Texas: Some congressional ties center around love of baseball

U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis
U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis Bloomberg

Everyone knows that U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, the manager of the GOP congressional baseball team, loves baseball.

But there’s a lot of love around the game — and around the people who worked for him. In a fundraising email for Let’s Grow Virginia!, a political action committee for lobbyist Ed Gillespie’s run for governor, his wife, Cathy, talked about how the two got together.

There was that Texas GOP connection: Cathy was on Barton’s staff and Gillespie was working for Rep. Dick Armey.

“When I first met Ed on a congressional staff softball team thirty years ago, I was immediately impressed by his team spirit. Not only was he a natural leader and really good player, but he always cheered on his teammates, and encouraged the weaker players on his team (like me!) not to give up.

“Needless to say, I developed an immediate crush,” wrote Cathy Gillespie.

Ed Gillespie, whose career path has included being chairman of the Republican National Committee and counselor to President George W. Bush, nearly won a U.S. Senate race in Virginia in 2014.

Honoring parks

Former President George W. Bush is celebrating the National Park Service.

It was, after all, 100 years ago when then-President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the park service, charged with protecting natural resources in the United States.

Through Aug. 30, a photo exhibit — the National Parks Photography Project — will celebrate “the important role that the visual image has played in the history and creation of America’s national parks,” according to a statement from the library.

The display features photos taken by photographer Mark Burns.

“With this exhibit, the Bush Library pays tribute to our country’s magnificent national parks, true American treasures that presidents over the years have helped create, nurture, and expand,” said Emily Robison, acting director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

This photography exhibit will only be on display through Aug. 30 at the Bush Library and Museum. Visit www.bush43library.org for more information.

Healthy choices

Texas officials want to make sure women are healthy.

That’s why Texas Health and Human Services Executive Commissioner Charles Smith and state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, recently kicked off a new campaign — Healthy Texas Women — geared to provide more care for women.

“We have expanded our provider network to the largest it has ever been and will continue working to make sure women all over the state can access family planning and other preventative health services,” said Nelson, whose district stretches into Fort Worth.

The Healthy Texas Women program offers health services — from pregnancy testing and family planning to immunizations and screenings for everything from cervical cancer to diabetes — to women who qualify.

Land use around military bases

Encroaching development around military bases is one of the key issues that can impact the long-term stability of an installation.

Four open houses across North Texas will address that issue from Tuesday through Aug. 30 that are part of Joining Forces: Aligning Community & Military Missions, a Regional Joint Land Use Study (JLUS).

The study will include Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Redmond Taylor Army Heliport in Grand Prairie, Fort Wolters Training Center in Palo Pinto County and Camp Maxey Training Center in Lamar County.

“Cities and counties surrounding the military installations will work with the installations to plan and carry out specific actions that will promote compatible community and economic growth,” according to a news release.

Open houses will include interactive maps and displays as well as provide opportunities to speak with planners. A brief background presentation will be given during each open house.

The meetings will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Grand Prairie City Hall, 6 p.m. Thursday at the Love Civic Center in Paris, 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at the River Oaks Community Center and 6 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Boyce Ditto Library in Mineral Wells.

More information can be found at www.JoiningForcesNTX.org.

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