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:

 

Niger Latest:

The top US General says the American people, including the families of the four fallen soldiers in Niger, deserve answers about this month’s deadly ambush.

General Joseph Dunford called the situation surrounding their deaths “complex” and a “difficult firefight.” It comes as Congress is calling for better communication.

 

Texas Erects First Gold Star Family Memorial:

The death of these soldiers has brought renewed attention to the pain experienced by Gold Star families.

One Central Texas city has become the first in the state to build a monument in their honor. We take you there at 7.

 

Prosecutors Drop All Charges Against Rep. Dukes:

After a months-long legal saga, prosecutors are dropping all charges against Rep. Dawnna Dukes, D-Austin.

The Travis County District Attorney said Monday that the case should not have been pursued, and that it unraveled over conflicting witness statements about whether Dukes improperly sought travel reimbursements.

Dukes was accused of misspending campaign funds and directing her legislative staff to work on non-official business.

Prosecutors say Dukes has repaid the state about $1300 in salary for the staffer who ran personal errands and restored $5000 in campaign funds.

Dukes’ attorneys released a statement saying in part “Dukes could have resigned to avoid these charges but had the courage to fight for the truth. The State’s dismissal says it all — we would have won all three trials.”

 

Immigrant Teen Seeking Abortion Asks Court to Reconsider:

Attorneys for a pregnant teen being held in a Texas immigration facility are asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision.

On Friday, the appeals court ruled the government should be given more time to try to release the teen to a so-called sponsor so that she can obtain the abortion outside of government custody.

But lawyers for the 17-year-old are now asking for another hearing before all the judges on the court.

The government has since asked the court to deny the re-hearing.

 

Poll: Most Texas Voters Think DACA Should be Extended:

As Congress continues to debate what to do with thousands of so-called DREAMERS, new poll results show most Texas voters want to extend Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.

The program provides deportation protections for some 124,000 Texans who arrived as children and remained in the country illegally.

Jim Henson, co-director of the University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll and director of the Texas Politics Project at UT-Austin, joins us to break down the numbers on DACA and several other hot button issues.

 

On the Agenda:

The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg is in at 7 to discuss Republican vs. Democratic fundraising numbers and who should be concerned. He also weighs in on a new PAC that’s working to ‘recruit and support her Texas House leaders.’

 

Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News. It re-airs at 11pm.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling