Inside Texas Politics (2/18/18)

NEWSMAKER

Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, has talked about retirement before and she has changed her mind before. Johnson, 82, is running for a 14th term next month. She represents District 30 which includes downtown Dallas, Duncanville, DeSoto, Lancaster, Oak Cliff and most of the southern portion of the county. On February 2, WFAA reached out to the congresswoman’s office and her campaign inviting her to appear this morning. A few days ago, her chief of staff said she could not do it this week. So, WFAA asked the congresswoman’s office to provide a date that works best for her schedule. After exchanging seven emails over several days, Congresswoman Johnson’s team never would provide any date when she could appear on Inside Texas Politics. So, in studio are her two Democratic challengers: former state representative and Dallas city councilwoman Barbara Mallory Caraway and Eric Williams, a filmmaker and former journalist who is now an educational consultant. Joining the questioning with host Jason Whitely is Bud Kennedy of the Star-Telegram.

STATEWIDE

The Texas prison system faces new questions about its execution drugs. Specifically, have those drugs expired? Is their shelf life over? The Texas Tribune filed an open records request hoping to find out but says the Texas Department of Criminal Justice wasn’t immediately forthcoming with…

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