Inside Texas Politics (11/12/17)

NEWSMAKER
Dallas County Schools, which was abolished by voters on Tuesday, was less than forthcoming to school districts with information, according to Dallas ISD superintendent Dr. Michael Hinojosa. In studio this morning, he explained how the dissolution of DCS, which ran buses for nine local districts, will begin, why the tax that funded DCS won’t immediately go away, and how Dallas ISD will start its own transportation program.


 
STATEWIDE
Sam Johnson, Jeb Hensarling, Ted Poe and Lamar Smith are the four veteran Republican congressmen from Texas who are walking away from Washington, D.C. in 2018. The GOP is in control, so why are they really leaving? Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, discussed the exodus, why complaints are mounting against the federal government after Hurricane Harvey, and the lousy turnout in Texas for Tuesday’s election.


 
MY VOICE
Despite low voter turnout, Dallas still got a perfect 10 for 10. Voters on Tuesday approved all ten bonds on the city’s ballot. New streets, better parks, and improvements across the city are coming. But some residents, who live south of Interstate 30, rightfully wonder whether they'll really see change. Ed Gray, from the Commish Radio Show, explained in My Voice, My Opinion.


 
NEWSMAKER 2
One week ago, 26 worshippers lost their lives in the 11 a.m. service at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs. Then on Monday, a mother of six was murdered while working at a Dollar General store in South Oak Cliff. Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway is among those looking for answers to the gun violence. He said Dallas should begin by reconsidering whether to allow the National Rifle Association to host its annual convention in Dallas next May. Appearing in studio, Caraway explained what he wants the NRA to do first.


 
FLASHPOINT
Election upsets in Virginia on Tuesday have energized Democrats. Candidates on the left defeated incumbent GOP officials. Among the highlights is a transgender woman who won a race against a social conservative. Could Virginia foreshadow next year's mid-term elections? From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer and from the left, author and producer, Katie Sherrod.



ROUNDTABLE
Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Ross returned to discuss whether there will be a political response to the church shooting. The last time Texas had a mass shooting with so many victims, the Luby’s Cafeteria massacre in 1991, it spurred the state to pass concealed carry.

Will lawmakers do anything this time? Plus, the last two mass shootings have affected conservatives deeply — a country music show in Las Vegas and the small-town Baptist church in Texas. Is that changing opinions on firearms for voters on the right? And Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is considering a race against Gov. Greg Abbott. Why so suddenly and what would she bring to the campaign?

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