Inside Texas Politics (5/4)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on May 4, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Updated Monday, May 5 at 6:20 PM

A power play is under way at Dallas Love Field. We'll ask the mayor pro tem why the future of two gates at the airport have become so political.

Plus: In the same week Greg Abbott is in Dallas talking education, the Supreme Court hands the Texas attorney general a loss against the Obama administration.

Also, can Wendy Davis not win? The Democratic Governors Association says Texas isn't a focus for money and support.

And is momentum shifting in the Republican race for Attorney General? Dan Branch says he's closing in on Ken Paxton.

We begin with the Republican runoff for attorney general. Dan Branch is in studio with us representing House District 108 in Dallas for more than a decade. We invited the front-runner in the campaign, Sen. Ken Paxton from McKinney to appear, but his campaign did not respond to repeated messages. Branch is questioned by Inside Texas Politics host Jason Whitely and Bud Kennedy, a columnist with WFAA media partner the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.


We just saw Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott in Dallas laying out his education proposals. He often campaigns with the fact that he sues the Obama administration. But he just lost a big case to the White House in the Supreme Court last week. Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of WFAA media partner The Texas Tribune discusses the race for the governor's mansion.


The Dallas City Council meets Wednesday morning, and among the items under discussion are two gates at Love Field. The Justice Department awarded them to Virgin America, But the City Council says, "not so fast." Walking us through the politics of all this is Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins.


It sounds like a small sum, but $2.85 has turned into a contentious political issue. That's how much Democrats want to raise the minimum wage. But Republicans successfully blocked the bill from coming up in Congress. Would it help or hurt the economy? That's the topic on this week's Flashpoint: From the right, Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer and from the left, author and producer Katie Sherrod.


Time now for Reporters Roundtable, where Jason Whitely, Ross Ramsey and Bud Kennedy put the week's political headlines in perspective. The Democratic Governors Association said Texas is not a focus for the organization; does that suggest Wendy Davis can't win in Texas? Democrats are getting into the Republican runoff for lieutenant governor. The state party created MountainDewhurst.com,  which is critical of the incumbent lieutenant governor. But he called it a badge of honor. Does it rally his supporters, help opponent Dan Patrick... or does it even matter?


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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