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:


Sessions Touts Trump’s Tough Immigration Priorities During Texas Stop:

Two law enforcement leaders on opposite sides of the immigration debate found themselves in the same room today.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions came to Austin to tout President Trump’s strict immigration policies. And invited to hear what he had to say — Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

The sheriff has been at the center of the so-called sanctuary cities debate after she defied federal immigration officials.

Join us at 7 for the latest on Sessions’ speech and Hernandez’s response.


Federal Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Immigrant Teen Abortion:

A federal appeals court has blocked an immigrant teen from getting an abortion, for now.

The unnamed 17-year-old is being held in a Texas facility for unaccompanied immigrant children.

A US appeals court heard tense testimony from both sides Friday. Hours later, the panel ruled that the government should have until the end of the month to release the teenager to an adult sponsor.

If released to a sponsor, she could obtain the procedure.

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.

A lower court had ruled for the teen earlier this week but the government appealed.


Texas to Receive Millions More in Federal Housing Funds:

Texas is getting more money to help with Harvey clean-up.

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Friday it’s allocating nearly $58 million in additional funds for clearing housing from Harvey-affected areas.

A HUD official says the funds could be used to help buy out homeowners living in 100-year flood zones and help others rebuild.

HUD is hoping Texas can begin to meet unmet housing needs in 13 Harvey-affected counties by mid-December.

To do that, the state’s plans must pass a citizen review before being submitted for HUD approval.

The agency says it’s still trying to decide where to spend another $7.4 billion Congress approved in September.


Reporter Roundtable:

On our reporter roundtable this week, Lauren McGaughy of the Dallas Morning News, Andrea Zelinski with the Houston Chronicle and Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune. Hear their take on Sessions’ Texas trip and we discuss the latest on Sen. John Cornyn’s push for more federal funding for Harvey relief efforts.


PolitiFact Texas:

Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas is in to put two claims to the truth-o-meter. Find out whether one in ten babies born in this country is born in Texas. Plus, is there really a law in Texas that says it’s illegal to own more than six dildos?


Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.


Posted by Karina Kling