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Former presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee’s costly musical choices

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with then-Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, spoke after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released after five days behind bars.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, with then-Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, left, at her side, spoke after being released from the Carter County Detention Center, Sept. 8, 2015, in Grayson, Ky. Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, was released after five days behind bars. AP

Presidential candidates love to use theme music at rallies — and they sometimes run afoul of the artists who don’t like their politics or want to be paid.

That’s why former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s presidential campaign ended up paying $25,000 in a settlement over Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger, according to Variety.

Huckabee, a Fort Worth-trained preacher turned politician, used the music at a rally last year with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who said issuing same-sex marriage licenses would violate her religious principles.

“Huckabee’s attorneys had argued that the use of Eye of the Tiger to introduce Davis was a fair use and that the rally was not a campaign event but a religious assembly,” Variety reported. The rally centered on Davis’ release from jail for refusing to issue the marriage licenses. The payment was disclosed in a federal campaign finance filing.

GWB — nudes are (not) us

Kanye West’s latest provocative move — releasing a photo from a video of famous nude lookalikes, lying in bed with him and wife Kim Kardashian in the middle — has gotten a disclaimer.

There’s definitely a former President George W. Bush at the end next to Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour.

“In case there was any doubt, I’ll state the obvious: That is not President Bush,” Bush’s spokesman Freddy Ford said. “He is in much better shape.”

Taking out the trash

U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, will do almost anything for his job.

Recently, he even picked up recycling and trash.

This is part of his “Marc Means Business” workdays, an effort for him to get to know more constituents in the 33rd Congressional District that stretches from Fort Worth to Dallas.

He worked with the sanitation crew at Knight Waste Services, learning how to operate back-loader trash trucks, picking up trash, recycling carts and more.

“In rain, sleet, or snow, the crew at Knight Waste Services comes out every week to pick up trash and recycling for over 90,000 Fort Worth residents,” Veasey said. “This sometimes thankless job is vital to ensuring the cleanliness of our neighborhoods and city.”

Do you believe in magic?

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, is a big fan of magic — so much so that he brought in famed illusionist David Copperfield to the U.S. Capitol in June to make the point to some members that magic should be considered an art form.

Sessions introduced a resolution this year to help the “dark arts” get some recognition — and maybe some federal funding. Wylie Mayor Eric Hogue, who works as a magician, was also there.

But the biggest moment for Copperfield was when he met with House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and had his picture taken with him and his young son on the speaker’s balcony. According to a news release from the speaker’s office, Copperfield “performed an illusion or two.”

‘We make a good team’

Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, manager of the GOP team in the Congressional Baseball Game, is still savoring his team’s recent win.

Apparently he took a lot of heat during the seven-year losing streak, so much so that some disgruntled players — all members of Congress — even went to then-House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, demanding that he remove Barton.

So, with the 8-7 long-sought victory in hand, will Barton now hang up his cleats?

“Well, the thought had crossed my mind,” he said with a laugh. “Now would be the time. Go out on top.”

But then he quipped, “I think Roger [Williams] needs a few more years of grooming. We make a good team.”

Williams, a Republican whose district stretches from Tarrant County to Austin, is the team’s coach. He was elected in 2012.

Barton stressed that the importance of the game is that it raised over $500,000 for charity.

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