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Romney unlikely to attend state GOP convention in Fort Worth

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney will probably not make it to this year's Texas Republican Convention. But former challenger Rick Santorum will.

Santorum, who suspended his bid for the White House last month, will be among the featured speakers at the convention's June 8 banquet in Fort Worth. Four years ago, Romney attended the state convention -- one of the largest Republican gatherings in the country -- on behalf of the presidential nominee, John McCain.

This year, Republican officials said they sent an invitation to Romney's campaign but never received a response.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, R-Lake Jackson, will also speak during the convention, which will be held June 7-9.

Tax break

Turns out former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager and her husband, Henry, were getting a homestead tax break on the Baltimore home they own and rent out while they live in New York. The Baltimore Sun recently reported that the couple was getting a $296.40 tax credit off a nearly $9,000 tax bill for their row house valued at just under $400,000. "That is an honest mistake on my part," Hager told the Sun. "I wasn't familiar enough, quite frankly, with the tax credit and its existence. I'll repay whatever I owe."

That's not karaoke

U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Austin, isn't just a pretty face -- nor is he just the richest man in Congress.

McCaul also likes to rock: he held his own SXSW in D.C. recently, calling the fundraiser DCXSW at the latest Texas-fave restaurant, Hill Country, in D.C.'s Penn Quarter.

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