State Sen. Konni Burton has sent a clear message to the Texas Republican delegation in the U.S. House: Be conservative leaders.
In an open letter, the Colleyville Republican and close ally of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, challenged them to make the right choice in picking the next Speaker of the House. Cruz was instrumental in the departure of outgoing House Speaker John Boehner.
“You must give voters confidence that conservatives are prepared to lead and to illustrate what the Republican party truly stands for in the short time before the next presidential election,” Burton wrote. “Now is the time to select a Speaker of the House who is willing to challenge the failed and dangerous policies of the President and who is unafraid to embrace foundational conservative principles.”
State Rep. Matt Krause had the chance to mark something off his bucket list last week.
Wearing a Texas Rangers jersey with his name on it, the lifelong baseball fan walked onto the Rangers field at Globe Life Park in Arlington and threw out the ceremonial first pitch.
“You walk up to a major league mound, and you’re on the field,” Krause said. “It was pretty special.”
The Fort Worth Republican had one goal: don’t bounce the ball. So he did his windup and threw straight to the catcher.
“I asked the catcher, ‘Did it catch the plate?’ ” said Krause, whose jersey had No. 93 (a nod to the House District he represents) on the back. “He said ‘yeah.’ ”
City Charter review meetings
An 11-member task force looking into possible changes to the Fort Worth city charter regarding council member pay, length of service and number of council members, will hold four public meetings — two in October and two in November.
The hearings will be at 7 p.m. The days are Monday, Oct. 26 at University Christian Church, 2720 University Drive, for Council Districts 2 and 9; Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Southwest Regional Library, 4001 Library Lane for Districts 3 and 6; Monday, Nov. 2, Heritage Church of Christ, 4202 Heritage Trace Parkway for Districts 4 and 7; and Thursday, Nov. 12 at Hazel Harvey Peace Center, 818 Missouri Ave., for Districts 5 and 8.
A second meeting for Council District 2 is at 7 p.m., Mon., Nov. 9 at the Northside Community Center, 1100 N.W. 18th St., and for Council District 4 at 7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, located off Truman Drive.
The task force recently learned 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.
The task force expects to file a formal report with the City Council by Dec. 8. The council could call an election May 7 to amend the charter.
Dallas billionaire Mark Cuban, who played the U.S. president in Sharknado 3, got to be up close and personal with the real one Sept. 25 when he and his wife Tiffany were guests at the White House state dinner honoring Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Among the 200 guests there were more billionaires: Carlyle Group co-founder David Rubenstein and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Upcoming local political events
Oct. 12 — GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at a noon World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth luncheon at the Fort Worth Club.
Oct. 18 — Prestonwood Baptist Church and the Faith & Freedom Coalition are hosting a North Texas Presidential Forum at 3 p.m. Sun., Oct. 18 at the Plano church. So far, a half-dozen Republican candidates have confirmed: Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Mike Huckabee and Santorum. Tickets to the event are free but they all have already been claimed.
Staff writer Sandra Baker contributed to this report.
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