This Week in Texas: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Posted January 8, 2020 in The Mignon Memo

Julián Castro Endorses Elizabeth Warren for President

On Monday, Julián Castro endorsed Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren for President, just days after ending his own presidential campaign.  The former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and San Antonio Mayor was friendly with Sen. Warren during the campaign and his endorsement was not considered a surprise.  Some of his prominent early supporters, however, have instead announced their preference for former Vice President Joe Biden in the race, including five Texas state representatives:  Reps. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City), Eddie Lucio III (D-Brownsville), Oscar Longoria (D-Mission) and Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco).

Second Meeting of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force

On Tuesday, Governor Greg Abbott convened the second meeting of the Domestic Terrorism Task Force at the Texas Capitol.  The panel, which was created after the mass shooting in El Paso last August, is charged with exploring methods to prevent statewide acts of extremism.

Representative Donna Howard Named Chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus

Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) has been named Chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus.  The caucus will focus on budgetary and public policy issues concerning women’s health as the Texas House prepares for the 87th Legislative Session convening in January 2021.  Congratulations, Rep. Howard!

Only in Austin…

If you have an interest in fashion, you’ll want to visit the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum’s new exhibit Fashion Forward, which opened December 21st and runs through April 12th.  The exhibit showcases items of apparel curated from the Texas Fashion Collection, a 20,000 piece collection of 20th century garments housed at the University of North Texas; creations from Christian Dior, Geoffrey Beene, Giorgio Armani and Anne Klein, as well as Italian designers Missoni and Emilio Pucci, and many others, are featured in the exhibit.  Each couturier is a recipient of the Neiman Marcus Award for Distinguished Service in the Field of Fashion.  Seems like a great way to inspire those of us wanting to Marie Kondo our closets in honor of the new decade…!

Welcome to 2020!

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous year!