Inside Texas Politics (7/6/14)

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by JASON WHITELY

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Posted on July 6, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 6 at 5:57 PM

The growing crisis along the Texas border now has political implications in North Texas. When did caring for kids become so political? Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins answers our questions about his plan to bring undocumented, unaccompanied children to North Texas.

WATCH: Judge Clay Jenkins interview


My Voice, My Opinion contributor Chris Krok from WBAP 820 AM says Texans should protest the buses bringing undocumented, unaccompanied children to Dallas and neighboring counties.

WATCH: My Voice, My Opinion


Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune, talks about the crude word a Democratic state representative used to describe Texas Republicans last week. Is this any way for Democrats to reach suburban white women they need for this election? And, Ramsey discusses immigration. Gov. Rick Perry has hit the White House hard over security and immigration. Now the White House is firing back. Is that raising Perry’s profile... or potentially hurting him?

WATCH: Ross Ramsey analysis


Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely spent most of last week in South Texas, and learned something interesting from Gov. Perry. He told a congressional hearing there that the federal government is robbing Texas of its resources. California, Arizona and New Mexico have 17 federal agents for every mile of border; Texas has seven per mile. Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Flower Mound) is taking a closer look at the growing problem. He made a second trip to South Texas to see the problem first-hand. Whitley met Rep. Burgess in McAllen to talk about the children he saw and what the federal response should be.

WATCH: Rep. Michael Burgess interview


Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby can opt out of providing contraception coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That ruling is now rife with political implications, and it's the focus of Flashpoint… from the right, Mark Davis with 660 AM The Answer, and from the left, author and producer Katie Sherrod.

WATCH: Flashpoint


On Reporters Roundtable, Jason Whitely, Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey discuss Attorney General Greg Abbott’s ruling that the Texas locations where dangerous chemicals are kept can be kept secret. Plus: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ campaign sent an e-mail referencing the undocumented, accompanied children coming to North Texas while a group of conservatives now wants to protest the arrival of all the border children in Dallas County. It stokes the base, but doesn’t grow the party. Does the GOP have any chance of attracting Latino voters?

WATCH: Reporters Roundtable


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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