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‘Redneck’ no insult to Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee AP

Potential Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee doesn’t have a problem in the world with being called a redneck.

In fact, the Fort Worth trained minister turned politician uses the phrase so freely that he even put a chapter in his new book — God, Guns, Grits and Gravy called “Redneck Remedies.”

“I don’t mind being called a redneck,” he said last week during a speech in Dallas that was put on by the Dallas Rotary Club and the National Center for Policy Analysis. “It’s a term of endearment.”

New leadership

State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, was unanimously picked last week to serve as chairman of the Senate Republican Caucus.

“I look forward to working diligently on common sense, conservative issues with Vice-Chairman Brandon Creighton and other members of the Caucus,” he said. “We know the people of Texas have spoken loud and clear about the way our state government should function, and we intend to act.”

The caucus meets during legislative sessions to talk about policies and prepare for floor votes.

Leaving the city

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is losing her chief of staff, Jason Lamers, to Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway after 14 years of service with the city.

“It is bittersweet,” Lamers said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to join a great team at BNSF Railway, but I’m going to miss City Hall and the team here.”

Lamers started with Fort Worth in 2000 as the public information officer for the then-Fort Worth Public Health Department. He joined the mayor’s office in 2005 and became chief of staff in 2012.

Pothead?

Now it can be told … to a British tabloid.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, smoked pot when he was a teenager. “Teenagers are often known for their lack of judgment, and Sen. Cruz was no exception,” a Cruz representative told the Daily Mail, a British tabloid.

“When he was a teenager, he foolishly experimented with marijuana. It was a mistake, and he’s never tried it since.”

This follows recent revelations that potential GOP rival Jeb Bush also toked up in high school. As for former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, he responded during an appearance in Austin last year to a question by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel about having ever smoked pot by saying, “No, thank God.”

New chair

U.S. Rep. Randy Weber, R-Friendswood, first elected in 2012, recently got a Science Committee subcommittee despite having voted against John Boehner, R-Ohio, to be speaker.

House Science Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, named Weber to be chairman of the panel’s Energy Subcommittee. Weber recently generated a storm of controversy in a tweet about the Paris anti-terror march in which he compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. Obama did not attend and Weber said that Hitler had gone to Paris after Germany’s invasion of France. Weber later apologized.

Staff writer Caty Hirst contributed to this report.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

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Anna M. Tinsley, 817-390-7610

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