Inside Texas Politics (12/17/17)

NEWSMAKER:

For the first time in years, Texas Democrats will fight it out over the nomination for governor. Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is up against a number of candidates including Andrew White, the son of former Governor Mark White and Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne. Sheriff Valdez discussed her path to victory with host Jason Whitely, and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram.

STATEWIDE:

As one elected official after the other resigns from Congress over sexual harassment allegations, the swamp appears to be draining itself.  U.S Rep. Joe Barton (R-District 6) was the first to do so from Texas. The latest is U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold, a Republican from Corpus Christi. Alana Rocha is in for Ross Ramsey from the Texas Tribune. Rocha discussed whether Farenthold’s resignation will put that district in jeopardy. Rocha also talked about the party leaders who are working on political campaigns, and that former Judge Paul Pressler is facing a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a boy back in the 1970s.

MY VOICE, MY OPINION:

Many believe that solving sexual harassment is a societal issue not a partisan one. Debbie Georgatos from 660 AM The Answer said Democrats shouldn’t use it for political gain in this week’s My Voice, My Opinion.

NEWSMAKER 2:

Democrats across the country have some momentum after their underdog candidate, Doug Jones, beat Republican Roy Moore for the United States Senate in Alabama. Did Jones win because Moore was a flawed candidate, with allegations that he dated underage girls when he was an adult? Or could something wider be drawn from the upset by Democrat Jones? Jordan Powell, a Dallas based Republican, discussed  the Alabama Senate race.

FLASHPOINT:

Republican Roy Moore’s surprising defeat in Alabama also sparked this week’s Flashpoint. From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer. And from the left, Rich Hancock from Virtual News Center.com

ROUNDTABLE:

Reporters roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud Kennedy and Alana Rocha returned to discuss whether President Donald Trump or Steve Bannon’s brand is tarnished in Texas, what’s next for white evangelicals who supported Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, and the DWI arrest video of State Representative Victoria Neave.

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