Hillary Clinton heads back to North Texas to raise money

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters in Dallas at Mountain View College on Nov. 17, 2015.
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke to supporters in Dallas at Mountain View College on Nov. 17, 2015. Star-Telegram

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is returning to North Texas this month.

Clinton — who along with husband Bill made several campaign appearances in North Texas before the March 1 primary — plans to attend a private fundraiser at the Dallas home of Lisa Blue on May 20.

Tickets to attend range from $500 to $2,700 per person.

GOP gathering

More than 10,000 faithful Texas Republicans will head to Dallas in the next few days for their every-other-year state convention Thursday through Saturday.

Some will arrive early for preliminary meetings on issues including the platform and rules.

The convention, which is expected to draw Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn as well as a slew of top state leaders, was in Fort Worth in 2014 and 2012.

White House correspondents

President Barack Obama couldn’t resist a favorite Texas target at the recent White House Correspondents’ Association dinner: Ted Cruz.

During his speech (more of a roast) at his last dinner as president, Obama took aim at the Texas senator and GOP candidate, before Cruz suspended his presidential campaign.

“Ted had a tough week,” Obama said. “He went to Indiana. Hoosier country. Stood on a basketball court and called the hoop a basketball ring.

“What else is in his lexicon? Baseball sticks? Football hats? But sure, I’m the foreign one.”

Many people with Texas ties were at the event, including White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough. McDonough’s brother Patrick and his wife, Karen Steele, live in Fort Worth. Patrick McDonough is a special education teacher at Alice Carlson Applied Learning Center; Steele is a professor of British and Irish literature at TCU.

U.S. Texans abroad

Congress was off for a week so naturally members took the opportunity to go on one of those overseas jaunts known as CODELS (for congressional delegation), which can be controversial.

This trip, though, had a pretty urgent timetable: Learn more about counterterrorism efforts in the Middle East.

Led by Rep. Mike McCaul, R-Austin, chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, the group included other congressional Texans: Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn and Rep. Pete Sessions, chairman of the House Rules Committee.

The theme: Islamic terrorism and threats to the U.S. and its allies. The stops: Egypt, Bahrain, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.

The trip was designed to learn more about the counter-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq through a visit to Bahrain and a U.S. aircraft carrier; terrorist safe havens across North Africa and ongoing threats; and homegrown radicals.

After a stop in the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt to visit the Multinational Force & Observers North Camp, McCaul said counterterrorism training with partners such as Egypt needs to be boosted.

“We cannot allow ISIS to develop more launching pads for plots against the West,” he said. “I pressed this issue with the Egyptians, and I plan to continue to push the administration to develop a clear strategy for eliminating — not just containing — ISIS’ terror sanctuaries.”

Upcoming political dates

▪ Tuesday-Thursday: Republican State Convention in Dallas.

▪ Saturday-May 20: Early voting in Texas primary runoff elections.

▪ May 24: Texas primary runoffs.

▪ June 16-18: Democratic State Convention in San Antonio.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley