Inside Texas Politics (09/11/16)

Rep. John Ratcliffe wants a special prosecutor appointed to investigate Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton after something the Associated Press reported recently.

Inside Texas Politics begins with something as rare as it is expensive; special prosecutors. Ken Starr became a household name in the 1990s. The country has had only 13 of them in the last 38 years but Rockwall Republican John Ratcliffe says it's time for a fourteenth. The congressman wants one appointed to investigate Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton after something the Associated Press reported recently. Ratcliffe made his case with host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram. (Don't see video? Tap here.)

Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign appears to be making an effort in Texas. It’s joining the national Democratic Party in opening offices in this state; the first one happening this weekend in Houston.
Texas Tribune reporter Alana Rocha is in for Ross Ramsey this morning to provide insight on Clinton’s strategy. She also offered context on U.S. Sen. John Cornyn not endorsing U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election. The two have always appeared to have a frosty relationship. Cruz didn't endorse Cornyn either. Should anything deeper be read into it? (Don't see video? Tap here.)

He said he's getting a lot of job offers but David Brown has not shared what he will do when he retires as Dallas Police chief next month. Ed Gray from the Commish Radio Show says Brown has earned those opportunities. He explains in My Voice, My Opinion. (Don't see video? Tap here.)

One of the high-profile names who originally said he would apply to be the next Dallas County District Attorney is now withdrawing. Bill Wirskye, the second assistant District Attorney in Collin County, decided to remove himself from consideration by the governor. Wirskye joined host Jason Whitely to talk about what the governor will look for in appointing the next D.A., how long it might take and who is a likely favorite. (Don't see video? Tap here.)

The first Presidential debate is September 26 – a little more than two weeks from now. What should you expect to see? That sparked this morning's Flashpoint. From the right, Mark Davis of 660AM The Answer and from the left author and producer Katie Sherrod. (Don't see video? Tap here.)

Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Alana and Bud returned to discuss Gov. Abbott's strategy in finding a replacement for Susan Hawk, the impact of endorsements for Hillary Clinton from The Dallas Morning News and NBA Mavs owner Mark Cuban, and the challenge of replacing top city officials with lingering pension problems. (Don't see video? Tap here.)

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