Four years ago, Texas Republicans attending the national GOP convention in Minnesota landed hotel assignments within easy walking distance of the convention.
This year, their accommodations won't be nearly as close -- more like about 30 miles from the convention site in Tampa, Fla.
They're booked at "Florida's quintessential meeting resort," but they face a commute to the convention unlike any seen since George W. Bush or George H.W. Bush was on the ballot.
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When insurance executive and major Democratic Party donor Bernard Rapoport of Waco died last month, his good friend, former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, decided that there needed to be a suitable memorial service for Rapoport in Washington.
How powerful was it? It's hard to imagine a more powerful Democratic confab.
Former President Bill Clinton and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were at the event May 15 at the St. Regis hotel. (The former president was one of the eulogists.)
Over 300 power players came to pay tribute to Rapoport, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D.; the dean of the House, Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.; and Texas folks, including former Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco.
In a statement, the Clintons said of the 94-year old Rapoport, who was known to everyone as "B.": "Bernard Rapoport was our friend for forty years. With countless others, we were inspired by his phenomenal energy and passion and blessed by his generosity. He was a wonderful man who loved his family, his business, his politics, and his philanthropy."
It's getting ugly in the 23rd Congressional District's Democratic primary.
Never mind the tremendous rivalry between former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, and state Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, for a chance to unseat U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco, R-San Antonio, in the general election.
Now, the League of Conservation Voters is spending $100,000 on an anti-Rodriguez TV ad before Tuesday's primary, tying Rodriguez to the energy policies of George W. Bush.