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King: D.A. lacks respect for police

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Some visitors to the George W. Bush Presidential Center last week found one thing missing on opening day.

The George W. Bush bobblehead.

The gift shop at the center features a variety of Bush paraphernalia — coffee mugs emblazoned with “W,” baseballs autographed by the former president, golf balls, t-shirts, books and more.

But the Bush bobblehead was already sold out.

Workers at the store said they have ordered more.

Movin’ on Up

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is quite the hot political commodity, but supporters may be surprised at the modest digs he and his staff are working out of until they move into a more suitable suite next month.

Down in the basement of the Dirksen building, there is a warren of offices for many of the senators elected in 2012. Cruz is bunking just like everyone else, even sharing an office with his chief of staff, Chip Roy. Each senator has four rooms and an entranceway — nothing fancy, white walls and blue carpet with a few pieces of art left by former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas.

At least it’s temporary. Cruz will be moving to the first floor of Dirksen building in June.

Baby, Baby, Baby

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said everything changes for him this summer.

That’s when he and his wife, Anita, will become first-time grandparents.

In June, his son Griffin is expecting his first child with his wife, Meredith. They don’t know whether it’s a boy or girl.

“It’s going to change my life forever,” Perry said.

‘Complete disrespect’

Rep. Phil King of Weatherford took to the House floor recently to condemn the behavior of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmburg following her drunken driving arrest in mid-April.

The Parker County Republican said the DA’s behavior raises questions about whether the state’s public integrity unit should remain in her office. The options, he said, would be for her to resign or for lawmakers to possibly place the office under the authority of a statewide official.

King, a Fort Worth policeman for 15 years, said in a “personal privilege” speech that Lehmburg, instead of apologizing, showed “complete disrespect” for arresting officers and had to be restrained after she was taken to jail. He said lawmakers need to be assured, when they leave in May, that the public integrity unit is being run “in a manner that reflects its title.”

Sewing machines

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, recently announced the winner of the district’s Congressional Art Competition.

Carlos Ramirez, a senior at Grand Prairie High School, won for his entry, “Sewing Machines,” and his work will now be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year.

“Carlos Ramirez’s artwork represents the best and brightest young artistic talent from across Dallas-Fort Worth,” Veasey said. “I look forward to seeing Carlos’ artwork on display in the Capitol and salute all the teachers and families who help shape our young minds.”

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