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Will Donald Trump’s inauguration have a Texas twist?

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President-elect Donald Trump is starting to shape his White House staff. Here's a look at the men he's offered positions to so far.
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President-elect Donald Trump is starting to shape his White House staff. Here's a look at the men he's offered positions to so far.

President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration could have a bit of a Texas twang.

After all, at least two Texans are on the Presidential Inaugural Committee leadership team, which is involved with coordinating and planning the inauguration and related events for Republicans Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

Dallas executive Roy Bailey has been named finance co-chairman; Dallas investor Ray Washburne (an owner of the M Crowd Restaurant Group, which includes Mi Cocina and Taco Diner restaurants) has been named a finance vice chairman.

The presidential inauguration is Jan. 20 in Washington, D.C.

Moving forward

Sen. Ted Cruz, who has prompted speculation about a potential presidential appointment after private talks with Trump lately, is no longer singing the blues.

The former presidential candidate and his campaign’s ad firm settled a lawsuit claiming that he wrongly used two copyright songs in political advertisements.

The agreement calls for Cruz and his firm, Madison McQueen, to pay a Seattle music licensing firm $55,000 and issue an apology for wrongly using the songs.

The lawsuit, filed by licensing firm Audiosocket, claimed that Cruz’s ad agency didn’t disclose that two songs it sought to use would be used in political ads.

One of the ads was called Victories. The other was Best to Come.

In memory

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said goodbye to his mother, Vilma Jean Goeb, who died Nov. 13.

“The loss of one’s mother isn’t something you can ever be fully prepared for. But she was prepared. She knew the Lord and He knew her,” Patrick said in a statement. “She is surrounded by a host of angels, in the presence of Christ, and reunited in heaven with my father Charles.”

Goeb, 90, died of heart failure. Patrick’s father, Charles Goeb, died in 2002.

Patrick said he appreciated all the Texans who have reached out to him with condolences. “I am humbled and honored by the many condolences and outpouring of support for my family and me,” he said.

Veterans support

The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the George W. Bush Presidential Center’s work to honor veterans and help them transition to civilian life.

“The men and women who have served and sacrificed to protect our country deserve our unwavering support,” Bob Parsons said. “Our partnership with the Bush Institute will go a long way in helping those struggling with serious issues, many of which are too often overlooked.”

Anna M. Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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