Greg Abbott Shoots Down Local Rep's Call for Independent Watkins Investigation

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Sam Merten
Craig Watkins
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott rejected a request from Republican state Representative Jason Villalba to investigate Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins' use of asset forfeiture funds to make good on a February 2013 traffic accident Watkins caused. Abbott told Villalba that he can't initiate an investigation based solely on a request from a legislator.

That doesn't mean Villalba is giving up just yet.

Debbie Denmon, spokeswoman for Watkins, says the district attorney was driving a county SUV to a law enforcement gathering to give a speech. On the Dallas North Tollway, Watkins glanced at his speech, Denmon says, and rear-ended another vehicle. Repairs to both vehicles, as well as the other driver's medical bills, were paid with forfeiture funds Watkins controls.

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Texas Is Not Turning Blue Anytime Soon

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Not likely to change much in the near future, says The New York Times

An analysis of data compiled and released by The New York Times surmises that, despite the hopes and claims of groups like Battleground Texas, Texas is unlikely to become a Democratic stronghold, or even a consistent battleground, anytime soon.

The reason? Unlike other southern states that have seen swings in voting patterns -- like North Carolina or Virginia -- Texas' population growth stems largely from a high in-state birth rate and migration from outside of the United States, rather than regional migration within the United States.

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Texas Republican Leaders Think Gay Marriage Leads to Polygamy, Incest and Pedophilia

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Jose Antonio Navas
These two women just got married. So now everyone's probably going to go crazy.

We already knew homosexuality was pretty much the same thing as alcoholism. But now, top Texas GOP leaders inform us that allowing gay marriage would be akin to allowing polygamy, incest and pedophilia, according to a brief filed by members of the Texas Conservative Coalition in support of Texas' ban on gay marriages.

Included on list of those who signed the document are lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and several other top party names, totaling 63 Texas Republican politicians who think that if gay people marry the world would completely fall apart.

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Did Those 15 Minutes of Air Time Between Obama and Perry Accomplish Anything? (No.)

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Air Force One, which the president parked at DFW yesterday before flying a helicopter with Gov. Perry to Love Field. We wonder how much that political compromise cost?
President Obama and Governor Perry have been facing weeks of political tension regarding the recent surge in unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing central America and arriving at the Texas border. Although Dallas has made headlines in its promise to shelter many of these kids, it's an issue that has been attracting national concern: Perry sent an open letter to President Obama criticizing his border policies. Obama, meanwhile, is seeking more than $3.7 billion in emergency funds from Congress to deal with the crisis, and taking political fire for not visiting the border himself.

Obama traveled Texas this week to attend fundraisers in Denver, Dallas and Austin. He flew to DFW airport before taking a 15-minute helicopter ride from DFW to Love Field. During those 15 minutes, Perry accompanied Obama on the helicopter to fulfill the meeting that Perry had requested.

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Really? Cleveland?

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Yvette Cendes
Another gorgeous summer day in Cleveland, the jewel of Lake Erie.

GOP leadership has officially announced that exotic, exciting Cleveland will be hosting the RNC convention in 2016. The final announcement has come after weeks of teasers.

Last month, the RNC selection committee narrowed the convention site shortlist to four cities. Then, last week, they announced that Kansas City and Denver had been eliminated. Yesterday, the Twitterverse was in a frenzy hoping that the RNC would choose between Cleveland and Dallas.

Finally, after you could just about cut the tension with a bullet from your air rifle, the RNC announced this morning that Cleveland was the lucky winner. We hope you're all as tickled as we are with this decision.

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Congressman Steve Stockman Gave an Interview That's Insane, Even for Him

Representative Steve Stockman

Houston-area House member Steve Stockman never fails to make Unfair Park grateful it's based in DFW rather than anywhere near the congressman's Bayou City fiefdom. The guy has suggested arming infants, walked out of one State of the Union address and invited Ted Nugent to another. He's also raised funds to cover his defunct Senate campaign's debts by disingenuously promising to try to impeach President Obama -- whom Stockman apparently believes is a secret Muslim.

Unfair Park could go on and on. All that he's done is what makes his interview with World Net Daily earlier this month so amazing. If you view Stockman as some sort performance artist, he's clearly taken his work to the next level. If you don't, and you weren't already scared that this guy represents our state at the federal level, you should be terrified now.

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Dallas County Plans to House Thousands of New Child Migrants from Central America

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Judge Clay Jenkins is proposing to bring around 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant kids from south Texas to Dallas.
It's not a new problem, but it does appear to be a growing one, and it's definitely one politicians are talking more and more about in public settings. The flood of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America is expected to reach all-time highs this year, with as many as 60,000 kids crossing the border. It's a situation to which President Obama recently called national attention, but to the many lawyers and humanitarian workers across the country already working on behalf of these kids, it's hardly a surprising one.

And while border officials and humanitarian workers struggle to take care of these kids in south Texas facilities, those are little more than overcrowded prisons for children. According to Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins, Dallas could soon be doing its part to alleviate the stretched border resources for these children.

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More Or Less Everyone Agrees That Rick Perry Is a Moron for Comparing Homosexuality to Alcoholism

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Gage Skidmore
Smug, per usual
If nothing else, Rick Perry deserves points for hubris.

In California to stump up business for Texas -- including a proposed factory to build batteries for Teslas -- the governor responded to questions about the Texas GOP platform's endorsement of dangerous reparative therapy for LGBTQ individuals by comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.

"Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that," Perry told the Commonwealth Club of California, "I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way."

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A Non-Texan's Guide to Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling, Potential House Majority Leaders

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U.S. Representatives Pete Sessions and Jeb Hensarling. Both are on the right. Sessions is the one with grayer hair.
House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor went down to ignominious defeat in his Republican primary in Virginia last night, becoming the first sitting majority leader to lose a party primary in the position's history. In the upset's aftermath, two North Texas representatives -- Pete Sessions of Dallas and Jeb Hensarling, whose gerrymandered district includes parts of Dallas County and extends far enough southeast to include Palestine -- have emerged as potential contenders for the seat.

Here in Dallas, we know Sessions and Hensarling well, so we thought we'd provide the rest of the country with a sampling of some of the pair's quotes, votes and moments -- because, really, we're sorry about that whole Ted Cruz thing, America.

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When Tea Party AstroTurf Withers: The Jo Lynn Haussmann Story

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Jo Lynn Haussmann

Keller ISD board member Jo Lynn Haussmann was censured at a special meeting of the board last night. She was asked to resign, too, but that was never going to happen. She offered a half-hearted apology for the Facebook comment that led to the meeting -- the one in which she informed Southlake voters that, because of their low turnout, they were now stuck with a "MUSLIM" on City Council -- and that was it.

Short of getting Haussmann removed by a district judge, there's nothing Keller ISD can do. They are stuck with a Haussmann, a Tea Party backed and funded candidate elected with fewer than 2,200 votes.

The thing is, if anyone had been paying attention to a suburban school board election, and Unfair Park realizes that's a big if, this whole mess probably could have been avoided. Rumors -- with a decent amount of documentation -- about Haussmann's bigotry and her self-admitted dementia have been floating around for months, before she was even elected.

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