<![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, 31 Jul 2014 08:50:57 -0500 Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:50:57 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[CA Has 1st Openly Gay Governor - For Part of Day]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:39:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/toni+atkins+swearing+in.jpg

For eight or nine hours on Wednesday, California Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins will be acting as the state's top chief executive— the first openly gay governor in state history.

That's because this week, the three above her on the state org chart are not in town.

Gov. Jerry Brown is on a trade mission in Mexico this week. As the Washington Post noted, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom filled in for a bit, but is on the East Coast for a Special Olympics event. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg then took over for a while, but he had plans to be in Chicago on Wednesday.

"I feel so grateful," Atkins said in an email on Wednesday forwarded by her spokesman. "I wish my parents could see this. Now I know that may sound hokey to many. But honestly, this is what is going through my mind. If Governor Brown wants a few more days away I'm here for him!"

Atkins spokesman Will Shuck confirmed Atkins will "hold the role of acting governor for approximately one business day, ending this evening on the return of governor." 

Atkins, D-San Diego, is the first openly lesbian leader of either California chamber, succeeding the first openly gay Assembly speaker, John Pérez, a Democrat from Los Angeles.

She shared on her Facebook page that filling in is nothing new: during her time on the San Diego city council, the now 51-year-old Atkins served as acting mayor after other city officials stepped down. She was the first lesbian to hold that position, too.

But Atkins was not focusing on making history due to her sexual orientation on Wednesday. She took the opportunity to highlight her roots -- growing up "in poverty in Virginia" -- and her journey to becoming acting governor for a day.

Atkins, who has focused on funding state universities and advocating for victims of violence and abuse during her time at the Capitol, had a full calendar ahead of her.

But the first act, she tweeted out, was to make sure the temporary first dogs of California - Haley and Joey -  got their morning walk. She shares her pooches with wife, Jennifer LeSar, in the South Park/Golden Hill community of San Diego.

 



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: July 27, 2014]]> Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:37:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week’s Lone Star Politics focuses on the arrest and indictment of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Dallas County Judge candidate Ron Natinsky contends this shows one party power leads to corruption. NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson also gets analysis from The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers on the Price scandal. Plus, Gromer and Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater discuss Gov. Rick Perry’s upcoming trip to Iowa. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Ron Natinsky on Migrants]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:31:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics Sunday, GOP Dallas County Judge candidate Ron Natinsky explains why he opposes incumbent Clay Jenkins’ plan to house up to two thousand migrant children from Central America in Dallas. Also, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News assesses the impact of the arrest and indictment of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Finally, Gromer and Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater discuss the different GOP constituencies Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz are trying to appeal as they gear up for possible 2016 runs for the presidency. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Gomer Jeffers on John Wiley Price]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:29:32 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News analyzes the arrest and indictment of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price. Also, GOP Dallas County Judge candidate Ron Natinsky explains why this may help him unseat incumbent Democrat Clay Jenkins in November. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Ron Natinsky]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:18:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Republican Dallas County Judge candidate Ron Natinsky argues that the arrest and indictment of Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price should help him defeat incumbent Democrat Clay Jenkins in November. Also, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson asks Gromer Jeffers and Wayne Slater from The Dallas Morning News about Gov. Rick Perry’s upcoming trip to Iowa. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Empower Texans President Fined $10,000]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:43:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/michael-sullivan1.jpg

Monday the Texas Ethics Commission fined Empower Texans President and CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan $10,000, the maximum amount permitted by Texas law, for failing to register as a lobbyist in 2010 and 2011.

Last month Sullivan refused to testify before an Ethics Commission hearing.

Appearing on NBC 5’s Lone Star Politics Sunday, Sullivan defended remaining silent and promised he would testify in court in front of “a real judge.”

NBC 5 has reached out to Sullivan for a response.  On Monday afternoon, he posted the following message on Twitter.

The orders can be found below:

Texas Ethics Commission Final Order — SC-3120488
Texas Ethics Commission Final Order — SC-3120487

 



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: July 20, 2014]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:15:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger reveals when the GOP study group that she heads will issue recommendations on solving the border crisis. Plus, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask Empower Texans founder & CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan why he refuses to testify before the Texas Ethics Commission. Finally, Dallas Morning News Senior Political Writer Wayne Slater and Gromer weigh in on whether Wendy Davis is making any progress in her campaign for governor. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics Granger Talks Border Crisis]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:43:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lone_Star_Politics_07202014_Granger_Migrants_1200x675_308080707855.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger explains why she does not think migrant children who crossed the Texas border should not be housed temporarily in Dallas-Fort Worth. Also, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News interview Michael Quinn Sullivan, whose group Empower Texans exerts such influence on Texas Republican politics in Texas. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Michael Quinn Sullivan]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:30:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Empower Texans founder and CEO Michael Quinn Sullivan explains why he refused to testify before the Texas Ethics Commission. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Granger Opposes Obama on Immigration Funding]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:15:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_07202014_Granger_Obama_1200x675_307995203862.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, Fort Worth Congresswoman Kay Granger explains why she opposes President Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis. The Dallas Morning News’ Gromer Jeffers and NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely also talk to Michael Quinn Sullivan, from Empower Texans, a powerful conservative advocacy group. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.

