In a months-old memo, which came to light this week, consultants for Wendy Davis told her campaign that it was in disarray and in danger of being embarrassed. The memo also told the campaign that it was failing to communicate a positive message and offered virtually nothing to swing voters. So we start our news-inspired playlist with Michelle Chamuel singing "I Knew You Were Trouble."
The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are the other selections for the week:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn was selected to be the Senate's next majority whip, so we have Devo's "Whip It." That's followed by "Secretary Song" by The Go! Team, because Gov.-elect Greg Abbott named Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos as his pick for the state's next secretary of state.
Former President George W. Bush plugged his new new book about his father, former President George H.W. Bush, and encourged his brother, Jeb Bush, to consider a run for the country's highest office, so we included "Family Tradition" by Hank Williams Jr.
Because state Sen. Glenn Hegar, R-Katy, officially resigned his Senate seat so that he can go serve as the state's next comptroller, we added "I'm Leaving" by the North Mississippi Allstars. Because the state's top health official told lawmakers that they should combine the state's five health departments into one “mega-agency,” he have "We Go Together" from Grease.
Many in South Texas were upset that, not only is their local university being replaced, so too is that school's mascot, so we put Bonnie Raitt's "I Don't Want Anything to Change" on the playlist. Then we added Lyle Lovett's "I've Had Enough," because the full U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals felt they did not need to rehear a case on the use of race in university admissions on which a panel of judges had already ruled.
The Trib's Ross Ramsey looked at what happened to the thousands of Texans who voted in 2010 but did not come back to do it again in 2014, prompting us to include Peggy Lee's "Where Did They Go?" We close with "In The City," which is an Eagles song, and also where state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is considering seeking her political future.