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:

 

CHIP Funding Still in Limbo as Time Runs Out for Texas Families:

Texas is still waiting for additional money to keep a popular children’s health insurance program in business a little longer.

CHIP covers more than 400,000 Texas kids.

Its future remains in limbo after Congress failed to renew the program in September.

Our Max Gorden spoke with some health care professionals today who say delaying CHIP funding any longer could have long-term health effects.

Plus, Laura Guerra-Cardus, Texas Deputy Director for the Children’s Defense Fund, also joins us tonight to discuss the issue further.

 

Homeland Security Chief Lauds Texas ‘sanctuary cities’ Ban:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ New U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is decrying “sanctuary cities” in a state that recently approved strict laws banning them.

President Donald Trump’s former deputy White House chief of staff, Nielsen was confirmed by the Senate last week.

She’s visiting Austin, where county sheriff Sally Hernandez once promised not to comply with some “detainers,” or federal requests to hold for possible deportation people who were jailed on non-violent, non-immigration charges.

That helped prompt the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature to approve a sanctuary cities crackdown that allows sheriffs and police chiefs to face removal from office and even criminal charges for failing to fully enforce federal immigration policy.

The measure now is being contested in federal court, but Hernandez has since changed policies. Nielsen urged other states to follow Texas’ lead.

 

Alabama Senate Race:

It’s the election that everyone has been talking about with allegations of decades-old sexual assault, shined a light on divisions in the Republican Party and has implications on the balance of power in Washington.

We’ll have the latest on any early results and a report from Alabama as the candidates cast their ballots today.

 

Trump Lashes Out at Lawmaker Amid Calls to Resign:

President Trump and a Democratic New York lawmaker got into a virtual brawl on Twitter Tuesday.

It comes amid growing calls for the president to resign over sexual misconduct allegations.

Our Washington DC bureau reporter Samantha-Jo Roth spoke with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York. Hear why the state’s junior senator isn’t backing down.

 

2018 Primary Battles:

Now that the stage is set for the 2018 primaries, what are the top races to watch? Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report weighs in with his must-watch primary battles including the George P. Bush/Jerry Patterson matchup.

 

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Capital Tonight airs weeknights at 7 on Spectrum News.

 

Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling