It's no surprise who leads off this week's playlist of songs based on the week's news. After he drew so much attention for attending the State of The Union as a guest of U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, R-Friendswood, we had no choice but to start with a song by Ted Nugent.
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Another Texan getting a lot of news coverage in Washington, DC, is the state's newest senator, Ted Cruz. He's already ruffled a few feathers on Capitol Hill, and so we pay homage to that with "The New Kid" by the Old 97's. That's followed by the Talking Heads' "Give Me Back My Name," which is exactly what Ron Paul wants his fans to do — give him back his domain name.
After reading Aman Batheja's story on ex-lawmakers who continue to hang around the Texas Capitol as lobbyists, we decided to include "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from the musical Dreamgirls. For current lawmakers, reporter Morgan Smith looked at how being a part-time legislator can be a financial harship for some, which inspired the inclusion of "As Soon As I Get Paid" by Keb' Mo'.
Though President Obama doubled down on his call for more renewable energy, the Texas Legislature does not seem very enthusiastic, but hopefully everyone can enjoy the song "Energy" by The Apples in Stereo. For Eric Bearse, a consultant that works for potential 2014 opponents Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott, we've included Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now."
A version of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" nods to ongoing debate about immigration reform. Boyz II Men's "Water Runs Dry" captures the spirit of a bill by state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, that aims to calm interstate tensions over water rights. And we close out with Roger Waters singing "Another Brick in the Wall" in honor of underused education programs.