Dallas dodges list of Amazon HQ2 ‘biggest losers’

The Dallas-Fort Worth area may or may not ultimately win Amazon.com Inc.’s second headquarters, but at least North Texas has escaped a list of “biggest losers” for the highly coveted project.

Toronto, Los Angeles and Miami were tagged with that distinction in an Op-Ed published Wednesday in The Daily Caller, a conservative news and opinion website based in Washington, D.C.

Twenty metro areas have made it to the second phase of the selection process for Seattle-based Amazon’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) second headquarters, dubbed HQ2.

The Daily Caller knocked Toronto for its lack of incentives and, well, just generally being in Canada.

The publication dinged Los Angeles for high taxes, onerous regulations and a housing crisis.

Miami made the biggest-loser list because it lacks a major research university focused on tech, and because it might be headed underwater.

“There’s little chance (Amazon CEO) Jeff Bezos, firmly in the climate change camp, is going to commit to low-lying Miami,” Keith Naughton, a public affairs consultant, writes in the Op-Ed.

In a related story, a new website and petition have been formed, called “Obviously Not D.C.,” that argue against planting HQ2 in Washington.

“In a city with a housing and homelessness crisis, where tens of thousands of longtime black residents have been pushed out over the last decade, our city leaders are clamoring to bring in up to 50,000 new, likely affluent residents, without any conversation about the impact on longtime residents,” the website says.

The Daily Caller also calls New York City and Chicago longshots for HQ2. Both are cities that “might be in the running, but shouldn’t,” the Op-Ed says.

New York is bashed for being expensive, congested and a political minefield for Amazon.

“Unlike pro-business cities like Atlanta and Dallas, or mid-tier cities where Amazon can dominate politics (Columbus, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh), Amazon is practically guaranteed to be stuck in a political morass and will find (New York City) much more expensive than it thinks,” the Op-Ed says.

Chicago, meanwhile, has the worst public finances in the United States and corrupt politics to boot, it says.

Earlier this year, Amazon announced 20 metro areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, as finalists for the $5 billion campus, which is expected to bring 50,000 high-paying jobs over the next 10 to 15 years.

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TX Fort Worth TX Zone Forecast

TX Fort Worth TX Zone Forecast for Friday, February 2, 2018

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Zone Forecast Product

National Weather Service Fort Worth TX

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

TXZ119-032230-

Dallas-

Including the city of Dallas

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny this morning…then becoming mostly cloudy.

Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the

mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. Highs in the

upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

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.SUNDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy. Cold with lows around 40.

Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph.

.MONDAY…Cloudy. Highs around 60. East winds 5 to 10 mph

shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of rain 40 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the mid 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy. Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the lower 30s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the upper 30s.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

TXZ118-032230-

Tarrant-

Including the cities of Fort Worth and Arlington

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny this morning…then becoming mostly cloudy.

Highs in the lower 60s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly

cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South

winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east after midnight.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Northeast winds 5 to

10 mph.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy. Cold with lows in the upper 30s.

Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Cloudy. Highs around 60. East winds around 5 mph

becoming south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of rain 40 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the upper 60s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the mid 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then becoming partly sunny.

Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows around 30.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Partly sunny in the morning…then becoming mostly

cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

TXZ159-032230-

McLennan-

Including the city of Waco

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs around

60. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly

cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the mid 40s. South

winds 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. Warmer with

highs around 70. Northwest winds around 5 mph shifting to the

northeast in the afternoon.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.MONDAY…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in

the lower 60s. East winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the southeast

in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of rain 30 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 70s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the upper 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Much

cooler with highs around 50.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the lower

30s.

.THURSDAY…Partly sunny in the morning…then becoming mostly

sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the upper 30s.

.FRIDAY…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in

the upper 50s.

TXZ158-032230-

Bell-

Including the cities of Killeen, Temple, and Fort Hood

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers. Highs in the

lower 60s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph becoming south 10 to

15 mph this afternoon.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of

showers in the evening…then partly cloudy after midnight.

Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s. South winds

10 to 15 mph becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph after midnight.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Sunny, warmer with highs in

the lower 70s. Northwest winds around 5 mph shifting to the

northeast in the afternoon.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.MONDAY…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in

the mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the

southeast in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the mid 50s.

Chance of rain 30 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Warmer with highs in the mid 70s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much cooler with lows around 40.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Much

cooler with highs in the lower 50s.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the lower

30s.

.THURSDAY…Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the upper 30s.

.FRIDAY…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Highs in

the upper 50s.

TXZ104-032230-

Collin-

Including the cities of Plano, McKinney, Allen, and Frisco

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny this morning…then becoming mostly cloudy.

Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the

mid 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Mostly sunny. Highs in the

mid 60s. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the upper 30s.

North winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to

10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the lower 50s.

Chance of rain 50 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs in

the mid 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the mid 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then becoming partly sunny.

Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows around 30.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.

TXZ103-032230-

Denton-

Including the cities of Carrollton, Denton, Lewisville,

and Flower Mound

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny this morning…then becoming mostly cloudy.

Highs around 60. South winds 10 to 15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly

cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s.

Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the east after midnight.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.

Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds 5 to

10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the lower 50s.

Chance of rain 40 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the lower 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then becoming mostly sunny.

Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the upper 20s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

TXZ093-032230-

Grayson-

Including the cities of Sherman and Denison

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to

15 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the

lower 40s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Sunny. Highs in the lower

60s. Northeast winds around 5 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in

the afternoon.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the lower 30s.

North winds 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to

10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the upper 40s.

Chance of rain 50 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with showers and thunderstorms likely. Highs in

the lower 60s. Chance of rain 60 percent.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the lower 30s.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then becoming mostly sunny.

Much cooler with highs in the upper 40s. Wind chill readings

around 20 in the morning.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the upper 20s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.

TXZ092-032230-

Cooke-

Including the city of Gainesville

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny. Highs in the upper 50s. South winds 10 to

20 mph.

.TONIGHT…Mostly cloudy in the evening…then becoming partly

cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 40s. East

winds 5 to 10 mph.

.SUNDAY…Patchy fog in the morning. Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s.

North winds around 5 mph becoming northeast 10 to 15 mph in the

afternoon.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Colder with lows in the lower 30s.

Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s. East winds 5 to

10 mph shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the upper 40s.

Chance of rain 40 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a slight chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Much colder with lows in the upper 20s. Wind chill

readings around 20 after midnight.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then clearing. Much cooler

with highs in the upper 40s. Wind chill readings as low as 15 in

the morning.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the upper 20s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 50s.

TXZ091-032230-

Montague-

Including the cities of Bowie and Nocona

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

.TODAY…Partly sunny. Not as cool with highs in the lower 60s.

South winds 10 to 20 mph.

.TONIGHT…Partly cloudy. Patchy fog after midnight. Cold with

lows around 40. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph shifting to the

northeast after midnight.

.SUNDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 60s. Northeast winds around

5 mph increasing to 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

.SUNDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Colder with lows around 30.

Northeast winds 10 to 15 mph decreasing to 5 to 10 mph after

midnight.

.MONDAY…Cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s. East winds around 5 mph

shifting to the south in the afternoon.

.MONDAY NIGHT…Cloudy with a chance of showers and perhaps an

isolated thunderstorm. Not as cool with lows in the upper 40s.

Chance of rain 30 percent.

.TUESDAY…Cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers and

thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 60s.

.TUESDAY NIGHT…Cloudy. Much colder with lows in the upper 20s.

Wind chill readings around 20 after midnight.

.WEDNESDAY…Cloudy in the morning…then clearing. Much cooler

with highs in the upper 40s. Wind chill readings as low as 15 in

the morning.

.WEDNESDAY NIGHT…Mostly clear. Cold with lows in the mid 20s.

.THURSDAY…Sunny. Highs in the mid 50s.

