1. Bell gets a Huntsville Item write-thru of his stop in Huntsville.

2. The FWST ed board is happy with Gov. Perry and Transportation Commissioner Ric Williamson for changing the route of the Trans-Texas Corridor around the DFW Metroplex.

3. Democratic Senate nominee Radnofsky was in Tyler:

Barbara Radnofsky, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, said Saturday at a Cherokee County Democratic Party Rally that her opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and the rest of the Republicans in power have eroded American democracy.
Interesting strategy. Insult 60% of the electorate, and they must be more likely to vote for you!

On the other hand (and to be more charitable), presumably this run against Hutchison is an attempt to build name ID for a further run. In that case, Radnofsky needs to at least try to keep the Democratic base together, so Hutchison's margin of victory is less than expected.

4. Billy Joe Shaver on being Kinky Friedman's spiritual adviser:

Asked if he's really involved in the country-music performer/mystery writer's independent gubernatorial campaign as Friedman's "spiritual adviser,'' Shaver proudly said: "Yes I am! He'll be the next governor of Texas. He's ahead of the polls.'' Shaver said his spiritual advice is, "If you just stay honest you won't have to stretch your head to remember what you said before,'' and "keep it simple.''

"Kinky's that way, he's brutally honest. He won't be pushed around,'' Shaver said. "He knows what he needs to do.

"He admires Jesus Christ, he's a Jew, there's no doubt about it. But I knew his father and mother. He comes from good stock.''

Shaver's quote "he's ahead of the polls" amuses me. He's certainly not ahead in the polls, so maybe Shaver is on to something.

Posted by Evan @ 08/20/06 02:31 PM


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