PoliTex: Two newbies joke about noise in apartments

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Two Texas GOP freshmen, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and U.S. Rep. Roger Williams of Austin, knew each other before they got elected to Congress in November, but they suddenly found themselves in close quarters.

Arriving in D.C. for the start of the new Congress in January, they took up short-term residences in the Newseum apartments -- right on top of each other.

But Williams moved out in weeks, prompting much ribbing between Cruz and Williams over the new senator's noisy music and dancing overhead that prompted the Weatherford car dealer to move out.

Really, Williams said, it was that he wanted more space, but when asked about how noisy Cruz was, he just winked.

Protecting Texans

Not all the purple at the Texas Capitol these days is for TCU.

Last week, a slew of purple postcards made their way throughout the Capitol -- on Purple Postcard Day -- as thousands of Texans urged state lawmakers to take action to better protect victims of domestic violence.

"Despite the progress we have made, this is still an underreported crime," said state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who has filed legislation to help victims of domestic violence. "Unfortunately, many victims are either too afraid or too ashamed to come forward.

"To the Texans who signed these postcards ... thank you for giving these individuals a voice."

Cuban solidarity

Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez got a hero's welcome on Capitol Hill last week from Cuban-American lawmakers, who showed up in force, Democrat and Republican alike, to support her pro-democracy message during an international tour.

But missing from the show of force was Cruz, of Texas, who is Cuban-American. He couldn't make a meeting that Sanchez had with Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. His office said he regretted that he couldn't work it into his schedule.

Local race

NASCAR's move to sell the April 13th Sprint Cup race at Texas Motor Speedway sponsorship to the National Rifle Association is getting some criticism on Capitol Hill.

New Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., has written NASCAR chief Brian France, asking him to reconsider.

"Given the emotional state of the national conversation, I believe it would be imprudent for NASCAR to step into such a heated political debate and take sides in this debate by allowing the NRA the title role in the race," Murphy wrote.

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, whose district includes TMS, has another view: "Members of Congress have no business directing NASCAR on how to run their business."

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