.THURSDAY NIGHT…Partly cloudy in the evening…then becoming

mostly cloudy. Cold with lows in the mid 30s.

.FRIDAY…Mostly cloudy. Highs in the upper 50s.

TXZ102-032230-

Wise-

Including the cities of Decatur and Bridgeport

333 AM CST Sat Feb 3 2018

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Some Texas lawmakers are forgoing their pay during the government shutdown

Members of the Texas congressional delegation from both parties discuss funding for recovery from Harvey at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 7, 2017. By Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune

The Texas Tribune checked with all the Texans in Congress on Monday about whether they planned to forgo their pay during the shutdown which began Saturday. Ten have decided to withhold their pay or donate their paychecks to charity. One lawmaker, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, had no comment, per her spokeswoman.

The shutdown, which began early Saturday morning, was a result of Republicans and Democrats not reaching a compromise on spending, largely due to a stalemate over immigration policy.

"There’s no good reason why Members should receive pay during a #shutdown while fed employees suffer," U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-Helotes, wrote on Twitter Saturday. "That’s why I plan to ask that my salary be withheld while we work to restore government funding. Please know that during this time my team and I are still working to serve #TX23."

Hurd joined seven other Texas lawmakers who confirmed publicly or to the Tribune that they will forgo their pay during the shutdown: U.S. Reps. Jodey Arrington, R-Lubbock; John R. Carter, R-Round Rock; Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio; Jeb Hensarling, R-Dallas; Michael McCaul, R-Tomball; John Ratcliffe, R-Heath; Randy Weber, R-Friendswood; and Roger Williams, R-Austin. Two others – U.S. Reps. Roger Williams, R-Austin, and Bill Flores, R-Bryan, said they would donate their pay to charity.

Flores said he would donate his pay to the Fisher House Foundation, a network dedicated to providing free housing for military and veteran families while their loved one is in the hospital.

“One of the provisions in our Constitution is that Congress is paid during a government shutdown, even though our military men and women do not. I think this is wrong. This means that if Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats are successful in shutting down our government, Congress will still get paid,” Flores said in a statement Friday hours before the shutdown. “If this happens, I will donate the net pay that I receive during the ‘Schumer Shutdown’ to the Fisher House Foundation, which does remarkable work to help military families, just as I did during 2013.”

The base salary for members of Congress is $174,000 a year.

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Three Of The Best Texas Swimming Holes You Have Never Heard Of

When people think of Texas, most will never think of swimming holes. However, Texas has some of the best old-fashioned swimming holes you have ever seen! If you are looking for a place to jump back in down and cool off during those hot summer months, these three swimming holes should not be missed this summer! If you are ready to get your favorite bathing suit, some sunscreen, and a picnic lunch, let’s head out!

One of the best places in west Texas to cool off during those extreme days of summer is at Balmorhea State Park. Ths beautiful park has the honor of having the largest natural spring-fed pools in the world. If that is not enough, you will also have the opportunity to scuba dive, seek out rare fish, and enjoy wide open spaces. One day here is never enough during the summer and you will more than likely visit this park several times during the year!

There is no denying that a week at the Bahamas is going to be more refreshing than just about any other place in the world. However, we all don’t have the ability to take a week and travel to the islands. Yet, few are aware that we actually have the next best thing here in Texas. Son’s Island is a tropical paradise filled with lush greenery, white sandy beaches, and near perfect water. This is the place to go when you are looking to get away from it all and work on that perfect tan. A weekend here will make you forget that you are actually in Texas!

There are many people who head to swimming holes for reasons other than swimming. We are of course talking about some of the best fishing in the state. You can actually find that at Canyon Lake, where the water depth reaches 43 feet in some areas. This actually makes it one of the deepest lakes in the state and perfect for finding that one perfect fish that great stories are made of. In addition, it offers some truly unique and breathtaking sunsets. So even if you don’t go home with the big one, be sure to wait for the sun to go down.

As you can see, there is more to Texas than meets the eye. If you are sick of the hot summer heat, it is time to head to one of these beautiful swimming holes!