<![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 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:40:52 -0600 Sat, 28 Nov 2015 01:40:52 -0600 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Ben Carson to Visit Syrian Refugees in Jordan]]> Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:18:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carson-AP_843823648598.jpg

Ben Carson will visit Syrian refugees in Jordan on Friday, campaign officials said Thursday.

Officials confirmed the trip on Thursday night, after the New York Times first reported that the Republican presidential candidate plans to visit a refugee camp in northern Jordan.

"I find when you have firsthand knowledge of things as opposed to secondhand, it makes a much stronger impression," Carson told the Times before his departure.

A recent poll shows support for Carson in Iowa has dropped 10 points since October, when he stood in first place.

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<![CDATA[Trump Slammed After He Appears to Mock Disabled Reporter]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2015 11:59:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_608044254548.jpg

Donald Trump has come under fire again. The New York Times has slammed the Republican presidential candidate after he appeared to mock a reporter with a congenital joint condition that limits movement in his arms, NBC News reported. 

Addressing a rally in South Carolina on Tuesday, Trump defended his widely discredited claim that thousands of Muslims in New Jersey cheered as the World Trade Center came down on Sept. 11, 2001. He then appeared to impersonate reporter Serge Kovaleski, one of the authors of a 2001 article in The Washington Post that Trump has used to support his claim.

"Now, the poor guy — you ought to see the guy: 'Uh, I don't know what I said. I don't remember,'" Trump said, as he appeared to imitate Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis.

Kovaleski told MSNBC on Monday that he did "not recall anyone saying there were thousands, or even hundreds, of people celebrating." 

"We think it's outrageous that he would ridicule the appearance of one of our reporters," a spokesman for The Times told NBC News. Kovaleski is currently an investigative reporter for The Times.

Trump's presidential campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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<![CDATA[Trump Says He Can Predict Terrorism Via 'Feel']]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 23:19:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpSC-AP_314879649945.jpg

Business deals aren’t the only thing Donald Trump says he’s good at executing. The Republican front-runner told South Carolina voters he can also predict foreign policy trends and events, NBC News reported.

"The other thing I predicted is terrorism," he told the crowd before elaborating on a longer story of a friend who told him the same. "A friend of mind called me and said 'Forget that, you're the first guy that really predicted terrorism.'"

Trump said his prediction of terrorism was documented in this 2000 book “The America We Deserve.”

He's also been touting his idea of bombing Iraqi oilfields and his stance on waterboarding.

He was joined in South Carolina by wife, Melania, and children, Ivanka, Tiffany and Baron.

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<![CDATA[Campaign Watchdogs: TV Ads Supporting Rubio Are Illegal]]> Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:34:08 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_527388600115-Rubio.jpg

Campaign-finance watchdogs say an outside group promoting Republican Marco Rubio's presidential campaign is breaking the law. 

Conservative Solution Project, an independent group, is behind $85 million in TV ads supporting Rubio. Unlike a Super PAC, Conservative Solutions Project doesn't have to disclose its donors because it exists as a tax-exempt social welfare group under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code. 

But watchdog groups like Campaign Legal Center argue that these ads are illegal because they are benefiting an individual presidential candidate instead of advancing the general social welfare of society.

The groups requested that the Justice Department launches an investigation into Conservative Solutions Project. And while Conservative Solution Project officials claim that they are "not about any one specific elected official or candidate," Rubio is the only 2016 presidential candidate featured in any of the organization's TV ads that have aired in the early nominating states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, as well as on national cable.

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<![CDATA[NJ Residents Outraged by Trump's False Remark on 9/11 'Cheering']]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 23:55:02 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump's recent claim that "thousands and thousands of people were cheering" in Jersey City when the twin towers came down on 9/11 is drawing the ire of Muslim residents there. 

Trump made the remarks in Alabama Saturday, saying, "I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down." 

Hamed Elshanawany, president of the Hudson County Islamic Council in Jersey City, said it never happened. 

"If anybody has any proof this happened in the community, is right but no proof at all," he said. 

Trump also tweeted Monday a passage from a Washington Post article posted a few days after 9/11 about Jersey City police detaining people allegedly seen celebrating. 

