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Top Stories: State Sen. Royce West Is Not Worried About Dallas County GOP Lawsuit


The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

There's no movement yet on a lawsuit by the Dallas County Republican Party to remove 128 Democrats from the primary ballot.

The suit alleges the county's Democratic Party chair didn't sign the candidates' petitions as required by law before sending them to the Texas Secretary of State's office.

State Senator Royce West of Dallas is among the candidates at risk for being removed from the ballot. He told WFAA's Inside Texas Politicshe's not worried.

Lawyers for 14 of candidates have asked a court to dismiss the case. They say the Dallas County GOP have no standing to bring the suit, since they are not candidates in the election.

Ballots have already been printed and the absentee voting process began on Jan. 20.

Other stories this morning:

  • The executive committee of the Texas Republican Party over the weekend voted to censure House Speaker Joe Straus.
  • Plano-based Dr Pepper Snapple Group has merged with Keurig Green Mountain to create Keurig Dr Pepper, a beverage giant with a combined $11 billion in annual sales.
  • “New Year, New Me” often means a resolution for weight loss. We talk about how to go about it in a healthy way in this edition of Vital Signs.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM. 

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.