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Ballots Behind, Battle Ahead: What's Next For America?


Five stories that have North Texas talking: Obama 2.0, tragedy in Greenville, Senator Wendy Davis' first target and more.

We know which surprising trends the election results affirmed, but assuming those truths will remain static for long with challenges like the fiscal cliff in view is probably a mistake. Two area political science professors weighed in on what should come first for Obama administration 2.0 yesterday on Think.

Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, associate professor of political science at the University of North Texas, called the temptation for the Democratic party to rest on its laurels a “real risk:”

“I don’t think the Democratic party should be too confident in their hold on the Latino vote,” he said, adding that if concrete action isn’t taken on the immigration front within the year, Hispanic voters could change course. (As the ever-sage BJ Austin just put it while perched on my desk, you can’t fool people twice.)

Victoria Farrar-Myers, professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington, joined Eshbaugh-Soha on the show. Listen to the archive here.

-- Lyndsay Knecht

At Vigil For Murdered Teen, Anger And Many Questions

Why would Greenville police wait until the next day to notify the school district when a student disappears after she was last seen stepping off one of its buses? And why would police not issue a public alert for three days?

These are the questions family, friends and classmates of 16-year-old Alicia Moore asked tearfully in Greenville last night, where a vigil was held to remember the teen who was found murdered on Tuesday. She disappeared Friday after getting off a school bus.

WFAA’s Jonathan Betz has the story.

-- Lyndsay Knecht

For Davis, Education Comes First. No, Really

What will Wendy Davis do first in her new term as Texas senator? Get past the past and dig into the business realm to find funding for education, that’s what. Our own Bill Zeeble reports Davis intends to work with the Texas Association of Business to figure out how to help middle-income families afford college for their kids when public funding for state universities has been cut.

The TAB endorsed Davis’ opponent Mark Shelton in the primary.

-- Lyndsay Knecht

Future Of The Klyde Warren Picnic, Now With Whole Foods

I find it tony enough that one can picnic at a public park with blanket atop completely flat ground (cafe tables and chairs do not a picnic make, but you can eat at those too.) But never mind that; in a few years, Klyde Warren lunchers will have access to fresh ground almond butter from a Whole Foods bulk section walking distance from the park.

The chain announced they’ll build a store in Uptown on McKinney between Fairmont and Routh. It should open in 2015, after Whole Foods locations at the Shops at Highland Village and Fort Worth open their doors.

-- Lyndsay Knecht

Not Safe For Picnic Discourse: Disbarred Dallas Lawyer Redecorates

Disbarred attorney Tom Corea initially faced a bevy of charges for keeping cash intended for clients. To make matters worse, reports now allege that Tom, after being evicted from his office for nonpayment, thoroughly trashed the place.

Apparently, this kind of destruction involved sledge hammers, urine, feces, and anatomic scrawlings on “every wall”. Corea went back to jail on Tuesday.

An estimated $100,000 of “complete destruction” was meted out against the defenseless office.

-- Justin Martin