Inside Texas Politics (11/24)

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by JASON WHITELY

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Posted on November 24, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:53 PM

Fifty years ago Sunday morning, Channel 8 and ABC were in the middle of continuous coverage of the aftermath of President Kennedy's assassination. It was on this day that Jack Ruby murdered accused assassin Lee Harvey Oswald.

Dallas carefully controlled commemorations this year, but couldn't control the words of an essay in The New York Times. It not only irked many in North Texas, but also prompted a rare response from The Dallas Morning News.

Our studio guest is William McKenzie, the News editorial board columnist who wrote that reply.

On My Voice, My Opinion, it's time to get back to the biggest issue in Texas politics, according to Bud Kennedy from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — that's the campaign for "open carry." Kennedy says voices on both sides have gotten louder about the call to carry visible weapons — but not smarter.

Aside from Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson, John F. Kennedy was one of the most die-hard Democrats. But in this week's Flashpoint, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer says if Kennedy were alive today, he'd be a Republican. But author and producer Katie Sherrod is shaking her head at that notion.

On Reporters Roundtable, we put the headlines in perspective. Gromer Jeffers, political writer for The Dallas Morning News and News Austin bureau chief Christy Hoppe discuss the veteran Texas Sen. Leticia Van de Putte and her decision to seek the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Does she strengthen Sen. Wendy Davis' bid for the governor's mansion?

The host of Inside Texas Politics is WFAA political reporter Jason Whitely.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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