Inside Texas Politics (11/19/17)

Inside Texas Politics: Full episode 11/19

NEWSMAKER

In less than two weeks, the City of Dallas will debut its new  Cite and Release program. Beginning December 1, 2017, anyone caught with small amounts of marijuana will be issued a summons rather than go to jail. Republican Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson discussed the implications of the new ordinance.  She also talked about the Cite and Release community forum she will host on November 28.  District Attorney Johnson joined host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram. 

Click on this link for more information about the Cite and Release Policy community forum.


 

STATEWIDE

The Texas legislature doesn’t reconvene for another fourteen months. However, several of Dallas's most well-known business leaders testified before a committee last week telling lawmakers another bathroom bill will be bad for business. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, discussed whether business leaders are worried that this bill be back next session, TXDOT’s use of accounting tricks to build more toll roads, and the death of Democratic mega-donor Steve Mostyn.


 

MY VOICE, MY OPINION

A Dallas County district attorney was fired last week after she was recorded berating an Uber driver. Jody Warner even used her professional position. Chris Krok, from WBAP 820 AM, explained how the incident became political in My Voice, My Opinion.
 


 

NEWSMAKER 2

Sexual harassment in politics is real. Allegations against Roy Moore, candidate for the Alabama United States Senate, really got the conversation going. And then an image of Minnesota Senator Al Franken came out. Appearing in studio, Republican consultant Jordan Powell discussed how Congress and even state lawmakers will handle sexual harassment. Powell, a former deputy campaign manager for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, now runs RedRight Strategies in Dallas.
 


 

FLASHPOINT

Now to a question:  Can you compare allegations against candidate for Alabama U.S. Senate Roy Moore to what women said about former President Bill Clinton back in the 90s?
The Atlantic wrote an article suggesting Democrats need to confront their own past. This week’s Flashpoint debates the differences. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer.
And from the left, Rich Hancock of Virtual News Center radio.
 


 

ROUNDTABLE

Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey returned to discuss the sexual harassment complaints causing upheaval at both Congress and the Texas Capitol, U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s bipartisan bill to crack down on federal background checks for gun buyers, and Bruce Jacobson, a Christian  TV producer, challenging U. S. Senator Ted Cruz.

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