Inside Texas Politics (3/23)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on March 23, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:53 PM

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sits down with host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and maps out his path for a come-from-behind victory in his upcoming GOP runoff election facing challenger Dan Patrick.


Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, talks about a strategy shift for Republican comptroller candidate Glenn Hegar in his race with Democrat Mike Collier; Kinky Friedman's increasingly cozy relationship with the Texas Democratic Party.


Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel reviews President Obama's Final Four picks.


It was a bold statement by Mark McKinnon: Republicans are out of step with gay rights. McKinnon used to work for President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain. Last month, he agreed to co-chair a group called Freedom to Marry, trying to legalize same-sex marriage all across the country. He discusses the aims of his organization from Austin.


Global politics and the confrontation over Crimea — that's the focus of Flashpoint: From the right, Mark Davis with 660 AM The Answer, and from the left, former Democratic State Rep. Domingo Garcia.


On Wednesday, the Dallas City Council faces one of its most controversial votes — an ordinance to ban plastic bags. The Council member pushing the measure for more than a year is Dwaine Caraway, who discusses the issue with host Jason Whitely.


We put the week's political headlines in perspective with Jason Whitely, Ross Ramsey and Bud Kennedy. Equal pay has dominated political news in Texas the last two weeks. Should the GOP embrace the concept, or distance itself from it? Sen. Ted Cruz came to Fort Worth  to endorse Konni Burton in a State Senate race, but he's remaining quiet in the lieutenant governor's race. Why? And Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott called for his Democratic rival Wendy Davis to sever ties with her law clients. She's been a lawyer with clients and a lawmaker, while he's mostly been a judge with little record to run against. Is this a built-in advantage for Abbott?


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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