Our daily digest is an update on the stories we’re following in Texas politics today. Here’s what we’re working on for 7pm:


Judge Won’t Order Officials to Allow Abortion:

It’s a blow to abortion rights activists. A judge won’t order federal immigration officials to allow a pregnant undocumented immigrant teen to get an abortion.

The case has raised the issue over whether undocumented immigrants have the constitutional right to get the procedure in the U.S.

The judge did say she doesn’t understand why federal officials won’t allow the teen to get an abortion. But says the case was being heard in the wrong court, which is why she issued the ruling.

Now — the issue of whether or not abortions for undocumented immigrants is constitutionally protected is still up for debate. We’ll have the latest on the legal battle at 7.


Cornyn, Cruz Try to Woo Amazon:

Texas’ two senators are urging Amazon to call the Lone Star State home for its proposed second headquarters. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz sent Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos a letter today saying in part quote:

“Everything is bigger in Texas and that includes our economy, our skilled workforce and our quality of life.”

Cornyn and Cruz go on to tout Texas’ workforce and limited government. They add San Antonio, Austin and Houston are among the fastest growing US cities and each are becoming well-known global hubs for technology.

Amazon put mid-to-large-size cities on notice in September when it launched a search for a city to host a second headquarters.

The company has promised it would create 50-thousand jobs that would pay on average of 100-thousand dollars per year.

The deadline for cities to submit their pitch to Amazon is October 19th.

Colin Pope of the Austin Business Journal joins us at 7 to discuss the state’s chances of getting the headquarters.


Cruz vs. O’Rourke:

Texas’ junior senator has out-raised his democratic rival in the latest fundraising round.

Sen. Ted Cruz brought in more than 2 million dollars for his re-election campaign…and its allied groups, his team announced today.

His opponent — Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke — raised 1.7 million for latest the three-month period.

Earlier this year — O’Rourke outraised Cruz — giving the challenger a boost of momentum as he got his campaign off the ground.

Cruz still has about a 3.5 million dollar cash-on-hand advantage over O’Rourke.

Ed Espinoza with Progress Texas and Matt Mackowiak with the Travis County Republican Party join us at 7 to talk 2018.


Watch for these stories and more at 7 on Capital Tonight.


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