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:

 

White Supremacist Speech Causes State of Emergency:

It’s been about two months since Texas A&M University canceled a white nationalist rally planned for the College Station campus. But today, the man A&M officials turned away, took the stage at the University of Florida.

White Supremacist Richard Spencer was greeted with plenty of protesters. The event even prompted Florida’s Governor to preemptively declare a state of emergency.

At 7 — why university leaders decided to let the rally happen.

 

George W. Bush Calls White Supremacy “Blasphemy” Against the American Creed:

Former President George W. Bush is calling on the nation to stand against “bigotry” and “white supremacy.” Bush spoke in New York this morning at the George W. Bush Institute.

He didn’t mention President Trump by name, but criticized a political system he says opposes globalization and is vulnerable to conspiracy theories and lies. He also took aim at those wishing to break the nation’s identity.

“Our identity as a nation, unlike many other nations, is not determined by geography or ethnicity, by soil or blood,” Bush said. “We become the heirs of Martin Luther King Jr. by recognizing one another not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. This means that people of every race, religion, ethnicity can be fully and equally American. It means that bigotry or white supremacy in any form is blasphemy against the American creed.”

The 43rd president also condemned what he called the bullying tactics of U-S leaders saying “the only way to pass along civic values is to live up to them.”

 

Georgetown Confederate Compromise?:

As white supremacists have grown more emboldened, they’ve used Confederate monuments and symbolism to bolster their cause.

It’s resulted in the removal of Confederate monuments from many public spaces and has sparked a national dialogue about their place in America.

Now, another Confederate monument in Texas has found itself in the spotlight. It’s in Georgetown, right in front of the Williamson County Courthouse.

Erected in 1916 by the Daughters of the Confederacy, it features a confederate soldier hoisted high in the air. And while many statues like these are being removed nationwide, two faith leaders in Georgetown are proposing a unique solution. Our Max Gorden has their story tonight at 7.

 

Cornyn: Texas Will Get More Harvey Relief Aid:

Texas’ senior senator said President Trump has agreed to send more money to Texans hit hard by hurricane Harvey. We’ll have more on this developing story.

Plus President Trump and Governor Greg Abbott get high marks for their response to the Texas storm. Jim Henson with the Texas Politics Project at UT Austin joins us to break down new poll results.

 

Court Temporarily Halts Abortion for Immigrant Teen in Texas:

An appeals court has temporarily blocked a judge’s ruling that would have allowed an immigrant teen to get an abortion.

The unnamed 17-year-old is being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children. Thursday, the US Court of Appeals agreed to consider the Trump administration’s request to halt a lower court ruling in favor of the pregnant teen. A hearing is now scheduled for Friday morning.

The teen has already received a state court order allowing her to have the abortion, but her legal team says federal officials refuse to release her so she can get the procedure.

Blake Rocap is an attorney with Jane’s Due Process, a nonprofit that provides legal representation for pregnant minors in Texas. He joins us at 7 to discuss the case.

 

Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

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