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Dewhurst drawing support from North Texans

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst recently touted a top-notch finance leadership team that is helping him in his re-election bid.

Several prominent Texans were among those on the Dewhurst list.

They included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene; Dallas multibillionaire and generous Republican political donor Harold Simmons; and Fort Worth’s Kit and Charlie Moncrief.

“Our Finance Leadership Team, which includes men and women who are already leaders in their respective industries, is committed to ensuring the lieutenant governor has the resources necessary to reach voters across the state with his vision for keeping Texas No. 1,” said Becca McMullen, finance director for the Dewhurst committee.

Paying fines

Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns recently tried to take advantage of the city’s online municipal court setup to pay a fine for a parking ticket he received from the city.

But after a weekend of navigating the complicated system — being redirected to a Western Union site and prompted to set up a Western Union account — he said he finally gave up.

“I don’t think I’m a dumb guy, but it took me a long time and I basically gave up and wrote out a check and shoved it in the envelope,” Burns said at the city’s most recent council meeting. He requested a report from staff on ways to improve the online payment system for citations.

Mayor Betsy Price said at the meeting that she has also heard from citizens that the system is a “nightmare” to use.

Granger in big company

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, had some high-powered company at an awards ceremony earlier this monthwhen the U.S. Global Leadership Council honored her, Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Nita Lowey for their work promoting international development and diplomacy.

There was Granger, chairman of a key House subcommittee that funds the State Department and international programs, being acknowledged for her work in international development alongside Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., who is the top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee and on Granger’s subcommittee.

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., was there, too, presenting the award to Biden.

But that was not all — despite all the Washington political power, the real star of the evening had to be Grover, the Sesame Street character, representing the Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit which promotes childhood education around the world.

“The United States plays an important role on the world stage both in terms of our leadership and our responsibility to invest wisely in countries to help advance democratic principles and enhance our security partnerships,” Granger said.

Granger got her award from Marillyn Hewson, CEO and president of Lockheed Martin Corp., who has a Fort Worth connection beyond the obvious: Her son David graduated from TCU this month.

When Grover was introduced, he was told that Biden and McCain were at the event. “Sitting together?” asked an incredulous Grover. Told “yes,” the Muppet replied, “Awkward!”

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.