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