Nandita Berry Appointed Secretary of State;
Chron: Annise Parker to Marry Partner in January?
Best Ted Cruz Quotes of 2013; Cruz to Headline Gridiron Dinner;
Van de Putte’s Heritage; Mackowiak & Stanford in Monday’s AAS;
Good evening from Austin.
Yes, we took an unexpected break. Thank you for your patience.
House hunting, last minute prep for my wedding on 1/4/14 (find us on the Knot!), the Christmas holidays and family considerations all proved a wonderful distraction.
But, enough about me.
Now let’s get you caught up in a fairly short brief.
Here we go:
Your absolute must clicks:
> Houston Lawyer Nandita Berry, the wife of Houston-based talk show host Michael Berry, is the first Indian American Secretary of State in Texas history.
> The Houston Chronicle reports that Mayor Annise Parker (D-Houston) will reportedly marry her longtime partner in Palm Springs, CA in January.
> The 74 best quotes from U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in 2014.
> Sen. Cruz will headline the fancy Gridiron Dinner in Washington in March.
> A DMN report on the heritage of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and how it may affect her race for Lt. Gov.
COMING MONDAY: OPPOSING VIEWS: MACKOWIAK AND STANFORD
MRT co-founder Jason Stanford and I share our opposing views on Republican and Democratic resolutions for the New Year in Monday’s Austin American-Statesman.
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– Empower Texans sent out a mailer on the impeachment proceedings of UT Regent Wallace Hall.
– SAEN reports (behind paywall) on how the state’s Voter ID law performed in November.
– The FWST editorial board criticizes (behind paywall) Gov. Rick Perry’s (R-TX) “meddling” at Texas A&M University.
2013 / 2014 / 2016:
– DMN’s Gromer Jeffers, Jr. uses his weekly column to guess what Christmas gifts certain Texas politicians needed.
– Columnist Dave McNeely writes on the first Democratic statewide official in Texas in a decade.
– TM’s Paul Burka cannot understand all the media coverage that U.S. Senate candidate and Congressman Steve Stockman (R-TX) is getting.
– The Austin Chronicle compiles all the candidates who are expected to run for newly created City Council seats in 2014, under the city’s new single member districts map. (Watch #’s 6, 8 and 10 for GOP candidates winning).
Other stories of interest:
– The DMN editorial board is calling for the pathway to citizenship to be removed from the comprehensive immigration bill.
– FWST reports (behind paywall) Drilling in the Barnett Shale is the lowest it’s been in a decade.\
– The best gadgets of 2013.
BLOGS (from the left)
BLOGS (from the right)