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It’s a girl, and Perry’s a grandfather

Posted Saturday, Jun. 29, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a new title to add to his resume: grandfather.

Last week he said his granddaughter — Ella Gray Perry — was born earlier this month to his son, Griffin, and daughter-in-law, Meredith.

The surprising part? That it was a girl.

“It was supposed to be a boy,” Perry said with a grin. “That’s what they all said.”

But Perry’s not complaining.

In fact, he couldn’t stop smiling as he talked about holding his newborn granddaughter.

Shades of pink

Just what color were those shoes?

When state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, strode onto the Senate floor last week wearing Mizuno running shoes, reporters at the press table engaged in spirited debate over the exact color. The filibustering footwear has alternately been described in the media as pink, red, salmon, coral, orange, mauve and other hues.

Now it can be told. Harper Cornell at Mizuno’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta said Davis’ shoes are rouge-red Mizuno Wave Riders 16 with green apple and dark shadow trim.

Cornell also reports that Davis’ filibuster and the “sudden attention” paid to Mizuno’s flagship running shoe has doubled Web traffic on the Wave 16 product site, making it the company’s most viewed product page.

“We do appreciate Ms. Davis’ choice in athletic footwear,” the spokeswoman said in an email, while adding that the company does not have a corporate position “related to the topic in discussion.”

Family tribute

Rep. Charlie Geren has the reputation of a no-nonsense committee chairman who serves as one of House Speaker Joe Straus’ top lieutenants. But when House colleagues surrounded him at the front of the House chamber last week to pay tribute to his dad, the tears started flowing.

“That was an incredibly emotional moment for me,” the Fort Worth Republican said after the House adopted a resolution honoring Preston Murdoch Geren Jr., a prominent Fort Worth architect and civic leader who died June 12. “’I’ve got a family in Fort Worth and a big old family in Austin.”

Another son, Pete Geren, is a former congressman and Army secretary who is now president and CEO of the Sid W. Richardson Foundation. The resolution by state Rep. Richard Pena Raymond, D-Laredo, a family friend, noted the father’s decorated service during World War II as well as his architectural and civic contributions to Fort Worth.

“Preston Geren inspired all who knew him through his generous and purposeful life, and he leaves behind a legacy that will continue to resonate for many years to come,” the resolution stated.

Double trouble

There was often something familiar and somewhat repetitious about the arguments made around the immigration bill just passed by the U.S. Senate when it was being debated in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

There was Sen. John Cornyn and sitting near him, Sen. Ted Cruz, both Texas Republicans and both arguing strenuously for border security and against a path to citizenship.

While it is unusual for both U.S. senators from the same state to be on the same committee, this congressional session the Judiciary Committee is setting a new standard.

There are three sets of “twins” from the same state on the committee — Texas, Minnesota and Utah. Texas has two Republicans, Minnesota two Democrats and Utah two Republicans.

Cornyn and Cruz voted the same way — “no” — on final Senate passage of the immigration bill and Minnesota Democrats Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken both voted “yes.” But the Utah Republicans split their votes, with Orrin Hatch supporting it and Mike Lee opposing it.

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