Ted Cruz Meets With Dallas Morning News Editorial Board. The senator had turned them down, citing scheduling conflicts. There isn’t a whole lot that’s new here, particularly around Cruz’s policy stances. He does try and walk back a “caricature that is less than accurate” of a bomb throwing malcontent who is unwilling to compromise on legislation. He did, however, do what the president has had trouble doing and decried racists in Charlottesville and elsewhere: They’re “a handful of racist kooks. That is an extreme fringe, and it’s not representative of the country. And I think Nazis are grotesquely evil, racist bigots and idiots. I think the Klan are morons.” At the end of it, I don’t think it’ll convert anyone from either side. Neither does editor Mike Wilson.
Klyde Warren Could Get a $76 Million Expansion. We’re looking at another 1.2 acres with a 20,000 square foot pavilion and, apparently, a Merry-Go-Round. The expansion got $10 million in the bond package, and was an effort to stretch the park closer to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. The rest of the money will be a mix of federal and private dollars; construction could begin in 2019.
We’re in the Wettest Fall on Record. It’s hurting businesses. Austin is flooding. For the local forecast, the sun is coming this weekend, but we’re putting up with a little bit of rain today. No more than a couple inches. Hopefully.