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop disputed the account.

"There is no record of anything he said, so we would hope going forward he would be more responsible," he told NBC 4 New York. 

The state's biggest newspaper, The Star-Ledger, said it doesn't have any proof that happened.

Even when he was reminded that police said it didn't happen during an interview on ABC Sunday, Trump doubled down on his remarks. 

"It did happen, I saw it," he said. "It was on television. I saw it."

Egyptian-born teacher Nabil Youssef said, "It is insulting, it is hurtful and it makes us not feel like a real American."

Youssef said he ran to help victims on 9/11, donating blood to the Red Cross. 

Trump is sticking by his comments but that may energize Muslims, said Ahmed Shedeed of the Islamic Center of Jersey City.

"He'll get a lot of Muslims upset, a lot of Muslims now going to go out and vote," he said. 

NBC News' political blog First Read dissects more of the recent false statements made by Trump recently in a post titled: "Donald Trump, the post-truth 2016 candidate.

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<![CDATA[Trump Claims 'World's Greatest Memory']]> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 22:42:48 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpColumbus-AP_568871122955.jpg

Donald Trump isn’t backing down from comments he made about “thousands and thousands” of U.S. Muslims cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey, after the Twin Towers came down on 9/11, according to NBC News.

The Republican front-runner even told NBC News in a phone call that he has “the world’s greatest memory.” During the phone call, he offered reassurances that he had seen video of celebrations on television and “all over the internet.”

The comments come as a new poll shows Trump soaring in weekend polls, with a double-digit lead over rival, Ben Carson.

Trump took center stage in Columbus, Ohio, on Monday, where he spoke to a crowd about rival Governor John Kasich and about his stance on national security.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Nov. 22, 2015]]> Sun, 22 Nov 2015 08:57:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg The debate over the Syrian refugees brings Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and State Rep. Rafael Anchia to the Lone Star Politics table. We’ll also hear from Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Pete Sessions. Plus, how you can nominate someone for the title of Texan of the Year, on Lone Star Politics.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Debate Over Syrian Refugees]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:33:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg The debate over the Syrian refugees brings Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and State Rep. Rafael Anchia to the Lone Star Politics table. We’ll also hear from Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Pete Sessions. Plus, how you can nominate someone for the title of Texan of the Year. It all happens Sunday Morning at 8:40, right after NBC 5 Today. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Texan of the Year]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 16:29:05 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg As the year comes to a close, The Dallas Morning News is asking for your help to choose the Texan or Texans of the Year for 2015. Find out who has already received the nod and how you can make a nomination, Sunday morning at 8:40 on Lone Star Politics. ]]> <![CDATA[Christie's 'Security Incident']]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 18:33:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Christie+Airport.jpg

Presidential candidate and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was involved in a security incident on board a flight from San Francisco to Boston on Friday morning, according to a spokesperson for Christie's campaign.

Campaign staff confirmed that the presidential candidate was on a United Airlines flight when a passenger was removed before takeoff.

According to San Francisco police, the flight crew on board United Flight 1108 was alerted about a passenger taking cellphone photos of the crew. The crew asked the passenger to delete the photos, which he did, police said.

A second passenger saw a picture on the man's phone that showed a second cellphone, which appeared to be rigged with wires, according to police. The second passenger informed the flight crew of the photo, and the man with the cellphone was removed from the plane.

All passengers and luggage were re-screened, including the hand-wipe test for explosive residue, police said.

San Francisco police detained the passenger and ran a background check on him with the help of the FBI. According to police, the man has no criminal history.

All other passengers were allowed to board the flight, which took off around 1 p.m. The man who was held for questioning boarded another flight to Boston.

"United Airlines flight 1108 departed at 1:59 p.m. PST, just over five hours late, following a delay that resulted from a passenger not complying with crew member instructions," United Airlines said in a statement. "We will be reaching out to our customers individually to apologize."

A Christie spokesperson said the passenger did not interact with the governor or threaten him in any way. The governor had been in California for a fundraising event.

