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:

 

Congress’ Daunting December To-Do List:

Congress is back in session in the nation’s capital and lawmakers are facing a daunting December to-do list.

For Republicans, tax reform is a priority, but the government also needs a funding bill to pass before Dec. 8 to avoid a shutdown.

Our Washington D-C bureau reporter Alberto Pimienta explains the long list and constrained timetable to get it all done.

 

Gov. Abbott Taps Top Attorney for Texas Supreme Court:

Gov. Greg Abbott announced his top attorney will replace a Texas Supreme Court justice who’s awaiting confirmation for a seat on a U.S. appeals court.

Jimmy Blacklock is currently Abbott’s general counsel. Blacklock also served in the Department of Justice during the George W. Bush administration.

Abbott says the appointment reflects Texans’ wishes for a strict conservative judge on the high court.

“Someone who is gonig to apply the law as written, as opposed to making it up as they go,” Abbott said. “Someone who is going to apply the text of the constitution, as opposed to looking to extraneous matters.”

Republicans control all nine seats on the state’s highest civil court.

Blacklock would replace Justice Don Willett, who President Trump nominated for the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

Willett, who’s become known for his active and colorful tweets, is expected to be confirmed by the US Senate in the coming weeks.

A spokesman for Governor Abbott says Blacklock doesn’t have a Twitter account.

 

Who’s the Boss?:

There’s a battle over who’s the boss at a key consumer watchdog agency.

Both President Trump’s pick to lead the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the person tapped by its former director showed up to work Monday.

Now, a recently filed lawsuit looks to settle the answer of who’s in charge. We’ll break down the legal saga.

 

Sexual Harassment Allegations Latest:

The White House says President Trump is not planning to campaign for Alabama GOP Senate Candidate Roy Moore. Meanwhile, the deadline to register to vote in Alabama’s upcoming special election is today.

And since allegations against Moore have surfaced, his Democratic opponent has slowly made headway in the deeply-red state.

We’ll introduce you to Doug Jones and explain why he still faces an uphill battle, despite sexual misconduct allegations against Moore.

 

“Embarresed and ashamed…” That’s how Sen. Al Franken is responding to groping allegations against him.

The Minnesota Democrat made the comments in his first Capitol appearance since the allegations came out.

Franken says he knows he let a lot of people down but has vowed to regain their trust.

“This is what I’ve been trying to do, I’ve been trying to take responsibility by apologizing and by apologizing to the people that I’ve let down and I’m going to work to regain their trust. I’m going to be accountable,” Sen. Franken said.

One woman says Franken forcibly kissed her in 2006 and took a suggestively sexual photo of her while she was sleeping. Three other women say Franken grabbed their rear ends while posing for photos at different campaign events..

Franken has dismissed questions of resignation and says he’ll cooperate with a Senate Ethics Committee investigation.
Michigan Congressman John Conyers is giving up his leadership position as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

The Democrat’s decision comes ahead of a Congressional probe into allegations of sexual harassment made against him.

Conyers says he doesn’t want the accusations to undermine his colleagues.

But the 88-year-old lawmaker says he won’t resign from Congress and will keep fighting the allegations that he sexually harassed female staff members.

 

On the Agenda:

The Quorum Report’s Scott Braddock joins us to discuss Gov. Abbott’s comments on the GOP tax plan, Texas House Speaker commitment forms and an upcoming Texas House sexual harassment hearing.

 

Join us for these stories and more at 7 on Capital Tonight.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling