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There’s a hanging scheduled at Texas’ Capitol May 6

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry AP

A hanging is scheduled at the Texas Capitol on Saturday.

Of a portrait.

That’s the day the official color painting of former Gov. Rick Perry will join the ranks of other past state leaders, including George W. Bush and Ann Richards, and be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda.

The question for many is whether the portrait of Perry, the state’s 47th governor, will include the hipster glasses he began wearing in recent years.

Full deck

Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took a shot his Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton recently, saying the “only card she has is the woman’s card.”

His comment rubbed some people wrong.

U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, said she actually has several cards herself.

“I have a woman card. I have an intelligence card. I have an achievement card. I have a background card,” Granger told the Huffington Post. “I play with a full deck.”

Being prepared

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, recently hosted his eighth annual Emergency Preparedness Summit in Aubrey, saying North Texans — especially during this tumultuous storm season — always need to be prepared.

“When disaster strikes, we must be ready to act immediately,” he said. “You are the first line of defense for you and your family and it is critical that you have a plan in place.”

On-the-job training

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey temporarily traded in his suit recently for a QT red polo shift.

Veasey, D-Fort Worth, worked a shift at a Quick Trip convenience store as part of his continuing effort to meet more people in the 33rd Congressional District, and learn about the issues they face.

He worked a shift with Emily Krueger, who helps train new employees, who said Veasey showed “he’s actually willing to put in the work here with everyone else working everyday jobs.”

New appointment

Retired Maj. Gen. Kevin Pottinger of Keller has been named by Gov. Greg Abbott to serve on the Texas Military Preparedness Commission, which is intended to “preserve, protect, expand and attract new military missions, assets and installations.”

Pottinger is the former mobilization assistant to the commander of the Pacific Air Force at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.

First ladies

What’s it like to be first lady?

The chiefs of staff to the last three agree: “There is no job description,” said Melanne Verveer, Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff. “There is no salary. There is no appointment. There is no election. And everybody in the United States has an opinion, I swear, about what the first lady is supposed to do — and they’re all in contradiction with each other.”

During a recent forum at the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (at Georgetown University), the chiefs of staff for first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Clinton had a lot to say about appearance, The Washington Post reported.

“It’s down to ‘what’s the ground like that she’s going to have to walk across, because can she wear heels? Or does she have to wear flats?’ ” said Tina Tchen, Obama’s chief of staff.

Anita McBride, Bush’s chief of staff, said, “There’s a greater expectation that Americans have of what the people who occupy this position are doing with it.”

McBride also got off the best line: “For us, the equivalent of the nuclear football was that makeup bag.”

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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