"Governor Christie, an aide and a member of his security detail were traveling on a United flight from San Fransisco to Boston this morning when a passenger was removed from the plane before takeoff at the request of United Airlines," Christie's campaign said in a statement Friday afternoon. "At no point did Governor Christie interact with this passenger nor did this passenger pose a verbal or physical threat to the Governor. Any other inquiries about this matter should be directed to United Airlines."

There is no word on why the passenger was removed.

Christie was expected to land in Boston later Friday night. He will be in New Hampshire for campaign events Saturday and Sunday. Click here to see our interactive tracker for candidates' visits to the Granite State.

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<![CDATA[GOP Candidates Pan Trump's Call for Muslim Database]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 13:32:49 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_102485184838.jpg

Republican presidential candidates swiftly condemned Donald Trump's call for requiring Muslims in the United States to register in a national database, drawing a sharp distinction Friday with the GOP front-runner.

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush called Trump's proposal "abhorrent." Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Trump was trying to "divide people." And Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who has largely avoided criticizing Trump throughout the 2016 campaign, said that while he was a fan of the billionaire businessman, "I'm not a fan of government registries of American citizens."

"The First Amendment protects religious liberty, and I've spent the past several decades defending the religious liberty of every American," Cruz told reporters in Sioux City, Iowa.

The rebuke followed Trump's call Thursday for a mandatory database to track Muslims in the U.S. In a video posted on MSNBC.com, Trump was asked whether Muslims would be required to register. He replied, "They have to be."

On Friday, Trump said on Twitter that he didn't suggest creating such a database but instead was answering a question from a reporter about the idea. However, he did not disavow the prospect of a database on social media or at an event Friday morning.

Civil liberties experts said a database for Muslims would be unconstitutional on several counts, while the libertarian Cato Institute's Ilya Shapiro said the idea also violates basic privacy and liberty rights.

Marci Hamilton, a Yeshiva University legal expert on religious liberty, said requiring Muslims to register appears to be a clear violation of the Constitution's protection of religious freedom.

"What the First Amendment does and what it should do is drive the government to use neutral criteria," Hamilton said. "You can use neutral criteria to identify terrorists. What it can't do is engage in one-religion bashing. That won't fly in any court."

Meanwhile, the Anti-Defamation League in New York called Trump's proposal "deeply troubling and reminiscent of darker days in American history when others were singled out for scapegoating."

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned as "Islamophobic" comments from both Trump and fellow GOP candidate Ben Carson, who on Thursday compared blocking potential terrorists posing as Syrian refugees from entering the U.S. to handling a rabid dog.

"If there's a rabid dog running around in your neighborhood, you're probably not going to assume something good about that dog," Carson told in Alabama. "It doesn't mean you hate all dogs, but you're putting your intellect into motion."

Said CAIR's Robert McCaw said in a statement, "Donald Trump and Ben Carson are contributing to an already toxic environment that may be difficult to correct once their political ambitions have been satisfied."

In New Hampshire on Friday, Carson said the U.S. should have a database on "every foreigner who comes into this country," but he rejected the idea of tracking U.S. citizens based on their religion.

"One of the hallmarks of America is that we treat everybody the same," he said. "If we're just going to pick out a particular group of people based on their religion, based on their race, based on some other thing, that's setting a pretty dangerous precedent."

The controversy followed the attacks in Paris that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more. The Islamic State group has claimed responsibility, elevating fears of attacks in the U.S. and prompting calls for new restrictions on refugees fleeing war-torn Syria.

Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton took to Twitter Friday and challenged all Republican candidates to disavow Trump's comments. Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders called Trump's words "outrageous and bigoted."

"This is shocking rhetoric," Clinton wrote. "It should be denounced by all seeking to lead this country."

Several did just that.

"You're talking about internment, you're talking about closing mosques, you're talking about registering people, and that's just wrong," Bush said Friday on CNBC.

A spokesman for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said the candidate "does not support databases based on one's religion."

Kasich, the Ohio governor, said requiring people to register with the federal government because of their religion "strikes against all that we have believed in our nation's history." Kasich had faced criticism following the Paris shooting for saying he would set up an agency with a mandate to promote what he called "Judeo-Christian values" overseas to counter Islamist propaganda.

