Inside Texas Politics (09/18/16)

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams joins ITP with news that the city and the Texas Rangers don't plan to bulldoze Globe Life Park.

Arlington and the Texas Rangers announced on Inside Texas Politics that the existing baseball stadium will not be bulldozed if voters approve a new one in November. Mayor Jeff Williams appeared on set to explain new uses under consideration for the 22-year-old ballpark, who would pay for renovating it, and the impact this revelation might have on the November ballot. Williams joined host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram. (Don't see video? Go here.)

Ted Cruz is rehabilitating his reputation and buying goodwill from some fellow lawmakers. John Reynolds, editor of the Texas Tribune’s weekly newsletter, sat in for Ross Ramsey this morning. He explained how Cruz’s actions play into his 2018 re-election and 2020 presidential aspirations and discussed the state’s only competitive congressional race – the rematch between freshman Congressman Will Hurd and former Congressman Pete Gallego. (Don't see video? Go here.)

After a couple days off to rest and recuperate, Hillary Clinton has resumed her campaign. For conservative radio hosts like Chris Krok from WBAP AM, Clinton's health is vindication of sorts. He explains in My Voice, My Opinion. (Don't see video? Go here.)

In two weeks, the Obama administration plans to let a contract expire which will remove U.S. government involvement in the Internet. The action has been in the works for several years. But Republicans, led by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, threaten to shut down the government if that happens. U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lake Dallas, appeared in studio to explain why it would be a bad idea. Burgess, one of the few medical doctors in Congress, also took questions about Hillary Clinton’s health and why lawmakers have yet to pass any funding for fighting the Zika virus. (Don't see video? Go here.)

“Hillary's health” is a topic that has gotten a lot of air time in the last week. This morning in Flashpoint, it sparked a wider conversation about transparency. From the right, Mark Davis of 660AM The Answer and from the left author and producer Katie Sherrod. (Don't see video? Go here.)

Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective. Bud and John returned to discuss contradicting findings from the 2016 Texas Lyceum Poll about Donald Trump and the border wall, whether Speaker Joe Straus can convince lawmakers of his legislative priorities for the next legislative session, and the Texas politicos stepping into the Colin Kaepernick controversy. (Don't see video? Go here.)

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