<![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 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:51:10 -0600 Sun, 21 Dec 2014 10:51:10 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: December 21, 2014]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:31:30 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, State Representative-elect Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) discusses how he plans to vote on several issues in the upcoming legislative session, including: doing away with handgun licensing and repealing The Dream Act. Join NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and James Ragland from The Dallas Morning News for Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: December 14, 2014]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 08:49:06 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, in his first one-on-one TV interview since losing the election, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins talks about his plans after he leaves office. Plus, retiring Senior Political Writer with The Dallas Morning News, Wayne Slater, discusses how Lone Star Politics has changed in his nearly thirty years with the newspaper. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Retiring DMN Columnist Recalls Early Meetings With George W. Bush]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:12:59 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer with The Dallas Morning News, recalls covering George W. Bush when he served as Texas governor. Also on Lone Star Politics, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins gives his first one-on-one TV interview since losing his re-election bid in November. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Retiring DMN Columnist Remembers Ann Richards]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:13:20 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer with The Dallas Morning News, remembers former Texas Gov. Ann Richards. Also on Lone Star Politics, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins gives his first one-on-one TV interview since losing his re-election bid in November. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Austin as Dysfunctional as Washington D.C.: Wayne Slater]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:13:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Wayne Slater, Senior Political Writer with The Dallas Morning News, discusses his impending retirement. And he reveals why he thinks the state government in Austin has become just as dysfunctional as the federal government in Washington, DC. Also on Lone Star Politics, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins gives his first one-on-one TV interview since losing his re-election bid in November. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Co. DA Vows to Improve Relations Between Police, Blacks]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:13:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg During an appearance on NBC 5’s Lone Star Politics, Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins said he hopes to help improve relations between police officers and the black community after he leaves the DA’s office. Referencing the decisions of two grand juries to not indict white police officers in the deaths of black suspects, Watkins said, “There are some bad police officers. Some. Ninety nine percent are not. But here’s our opportunity to make it work for everyone. And so I want to be a part of that while I’m in private practice.” Watch Lone Star Politics at 8:40 a.m. Sunday on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Politician's Ex-Staffer Pleads Guilty to Accepting $7,500 Christmas Card Bribe]]> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 12:37:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic+bribe+bribery+generic+money+changing+hands.jpg

The former chief of staff for a Chicago alderman pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting a $7,500 cash bribe in exchange for obtaining the alderman's letters of support for a license to sell alcohol in their ward.

Curtis V. Thompson, Jr., former chief of staff for Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), accepted 75 $100 bills in a Christmas card from an individual he believed wanted to open a convenience store. The individual was actually a witness in an FBI undercover investigation.

Thompson, 63, faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Thompson was arrested in February after a complaint was filed in a federal investigation that began in 2012. On Oct. 9, 2013, the FBI informant handed Thompson a note offering the $7,500 bribe in return for a letter of support for his liquor license form the alderman, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. After seeing the note, Thompson nodded his head and said, "Okay. I understand."

Two more meetings followed in October and November 2013, during which the informant offered a $12,000 bribe, officials said. After the third meeting, Thompson prepared two letters of support on the alderman's letterhead and signed the alderman's name.

After the informant agreed to pay the bribes, he was handed a letter from the alderman which read, "Please allow this letter to serve as my full support for a 7-Eleven convenience store ... This store will be a welcomed addition to [my] community and those that patronize the area for shopping and convenience needs. As well as wine and spirits (alcohol)."



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<![CDATA[Perry Orders State Agencies to Verify Employee Status]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 15:33:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rick-perry-dec-3.jpg

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Wednesday announced an executive order directing state agencies to use E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of current and prospective employees.

Perry enacted the executive order citing the ongoing need to secure the southern border with Mexico while calling on Congress to pass a bill that provides states with the necessary funding and resources to secure the border.

“Texas’ increased law enforcement presence in the border region is all the more necessary as the federal government continues to ignore the very real issue of border security in favor of political posturing on immigration,” Perry said. “It’s clear now more than ever that Congress must finally pass a bill that dedicates the necessary resources to securing our border, once and for all. Without border security, immigration reform is a fruitless exercise.”