Trump spoke Thursday a few hours after the House passed legislation essentially barring Syrian and Iraqi refugees from the United States. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has slotted the bill for possible Senate consideration, though it's unclear whether the chamber could get enough votes to override a veto by President Barack Obama, who opposes the measure.

The unified pushback against Trump was rare. Republicans have vacillated in their handling of other inflammatory comments from him, wary of alienating his supporters but also increasingly concerned that he's managed to maintain his grip on the GOP race deep into the fall.

The first reference to a database for Muslims came in Trump's interview with Yahoo News published Thursday in which the billionaire real estate mogul did not reject the idea of requiring Muslims to register in a database or giving them special identification cards noting their religion.

"We're going to have to look at a lot of things very closely," Trump told Yahoo News.

According to Yahoo, he also suggested he would consider warrantless searches, saying, "We're going to have to do things that we never did before."

Asked by reporters Thursday night to explain his Yahoo comments, Trump suggested his response had been misconstrued. "I never responded to that question," he said.

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<![CDATA[Trump Fires Back At Pro-Kasich Group ]]> Fri, 20 Nov 2015 05:55:58 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_21212478014.jpg

Donald Trump and John Kasich ended up in a Twitter fight Thursday after a super PAC backing the Ohio governor was launching an ad blitz against the billionaire Republican candidate, NBC News reported.

Pro-Kasich New Day for America PAC is planning to air radio, TV, mail and online ads in New Hampshire, where Trump has a wide lead.

The line of attack is one that hasn't yet been tried on Trump: Arguing he's inexperienced and unsuited for the demands of the White House. According to Politico, the group's first ad invokes the Paris attacks and ties Trump to President Obama, declaring, "On-the-job training for president does not work." The ads are sure to be hard-hitting since the man behind them, Fred Davis, is known for effective political spots.

Trump unleaded a dozen tweets dismissing Kasich because of his standing in the polls.

Trump’s general counsel also threatened to sue the Kasich campaign and New Day over the ads.

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<![CDATA[Voting Record: American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 16:02:50 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/capitol+hill+dc.jpg

In a stinging rebuke to President Barack Obama by Republicans and Democrats, the House ignored a veto threat Thursday and overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation erecting fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States.

The voting record can be seen below.


Forty-seven Democrats joined all but two Republicans as the House passed the measure by a veto-proof 289-137 margin, a major setback to the lame duck president on an issue —the Islamic State group and the refugees fleeing it — that shows no signs of easing.

The vote exceeded the two-thirds majority required to override a veto, and came despite a rushed, early morning visit to the Capitol by senior administration officials in a futile attempt to limit Democratic defections.

Thursday's roll call came six days after a burst of bombings and shootings in Paris killed 129 people, wounded many more and revived post-9/11 jitters in the U.S. and Europe.

The attacks have turned the question of admitting people fleeing war-torn Syria and Iraq into a high-stakes political issue in both the United States and Europe, and many congressional Democrats were willing to vote against Obama for fear of angering voters nervous about security at home.

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<![CDATA[Senate Holds Hearing on Syrian Refugee Crisis]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:24:51 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/159977439.jpg

The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee are held a hearing Thursday on the impact ISIS is having on the homeland and refugee resettlement.

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<![CDATA[Trump Knocks Obama, Media]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:41:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/Donald+Trump+Worcester+111815.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump rallied Wednesday in front of thousands of supporters and a small handful of protesters Wednesday in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Among his targets at the DCU Center were President Obama, the media, his Republican and Democratic opponents in the 2016 race, John Kerry, ISIS, undocumented immigrants and the protesters who interrupted him in three separate instances.

One man interrupted Trump while he spoke of how many Americans are unemployed, in poverty and on food stamps.

"It's amazing. I mentioned food stamps and that guy that's seriously overweight went crazy. He went crazy," Trump said after the person was removed. "That's an amazing sight."

Security was very tight at the event, as Trump now has Secret Service. After each outburst, those partaking were promptly and forcibly removed.      

But the great majority of those at the event were wildly enthusiastic supporters.

