It was a blast from the past.
More than 10 years after he disappeared from the Texas political landscape, former U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, was hailed as a hero — and given the Reagan Courage Award, a bust of the late President Ronald Reagan — by the Travis County Republican Party on Oct. 6.
In a case of the past meets the future, the keynote speaker was U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, a lawmaker who, like Gramm, has a way of getting under the skin of his colleagues while rousing intense admiration from his supporters.
Cruz saluted Gramm for his relentless criticism of the Clinton Administration’s healthcare plan in the 1990s.
Gramm, who left Congress and politics in 2002 for a career in finance, said in the 1990s that the Clinton bill would pass “over my cold, dead, political body.”
Travis County GOP chairman James Dickey said that the award has now been given for three years —the first to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and the second to Cruz, with the winner from the previous year presenting the award.
Gramm’s selection came about in discussions with GOP activists.
“With so many current leaders, we might have been losing the sight of those who paved the way,” Dickey said.
George P. Bush is no longer a Fort Worth resident.
The Republican nominee for Texas land commissioner recently sold the Fort Worth home on Bunting Avenue that he owned with his wife, Amanda Williams Bush.
Now the two, along with their young son, Prescott Walker Bush, are in the process of moving to Austin where Amanda is working as a partner at the Jackson Walker law firm, according to his campaign staff.
They own an Austin condo.
Bush — son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, nephew of former President George W. Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush — faces Democrat John Cook, a former El Paso mayor, in the race for land commissioner in November.
New voting guide
Crowdpac, a nonpartisan political technology start-up, unveiled a new kind of voting guide last week.
The guide lets people customize it by asking a series of questions, such as identifying the most important issues in an election and asking them to rate certain politicians on a scale of one to five stars. One the user submits their responses, they will get customized results.
The guide goes through all the races in Texas and users can send their personalized guide to their phone so they can share it on social networks.
For more information, go online to https://www.crowdpac.com.