Inside Texas Politics (5/25/14)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on May 25, 2014 at 9:35 AM

Updated Sunday, May 25 at 3:29 PM

This week on "Inside Texas Politics" — The debate over debates. Will the two Texas gubernatorial candidates even meet face-to-face? After weeks of silence on debates Wendy Davis launches a new strategy, but will it work?

Plus, bold predictions from insiders. Who will win Tuesday's primary runoff elections? Experts explain their picks.

And we'll discuss Jerry Patterson's relentless attacks against Dan Patrick. Now taking his assault to Facebook. What does that do to fellow Republican David Dewhurst?


Early voting is over and the runoff is almost here. While Republican races are the most competitive, there are several Democratic ones we're watching. David Alameel is running for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, and he is in studio with us. His opponent on Tuesday is Kesha Rogers; Her campaign did not immediately respond to our invitation. Asking the questions are "Inside Texas Politics" host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy, a columnist with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


Republicans have the most at stake on Tuesday. The outcome will shape the ballot you see this November, and potentially bring new leadership inside the State Capitol. Two men digesting every development are with us from Austin to offer insight: Republican political consultant Matt Mackowiak and Democratic political consultant Jason Stanford.


Wednesday morning will bring some relief for Republicans tired of all the fighting. The primary and runoffs have been bitter. One man looking forward to moving beyond it is Wade Emmert, chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party.


It has been a half century since one of the most pivotal moments of the civil rights struggle. But now — all these years later — Ed Gray from 411 Reality Radio points out where work remains.


Every Sunday morning we go to Austin to get context from Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune.


Jason Whitely, Ross Ramsey and Bud Kennedy discuss the week's political headlines at the Reporters Roundtable.


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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