"I'll be honest with you, I'm petrified right now," said Nancie Zecco of neighboring Holden. "We need somebody like him in office."

One of the people removed from the event was shouting, "Trump's a racist!"

A Hispanic attendee said he disagrees with the accusation of racism and supports Trump on immigration.

"What they need to do is do things the right way," Roberto Rivera of Hartford, Connecticut, said. "Everyone wants to be here - best country in the world. But we need to do it legally."

Trump said that the media would overblow the small number of protesters in comparison to what he called more than 12,000 attendees.

"We had three little protests," he said. "And the press will say 'protests at Trump!'"

Additionally, the candidate insinuated that the media was responsible for glorifying those responsible for the terror attacks in Paris.

"The press plays right into their hands! The press is calling the leader of the pack in Paris a mastermind. So all these kids are sitting home, even in New York and in California and in Massachusetts - 'Ah, the mastermind,'" said Trump. "He's not a mastermind, he's a low-life. This is just a low-life guy."

Trump said members of ISIS are not smart, but are using the Internet as a recruitment tool effectively.

"We have to take back the Internet! There's so many things that we have to do. We have a president that doesn't have a clue," he said. "Obama has been a disaster."

The candidate criticized Obama and Kerry for the Iran deal, saying if he were negotiating, he would have done a better job.

As for his fellow presidential candidates, Trump notably took aim at Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders - even construing the latter's stance in favor of environmental reform as a lack of concern over terrorism.

"According to Bernie, the Paris attacks were caused by global warming," he stated.

With his own stance on ISIS, though, Trump easily drew applause.

"We gotta knock the [expletive] out of these people," he exclaimed.

Another ovation came when Trump said he'd put some focus on taking care of veterans.

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<![CDATA[Compare Presidential Candidates on the Issues]]> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:09:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/candidates-grid.jpg


New England Cable News reached out to each presidential campaign for its position on select issues. Candidate positions from official campaign websites were used for the campaigns that didn't respond; those cases have been indicated in the graphic. 

Note: Some of the responses have been edited for clarity and length. 

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<![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Speaks at Mountain View College]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 17:34:55 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/hillary-clinton-speaking.jpg

Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at a campaign event Tuesday at Mountain View College in Dallas to outline her vision for America.

The former Secretary of State launched a new offensive on taxes, saying Bernie Sanders' health care plan would require middle-class workers to pay higher taxes.

Clinton said Democrats shouldn't follow a proposal by "one of my opponents" that would eliminate the current system and turn it over to the states.

She said she was the only one at last weekend's Democratic debate who wouldn't raise taxes on middle-class families.

Sanders proposed a bill in the Senate in 2013 to create a single-payer health care system that would have increased income taxes and payroll taxes to pay for it.

The Vermont senator's campaign says his "Medicare for all" plan would reduce waste and save taxpayers money and Clinton backs a health system that "props up" campaign contributors.

Clinton won the endorsement of the Service Employees International Union on Tuesday, giving her the support of a labor powerhouse that backed President Barack Obama in 2008.

The nation's largest health care union represents about 2 million nurses, health care workers and other caregivers and is among the most ethnically diverse unions in the country. The decision is a blow to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose supporters had pushed against an endorsement.

"Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver and win for working families," said SEIU president Mary Kay Henry in a statement. "SEIU members and working families across America are part of a growing movement to build a better future for their families, and Hillary Clinton will support and stand with them."

It represents another show of strength for Clinton, who has locked up most of the major unions despite Sanders' message of helping workers overcome income inequality. In a statement, Clinton said she was "deeply honored" by the endorsement.

The third main Democratic candidate, former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, is shifting staff from his Baltimore headquarters to Iowa and other early states as he struggles to raise money.

SEIU endorsed Obama over Clinton in early 2008, giving the future president a boost in the lengthy Democratic primary battle. Union officials said Clinton received a strong majority in the vote of its leadership and a recent poll of its membership found about 70 percent back Clinton.

Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said the campaign was "gratified that hundreds of thousands of workers are part of the growing grassroots movement supporting Bernie's campaign to help working families."

