Inside Texas Politics (9/28/14)

Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy talk with the two candidates campaigning for the State Senate District 10 seat, which Wendy Davis is vacating to run for governor. The two women who want to replace her are Republican Konni Burton, a Tea Party activist and grass roots leader; and Democrat Libby Willis, a long-time civic leader with roots in historic preservation.

Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune, discusses George P. Bush, the Republican candidate for Texas Land Commissioner. Bush says he will not endorse his dad, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in the 2016 election. What does that suggest? Plus: Gov. Rick Perry's Enterprise Fund is supposed to attract business to Texas. But a state audit showed more than $200 million went to firms that weren't screened... or didn't even apply. Now Democrats say Attorney General Greg Abbott should be reviewing those payments.

Dallas politicians have talked about building a toll road between the levees inside the Trinity River Floodway for years, but have never been able to make it a reality. Turns out, the Dallas City Council might be able to walk away from its contract with the North Texas Tollway Authority to build that road after City Council member Scott Griggs received that opinion from the City Attorney. It's an option no one seemed to know existed.

The big national news this week is Attorney General Eric Holder, who is stepping down after almost six years. Now comes the debate over his legacy, and we have two sharply different opinions from Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer on the right, and author and producer Katie Sherrod on the left.

Jason Whitely, Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey provide perspective on the Travis County District Attorney's decision not to investigate Republican Ken Paxton until after the November election. Republicans were just upset a few weeks ago, saying the Travis County D.A. is a liberal partisan; this seems to benefit Paxton, who's a Republican. Doesn't this go against the perception of a partisan D.A.'s office? Plus, they discuss the two debates coming up this week: Lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte on Monday and gubernatorial hopefuls Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis on Tuesday. Will voters see anything besides canned answers?


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