Join The Discussion

 

Hanover Property plans $300M Fort Worth residential development

Hanover Property Co. of Dallas has snapped up 358 acres at FM 156 Blue Mound Road and U.S. 287 in North Fort Worth for a $300 million, master-planned development.

read more >

Houston attorney gives $1M endowment to Texas A&M University School of Law

Anthony G. Buzbee and his law firm have given a $1 million endowment to the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.

read more >

UT Arlington's new president sets a standard

Since taking the reins as the eighth president of the University of Texas at Arlington nearly a year ago, Vistasp Karbhari is committed to advancing the university’s national and international profile while encouraging and celebrating student, faculty and staff success.

read more >

AT&T looks to hook up Fort Worth and area cities with fast fiber network

Fort Worth and several area cities are among the 100 cities where AT&T will expand its GigaPower ultra-fast fiber network.

read more >

NYC comptroller questions Texas oil company's NRA giving

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman's reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads.

read more >

 

 

Protesters gather at Davis event

 

Dave Montgomery
Austin Correspondent


HALTOM CITY -- Thousands of hopeful Democrats gathered here today for Wendy Davis’ expected plunge into the 2014 governor’s race as about two dozen red-clad Republicans turned out to protest her stand on abortion.
Ground zero for Davis’ long-anticipated announcement was Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum, where the Democratic state senator received her high school diploma 31 years ago.


Throngs of supporters began gathering hours before Davis’ scheduled remarks around 5 p.m., eager to welcome her into the race as Democrats’ most competitive candidate in years. Democrats haven’t won a statewide office since 1994 and believe Davis has the political muscle and popularity to reverse that trend.
Davis, a former Fort Worth city councilwoman who represents Senate District 10 in Tarrant County, surged to overnight stardom after waging a filibuster against a Republican-backed abortion restriction bill that was ultimately signed into law.

She is frequently compared to the late Gov. Ann Richards, who served from 1991 to 1995 and was the last Democrat to hold the office.
“She’s going to win if I have to anything to say about it,” said Valery Guignon of Dallas, who said she moved to Texas from California when Richards was governor “because I wanted to be in the state she was in charge of.”
Of Davis, Guignon said. “She’s the best going we’ve had in a long time.” She called the Fort Worth Democrat a candidate “with a lot of guts and a lot of courage.”
Up to 5,000 Texans RSVP’d to the event to hear Davis officially announce a decision that has seemed inevitable for weeks. Others planned “watch parties’ around the state to their candidate long-distance.
Bill Berke, a former Denton County Republican chairman from the Reagan era, was also in line to join the Davis brigades. “I’ll vote for Wendy,” said Berke, an 82-year-old retired construction manager who lives in Haltom City. “I’m not going to vote for the Republican fellow.”


The “other fellow” is Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the Republican front-runner for the nomination to succeed outgoing Gov. Rick Perry. A poll on Wedneday by the Texas Lyceum, a statewide non-partisan leadership group, showed Abbott with an eight point lead, with 50 percent of the respondents still undecided.
About 20 local Republicans clad in red lined a sidewalk outside the coliseum to protest Davis’ opposition to the abortion bill that Perry signed into law. Tarrant County Republican chairwoman Jennifer Hall said the local party organized the protest to show that Davis “is out of step with mainstream voters.”
“We just want people to know that Tarrant County is conservative,” said Hall. Asked about Davis’ chances, Hall said: “I think she’s going to lose.”
 

< back

Email   email
hide
Perry vs Cuomo
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has challenged New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate on economic policy. If it is held, who would win?