The union has been at the forefront in the fight to get cities to adopt a $15 an hour minimum wage.

Clinton has endorsed raising the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, a level below the $15 an hour that Sanders and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley have sought. But the union says its support was about building a movement for higher wages, not about a candidate or a campaign.

The union could be an asset to Clinton in the general election because it has a large presence in several battleground states, including Florida and Colorado. Half of its members are women and about 40 percent are minorities, with many speaking languages such as Spanish, Chinese and Creole.

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<![CDATA[Trump Lays Out New Plan for Refugees, Including 'Safe Zone']]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:37:39 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TrumpKnoxville-AP_141770555656.jpg

Donald Trump laid out a new plan for Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

The Republican presidential candidate addressed a crowd of nearly 10,000 people at the Knoxville Convention Center, saying he would build a safe zone for refugees who, he said, want to go home after the crisis is over anyway.

"In Syria, take a big swatch of land, which believe me, you get for the right price, okay? You take a big swatch and you don't destroy all of Europe."

Trump said the migrants would be happier because they won’t have to learn the languages where they would move and because they wouldn’t have to get used to new climates or weather patterns.

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<![CDATA[Gov. Greg Abbott Orders Texas to Refuse Syrian Refugees]]> Tue, 17 Nov 2015 12:38:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/greg-abbott-syrian-refugees.jpg

In light of the deadly terror attacks in Paris Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Monday the state will not accept any Syrian refugees fleeing war-torn regions in the Middle East and Africa, though an immigration official counters the governor lacks the legal authority to do so.

"Given the tragic attacks in Paris and the threats we have already seen, Texas cannot participate in any program that will result in Syrian refugees — any one of whom could be connected to terrorism — being resettled in Texas," Abbott said in a letter to President Barack Obama Monday.

Abbott's letter also urged the president to reconsider his plan to accept refugees into the United States entirely, citing a lack of background information on those looking for help.

"Neither you nor any federal official can guarantee that Syrian refugees will not be part of any terroristic activity," Abbott warned. "As such, opening our door to them irresponsibly exposes our fellow Americans to unacceptable peril."

While attending an unrelated press conference in McKinney, Abbott was questioned about his letter and said he made the decision in order to keep Texans safe.

"The first and foremost responsibility of the government is to keep its people safe. We saw the way in which people in Paris were endangered and harmed, in part, by a Syrian refugee. To the extent that any Syrian refugee is allowed into the country, we are playing the same game of risk that Europe played. As Governor of the State of Texas I will not roll the dice and take the risk of allowing a few refugees in, simply to expose Texans to that danger," Abbott said.

Abbott said Texas, as well as other states, participate in refugee relocation programs. In Texas, those programs are conducted through the Health and Human Services Commission.

"As of today, the Health and Human Services Commission will not be involved in any Syrian refugee relocation," Abbott said. "We will be working to ensure Syrians won’t be able to enter the state of Texas and be given refuge even through 501-c based organizations."

Abbott is among several governors choosing to close the door on an estimated 10,000 refugees seeking shelter.

According to NBC News, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) promised to "oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama" and tweeted "I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way. We refuse Syrian refugees."

Earlier Sunday, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) said his state was halting efforts to accept refugees from Syria. Snyder said Michigan is "proud of our rich history of immigration" but that the state's "priority is protecting the safety of our residents," NBC Chicago reported.

Lavinia Limon, head of the U.S Committee for Refugees and Immigration, pointed to the Refugee Act of 1980, saying the governors cannot legally block refugees.

Texas State Rep. Kay Granger (R-TX 12th District) said in a statement Sunday that after learning "at least one of the attackers may have entered Europe as a 'refugee' reinforces my concern about the Administration’s policy to increase Syrian refugees coming into the United States."

"We cannot allow Syrian refugees in the United States in the current dangerous environment. We have provided significant assistance to the refugees and nations in the region to address the crisis, and that should continue to be our response," Granger said.

Catholic Charities of Dallas issued a statement Monday that read, "We respect Governor Abbott's decision and will collaborate with the state agency involved until we have new information. We will not be accepting any Syrian refugees at this time, and wish this vulnerable population of newcomers to our community the best possible outcome when the time comes."

