<![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 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:18:45 -0500 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:18:45 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![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. ]]> <![CDATA[Dallas County to House 2,000 Border Children]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:28:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+062814+Border+Kids.jpg

As many as 2,000 unaccompanied migrant children who crossed the Texas-Mexico border without their parents in recent months could soon be headed to shelters in Dallas County, according to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Jenkins made the announcement at the Texas Democratic Convention on Saturday.

More than 52,000 unaccompanied refugee children, most from Central America, have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October. Jenkins said about 2,000 of those children can come to Dallas County by the end of July if current plans work out.

“I support increased security at the border, but increased security at the border doesn’t take care of the security of the children that are here now,” he said.

Jenkins said he’s currently looking at three different locations, each that could hold as many as 1,000 children. He’s looking for schools that are no longer in use, hospitals and other large buildings.
 
“The initial contracts will be 120-day contracts. They could be extended, but before any site is chosen, we’ll have community meetings, we’ll discuss it with the community, we’ll lay out to the community a town hall with exactly what will be happening there,” he said.

Jenkins said discussions to help house the minors began last Friday when he met with several White House officials who were in Dallas for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

“Dallas County will partner directly with the federal government," Jenkins said. "We will identify facilities and we will work to open those facilities to them at 100 percent federal expense so that we can provide compassionate care and complete wrap services, that’s education, medicine, psychological, etc. to the children who are scared and alone on our border."

Jenkins said the move to provide shelter to the children, who are staying in holding facilities, was neither a political issue nor an attempt to enter an immigration debate. 

“Children deserve to be taken care of compassionately and they’re here now and we have to take care of them in this country so we want to do in Dallas County what we can do to help the federal government with that responsibility,” he said.
 
Jenkins said he even shared his plans with his 8-year-old daughter.
 
“She said, ‘But Daddy these aren’t people, they’re children,’ and she asked when I told them that we’re going to move them here, she asked, ‘How many are going to be at our house, and can I have little girls?’” Jenkins said he answered no but said they could visit them and play with them when they come.
 
Jenkins said Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings supports the plans and urged others in the community to play a role in welcoming these children.
 
“I’d love to see a group like the Baptist men come in and feed these children once or twice a week foods that they’re used to eating at home,” he said. “I’d love to see us have religious services for the children there at these facilities, I’d love to see partners like AT&T step up and provide some communication possibilities.”
 
Jenkins said many of the children have family members in the United States and while they’re house in North Texas there will be attempts to reunite them with their loved ones.
 
“The federal government will be making efforts to find a family member who can be responsible for taking the child and getting the child back for the child’s hearings and responsibilities on their immigration status,” he said. “Those family members are likely to be all over this country. It’s not likely that those family members will live any more in Dallas County than all over this country.”


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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:55:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics Sunday, Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams addresses the controversial language in the Texas Republican platform encouraging reparative therapy for gays and lesbians. Watch Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5. ]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:46:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg On Lone Star Politics Sunday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins talks about Dallas County Health & Human Services Director Zach Thompson after ongoing investigations into falsifying STD Records. Watch Lone Star Politics Sunday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC 5.]]> <![CDATA[Candidates for Texas Governor Talk About Education]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 08:41:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/abbott-davis1.jpg

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott and State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, shared some personal stories as they spoke to the Texas Classroom Teachers Association in Fort Worth on Thursday.

Education has been a very big theme on the campaign trail, and once again the candidates explained their visions while sharing stories about their past.

Davis spoke about how education motivated her, while Abbott talked about the accident that left him in a wheelchair. He went into his own educational history by showing the group his first grade report card had all A's except for a B-plus in writing.

Both candidates highlighted their plans if elected into office.

Abbott said Texas should be number one in the nation when it comes to education. He added that all students in third grade should be at grade level in math and reading, and he wants to add more resources for teachers.

Davis called for higher salaries for teachers, fewer standardized tests and universal prekindergarten. She took several shots at Abbott regarding testing. He fired back when we interviewed him after.

"At the core of his plan is more standardized testing for 4-year-olds," said Davis. "That is right. At a time when parents and teachers are crying out against overtesting, Greg Abbott is calling for more." 

"There is no basis in fact that I believe that," said Abbott. "I believe we should not have 4-year-olds taking standardized tests. Here is what we find, because really it is not just that one issue. What we find now, what we will find as we move toward Election Day, is that desperate candidates begin to throw out things that have no basis in fact." 

In a University of Texas-Texas Tribune poll, Abbott is up 12 points. NBC 5 spoke to both candidates about the numbers.

"Polls are polls. The only one that matters is on Election Day, and I will be ready for Election Day," said Abbott.

"I know that some of the polls measuring likely voters can't really account for what I see on the ground. I am inspired by it," said Davis.



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<![CDATA[Abbott, Davis in Fort Worth Thursday]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 12:44:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/davis-abbott.jpg North Texas is the battle ground for Decision 2014 Thursday. The two candidates vying for Texas governor are in Fort Worth. State Senator Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott will speak with the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.]]>