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that allows employers to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S. The

"While 17 state agencies already use E-Verify, the governor’s executive order expands its use to all state agencies under control of the Governor’s Office and all those with whom they enter into contracts for services to determine the work eligibility of employees and subcontractors," the governor's office said in a news release Wednesday.
           
Perry also said that President Obama's immigration reform will only lead to future mass migrations and that Texas has updated its contingency plan for dealing with such a situation.

Later that day, Attorney General and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott announced he had filed a lawsuit on behalf of a 17-state coalition claiming the president's immigration plan "trampled" on portions of the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit raises three objections: that Obama violated the "Take Care Clause" of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power; that the federal government violated rulemaking procedures; and that the order will "exacerbate the humanitarian crisis along the southern border, which will affect increased state investment in law enforcement, health care and education."

The Associated Press' Will Weissert contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to Seek Re-Election]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 19:26:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike+Rawlings+Micki.jpg

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says he'll seek re-election next year.

Rawlings made the announcement Tuesday morning before the annual State of the City speech.

"To begin with I want to share with you the news that I will be seeking re-election for a second term as mayor of Dallas," Rawlings said Tuesday. "I’d like to thank my family and especially Micki for their support. She and I have had long conversations about this decision and we both feel it is the right thing to do. Dallas is poised for continued greatness for the coming years and it is an honor for us to be the servants of the citizens of Dallas on that important journey."

The decision by the mayor ends months of speculation at Dallas City Hall regarding the mayor's political future. 

“We must grow our economy south of the Trinity. We must change the education trajectory of our next generation. We must attract a creative generation to our city that make and live for the arts, and we must reach out around the globe and welcome all comers to our city of opportunity,” Rawlings said.

Our media partner, The Dallas Morning News, expects Rawlings to be a heavy favorite to win re-election.

Rawlings was first elected mayor of Dallas in 2011, beating former Dallas Chief of Police David Kunkle in a runoff. He succeeded Dwaine Caraway who was named interim mayor after Mayor Tom Leppert announced near the end of his first term that he was resigning to run for a U.S. Senate seat.



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<![CDATA[Optimus Prime Among Write-Ins for Texas Gov.]]> Tue, 02 Dec 2014 10:07:47 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/ff2302580639v01.jpg

One Denton County voter was apparently looking a little too hard for a transformative leader for governor this year: He or she wrote in Optimus Prime.

In Texas, such votes don’t count. When the secretary of state declared the election results final Monday, Republican Greg Abbott was affirmed the winner for governor, with more than 59 percent of the votes cast statewide. The only write-in votes that counted were the 604 cast for Sarah Pavitt of Austin, the only authorized write-in candidate.

Click here to read some of the other more popular/comical write-in votes from our media parter The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: November 30, 2014]]> Sun, 30 Nov 2014 08:41:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Congressman Michael Burgess (R-Lewisville) talks about a possible congressional showdown with President Obama next month over funding the government. Burgess also reacts to a joint investigation by NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News that exposed allegations from active duty soldiers about mistreatment and harassment inside Army Warrior Transition Units. Plus, more of Meredith Land’s exclusive interview with Lt. Governor-elect Dan Patrick. Finally, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson asks Wayne Slater and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News about Greg Abbott’s latest threat to sue the federal government. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[One-On-One With Lt. Gov.-Elect Dan Patrick]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 23:28:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/patrick+land.jpg

"Who am I? Is that kind of the question,?" Lt. Governor-Elect Dan Patrick says.

"I'm the luckiest person you know, I am the most blessed person you know. I am very fortunate in life. I have three grandchildren, I've been married 39 years. I came to faith late in my life, in my 40s. Christ is my guiding light everyday," he continues. "My wife only lets me have one antique car at a time. I have a '68 Cadillac convertible right now."

NBC 5's Meredith Land asked Patrick, "What are your top three priorities getting started?" Patrick said, "Number one, secure the border."

