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GOP flocks to North Texas

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Republicans are going to be flocking to North Texas this month.

First, as many as 11,000 delegates and alternates are expected in Fort Worth this week for their every-other-year state political convention.

Then, the Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Delegation for the 2016 convention will be in the area checking out sites in Arlington and Dallas between June 11 and 13.

Dallas is one of four sites — along with Cleveland, Kansas City and Denver — being considered to host the 2016 GOP national convention. The local proposal includes using AT&T Stadium in Arlington and the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Traveling man

Kinky Friedman isn’t letting an election loss get him down.

After losing in Tuesday’s primary in another failed bid for Texas agricultural commissioner, Friedman will be getting on the road and heading to Washington, where he will headline the Washington Jewish Music Festival.

On June 11, Friedman, described as “country singer, humorist and political candidate” by the festival press release, will take his Seeds of Change tour to the District’s Jewish Community Center, where he will perform some of his vintage songs, including They Ain’t Makin’ Jews Like Jesus Anymore.

Organizers expect “a classic Kinky performance: good fun, big laughs, and plenty of irreverence toward the powers that be.”

Quiet about future

Former state Rep. Mark Shelton isn’t ready to talk about his political future.

Shelton, who last week lost his bid to be the Republican Party’s nominee for the Texas Senate District 10 seat, was quiet when asked if he would run for office in the future.

“All I have to say is God bless Texas,” said Shelton, a pediatrician.

Shelton, who was bested by grassroots conservative Konni Burton, also lost a bid to represent the district to Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis in 2012.

In November, Burton will face Democrat Libby Willis, Libertarian Gene Lord and and Green Party candidate John Tunmire.


Longtime activist and state Rep. Lon Burnam joined in the protest at the recent annual Exxon Mobil shareholder meeting at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas.

He led the rally cry, speaking at the protest that drew a couple dozen protesters.

“It’s one of the most reprehensible corporations in the world and they continue to violate human rights all over the world,” said Burnam, D-Fort Worth, who tries to attend as many of the Exxon protests as possible.

Burnam said he hasn’t bought gas from the company since the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, which dumped 11 million gallons into the Prince William Sound.

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