It will be guns up in Fort Worth next weekend.
An in-store National Rifle Association weekend will be held at the Cabela’s in Fort Worth on Sept. 12-13, featuring firearm safety courses, product demonstrations, educational workshops and more.
Special courses include “ladies only classes” on choosing your first firearm, a Q&A on Texas’ concealed handgun licenses, and workshops on re-loading your own ammunition and pistol firearm safety.
This comes before Texas’ new Open Carry law — which lets licensed Texans tote holstered guns in most areas of the state — starts Jan. 1.
For more information, call 817-337-2400 or go to the store’s website. Cabela’s is at 12901 Cabela Drive in Fort Worth.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz stared down the New York Times recently after the paper-of-record initially refused to include his book on the bestseller list.
A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America, is doing pretty well for Cruz, and a look at his personal financial statement for 2014, filed with the government as a presidential candidate, spells out how well.
Cruz recently rallied supporters in Fort Worth. Donald Trump and Rick Santorum are heading to North Texas soon.
Cruz has a guarantee from publisher HarperCollins for $318,750, payable next June, and royalties of 15 percent for hardcover books, 8 percent for paperbacks to 150,000 copies and 10 percent thereafter and 25 percent of amounts received for digital copies.
His advance was reportedly a cool $1.5 million, although his disclosure form lists under “assets and income” royalties from Harper Collins as being in the range of $100,000 to $1 million.
Cruz’s book, released June 30, was shut out of the NYT’s list of bestsellers when the paper claimed that sales were distorted by volume sales. HarperCollins stepped in and denied the report, and Cruz’s book soon appeared as No. 7 on the list on July 26.
City charterreview hearings
An 11-member task force looking into possible changes to the Fort Worth city charter, mostly regarding council member pay and length of service, will hold four public meetings — two in October and two in November — on the issues.
The hearings will be at 7 p.m., but the sites have not been selected.
The first will be Monday, Oct. 26, for council districts 2 and 9; followed on Thursday, Oct. 29, for districts 3 and 6; Monday, Nov. 2, for districts 4 and 7; and, Thursday, Nov. 12, for districts 5 and 8.
The task force expects to file a formal report with the City Council by Dec. 8.
In July, the City Council asked staff to put together the committee to consider raises as well as whether the size of the council should increase. The council could call an election for May 7 to amend the charter.
The task force learned last week that Fort Worth’s mayor and council members earn less than their counterparts in similar-sized cities. Fort Worth’s population is about 812,248. The mayor is paid $29,000 and council members $25,000.
In Austin, which has a population of about 912,791, the mayor is paid $82,357 annually, and its council members $70,074. In Charlotte, N.C., which is slightly smaller than Fort Worth, the mayor is paid $54,936 and its council members $42,829.
Upcoming local political events
Sept. 14: GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at 6 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
Oct. 12: GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at a noon World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.
Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this column.
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