North Texas spiritual adviser to Donald Trump receives new recognition

Colleyville evangelist James Robison prayed with Donald Trump before the inauguration.
Colleyville evangelist James Robison prayed with Donald Trump before the inauguration. Courtesy photo

A Texan and spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump has been recognized with a new honor.

North Texas televangelist James Robison has been given the Family Research Council’s “Watchman Award.”

“Long before meeting him, I admired James Robison for his effective ministry and his work in laying the foundation for the Moral Majority and what eventually became known as the ‘religious right,’” Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said in a statement. “His ministry, LIFE Outreach International, is well-known around the world for saving the lives of more than 13 million starving children.”

Most recently, Robison has served as a spiritual counselor to Trump and, on Inauguration Day, led a private prayer service for the president and his family.

All of his work prompted the council to recently present the award to Robison.

“A watchman stands on the spiritual walls of our nation and declares what he sees regardless of the personal consequences. James is a watchman of the watchmen,” Perkins said. “He saw the need of our nation and he stepped out to provide the leadership that the evangelical community needed and we saw the results last fall. Since then, God has opened doors for him to speak not only into the life of the president but into the administration.”

Honoring 41

Texas lawmakers say they want to honor former President George H.W. Bush.

So they approved a measure to name a future building at 1801 Congress Ave. in Austin after the country’s 41st president of the United States.

Some state buildings are named after people who have dedicated their lives to public service, as Bush — a former president and vice president who began his political career as the Harris County Republican Party chair in 1963 — has done.

The building, shown in the Capitol complex redevelopment master plan from 2016, will be named the George H.W. Bush State Office building “in honor of his steadfast commitment to our state and nation,” House Concurrent Resolution 141 states.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has already signed this into law. A groundbreaking and related ceremonies could come as soon as this summer.

Shades of pink

A late-night filibuster at the end of the 85th legislative session made at least one state senator recall the 2013 filibuster by former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.

As state Sen. Jose Menendez, D-San Antonio, prepared to begin his filibuster over Senate Bill 715, an annexation bill by state Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, state Sen. John Whitmire noticed that Campbell was wearing pink tennis shoes.

Davis, who filibustered abortion regulations four years ago, also wore pinkish shoes — rouge red Mizuno Wave Rider 16 running shoes

“It kind of makes me break out in a rash when I see some pink tennis shoes on one of my colleagues,” Whitmire, a Houston Democrat, said.

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June 10 — Runoff election

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