Texas officials estimate about 200 Syrian refugees have been resettled in Texas in the last fiscal year.

According to the group DFW International Community Alliance, some 91 Syrian refugees already call either Dallas, Fort Worth or Arlington home.

"The people who are coming here, they are families, families with kids," said Hala Halabi, of Richardson, who helps Syrian refugees and others resettle in North Texas, providing donated food, clothes and furniture.

Nabil Kalo arrived in North Texas from Syria in 2014 and is still waiting for his wife and four children to join him from Turkey.

"There are more families who need to live safe," said Kalo.

Gov. Abbott's Letter to President Obama

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[Alabama Gov. Seeks to Bar Refugees After French Attack]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 01:15:31 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Bentley-AP_644774718264.jpg

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared in a statement Sunday night he will not allow Syrian refugees to enter his state under Washington’s refugee assistance rules following the Paris attacks, NBC News reported.

"I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way," he said.

Bentley didn’t indicate how he planned to stop Syrian refugees from entering Alabama. One of the State Department’s refugee processing centers is in Mobile.

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His statements come after Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security advisor, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” the attacks wouldn’t change the country’s policy on relocating refugees from war-torn Syria.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder also said his state will stop efforts to accept Syrian refugees.

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<![CDATA[Clinton Clarifies Remarks on Fight Against ISIS]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 02:58:40 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ClintonIowa-AP_156391297688.jpg

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the United States has to lead the global fight against ISIS, but can’t and shouldn’t do it alone, NBC News reported.

During a campaign stop on Sunday, she stressed the fight against “radical jihadism” is a top priority.

With former President Bill Clinton at her side, she clarified remarks she made during the second Democratic debate, in which she said “it cannot be an American fight” and that she didn’t think the U.S. had the “bulk of the responsibility.”

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<![CDATA[Jeb Bush: 'We Should Declare War' on ISIS]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 10:56:09 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jeb-Bush-AP_986935916788.jpg

Two days after terrorists killed 129 people and wounded 352 others in a bloodbath in Paris, U.S. presidential candidate Jeb Bush told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd "we should declare war" on ISIS, which has claimed responsibility for the massacre.

"You destroy ISIS and then you build a coalition to replace this radical Islamic terrorist threat to our country and to Europe and to the region with something that is more peace-loving," Bush said on "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Bush, who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, said ISIS "is not something you can contain."

"Each day that ISIS exists, it gains more energy and recruits around the world," he explained. "We should declare war and harness all the power that the United States can bring to bear — both diplomatic and military, of course — to be able to take out ISIS. We have the capabilities of doing this, we just haven't show the will."

When asked how he would like to see President Barack Obama respond to the attacks, Bush said the president should declare a no-fly zone over Syria, arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS in Iraq, "reengage" with Sunni leaders and "garner support" from the United States' European allies.

"Lead. That's what I want him to do. Lead," Bush said.

Multiple terrorists carried out coordinated attacks Friday at six locations in Paris, authorities said.

Assailants opened fire at multiple restaurants in the city's 10th and 11th arrondissements, while suicide bombers detonated explosive vests outside the national stadium, where a soccer match was underway. Others gunned down at least 89 people at a music venue where concert-goers had gathered to see a California-based rock band.

Paris' prosecutor said Saturday seven assailants died in the attacks, which French president Francois Hollande has called an "act of war" that warrants a "merciless response."

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - November 15, 2015]]> Sun, 15 Nov 2015 08:49:36 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week on Lone Star Politics the Mayor of Plano, Harry LaRosiliere talks about the city's growing pains and a petition over the city's Tomorrow Plan. Plus, a look at what high speed rail service could look like in Texas and the man behind the newest book about former President George H.W. Bush. Lone Star Politics airs Sundays at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Texans to Store Their Gold In-State Under New Law]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 19:06:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/gold+depository.jpg

Texas may want more independence after the legislature passed a bill to allow gold owners to keep their stash at home.

The law was passed because up until now, people could only store their gold out of state.

State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, of Southlake, sponsored the bill paving the way for a gold bullion depository in Texas.

