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President Barack Obama is Texas bound

In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The president and first lady will make an appearance at the South by Southwest interactive and music festivals in Austin, Texas. The appearances mark the first time a sitting president and first lady have spoken at the annual gathering, a group of conferences on tech, music and film which drew more than 80,000 attendees in 2015.
In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrived at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference Phoenix Awards Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The president and first lady will make an appearance at the South by Southwest interactive and music festivals in Austin, Texas. The appearances mark the first time a sitting president and first lady have spoken at the annual gathering, a group of conferences on tech, music and film which drew more than 80,000 attendees in 2015. AP

Presidential par-tee in Texas!

President Barack Obama is heading to Austin on March 11for SXSW!

Well, technically he’s going to participate in South by Southwest Interactive, the offshoot that’s all about technology and have a conversation with Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith.

Obama will also attend Democratic National Committee events (fundraisers), followed by a trip to Dallas where there will be DNC and Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee events.

But, wait.

There is a real partier in the White House, after all — Michelle Obama.

The first lady will be in Austin on March 16th to deliver the opening keynote at SXSW Music to promote her Let Girls Learn initiative, promoting education for girls around the world.

1988 redux

On the presidential campaign trail, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had a surprising revelation at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Va.

Cruz went to speak at a presidential candidate forum and sat across from the Rev. Pat Robertson, founder of Regent and famed televangelist who ran for president in 1988.

“I remember well when you ran for president in ’88, both my mom and dad were volunteers on your presidential campaign,” Cruz told Robertson, who looked delighted.

“Your Dad told me … shows how smart your family is,” said Robertson.

Precinct conventions

The Green Parties of North Texas will be nominating candidates to be on the ballot from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.

In Tarrant County, members will gather at the Roots Coffeehouse, 9101 Highway 26, Suite 101, in North Richland Hills.

The purpose of these precinct conventions is to nominate candidates to be on the Green Party’s general election ballot, which is similar to a primary, and to choose delegates to the county convention, which will be March 12.

Anyone who wants to participate in these conventions must not have already voted in the Republican or Democratic primaries. Organizers say participants need to bring their voter registration card and identification.

Election news

U.S. Rep Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, just survived without a runoff Tuesday in a highly contested primary, making it fairly certain he’ll keep his seat in the GOP district — and Texas will keep the powerful chairmanship of the tax-writing panel.

After a seesaw of election night results — first he was under, then over, then under the 50 percent threshold — Brady eeked out 53 percent of the vote against three challengers. He barely won Montgomery County, his home county, with just over 50 percent of the votes.

“I’m blessed with great supporters, especially my wonderful wife, and I deeply thank you for sending me back to keep fighting for families and local businesses,” Brady said in a statement. “We’ve got to turn this country around, and I intend to use my chairmanship of the Ways and Means Committee to do exactly that.”

Other incumbents who avoided a run-off: U.S. Reps. John Culberson, R-Houston, and Gene Green, D-Houston.

Ready, set, paint

Get ready, local artists.

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, is ready for the 33rd Congressional District to start accepting applications for the annual Congressional Art Competition.

For more information, call Veasey’s office at 214-741-1387 or go online to Veasey’s website at veasey.house.gov/services/art-competition.

This competition since 1982 has highlighted the work of young artists nationwide.

All local participants will be honored at a reception at Mountain View College, and the winner will claim two round-trip tickets to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremonies of the art exhibit in Washington, D.C.

Last year, Paola Rivera, a sophomore at Grand Prairie’s Fine Arts Academy, won the 33rd district’s congressional art competition.

To be considered for this year’s competition, original artwork from high school districts in the 33rd congressional district — which stretches from Fort Worth’s Stockyards to the Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas — should be turned in to Veasey’s Fort Worth or Dallas office by 5 p.m. April 8.

For more information, call Veasey’s office at 214-741-1387 or go online to Veasey’s website at veasey.house.gov/services/art-competition.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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