MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

MEANWHILE, IN TEXAS…

Dynamic Duo

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s wife, Angela, is considering a run for Texas Senate, according to the Texas Tribune. Paxton, a guidance counselor at Legacy Christian Academy in Frisco, is eying the seat in Senate District 8, which is currently held by Plano Republican Van Taylor, who’s probably going to give up his seat to run for Congress in 2018. Paxton, who has been active in state Republican politics, frequently appears at political events with her husband and on her own. She’s certainly got the charisma and showmanship of a politician—at Republican party gatherings, according to the Tribune, she often strums a guitar and sings, “I’m a pistol-packin’ mama, and my husband sues Obama.” Phillip Huffines, the chairman of the Dallas County GOP, is the current frontrunner for the Senate seat, but Paxton already has the support of four state representatives in the area, so she could shake things up significantly if she does decide to run.

Lost at Sea

One of the ten sailors who went missing after the Navy destroyer U.S.S. John McCain collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Singapore on Mondayis a Texan, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Navy has announced the identification of the remains of three sailors, but John “C.J.” Hoagland, from Tarkington, is still unaccounted for. “The first time John said he wanted to serve his country, he was five,” Hoagland’s mother, Cynthia Kimball, told KTRK. “It’s the only thing he’s ever wanted to do. He loves the military, but he loves his family. He is really a good person. He would do anything for anyone.” The accident was the second such incident at sea for the Navy in recent months. Noe Hernandez, of Weslaco, was killed along with six other sailors in June, when the U.S.S. Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off the coast of Japan. According to the New York Times, the Navy issued a rare suspension of ship operations worldwide following the McCain crash, and it relieved Vice Admiral Joseph P. Aucoin after his fleet sustained a total of four collisions since January, including the fatal crashes of the Fitzgerald and the McCain.

Wet Weekend

The remnants of Tropical Storm Harvey could bring some serious rain to the Texas coast this weekend. The National Weather Service says details of the tropical storm’s exact landfall location are “still very uncertain,” but it could end up along the lower to middle Texas coast around Friday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Houston, Galveston, and Southeast Texas could be in for around four to eight inches of rain, with the possibility of ten to sixteen inches in some areas, according to the National Weather Service. KTRK‘s weather team predicts the storm could bring rains similar to the amount that seriously flooded Houston sixteen years ago, when Hurricane Allison hit the city and dropped more than three feet of rain, leaving 23 dead across Texas and causing billions of dollars in damage. “We’re most likely going to see a tropical storm form late tomorrow night,” Patrick Blood, a meteorologist with the Houston/Galveston branch of the National Weather Service, told the Houston Press. “The biggest threat for Houston is rainfall.” As we wrote in May, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a rough storm season for Texas this summer.