Inside Texas Politics (2/23)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on February 23, 2014 at 11:20 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 23 at 5:50 PM

We're starting this week with the race for State Senate District 16. Dallas real estate developer Don Huffines is challenging incumbent John Carona in the GOP primary.

We asked Mr. Huffines to appear on this broadcast, but his staff said he is unavailable. We offered to accommodate him, but his staff said he's busy making direct contact with voters.

So Sen. John Carona is appearing alone to face questions from host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.


We're turning the mirror on the media this week. The Texas Tribune has faced questions about its model of journalism, including allegations that donors pay for favor in stories and their contributions aren't as transparent as they could be. Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of the Tribune, talks about the issues.


David Letterman has some thoughts on a meeting between President Obama and his Mexican counterpart.


Dallas has four days to finish its bid for the 2016 Republican National Convention. The man behind the effort is Phillip Jones, CEO of the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.


Conservative contributor Chris Krok with WBAP 820 AM raises a question about one of our congressional races. What's better, he asks: A candidate who walks away from his marriage after 27 years, or someone who was once arrested for shoplifting with her child?


Democrats are blasting it. And some Republicans question it. Should Greg Abbott have campaigned with Ted Nugent? Nugent has made vulgar remarks about women and the president. That's the focus of Flashpoint this week. From the right, Mark Davis with 660 AM The Answer; and from the left, former Democratic State Rep. Domingo Garcia.


Time now to put the headlines in perspective. Ross, Bud and Jason continue the conversation about Ted Nugent and his impact on the Texas governor's race. Plus: There's a new revelation in the lieutenant governor's race: Dan Patrick is said to have employed undocumented immigrants in the 80s. Republican rival Jerry Patterson dug up the allegation. Does it hurt Patrick... or make Patterson look desperate? 


E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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