He said he felt the need for the new law after the recession in 2008 and recent monetary problems like what happened with the currency in France.

"It is all based on consumer confidence. You have to have confidence when you go to your bank your money will be there, so I am just trying to bolster that confidence," said Capriglione.

More than 10 companies have responded to a request for information from the State Comptroller and are interested in building or maintaining the depository.

NBC 5 looked at the bids. One submitted by a company called PMB&V said, "We are here in full support of Texas and their efforts to restore and defend our Constitution of this Republic to these United States of America."

Another from Texas Precious Metals offers, "A monument to the state of Texas."

Capriglione responded to the view some might have that this is a move for Texas independence.

"I am interested in Texas stability and economic growth. Those are the two things that matter," he said

Still, Texas independence is once again the spotlight. A group is gathering petitions to have a succession vote on the ballot.

Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said this whole idea of a depository is unnecessary simply grandstanding.

"It is simply grandstanding. It's the idea of Texas exceptionalism, that the whole country is going to hell and we may be the last ones standing, so we need to have our gold here at home," Jillson said.

Grandstanding or not, the gold depository bill had almost unanimous support from the legislature and received the stamp of approval from the governor.

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<![CDATA[LSP: Between the Pages With Author Jon Meacham]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:57:54 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week on Lone Star Politics, NBC 5 Political Reporter Julie Fine and Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News sat down with author Jon Meacham. They share the insight he provided about his new book on Bush-41. Go between the pages Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on Lone Star Politics. ]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Plano Mayor on Tomorrow Plan]]> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 15:55:52 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg This week on Lone Star Politics, the mayor of Plano, Harry LaRosiliere talks about the Plano Tomorrow Plan. He calls it a vision for how the city will look in the next 20 to 30 years. Some residents oppose the plan. Hear what he has to say to those who have gone as far as signing a petition to repeal the referendum, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on Lone Star Politics. ]]> <![CDATA[Decision 2016]]> Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:13:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/646*120/decision_2016_header.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Backlash Over Dallas Anti-Discrimination Ordinance]]> Thu, 12 Nov 2015 17:43:32 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/antidiscrimination.jpg

An anti-discrimination ordinance passed Wednesday by the Dallas City Council calls for gender identity to be separated from sexual orientation.

Now, Republican State Sen. Don Huffines has started a petition to repeal the ordinance.

"I think this ordinance needs a lot more discussion. It does allows men in womens bathrooms. It is not good," said Huffines.

Dallas Councilman Philip Kingston isn't surprised by the backlash, but he says this is essentially what has been on the books already. The ordinance is a small change in wording.

"Trans people are not creeps. They are not weirdos. They are not a danger to your daughters. They are just people like you and me, and they want to use the bathroom with people of their own gender," said Kingston.

Kingston believes it boils down to straight up politics.

"The people who are making the most noise about this are pandering. They don't really believe it. They just know there are voters out there they can motivate," said Kingston.

Huffines said this is not politics, it is bad government policy. He thinks this should be on the ballot, and like in Houston, voters in Dallas would have voted it down.

"This is not about discrimination. I think it is more about political correctness," Huffines added.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick released the following statement:

“I was very proud to help lead the recent effort where an overwhelming majority of voters in Houston successfully voted down the misnamed and misguided HERO ordinance that was last week.

That’s why yesterday’s decision by the Dallas City Council, in closed session, to fast-track the enactment of a similar ordinance to allow men in women’s restrooms is both mind-boggling and appalling.

“This ordinance isn’t about discrimination, it’s about political correctness – and Dallas city leaders have put political correctness ahead of both common sense and common decency. The facts are clear. No woman wants a man to be allowed in a ladies restroom or locker room, no matter the reason. And no man wants his wife, daughter, mother, or sister to be forced by law to contend with such an uncomfortable, disruptive, and potentially dangerous intrusion.

“This ludicrous ordinance, like the one in Houston, reveals officials who are totally out of touch with Texas values, I have no doubt that if this issue is put to the voters, as opposed to being decided without adequate public notice and discussion, the people of Dallas – like those in Houston – will give it a resounding no.”

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