The Big Conversation
The Republican Party far from united behind him, Donald Trump comes to Texas today, with plans to hold two rallies and three fundraisers over two days in the Lone Star State.
The presumptive Republican nominee for president will start the trip in Dallas and also spend time in San Antonio, Houston and The Woodlands, a suburb, today and tomorrow. As the Tribune's Patrick Svitek reports, the primary goal of the trip is fundraising, with Mica Mosbacher, a former Ted Cruz fundraiser now involved with Trump's Texas events, saying she is “very hopeful that we'll raise at least $3 or $4 million.”
Trump's rallies have attracted loud protests across the country, and police officers in San Antonio are preparing for conflict to arise when the GOP standard-bearer campaigns there Friday, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
State Democrats, meanwhile, hope to capitalize on anti-Trump sentiment to excite their supporters at their state convention, which begins today in San Antonio. As the Tribune's Khorri Atkinson reports, “comments from state Democrats over the past few weeks indicate the party will use its annual convention to link the divisive real estate mogul to the Texas GOP and emphasize some of his more controversial remarks to galvanize supporters against Republicans in state and local elections.”
U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, the Democrat from Brownsville who recently told Trump to “take your border wall and shove it up your ass,” is scheduled to speak.
Trib Must Reads
High Stakes in a Texas Smuggling Corridor (Video), by Jay Root, Todd Wiseman and Julián Aguilar — In this mini-doc shot in a high-traffic smuggling corridor, watch a "coyote" moving undocumented workers through the woods, listen to a Guatemalan teenager recount her journey to South Texas and ride along with a busy team of U.S. Border Patrol agents.
Lawmakers Seek Roadmap For Ride-Hailing Regulation, by Madlin Mekelburg — State lawmakers are poised to discuss ride-hailing for the second time in two weeks on Thursday, attention many expect to carry into the upcoming legislative session as some legislators attempt to wrest regulatory power from cities.
Texas Man Escapes Death Sentence in Police Chief's Murder, by Jolie McCullough — After a five-day sentencing trial, David Risner, a former police officer, was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the shooting death of Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon.
ACLU: Texas Health Agency Should "Stop Concealing" Abortion Statistics, by Aneri Pattani — The ACLU of Texas is demanding that the Department of State Health Services “stop concealing” abortion statistics for 2014 and make the information public.
Court Changes Texas Death Row Inmate's Sentence to Life, by Johnathan Silver — A man who sexually assaulted and fatally stabbed a 68-year-old woman during a 1995 burglary in Hidalgo County will no longer face execution after he has been determined to be intellectually disabled.
Gov. Greg Abbott Asks Feds for Zika Funding, Guidance, by Edgar Walters — As Texas braces for a possible Zika virus outbreak via local mosquito populations, Gov. Greg Abbott asked federal health officials Wednesday to review the state’s plan to combat the disease, which has been linked to serious birth defects.
The Day Ahead
• The House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development meets at 10 a.m. in the Capitol Extension to hear testimony on how the state can support growth of the shared economy, its impact on traditional businesses and how to define it. It will also hear testimony on how to conduct oversight of items passed by the 84th Legislature.
• The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services meets at 9 a.m. in the Senate Chamber to consider interim charges to study and make recommendations on making partnerships between state-owned mental health hospitals and university health science centers; study recent legislative efforts to divert people with serious mental illness from criminal justice settings; and study and make recommendations on tele-monitoring and telemedicine services.
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Ken Paxton asks appeals court to reconsider ruling on 1 charge, Austin American-Statesman
AG Ken Paxton: Shariah, other foreign laws don’t apply in Texas, The Dallas Morning News
Three women file federal lawsuit against Baylor, Austin American-Statesman
Hurd, Gallego square off over Orlando massacre, San Antonio Express-News
Trump gives Democrats hope as Texas convention opens, Houston Chronicle
San Antonio gun sellers: Orlando shooting, Hillary Clinton could spur gun sales, San Antonio Express-News
Trump tries to find his party, Houston Chronicle
Meet the Plano woman who wears Donald Trump from head to toe, The Dallas Morning News
City eyes restrictions for charter school campuses amid building boom, Austin American-Statesman
Texas Presbyterian churches push against fossil fuel divestment plan, Austin American-Statesman
Former death row inmate Kerry Max Cook fires lawyers, threatens to undo exoneration deal, The Dallas Morning News
Texas Boys State lawmakers teach a lesson in secession, Houston Chronicle
Quote to Note
“We need to present a united front. Yes, Donald's rhetoric is not diplomatic and it's inflammatory, but what you see is what you get.”
— Mica Mosbacher, a former fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz who is helping with Donald Trump's events in Texas
Trib Events for the Calendar
• The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 23-25 at the University of Texas at Austin