponents as well. The public information officer for the North Richland Hills Police Department told NBC 5 his department is against decriminalization and legalization of marijuana.

"Our government has spent millions for decades trying to educate children in elementary and middle school the dangers of drugs," said NRH Police Officer Keith Bauman.



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<![CDATA[Williams Ready to be Arlington’s Mayor]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 17:24:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JEFF+WILLIAMS.jpg

It was business as usual Tuesday for Arlington Mayor Robert Cluck, who will preside over his final city council meeting Tuesday night.

Meanwhile, the man who is set to replace him is already setting up meetings with city leaders and city staff so he can hit the ground running.

“I’m looking forward to working with them now and to complete the circle,” said Mayor-Elect Jeff Williams.

Williams was widely considered to be a legitimate challenger to Cluck, but many are calling his victory over the six-term incumbent a surprise.

UT-Arlington Political Science Professor and Political Commentator Dr. Allan Saxe is not one of them.

“It was that perfect storm that came into play,” said Saxe.

Saxe tells NBC 5 Williams did everything a challenger had to do to beat a sitting Arlington Mayor for the first time since 1951.

He says Williams got the right people and right groups behind him, got his name and campaign signs out early, and likely got a boost by supporting the ban on red light cameras, which the majority of voters also supported.

“So all those things came together and then he campaigned very hard,” said Saxe.

Saxe also commended Cluck for running a solid campaign.

“This is one of the few elections where it’s not between somebody bad and somebody good,” said Saxe. “These were two good people.”

Although they were opponents, Williams says he has a deep respect and appreciation for Cluck and everything he did for Arlington. He hopes to build on that legacy during his next two years in office.

“I feel a deep sense of responsibility of helping to move our city forward and to lead,” said Williams.

Williams will be sworn in to office on May 26.



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<![CDATA[GROSS: Rand Paul Staffer Licks Super PAC's Camera]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 18:47:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP759153459907.jpg

A New Hampshire staffer for Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul's campaign licked the camera of a Democratic super PAC trying to videotape the candidate on Monday.

A YouTube video posted by the group American Bridge, which is tracking GOP candidate on the trail, shows David Chesley, Paul's New Hampshire political director, staring into the video camera for several seconds before giving the lens a big lick.

Boston Globe political reporter James Pindell was at the event - a Town Hall in Londonderry - and asked Chesley afterward what the lick was all about, but said he got no answer.

Necn has an email in to the Paul campaign seeking comment.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: May 10, 2015]]> Sun, 10 May 2015 12:03:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Results from Saturday's election, remembering former Speaker Jim Wright and concerns grow over ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks, with NBC 5's Katy Blakey and The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers. Watch Lone Star Politics, this Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA["SNL" Skewers GOP Presidential Candidates]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 06:33:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Ted-Cruz-Bobby-Moynihan-SNL-9-May-2015.jpg

The 2016 presidential election cycle has officially begun — and in the comedy world, that means it's open season on the high-profile politicians clamoring for a shot at the Oval Office.

"Saturday Night Live" skewered Republicans running for the presidential nomination in a skit featuring the Southern Republican Leadership Conference, but Hillary Clinton didn't exactly escape unscathed.

In the cold open sketch, GOP leaders emerged onstage at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference accompanied by over-the-top shoutouts from a DJ (Cecily Strong).

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (Beck Bennett) promised to shred the Obamacare and the IRS like his basslines, while Dr. Ben Carson (Kenan Thompson) likewise promised to do the same.

"Put this guy in prison, because he's about to steal your vote!" the DJ said. "But be careful, because if sexuality works the way he says it does, he might turn gay in there." (For the record, Carson apologized for saying that being gay is a choice.)

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (Bobby Moynihan) entered and ripped off his suit jacket, revealing a fluorescent shirt. Former HP executive Carly Fiorina (a loony Kate McKinnon) one-upped that, riding in on a motorcycle flanked by pyrotechnics.

"Her maiden name is Snead, and she's just got what you need — unless it's foreign policy experience," the DJ said over the blaring hip-hop.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul (Kyle Mooney) rode in a skateboard as the DJ explained his stance on pro-marijuana legalization: "He's a small man who loves small government and fat blunts."

And Florida Sen. Marco Rubio (Taran Killam), who apparently eschewed an undershirt in favor of tanning oil, entered with a bevy of dancers to a background track from Miami rapper Pitbull.

"Won't it be fun to watch all these guys lose to Jeb Bush?!" the DJ says as the candidates gather onstage.

But Weekend Update co-hosts took a few jabs at Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton, too.

"A new poll shows that Hillary Clinton's poll points have dropped two points since she made her campaign official," Michael Che said. "Because for some reason, once a woman tries to make it official, we suddenly lose interest."

And then there was this, also from Che: "Hillary Clinton reportedly met with potential donors for her presidential super PAC, three weeks after she criticized that practice. The super PAC's name is Hillary's Political Action Committee for Democracy, or HiPACracy."



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<![CDATA[Arlington Voters Pull Plug on Red Light Cameras]]> Sat, 09 May 2015 23:00:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/10p_Red_Light_Camera_091514_1200x675_329557571537.jpg

Voters in Arlington not only voted out their longtime mayor, they voted against red light cameras.

By a vote of 60 percent to 40 percent, voters were in favor of prohibiting the cameras within city limits.

The measure was put on the ballot after the city council decided to allow the citizens to decide whether the cameras would stay or go following a signature petition.

Critics have long said the citations issued by the cameras were not conformable while supporters argued they reduced collisions at dozens of intersections in the city.

State legislators are considering a similar measure during the current legislative session. Lawmakers have until the end of the session, June 1, to take action.

It is not yet known when the city's cameras will be removed or deactivated.

See the returns from more than 300 local races here.


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