The Playlist: I Can't Make You Love Me

Tom Pauken, candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, speaks at TribLive on September 16, 2013.
Tom Pauken, candidate for the Republican nomination for Texas governor, speaks at TribLive on September 16, 2013.

Former Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken withdrew from the Republican gubernatorial primary on Thursday, citing a lack of funding, so our weekly news-based playlist begins with Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me."

The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are this week's other selections:

Our second song is Miles Davis' "Deception," which is what a former high-ranking official at CPRIT, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, was accused of this week in an indictment from a Travis County grand jury.

According to tax returns released this week, state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, a candidate for governor, saw her income more than double between 2010 and 2012, so we added "Making Cash Money," by The Sugarhill Gang. It's followed by Chuck Brown's "We Need Some Money," because a coalition of Texas higher education leaders expressed concerns about the effects of federal budget cuts on their institutions.

"Border Guards," by The Rosebuds, was included because Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst charged lawmakers with examining recent border security efforts. Johnny Lang's "Red Light" makes the list since the gubernatorial race has brought new attention on the issue of red light cameras.

With Texas nurses pushing for more independence, we have "The Nurse," by The White Stripes. We have Blue Oyster Cult's "Deadline" because two were blown this week — one set by lawmakers for Gov. Rick Perry and another set by embattled University of Texas System Regent Wallace Hall's lawyers.

A new report showed that child poverty in Texas is on the rise despite an improving economy, we picked "Save The Children," by Marvin Gaye. On a lighter note, because the week saw the release of a number of campaign advertisements, we close with "I Want You to Want Me," by Cheap Trick. Come to think of it, that could have been Tom Pauken's song!


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