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 pass bill to end government shutdown:

Congress voted to reopen the government Monday evening. The House followed the Senate in approving a bill and Trump’s quick signature is expected. We’ll have the latest on what led to the negotiations and how Texas lawmakers are responding.

 

School Finance Fix?:

Turning to an ongoing Texas showdown – Tuesday a newly-formed school finance commission will meet for the first time to begin looking at ways to fix what’s been deemed a broken system.

It coincides with “school choice” week — the push to allow public funding to flow to private schools.

The battle over the two issues sunk any school finance fix last session.

Our Max Gorden will have the latest on how school choice advocates are continuing to try to be part of the school finance discussion.

 

Sen. Uresti trial begins:

There’s a lot on the line for Democratic State Senator Carlos Uresti. His criminal fraud trial began Monday in San Antonio.

Uresti faces felony charges of fraud and money laundering. Our John Garcia is following the trial and will have the latest on day one.

 

Dallas County Republicans file lawsuit to kick 128 Democrats off ballot:

There’s an effort in Dallas County to kick 128 Democrats off the March primary ballot.

The County Republican party has filed a lawsuit that alleges the County Democratic Party Chair did not sign the petitions of the 128 candidates before sending them to the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

That’s required by state law.

Democrats decried the lawsuit as an attempt to disenfranchise minority voters.

State Representative Eric Johnson is one of the candidates named in the lawsuit..

He issued a statement saying in part, “This is just the latest attempt by Texas Republicans to take away the ability of minority voters to elect candidates of their choice.”

 

On the agenda:

The Quorum Report’s Harvey Kronberg joins us live to discuss the Dallas County ballot debate and what’s next after the government shutdown.

 

Bulletproof vests for Texas police:

Thousands of Texas law enforcement officers are becoming better protected.

Earlier this month — Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state was doling out nearly $23 million in state grants to help 453 agencies provide bulletproof vests.

The money equips around 33,000 officers with rifle-resistant vests designed to protect against high caliber rounds.

That covers more than 40 percent of licensed law enforcement officers in the state.

The grant program was created by lawmakers last year after a sniper killed five Dallas police officers protecting a Black Lives Matter march in 2016.

“They’re a good thing. They’ll protect the officers,” Charley Wilkison, executive director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, said. “They’re something that should have and could have been done a long time ago and it took a crisis, a tragedy in Dallas to get it done and we’re proud to have supported it.”

Hear more from Wilkison, including his push to extend the program permanently, at 7.

 

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Posted by Karina Kling

@KarinaKling