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The Dallas County Democratic Party is one of the most successful and powerful parties in the state. But the woman who has run it for almost a decade faces a challenge. Incumbent chair Darlene Ewing and Heath Harris, the man who wants her job, face questions from host Jason Whitely and Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.

In My Voice, My Opinion, a story that has captured international attention: The family of a brain-dead North Texas woman wants to take her off life-support. But she is pregnant, and Texas law requires she be kept alive until a viable baby can be delivered. People are lining up on both sides of this issue. Contributor Chris Krok from WBAP 820 AM shares his viewpoint.

The first national political scandal of the year is unfolding in New Jersey, where Republican Gov. Chris Christie is under fire after revelations that members of his staff intentionally blocked traffic for political retaliation. That's the focus of Flashpoint this week with author and producer Katie Sherrod on the left and Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer on the right.

We put the week's political headlines in perspective during Reporters Roundtable. Host Jason Whitely is joined in studio by Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy and from Austin by Scott Braddock of the Quorum Report. They discuss Wendy Davis' offensive in her gubernatorial race against Greg Abbott; the immigration reform pitting the tea party against big business; and political endorsements by the father of Sen. Ted Cruz.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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