<![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 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:01:44 -0500 Mon, 31 Aug 2015 17:01:44 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[New Laws Go Into Effect Sept. 1]]> Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:50:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas_Capitol_Building_34.jpg More than 600 bills become law on Sept. 1, from drones and guns at airports to advanced placement scores and money for police body cameras, NBC 5's Julie Fine highlights a few.

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<![CDATA[Critics Scrutinize Texas' Unusual Dropout Rates]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 18:41:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/179*120/GettyImages-89018487+%281%29.jpg

The head of a key Texas business group criticized the state's high school graduation rate as inflated and unsound, questioning a statistic that is a point of pride for state officials.

Texas Association of Business president Bill Hammond told The Dallas Morning News that public schools can manipulate the statistics they give to the Texas Education Agency, including the rates of students who opt for home schooling.

TEA reported an 88 percent graduation rate for the 2014 graduating class. It also said 4 percent of all Class of 2014 students -- more than 15,000 in total -- opted for home schooling, subtracting them from the total number of high school dropouts.

Hammond said he didn't believe that many families would decide to move to home-school during high school.

"Anybody who has had children knows you don't do that," Hammond said. "If you're going to home-school, you begin when the child is young."

Debbie Ratcliffe, a TEA spokeswoman, said the state can take action against districts that are caught manipulating their dropout statistics, and that parents who decide to home-school their children must turn in a signed statement.

"Superintendents must make a statement of approval and affirm measures have been taken to verify the accuracy and authenticity of the data being submitted," she said.

An alternate study of high school students conducted by the San Antonio-based Intercultural Development Research Association found that 24 percent of Texas' high school students dropped out between 2010-11 and 2013-14. The study found dropout rates to be higher for minority students than white students.

State education officials dispute the group's findings, saying its attrition rate is higher because it doesn't account for students repeating the ninth grade, graduating early or leaving the public school system without dropping out.

"Texas continues to lead the way in its efforts to close the achievement gap among all its student groups, and other states are taking note of our efforts," said Michael Williams, the state education commissioner.

Click here to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 30, 2015]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:05:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Controversy in Dallas County, the race for the President and the Boy Scouts of America. Watch this week’s Lone Star Politics for a head-to-head discussion about Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk’s absence, battle with depression and future in the job. Dallas County Republican Party Chair Wade Emmert and Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan square-off. Plus, we sit down with U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions. His take on the next President, immigration and the Boy Scouts. It is all on Lone Star Politics, Sunday at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: One-on-One With Rep. Pete Sessions]]> Sun, 30 Aug 2015 09:04:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lsp_pete_session_raw_082815_1200x675_515208259654.jpg NBC 5 political reporter Julie Fine sits down for a one-on-one interview with U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Rep. Pete Sessions on Immigration, Perry & Boy Scouts]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:48:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg U.S. House of Representatives Pete Sessions talks about his new bill targeting illegal immigrants who are also criminals. His take on the next President, former Governor Rick Perry and the Boy Scouts. It is all on Lone Star Politics this Sunday at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[LSP: Will DA Susan Hawk Return?]]> Fri, 28 Aug 2015 14:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Can Dallas County District Attorney Susan Hawk return? Dallas County Republican Party Chair Wade Emmert and Democratic Party Chair Carol Donovan square-off about Hawk’s depression and leave of absence on Lone Star Politics, Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Clinton Says Biden Has 'Very Difficult' Decision]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 07:16:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_697432409813.jpg

Hillary Clinton pledged to run her campaign as usual, in spite of speculation about Vice President Joe Biden joining the race.

Clinton said Biden has a "very difficult decision" to make about the 2016 presidential run. She reiterated that she has "a great deal of admiration and affection" for the vice president, but wants him to make the right choice for him and his family following his son Beau Biden's death earlier this year. 

"He has to do what he has to do but I'm just going to continue with my campaign," Clinton said in Iowa Wednesday. 

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<![CDATA[AG Paxton Pleads Not Guilty to Fraud, Attorney Quits]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 18:43:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/paxton-in-court.jpg

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is looking for a new lawyer after pleading not guilty Thursday morning to charges he defrauded investors.

Paxton appeared in front of Tarrant County Judge George Gallagher at 10 a.m. after the judge denied the general's request earlier this week to waive the arraignment hearing. Paxton also filed a not guilty plea through a document at that time, The Dallas Morning News reports, which was confirmed in Thursday's hearing.

Paxton released the following statement after the arraignment:

"I am innocent of these charges. It is a travesty that some would attempt to hijack our system of justice to achieve political ends they could not accomplish at the ballot box. Regardless, I will continue to serve the people of Texas as Attorney General and continue to fight for the freedoms guaranteed under our Constitution.”

After entering Paxton's not guilty plea, defense attorney Joe Kendall read a statement on behalf of the attorney general requesting that the case be tried only in Collin County and without TV cameras present.

Gallagher said he had the authority to issue whatever orders he deemed appropriate and that he would make decisions later about where future hearings will be held and whether cameras would be allowed.

After reading the statement, Kendall asked that he be allowed to withdraw as Paxton's counsel.

"There are issues in this matter that make my continued representation something I don't personally want to persist in. I think it's in everyone's best interest if the court grants my motion," Kendall said.

In the motions, Kendall said, "During the course of this representation, differences have arisen that adversely affect the attorney client relationship making continued representation untenable."

Prosecutors didn't object to the motion but said they may in the future if it appears to be a tactic used to delay the case going to trial.

Dallas attorney Pete Schulte has said Paxton hired him but in court, when asked directly by the judge, Paxton said Schulte did not represent him. Paxton later clarified the comment, saying Schulte had been helping with his case.

Schulte later wrote in a tweet, "Let me be clear: I represent @KenPaxtonTX as a lawyer on his team. I am not Joe Kendall's co-counsel by Kendall's definition. That's it."

Schulte criticized Kendall in another tweet, writing, "Clarification will be forthcoming today. It's unfortunate Joe Kendall created this confusion in court today as he was leaving the team."

Paxton told the court he currently has no attorney now but expects to have a new attorney in the next week; Gallagher said that must happen by Sept. 3.

Regarding the issue of whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom, prosecutors said they had no problem with allowing the public to watch the proceedings.

“The public has a right to know what goes on in a courtroom,” said Prosecutor Kent Schaffer.

The attorney general, who took office in January, has been indicted on three charges, two of which are for securities fraud and the third for acting as a broker representative without a license.

Paxton had a group of supporters inside the courtroom.

“We know him. He is a man of integrity and we support him, and we wanted him to see us and know we support him,” said Lynette McCracken of Parker County.

NBC 5's Julie Fine, Scott Gordon, Todd L. Davis, Holley Ford and Frank Heinz contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA['I'm Not a Bully': Trump Defends Ejecting Anchor]]> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 16:57:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_865379311727-ramos-trump-iowa.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump wrangled with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over his immigration policies in an extended — and occasionally personal — exchange, leading to the journalist's temporary removal during a news conference in Iowa Tuesday night.

In an interview on NBC's "Today" show Wednesday Trump said Ramos was "totally out of line last night" and that he was "ranting and raving like a madman."

Ramos, the Miami-based anchor and journalist for the prominent Spanish-language network, was ejected from the event after attempting to engage with the GOP front-runner as he recognized another reporter.

“Sit down, you weren’t called,” Trump told him. “Go back to Univision.”

Ramos proceeded to question Trump on his proposal to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants. As the two spoke over one another in a testy back-and-forth, Trump's security detail approached the Mexican-American journalist and escorted him out of the room.

"You cannot build a 1,900-mile wall," Ramos continued on his way out.

The exchange prompted several reporters to ask Trump about the incident. The real estate mogul said, “You can’t just stand up and scream,” noting that Ramos spoke out of turn.

On Wednesday, Trump told "Today's," Matt Lauer, "I was asking and being asked a question from another reporter. I would have gotten to (Ramos) very quickly. He stood up and started ranting and raving like a madman."

Lauer asked Trump why he lets people get under his skin, and suggested that his renewed feud with Fox News host Megyn Kelly reflects badly on him.

"I'm not a bully," he said about public perceptions. "In fact, I think it's just the opposite way."

Trump said he proved that point when Ramos was eventually allowed to return to the presser. 

Trump called on Ramos to ask a question.

“Good to have you back,” Trump said before Ramos fired a series of questions on the billionaire’s controversial immigration policies.

"Your immigration plan, it is full of empty promises," Ramos began. "You cannot deny citizenship to children born in this country."

"Why do you say that?" Trump replied. "Some of the great legal scholars agree that's not true."

Citizenship for infants born in the United States is guaranteed by the 14th Amendment, and changing that would require amending the Constitution.

Ramos later asked Trump about the feasibility of building a wall extending the length of the U.S.-Mexico border. The real estate mogul responded that he’s a “builder,” adding that it is more complicated to build a “building that’s 95 stories tall.”

"We'll have a border, and we'll have a wall. And the wall's going to have a big beautiful door where we can let in people," Trump said.

The National Association for Hispanic Journalists condemned Trump for letting Ramos be ejected for what its president said was simply trying to hold the GOP candidate accountable to his own prior statements.

"Mr. Ramos was doing what journalists have done for decades – asking questions!" said Mekahlo Medina, a KNBC reporter serving as president of the NAHJ, in a statement posted to the organization's website.

Trump is in Iowa to host a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Grand River Center in Dubuque.

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<![CDATA[Fox Chief Defends Kelly, Says Trump Should Apologize]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 18:49:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trump-kelly-AP_511867665203.jpg

Fox News chief Roger Ailes said Tuesday that Donald Trump owes the network's Megyn Kelly an apology for an unprovoked Twitter attack that "is as unacceptable as it is disturbing," but Trump isn't backing down.

The Republican presidential front-runner-turned-TV-critic had welcomed Kelly back from a vacation Monday night by tweeting that he liked her show better while she was away. Trump said Kelly "must have had a terrible vacation" because "she's really off her game." He retweeted a message that referred to her as a bimbo.

"Megyn Kelly represents the very best of American journalism and all of us at Fox News Channel reject the crude and irresponsible attempts to suggest otherwise," said Ailes, the Fox News Channel chairman. "I could not be more proud of Megyn for her professionalism and class in the face of all of Mr. Trump's verbal assaults."

Trump, in a statement, said he disagreed with Ailes and that he doesn't think Kelly is a quality journalist. "Hopefully in the future I will be proven wrong and she will be able to elevate her standards to a level of professionalism that a network such as Fox deserves."

In a news conference later Tuesday in Dubuque, Iowa, Trump again refused to apologize to Kelly, saying, "She should probably apologize to me, but I just don't care."

Trump has been attacking Kelly ever since her tough questioning of him during the first GOP presidential debate, seen by 24 million people on Fox on Aug. 6. A day after the debate, he said Kelly had "blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

That led to a private, clear-the-air conversation between Ailes and Trump two weeks ago, but that clearly hasn't led to peace.

In his tweets, Trump repeated his contention that Kelly, host of a prime-time Fox News show and one of the network's biggest stars, was sent on an unplanned vacation that ended Monday. Fox said her time off had been scheduled long before the debate. Trump also tweeted that Kelly was afraid to confront a guest, Dr. Cornel West, and that she had "no clue" on immigration.

Ailes again backed Kelly for her questioning during the debate, which he said was tough but fair.

"Donald Trump rarely apologizes, although in this case, he should," Ailes said. "We have never been deterred by politicians or anyone else attacking us for doing our job, much less allowed ourselves to be bullied by anyone and we're certainly not going to start now."

Some of Kelly's Fox colleagues also came to her defense. Bret Baier, who moderated the debate with Kelly and Chris Wallace, tweeted that "this needs to stop." Brian Kilmeade said on "Fox & Friends" that Trump's comments bothered him personally.

"We are all friends with Donald Trump, but he is totally out of bounds reigniting that fight," Kilmeade said. "I don't know if he's trying to get ratings out of that or poll numbers, but he's not going to be successful."

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<![CDATA[Judge: Paxton Must Show Up For Arraignment]]> Tue, 25 Aug 2015 11:40:00 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/kenpaxtonmugshot.jpg

A judge has denied a request by Attorney General Ken Paxton to skip his arraignment on Thursday, ruling the state’s top law enforcement official must show up to court in person.

Tarrant County District Judge George Gallagher, who is presiding over the case, issued the ruling on Monday.

Separately, Collin County Commissioners tentatively approved a $285,000 budget for the two special prosecutors in the case, Brian Wice and Kent Schaffer of Houston.

Paxton is charged with three felonies – two for securities fraud and one for acting as a broker representative without a license.

<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: August 23, 2015]]> Sun, 23 Aug 2015 09:06:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP+022314.jpg Rick Perry, immigration and Planned Parenthood. Senior Congressman Joe Barton talks about the big issues facing our nation. Plus, the Dallas Citizens Council takes a stance on how to pay for all of the uninsured residents getting care at the new Parkland hospital. It is all on Lone Star Politics , this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Doubles Down on Building Border Wall at Ala. Rally]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 22:01:14 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-484797712-Trump-Alabama-Rally.jpg

Thousands of people showed up to hear Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump speak at an Alabama rally Friday, in which the business tycoon vowed, "we're going to make America better than it's ever been." 

The crowd filled about half of the 43,000-seat Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, NBC News reported. It was a hot night, and humid. Trump looked upwards and joked: "If it rains I'll take off my hat and prove, I'll prove, once and for all, that its mine," while stroking his hair.

Trump repeated his tough stance on immigration, vowing "we're going to build a wall," and saying Congress could end the guarantee of being granted citizenship upon being born within the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Rep. Barton Supports Perry]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:15:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082115_LSP_Tease_One_Joe_Barton_1200x675_510413891654.jpg Republican Congressman Joe Barton says former Texas Governor Rick Perry will be the next President of the United States. On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News and NBC5’s Kristi Nelson ask him what he will have to do to make that happen. Watch more this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Mandatory Vaccines For TX Kids]]> Fri, 21 Aug 2015 15:03:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/082115_LSP_Tease_Two_Gromer_Jeffers_1200x675_510416963949.jpg Parents choosing not to vaccinate their children is a growing trend across Dallas Fort Worth. Doctors and health officials share concerns. But Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News says Texas will not have a law similar to the one in California eliminating the ability to opt-out. Hear more this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Trump Poses With Bald Eagle for Time Magazine]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:20:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/Trump-Time-Cover.jpg

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump posed with a bald eagle at his New York City office for a spread in this week’s issue of Time magazine.

The 27-year-old eagle, named uncle Sam, was flown in from Texas and brought to the 25th floor of the Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

Trump appears on the cover of the magazine under the headline "Deal with it.”

In an interview with the publication, Trump sounded off on undocumented immigrants, Hillary Clinton’s email controversy, and taxes.

When pressed on how feasible it would be to remove undocumented immigrants from the U.S., he did not detail specifics but said, "it'll all work out."

“It’s called management,” Trump said. “Politicians can’t manage; all they can do is talk. It’s called management. And we’ll do an expedited system. Because I agree with you, there are some very, very good people here who they are here illegally. But they are illegal.”

He also discussed the controversy around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server at the State Department.

