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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Weekend recap, 2nd try
I'm back from Amarillo, where I had a wonderful time. It's always good to visit other parts of Texas, and the Panhandle was beautiful this time of year. It was cold though.

1. Perry attends ribbon cutting in El Paso at new EDS location. Then he speaks to 200 at the El Paso County GOP banquet before flying off to Mexico for Ambassador (and former Railroad Commish) Tony Garza's wedding to the Corona beer heiress.

2. The LATimes writes up Kinky's candidacy.

3. William McKenzie in the DMN opines the obvious:
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, in particular, should follow this part of the debate. If a question remains about school finance at the session's end, she has room to run against Mr. Perry next year in the Republican primary. If there's not, her chance for a challenge shrinks.

4. Nate Crain, chair of the Dallas County GOP, says that someone from Hutchison's camp called to disinvite him from her March 31 fundraiser because he's endorsed Perry for re-election. Hutchison's campaign denies it.

Assuming there's at least some kernel of truth to the story, KBH's campaign seems awfully interested in running for guv, even if the Senator hasn't officially made up her mind.

5. The R Club, a group of younger fiscal conservative Houstonians, has endorsed Perry for re-relection.

6. No pictures please:
There was Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, coming out of a Senate elevator the other day on her way to a vote. And who was sharing the elevator with her? Why, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y.

Hutchison and potential gubernatorial rival Gov. Rick Perry traded barbs recently over a videotape showing her exchanging niceties with Clinton at an event.

So when Hutchison realized that a Star-Telegram reporter had noticed her elevator companion, she quickly took the initiative.

"Don't take a picture," she said with a grin.

7. Strayhorn blasted Perry (surprise, surprise) for the tolls which will finance the Trans-Texas Corridor (via HK). She also continues to come up with unique reasons to send out press releases to try and get into the headlines.

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