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One of the policy items that won overwhelming support at this weekend’s state GOP convention was a directive that lawmakers pass legislation in 2017 that would allow doctors to prescribe medical marijuana to their patients.  But an effort to expand Texas’ marijuana laws may be over before they even begin.

Texas Tribune

The theme of the Texas GOP Convention, which ended Saturday in Dallas, was “Unite to Win.”  But loyal Republicans gathered there didn’t appear to be ready to unite behind the anticipated party nominee, Donald Trump.  It’s another sign of how fractured the party is in Texas and beyond. 

 

  

In the Texas GOP Presidential Primary this past March, 44 percent voted for Texas’ Junior Senator Ted Cruz.   Donald Trump captured just 27 percent of the vote.

 

Texas Republican Party of Texas

Those attending this week’s Republican Party of Texas state convention in Dallas will vote on a number of ideas that will ultimately represent what Texas Republicans stand for.  Those ideas range from whether Texas should lead a constitutional convention of states to whether Texas should be allowed to secede from the United States.


Ryan Poppe

Former Governor Rick Perry was the first to drop out of the race for President, but he's still open to playing a role in the White House.

 When asked Friday whether or not he would serve as Trump’s running mate, Perry said he would be open to serving in any role that is asked of him, including as a running mate.

 “In the myriad of areas of which I have served in the State of Texas as it’s governor, that is a set of experiences that will serve this country and if Donald Trump says ‘Perry let’s talk about you serving in this role’, I’m open to it," Perry said.

State Capitol Preservation Board

Visitors at the state capitol can now view another familiar face staring back them.  The state Preservation Board unveiled former Gov. Rick Perry’s capitol portrait Friday.

 One of the big questions had been whether the portrait would feature Perry with or without glasses, a style change that Perry made before his second run for president. 

It features him without glasses.  Perry joked about the matter.

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