Wendy Davis believes some Texans had the wrong idea about her.
The former Fort Worth state senator said some people have been surprised to learn “how kind and soft and loving” she is since leaving the campaign trail last year, when she tried to become Texas’ first Democratic governor since the 1990s.
“I think sometimes as a woman, when you’ve taken some tough stances and you’ve been in the public eye and you’ve been assertive, you are viewed as not necessarily having that softer feminine side,” she told The Daily Princetonian last week before giving a speech at Princeton University.
“But I’m a very, very nurturing person, a very nurturing mother, nurturing with my girlfriends and other relationships. I think people who don’t know me well might be surprised to see that very soft side of me.”
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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., is everywhere these days: Iowa, New Hampshire, CPAC.
She’s a conservative firebrand with a not-just-Texas connection but Fort Worth connection. She’s been married to Chuck Blackburn, founder of the International Bow Tie Society and who is from Fort Worth, for 40 years.
So, does that mean she should be added to the list of presidential contenders, especially ones with a link to Texas?
Well, no. Blackburn says she’s not running for president, just being “chief mama in charge of new ideas,” said the mother of two.
State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, filed an official complaint last week with the state commission on Judicial Conduct about the Travis County judge who allowed a same-sex marriage license to be issued last month.
On Feb. 19, Judge David Wahlberg made Texas history by signing a court order allowing a marriage license for two Austin women to be issued because of the health of one woman. Suzanne Bryant and Sarah Goodfriend, who was diagnosed last year with ovarian cancer, exchanged vows.
“This judge deliberately violated statutory law, and this is unacceptable,” Tinderholt said. “This complaint and any action, which the Legislature decides to take, is about ensuring that our judicial system respects the laws of our state and respects the separation of powers.
“Judge Wahlberg allowed his personal views to dictate his action and ignored state law to accomplish his desired outcome.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has already declared the marriage void.
No to Netanyahu
Nearly two dozen pro-Israeli U.S. House Democrats wrote U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, objecting to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to Congress.
Among the 23 members who are against the appearance — both for its timing before Israeli elections and for the GOP invite bypassing President Obama — are two Texans.
U.S. Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas and Beto O’Rourke of El Paso signed the letter that called on Boehner to postpone the address to a joint session of Congress.
“Your invitation is contrary to the standards by which our Congress operates and has the potential to harm U.S. foreign policy,” the letter stated.
Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus were offended by the apparent slight to the president. Johnson and O’Rourke will be sitting this speech out.
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