This Week in Texas: May 14, 2014

Posted May 14, 2014 in The Mignon Memo

Rep. Brandon Creighton and Rep. Steve Toth finished first and second in the special election for Senate District 4.  Because no candidate received over 50 percent of the vote, a runoff election will be held sometime this summer. Creighton finished with 45.2 percent of the vote and Toth with 23.7 percent of the vote.  The other two candidates, Gordy Bunch and Mike Galloway, received the remainder of the vote.  

Gov. Rick Perry has named Mary Anne Wiley General Counsel for the Office of the Governor. Wiley has served as deputy general counsel and director of criminal justice policy for the office since 2001.  

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Leslie Ward of Austin as Chair of the Texas Economic Development Corporation.  The corporation supports programs and activities of the Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism, in addition to TexasOne, which markets Texas competitively and dynamically to businesses outside the state’s borders. 

Willie Nelson announced that he is giving major portions of his correspondence, manuscripts, records and awards to The University of Texas’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.  Nelson’s archive will join letters and photographs from Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash at the Center.

Only in Austin: The Continental Club opened in Austin in 1957 as a private supper club, hosting touring groups like Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.  The Club claims to be the first place in Travis County to sell liquor by the drink.  Still a popular location on South Congress, the Club features rockabilly, country and swing music.  Check it out next time you are in town