Land then asked, "So what is your plan, will we see more National Guard troops? A longer fence, a bigger fence?"

"Go to the experts and find out what they recommend. I am not an expert. Tell me what you need to secure the border and protect Texans, and I'm going to fund it for you in a way that's never been funded before," Patrick said.

"Would you say you're extreme in some of your views, or not at all?" Land asked.

"Okay, let's go back over this," Patrick said. "I want to secure the border, lower prop taxes, help find a way to fund our roads and water without raising taxes. I want to put priority on giving school choice to kids who are in the inner city in failing schools and I'm pro-life and I'm pro-family. So what's extreme?

Land asked, "So you feel, you're not extreme at all?"

"Marriage. I understand that people have different lifestlyes and it's not in my purview to tell people how to live. But that doesn't mean I can't stand up for marriage between a man and a woman. So actually I don't think I have any extreme views. You see, Meredith, those who say I am extreme, or Greg Abbott or anyone else, maybe they're the ones who are extreme because at the end of the day, they lost big," Patrick said.

"Is your family breathing a sigh of relief now that the campaign is over?" Land asked.

"My wife can watch television again without seeing attack ads all over the place," said Patrick.

Land asked, "Did that hurt?"

"I think the wives would tell you that it's pretty tough to see their husband and their family get beat up."

"Are you eager to show people who the real Dan Patrick is?" Land asked.

"I am just me. I know who I am. I love the Lord. I love my family. I love Texas. So, I'm really comfortable with who I am, don't have to prove anything to anyone," Patrick said.
 



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: November 23, 2014]]> Sun, 23 Nov 2014 08:51:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, two Hispanic activists with very different takes on President Obama’s decision to sidestep Congress and permit up to five million illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S., Chris Salcedo, Executive Director of The Conservative Hispanic Society, and Marco Malagon, co-founder of The North Texas Dream Team. Wayne Slater and Rudy Bush, of The Dallas Morning News, discuss how President Obama’s action could impact the 2016 presidential campaign. Finally, NBC 5’s Scott Friedman and David Tarrant, of The Dallas Morning News, preview “Injured Heroes, Broken Promises,” the first joint investigation between NBC 5 and The Dallas Morning News. See why hundreds of active duty Army soldiers complain of being harassed and belittled in special units designed to help wounded soldiers heal. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[City Council Race Ends in Tie]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:25:46 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Padilla-McCann-Chula-Vista2.jpg

The razor-thin race for a Chula Vista City Council seat has ended in a tie, two weeks after Election Day, San Diego County officials say.

John McCann and Steve Padilla each won 18,450 votes for the District 1 seat, according to Wednesday's last tally from the San Diego County Registrar of Voters. The registrar reports there aren't any other provisional ballots left to be counted that could break that tie.

Ultimately, it will be up to the city of Chula Vista to determine who takes the seat.

Padilla said his campaign is pleased with the results from the provisional ballots.

“We’re just focused on making sure every vote is counted,” Padilla said.

However, McCann told NBC 7 on Wednesday he believes what he called "dirty politics" played a role.

“We had over 900-point lead and every day it seems to continuously vanish. Obviously it raises some questions,” McCann told NBC 7.

The registrar's office will begin making sure all the votes are accurately counted ahead of the Dec. 2 deadline for certifying results.

While Chula Vista is be the second-largest city in San Diego County, the city council race came down to the narrowest of margins as the final 1,000 county-wide provisional ballots were counted Wednesday.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: November 16, 2014]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 08:50:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, three of Texas’ most respected journalists, Wayne Slater and Rudy Bush from The Dallas Morning News, and KERA Managing Editor Shelley Kofler, discuss how Gov.-elect Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick, and likely House Speaker Joe Straus will work together. Finally, Rodger Jones, Editorial Writer for The Dallas Morning News, discusses how you can help the newspaper pick the Texan of the Year. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[The DMN's Rudy Bush on Upcoming Texas Legislation]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:19:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DMN_-_Texas_Legislature_11a_111214_1200x675_356965443637.jpg The Dallas Morning News editorial writer Rudy Bush discusses what we might see in the upcoming Texas Legislature session. ]]> <![CDATA[Tax Cuts, Immigration, Guns: TX Legislature Bills]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 12:21:42 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/texas-capitol-tex1sam.jpg

Republicans made clear their intent Monday to slash taxes for businesses, tighten laws on those in the country illegally and allow open carry of handguns, as lawmakers began introducing measures for the Texas Legislature to consider in January.

