Inside Texas Politics (3/19/17)

Newsmaker: Mayor Rawlings answers questions on 911 problems

NEWSMAKER

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings appeared in studio to face direct questions about the city’s 911 problems, why both promised infrastructure updates were never carried out and why staffing was not sustained, among other issues. "I blame me as the mayor. The buck's gotta stop here. Obviously, I didn't kick enough rear throughout that organization,” said Rawlings to host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram. The mayor also added that Dallas is about to start a nationwide search for a new police chief and he said he hopes to have someone in the position by July. Finally, Rawlings offered updates on solving the Dallas Police and Fire Pension crisis.



STATEWIDE

It was a bipartisan road trip streamed on Facebook Live that made national news. Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke from El Paso and Republican Congressman Will Hurd from South Texas hopped in a Chevy Impala and drove to Washington, D.C. last week after the blizzard affected their flights. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, explained why it likely helped them both politically. Ramsey also shared why there’s growing support for a state ban on texting while driving. Finally, he discussed why Texas is suing former governor Rick Perry, the current secretary of energy, over nuclear waste.


MY VOICE, MY OPINION

The bathroom bill passed the Senate and now heads to the House. But its likelihood of moving forward in that chamber appears unlikely now. Chris Krok from WBAP 820 AM shares his thoughts in My Voice, My Opinion.

NEWSMAKER 2

Federal judges said the state's 2011 congressional district map is no good because it discriminates against minorities. Still, there's no clear path on what happens next. Democrats want answers and among them is State Rep. Eric Johnson, a Dallas Democrat. He's asking for a hearing in the House and is in the studio to talk about what might happen next.


FLASHPOINT

The Senate recently passed a strong bill against so-called sanctuary cities. Now, the House is debating it. What will the legislation finally look like? From the right this morning, Wade Emmert, former chair of the Dallas County Republican Party and from the left, former Democratic State Rep. Domingo Garcia.

ROUNDTABLE

Reporters Roundtable puts the headlines in perspective each week. Bud and Ross returned to discuss why the Texas House and Senate opposed Governor Abbott’s request to double funding for pre-kindergarten classes, steps the legislature might take with mental health funding this session, and legal action likely to come as President Trump makes plans to extend a physical wall along the U.S. – Mexico border.

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