Archive for January, 2018

Daily Digest: Jan. 5

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:


Texas has nation’s first primary:

Texans love to be bigger and better than other states in the nation and in this election year, the Lone Star State earns another title: first to vote.

Texas will be batting lead-off in this year’s primary season, with early voting starting February 20.

At 7, hear why election experts say Texas results could forecast how this midterm election season will go nationally.


Chairmen Hinojosa and Dickey square off:

The chairmen of the state Republican and Democratic parties join us at 7 to discuss the 2018 primaries, the crowded field of candidates and how the Trump effect could play into this midterm. Plus, hear their take on the legal battle over removing Congressman Blake Farenthold’s name from the primary ballot.


Noose found on Central Texas Congressional candidate sign:

A Central Texas congressional candidate said she found a noose hanging around one of her campaign signs.

Dr. Christine Eady Mann is running as a Democrat in the District 31 race. She said the property owners where the campaign sign stands notified her about it Thursday.

It’s since been taken down, but Mann says the noose is “symbolic of the hate” that still exists in Texas.

“I do have an African American Campaign Manager, I’m a woman,” Mann said. “I think that there are a lot of people who feel threatened when women, especially black women make their voices heard. ”

Mann said the incident hasn’t made her fearful for her safety. She said it’s simply fueling her to campaign harder.


PolitiFact Texas:

Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas is in to put Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez and Republican Land Commissioner candidate Jerry Patterson to the truth-o-meter.


Fire and Fury fallout:

President Trump is waging a two-front battle Friday against a new bombshell book that details the turmoil within the White House and against a report that lays out new details in the Russia investigation. We’ll have the latest from Washington at 7.


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



Posted by Karina Kling



Daily Digest: Jan. 2

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’ to-do list includes DACA, funding government

Congress is up against a long to-do list as members return to Capitol Hill this week from the holiday break.

Some of the must-tackle items: funding the government and deciding what to do about the status of so-called Dreamers.

At 7, the latest on where lawmakers stand on the issues.


Cornyn says DACA deal will be done by deadline

Texas’ Senior Senator says he thinks Congress will reach a DACA deal by the March deadline. Sen. John Cornyn told reporters in Austin Tuesday that he believes President Trump did the right thing by placing the issue back into the hands of Congress.

“I do believe we will get this done before the March Deadline…and I hope the President does not extend it because that puts the pressure on us and I think that Congress tends to respond when it’s put under pressure,” Cornyn said.

Cornyn was also asked about President Trump’s first year. He called it “pretty successful” but added the President’s tendency to unload on Twitter often “undermines his own effectiveness” and creates “uncertainty.”


Willett takes oath for 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett was sworn in to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday. It marks his official move to the federal judiciary.

Willett was nominated by President Trump last September. The conservative Texan is a prolific tweeter who was unofficially named the “Tweeter Laureate of Texas.”

Willett says he’s already toned down the tweeting as he prepares to join the panel in New Orleans.

“My title today has changed from justice to judge, but my task has not,” Willett said during a ceremony in Austin. “Judging according to the rule of law is a sacred trust.”

James Blacklock was also sworn in Tuesday. He’ll replace Willett on the Texas Supreme Court.


Julian Castro launches new PAC

A prominent Texas Democrat has launched a political action committee that aims to boost party gains nationally and statewide.

Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro publicly launched the Opportunity First PAC Tuesday.

Castro has said the PAC will support party efforts to take control of the US House and make gains in state legislatures for Democrats before the next round of redistricting in 2021.

And while Castro has repeatedly said he has not made a decision on a run for president, candidates considering it often get involved in such mid-term election campaigns.


On the Agenda

The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg joins us at 7 to weigh in on Castro’s new PAC and the speculation about a 2020 presidential run.


Races to watch in 2018

As the new year begins, we take a look at the big Texas races to watch. From the race for governor to Congress and on down the ballot, political reporters Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report and Mike Ward with the Houston Chronicle weigh in.


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