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<![CDATA[Cruz Reports Raising $1.2M in Year's 2nd Quarter]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:24:18 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Ted-Cruz-North-Texas-102213.jpg

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz says he raised more than $1.2 million in the year's second quarter, about 25 percent more than he received in the first three months of 2014.

The tea party darling and possible future White House hopeful has now raised more than $6.2 million since taking office in January 2013.

Despite frequent travel, especially to early presidential voting states, Cruz reported Wednesday having about $2.4 million in cash on-hand.

From April through June, he received nearly 27,000 individual donations. All but about 1,200 of them were of less than $100.

Cruz raised about $890,000 from January through March but raked in $1.5 million during the final three months of 2013. That included a bump in donations after he helped force last year's partial federal government shutdown.
 



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: July 13, 2014]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 15:39:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison why she opposes President Obama’s request for Congress to spend $3.7 billion to deal with the Border Crisis. She also weighs in on the 2016 presidential race, including her assessments of fellow Texas Republicans Gov. Rick Perry and her successor, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. Gromer and NBC 5’s Julie Fine also discuss the implications of Gov. Perry’s meeting in Dallas–Fort Worth with President Obama. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Kay Bailey Hutchison on Cruz]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:50:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from the Dallas Morning News ask former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for her opinion on her successor, fellow Republican Ted Cruz. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Kay Bailey Hutchison on Border]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:47:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics this week, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison explains to NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers of The Dallas Morning News why she opposes President Obama’s request for Congress to allocate $3.7 billion to deal with the Border Crisis. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Neighborhood Prepares for Presidential Visit]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 11:44:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP30516697099.jpg

Excitement about the presidential visit is growing in the North Dallas neighborhood where a private fundraiser will be held.

Neighbors told NBC 5 it's a minimum $10,000 donation to attend a private fundraiser dinner with President Barack Obama.

The president is attending the fundraiser for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee at the house of prominent Dallas attorney Marc Stanley.

Stanley serves as chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council and is a longtime Democratic fundraiser. President Obama appointed Stanley to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Council three years ago.

Neighbors were surprised Monday when Secret Service agents knocked on their door, telling them about the upcoming presidential visit and warning them about road closures in the neighborhood.

Still, they're definitely excited.

"It's not every day the president of the United States drives by your front door," pointed out Rebecca Wallace. "There've been other dignitaries here, but nothing this high profile."

Dallas fourth grader Josh Titens has a pretty cool story to tell his friends today.

"I just said, 'there's a celebrity coming. President Obama. Famous guy. You ever heard of him?'" Titens said with a wry smile.

"I know there will probably be multiple cars. But I can just wave at every car, and hope one of them has the president," Titens said who has a plan to tell his friends that he waved at the president. 

The Secret Service on Monday warned residents that street closures will begin at 2 p.m., and that they can expect the street to be full of black SUVs and Secret Service agents.



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<![CDATA[Mayor Rawlings' Reaction to RNC Decision]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:33:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mike+Rawlings+043014.jpg Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings responds to the decision to have the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland instead of Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Cleveland Tops Dallas to Host 2016 GOP Convention]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:09:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/generic-dallas-skyline.jpg

The host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention will be Cleveland.

On Tuesday, the Republican's site selection committee reviewed bids from both Dallas and Cleveland. Eventually, Cleveland was picked as the winner.

Now that the selection has been made, the formal negotiations will begin. According to Ryan Mahoney, Deputy Press Secretary with the Republican National Committee, "The committee's recommendation remains contingent on successful negotiations with the city and will still require a final vote by Republican National Committee Members at the RNC’s Summer Meeting." That meeting will be held in Chicago in August.

Earlier this year, a list of cities were nominated to host the convention, but the final list was narrowed down to just two selections, Dallas and Cleveland.

“It’s my honor to announce Cleveland as the Site Selection Committee's recommendation to host the 2016 Republican National Convention,” said Enid Mickelsen, Site Selection Chairwoman.“Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016."

“I extend my deepest gratitude to Dallas," Mickelsen said. "Dallas is a world class city with wonderful venues and fantastic people and I'm certain they’ll make a great host for our party in the future."

According to Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings it appears to have come down to what month which city could host the convention saying the city of Dallas is so successful July was on the table for Dallas but June was available for Cleveland.

"We made a conscious decision early on we were not going to bid for the June date, we knew what we were going to do and we did it well in July. We did not have the capabilities to put on a first class convention in June," said Mayor Rawlings.

"On one hand I'm disappointed obviously because we wanted this to come to Dallas," said Mayor Rawlings. "On the other hand, I'm very proud."

"When we started this thing we were not even considered in the running," said Mayor Rawlings, but the city of Dallas ended up being one of the two finalists.

Hosting the Republican National convention is a huge undertaking. An estimated 50,000 visitors will head into town, there is expected to be a big economic boost, not to mention a week in the national spotlight.

The Washington Post reports the host city is required to pay for renting venues and security. Dallas has managed to raise $50 million towards costs.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus also extended his thanks to the city of Dallas, “I also want to thank Dallas. The hospitality shown by their city, their team and the Republican community in Dallas has been tremendous.”

A full 168-member Republican National Committee is expected to ratify Cleveland as the 2016 convention host when it meets in Chicago August 6-9.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Or Cleveland? GOP to Announce Convention Site]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:43:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Skyline+032114.jpg

The Republican National Committee is set to announce on Tuesday whether Dallas or Cleveland will host its 2016 convention.

A nine-member selection committee is expected to vote by phone Tuesday morning.

Leaders from both cities have been courting the GOP for months.

The winner will get 50,000 visitors, a big economic boost, and a week in the national spotlight.
If Dallas wins, the convention would be held at American Airlines Center.

The decision could come down to money.

The Washington Post reports the host city is required to pay for renting venues and security.

By that measure, Dallas is way ahead.

Dallas claims to have $50 million in commitments while Cleveland has raised only about $30 million.

But there are other considerations.

Texas is already solidly in the Republican camp while Ohio is a swing state.

Cleveland also is in the Eastern time zone, which is generally regarded as better for television coverage.

Dallas, on the other hand, has more experience hosting big events like the Super Bowl and the Final Four.

CLICK HERE to read 8 reasons Dallas should host the 2016 Republican National Convention instead of Cleveland from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Frisco Holds Meeting to Sell $90 million in Bonds ]]> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 10:35:53 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/fort-worth-city-council.jpg

The City of Frisco could get closer to a major development project Saturday.

The city council will meet in a special Saturday morning session to authorize selling $90 million in bonds.

That is the city's share of a multi-use sports and event center that will be built next to the future Dallas Cowboys headquarters.



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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - July 6, 2014]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:51:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask Republican Dallas County District Attorney candidate Susan Hawk about allegations of playing racial politics, her switch to the republican party, and how she would change the DA’s office. Plus, Democratic Candidate for the Texas State House of Representative District 40 seat, Ramon Romero, is on the show. Soon to be the first Latino state representative from Tarrant County, hear his take on allegations of voter fraud, the changing face of his district, and democratic hopes for the future. Then KERA Managing Editor Shelley Kofler joins the show to face off on the border crisis and Democratic Governor candidate Wendy Davis. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Shelley Kofler]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:24:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/070614_LSP_KOFLER_1200x675_296019523756.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kristi Nelson and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News talk with KERA Managing Editor Shelley Kofler. Is Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ role in bringing thousands of children from the border to North Texas a political move? Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Ramon Romero]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 09:46:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/070614_LSP_RAMERO_1200x675_296017475898.jpg On Lone Star Politics Sunday, watch Democrat Ramon Romero. As the only candidate on November’s ballot for Texas State House of Representative District 90, he will soon become the first Latino state representative from Tarrant County. Hear Ramero’s take on allegations of voter fraud on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Susan Hawk]]> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:16:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/070614_LSP_HAWK_1200x675_296015427719.jpg On Lone Star Politics, Republican Dallas County District Attorney candidate Susan Hawk responds to allegations of playing racial politics and says the real issue is experience. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Berkeley Set to Require Free Medical Pot for Poor]]> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 11:55:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/06-11-2014-medical-marijuana-generic.jpg

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Berkeley will likely soon be required to provide free pot to low-income members and homeless people, according to an ordinance approved by the city council on Tuesday.

The city is also looking to approve a fourth dispensary, raising the current limit of three locations.

The proposed ordinance, first reported by the East Bay Express, requires that Berkeley dispensaries give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year low-income people. And the pot can't be poor quality either. The proposed city ordinance reads (PDF) that the "medical cannabis provided under this section shall be the same quality on average" as marijuana "dispensed to other members."

“It’s sort of a cruel thing that when you are really ill and you do have a serious illness... it can be hard to work, it can be hard to maintain a job and when that happens, your finances suffer and then you can’t buy the medicine you need,” said Sean Luce with the Berkeley Patients Group.

In order to be eligible, a person must qualify for exemption from local taxes and fees, an income level that's set every year by the city council. That equates to $32,000 a year for one person and $46,000 a year for a family of four.

The ordinance is awaiting final approval, but could become law in August.



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<![CDATA[Corporations Allowed to Refuse to Provide Birth Control]]> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:30:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/birth-control-pills-112012.jpg The right to free birth control in Obamacare is trumped by something new to U.S.law -- the religious freedom of corporations. In a narrow five to four decision, the justices upheld the right of corporations to not provide birth control to their employees if the owners object on religious grounds.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: June 29, 2014]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 09:01:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On this week’s Lone Star Politics, NBC 5’s Kevin Cokely and Gromer Jeffers from The Dallas Morning News ask Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins about paying county contractors more than the minimum wage and a possible indictment of Commissioner John Wylie Price. Also, Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams addresses the controversial language in the Texas Republican platform encouraging reparative therapy for gays and lesbians. Plus, reporter Julie Fine and Gromer Jeffers address the humanitarian crisis on the boarder and the Governor’s race. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]>