Politics & Government

May 13, 2014

Texans Ted Cruz, Rick Perry draw attention from Obama

A local newsman picks up a new degree

President Barack Obama was in fine form at the recent White House Correspondents’ Dinner, an annual forum where he gets to rib the press corps, celebrities, rivals and especially, Republicans.

Two high-profile Texas Republicans — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry, who are both testing the presidential waters and who were in the Washington Hilton ballroom — came in for some zingers.

“I have not given up the idea of working with Congress,” Obama said. “In fact, two weeks ago, Sen. Ted Cruz and I … got a bill done together, and I have to say the signing ceremony was something special.”

Then the giant screens flashed a picture of Obama signing a bill with Cruz and a devil in a backdrop of hell frozen over. The law denied U.S. entry to an Iranian diplomat.

Obama later spoke about a high school in Chicago being named for him. “I was even more flattered to hear Rick Perry, who is here tonight, is doing the same thing in Texas,” he said. Then the screens flashed a high school sign that said, “Raging Socialist Preparatory School,” home of the Fighting Chomskys.

Local newsman to receive degree

Bob Schieffer, a well-known TV newsman and former Star-Telegram reporter, will pick up another college degree this month.

On Saturday, the anchor and moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation will be the commencement speaker at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H. — and receive an Honorary Doctor of Journalism degree during the ceremony.

New Loteria card in Texas

Texas Democrats, in honor of Cinco de Mayo, released a special edition “Loteria” card honoring state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, the San Antonio pharmacist running for lieutenant governor.

In November, she will go head to head against either Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst or state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, who face off in the May 27 Republican primary runoff election.

The card shows Van de Putte as “The Lady Lt. Governor” holding a gavel in her right hand as she readies to lead the Texas Senate.

This is the second card the party’s Latino outreach initiative, ¡Pa’Delante Tejas!, has released. The first was La Valiente Wendy (Wendy the Brave) for state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who is running for governor. Davis faces Republican Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in November.

Fundraising help for George P.

George P. Bush, a Fort Worth man and GOP Texas land commissioner candidate, is getting a fundraising boost from another son of a prominent Republican.

New Jersey state Sen. Tom Kean Jr., the chamber’s Republican leader, recently hosted an event at his home for Bush, according to Politico.

George P. Bush is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush — and the nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush — while Kean’s father, Thomas Kean, is a former governor of New Jersey.

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