CLICK HERE to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics for November 9, 2014]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 21:20:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, the interview you will not see anywhere else: In his first-election comments, Wendy Davis’ campaign manager Chris Turner talks about her inability to get crossover votes in the race for governor. Plus, Republican consultant Bryan Eppstein explains how he managed to predict EIGHT MONTHS ago that Davis would fail to get forty percent of the vote. Finally, Gromer Jeffers and Wayne Slater from The Dallas Morning News examine what went wrong with the Davis campaign. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Columnists Examine What Went Wrong For Wendy Davis]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 08:53:03 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, two columnists with The Dallas Morning News, Wayne Slater and Gromer Jeffers, weigh in on what went wrong with the Wendy Davis campaign for governor. Plus, the interview you will not see anywhere else: Davis campaign manager Chris Turner speaks out for the first time since the election. Also, Republican consultant Bryan Eppstein explains how he managed to predict EIGHT MONTHS ago that Davis would fail to get forty percent of the vote. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC]]> <![CDATA[Weary Rivals in SoCal Race Hopeful]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 10:15:14 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DeMaio-Peters-June-Primary.jpg

The long, divisive road to the 52nd Congressional District seat stretches on for its two weary candidates, incumbent U.S. Rep. Scott Peters and former San Diego city councilman Carl DeMaio, as officials prepare Thursday to start counting around 46,000 still-uncounted ballots.

Exhausted by a late election night that left DeMaio leading by just 752 votes, both candidates are trying to put a positive spin on the numbers.

“This is a historically bad night for Democrats, turnout historically low, and the fact that we're even close is a miracle. I think we're going to win this thing," Peters said at a news conference Wednesday evening.

The initial surge of results had DeMaio in the lead, but as the late ballots came in Tuesday night, the trend was in favor of Peters.

But DeMaio was just as confident that his campaign will come out on top.

“I believe when all votes are counted, we will prevail, and I will have the honor of being San Diego’s voice in the U.S. Congress,” he said at a Wednesday morning news conference.

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters says there were 36,000 mail-in ballots and 10,000 provisional ballots from the 52nd District to be counted, and all were sorted Wednesday.

On Thursday, the counting starts on those 46,000 ballots. Both candidates are sending representatives to make sure each vote is counted correctly.

The registrar is expected to release more numbers Thursday evening, and a final winner should be announced Monday.

But even after the ballots were cast, the biting comments remained.

When asked if he is prepared for a recount in the event of a very close final tally, DeMaio replied, “After what Mr. Peters has done in this campaign, I wouldn’t be surprised by anything.”

Peters’ response later in the day: “I think the campaign's over now. We can get past the hard feelings, stop whining. You know, let's just count the votes."

With nothing to do but wait, both candidates had time to reflect on their contentious campaigns and their plans for the future.

DeMaio will be hopping a plane to Washington, D.C., next week to attend the Congressional freshman orientation.

“What I emphasized last night was that my candidacy hopefully is the beginning of the Republican Party becoming more inclusive, of us getting past labels and putting people in boxes,” the gay candidate said.

While DeMaio zeroed in on reforming his own party, Peters said his focus will be reaching across the aisle in the now Republican-led Congress.

"Well the middle is my territory. I don't think there's enough of us who want to be in the middle,” he said. “I think one of the problems with Congress is it's so polarized and what I offer is a promise that I will always work with anybody."

Voters will continue to watch the results of the race closely, but the end of election season brings one thing both sides can be thankful for: no more political ads.

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