From shoes to nails, Wendy Davis sells

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State Sen. Wendy Davis has become a marketer’s dream.

First, the website featuring the rouge-red Mizuno running shoes the Fort Worth Democrat wore during her more than 11-hour filibuster last month at the Texas Capitol saw its Web traffic nearly double — and sales picked up as well.

Now, the Austin-based Nails Y’all nail art is gaining nationwide attention for its “pro-lady nail art” that features images ranging from a uterus to Davis’ face on women’s fingernails.

Stories about this nail art have been featured in news shows such as Good Day Sacramento and The Rachel Maddow Show and in various publications.

Cruz alerts

Next stop on the presidential bandwagon?


U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who is apparently giving a run some serious consideration, will speak at the Iowa GOP Summer Picnic July 19 in Des Moines. For $100, there’s lunch and a chat with Cruz, who will be the keynoter.

“Sen. Ted Cruz embodies bold leadership, and Iowa Republicans appreciate leaders who stand up for them and fight big government recklessness,” Iowa GOP Chairman A.J. Spiker told the Star-Telegram. “Ted Cruz is, without a doubt, a leader Iowans will want to meet. As the ‘First in the Nation’ state, we look forward to introducing Sen. Cruz to Iowa Republicans.”

Cruz recently spoke at state GOP events in South Carolina, a key early primary state, and New York, a big money-raising state.

But, says his Senate press secretary, that does not mean he’s running.

“He's going to Iowa because he was invited, and he will gladly take his message of economic growth and opportunity conservatism anywhere they are willing to listen,” said spokeswoman Catherine Frazier. “His focus remains fully on representing Texans in the U.S. Senate.”

Meanwhile, Cruz has moved, finally, on up into a real office suite. Since January he (and the other frosh) have been relegated to a small space in the basement of the Dirksen Senate office building. Recently, he moved into Dirksen Office Building Suite 185.

Call it in?

Have an opinion about water in Fort Worth?

Feel free to sound off Monday from your own home.

The city’s Water Department will hold an interactive, televised meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, and customers may weigh in using their telephone — calling toll-free 855-269-4484 — to respond to polls. The public also may attend the meeting in person, in council chambers at the Fort Worth City Hall, 1000 Throckmorton St.

The meeting may also be seen on Charter Cable Station 27 or at

The goal of the meeting is to get customer input on potential changes to the city’s water conservation plan and drought plan.

What’s in a name?

Space Center Houston officials want a Texan to name the full-scale Space Shuttle replica that will be placed on top of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at the visitors center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

So they’ve launched a “ Name the Shuttle” contest that will run through Labor Day — and give one Texan the chance to win.

The name must be three words or less, original and symbolize “the spirit of Texas and its unique characteristics of independence, optimism and can-do attitude.”

For more information, go online to and complete the online entry form. Entries must be turned in by noon Sept. 2.

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