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:


Women’s Group Calls on Texas Senators to Resign:

A prominent Texas women’s political group is calling on two state senators to step down.

It comes after the online news website – the Daily Beast — reported multiple allegations that Senators Borris Miles, D-Houston, and Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, sexually harassed women.

Our Max Gorden will have the latest on the accusations and the growing calls for a culture shift inside the Texas Capitol.


Sen. Franken Resigns:

Minnesota Democratic Senator Al Franken has announced he’ll step down. The decision comes amid growing calls for his resignation in the wake of a series of sexual misconduct allegations.

Hear why Franken calls his stepping down ironic.

And we’re joined by Bruce Kellison to discuss what he calls a coming culture shift. He’s the co-director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the University of Texas at Austin.


Democrat Andrew White Announces Run for Governor:

Texas Democrats have another candidate in the race for Governor. But this one’s running as a conservative Democrat against incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott.

Andrew White made his gubernatorial bid official today during a campaign speech in Houston.

White’s the son of the late former Gov. Mark White.

The 45-year-old Houston entrepreneur has never fun for office and calls himself a “common sense Democrat” who thinks the state’s Republican leaders have shifted too far to the right.

“I’m asking you to trust me with your state and I’m pledging to you, I’ll earn your respect,” White said. “I’ll work harder than I’ve ever worked. And when I’m done, Texas will be in a better shape than when I started.”

White joins a crowded field of Democratic candidates running in the spring primary.

His announcement comes one day after Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez made her bid official. She’s considered the Democrats most high-profile candidate.

The Texas Politics Project Director Jim Henson joins us at 7 to discuss White’s chances and the state of the Democratic Party.


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


Posted by Karina Kling