“She’s going through something that for me, for me is Watergate,” Trump said. “Her only hope is that because the prosecutors are Democrats she doesn’t get prosecuted. That’s the only hope she’s got.”

Trump also said that as president, he may decide to change laws around taxes. 

“Well I’m thinking about it but I have a problem because I may want to switch taxes around,” Trump said. “I want to save the middle class.”

Trump’s Time magazine cover issue hits newsstands Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Ken Paxton Re-Indicted in Collin County]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2015 22:13:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-08-03-16h31m07s100.jpg

A Collin County grand jury on Tuesday re-indicted Attorney General Ken Paxton, according to the Collin County District Court website.

This comes two weeks after the same grand jury indicted him on two counts of securities fraud and one count of operating as an investment advisor without being licensed.

The new indictments come in two cases related to securities fraud. A third charge -- that Paxton acted as an investment advisor or representative -- remains the same.

Paxton's attorneys were critical of the re-indictment Tuesday.

"This confirms that there have been troubling issues with the grand jury process from the beginning," Paxton's attorney, Joe Kendell, said in an emailed statement. "They had months to investigate and then rushed to indict. Now, the special prosecutors are back to clean up the botched indictments."

In response, special prosecutors Brain Wice and Kent Schaffer released the following statement Tuesday evening:

"Contrary to the assertion of Mr. Paxton's criminal defense lawyer that the indictments charging his client with two counts of first-degree felony securities fraud were 'botched,' we obtained re-indictments to defuse the boilerplate arguments predictably advanced by the defense that the original indictments lacked specificity or were otherwise ambiguous. It is not unusual in any felony case, particularly fraud cases, for prosecutors to ask the grand jury to re-indict so as to provide sufficient notice to the accused as to the nature of the criminal conduct with which he is charged. At the end of the day, the 'fair-minded people' whom Mr. Paxton's criminal lawyer believes should 'question the process in this case' will recognize that the allegations against his client remain unchanged."

Paxton added prominent Dallas lawyer Peter Schulte to his defense team Tuesday, joining Kendell, a former federal judge.

<![CDATA[Walker Agrees with Trump on Ending Birthright Immigration]]> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 18:17:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/scott+walker+new.jpg

Scott Walker, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, said Monday that he agrees with Donald Trump's idea that the United States should end the practice of allowing children of undocumented immigrants who are born in this country to gain citizenship as a birthright, NBC News reported

Asked by msnbc if birthright citizenship should be ended, Walker replied: "Yeah, to me it's about enforcing the laws in this country. And I've been very clear, I think you enforce the laws, and I think it's important to send a message that we're going to enforce the laws, no matter how people come here we're going to enforce the laws."

Walker's comments came hours after front-runner Trump released an immigration plan that calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants, the construction of a large wall along the border with Mexico, an increase in trade tariffs with Mexico and fees on NAFTA workers visas. 

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<![CDATA[Fort Worth Native Remembers Julian Bond]]> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 14:15:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_415912971464.jpg Lorraine C. Miller, the first female President and CEO of NAACP remembers Julian Bond. The Civil Rights activist died Saturday at the age of 75 in Florida. Read more about Bond: http://on.nbcdfw.com/UDXouVc

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<![CDATA[Hamilton Park Celebrates 60th Anniversary]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 16:56:38 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/NMC_14hamilton_COVER.jpg

When black families began moving into Hamilton Park in the 1950s, the North Dallas neighborhood was the fulfillment of a dream.

The subdivision of 742 houses — plus a school, a park, a shopping center and several churches — became a close-knit middle-class community.

Hamilton Park celebrates its 60th anniversary this weekend with a reunion at its neighborhood school. As the neighborhood passes that milestone, longtime residents say they’re working to keep the neighborhood vibrant and teaching its history to younger generations.

Click here to read more from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[Sanders Draws Big Crowds at Iowa State Fair, Town Hall]]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 00:12:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_331484957977.jpg

Bernie Sanders may not leave Iowa as popular as the pork chop on a stick or fried PBJ — but the Democratic candidate rolled into the Iowa State Fair to a crowd that wrapped around to the back of the soapbox stage to hear him speak on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the morning, the Vermont senator spoke at a town hall in Boone, a town about an hour outside of Des Moines.

Sanders called for expanding Social Security by lifting the cap on taxable income, creating a single-payer healthcare system, and pushed back against the government's use of an unemployment rate figure that does not include those who gave up on looking for work and those who are working part time but would like to work full time.

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<![CDATA[Trump: Undocumented Immigrants 'Have to Go']]> Sun, 16 Aug 2015 07:17:21 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_879695016320.jpg

Donald Trump would reverse President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC's Chuck Todd.

"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," he said in the interview, which will air in full on NBC's "Meet the Press" this Sunday.

Trump said, to begin, "we have to" rescind Obama's executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama's unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.

The comments are certain to further inflame already fierce opposition from Latino activists and advocacy groups. They've been critical of Trump's candidacy from the start, when he kicked off his campaign with a speech that accused Mexico of sending "criminals" and "rapists" to the U.S.

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<![CDATA[Trump Calls Boston Mayor a 'Clown']]> Sat, 15 Aug 2015 08:57:34 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Donald-Trump-Michigan.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was back in New Hampshire on Friday after a recent poll showed his numbers in the state are slipping.

Trump hosted a packed rally at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton Friday night. He also held an unexpected question and answer session before the event.

While at the rally, Trump didn't cover much in terms of specific policies, but his audience loved it.

"It's the summer of Trump," he said.

Trump described elected officials in Washington as "stupid leadership," then added that foreign leaders are "smarter, and sharper, and more cunning than our leaders."

Trump also turned on the Republican opposition.

"Nobody ever attacked me like Sen. Lindsey Graham. I mean, what he said. And he went from 1 percent to nothing," he said.

In classic Trump fashion, he attacked everyone, including Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.

"He's a clown, Marty Walsh. I don't even know who he is," he said. "This guy Marty Walsh, he spends all of this time and effort and money on an Olympic bid and then he goes out and, and he's talking about Ice Bucket Challenges. Get a real mayor."

He currently leads the GOP field in New Hampshire and nationally.

This is his first visit to the Granite State since last week's GOP debate and his controversial remarks about Fox News debate moderator Megyn Kelly.

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<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Sunday, August 16, 2015]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:58:20 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg Will campaign financial troubles be too big a hurdle in Rick Perry’s run for the White House … Congressman Marc Veasey talks about being the lead plaintiff in a case against Texas and The Trinity River Parkway project moves forward. It is all on Lone Star Politics , this Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Lone Star Politics: Jeffers on Perry's Financial Troubles]]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 15:28:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LSP_Gromer_on_Perry_Financial_Troubles_TZ_081615_1200x675_505036355579.jpg Rick Perry is back on the campaign trail after it was revealed some staff members are not being paid because of financial problems. On this week’s Lone Star Politics, Gromer Jeffers with The Dallas Morning News says money is not Perry’s biggest hurdle … Get his take Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m.]]> <![CDATA[Trump's Video Juxtaposed Obama with 'Jihadi John']]> Fri, 14 Aug 2015 13:44:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_464150734673.jpg

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump posted a video on his Instagram account Thursday showing a masked ISIS executioner, accusing Democrats of "having fun" as foreign policy crises erupt around the globe.

The footage of "Jihadi John" — who featured in ISIS propaganda videos featuring the beheadings of Western hostages — and a scene from the deadly September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi was interspersed with a photo showing a smiling President Obama in a golf cart and video of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton dancing amid confetti with her husband.

The words "politicians are having fun on our dime while the world is burning" conclude the video before Trump's campaign slogan is displayed. 

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