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Visits site for new General Motors supplier park


ARLINGTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Friday joined executives from General Motors, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, Northpoint Developments and community leaders for the announcement of a new supplier park that GM plans to open to support future vehicle production at its nearby Arlington Assembly plant. There, Sen. Cruz discussed his efforts to expand opportunity throughout the Lone Star state, among other topics, including the President Trump’s Cuba policy announcement.


Several media outlets covered Sen. Cruz’s visit. Selected news coverage is below:


WFAA: GM to bring hundreds of jobs to North Texas

“Despite the blazing heat, a small crowd gathered Friday for the groundbreaking for a new General Motors facility in Arlington. Among the crowd was Republican Sen. Ted Cruz who was immediately surrounded by a gaggle of local media before taking the stage. ‘My number one priority in the Senate is jobs, jobs, jobs, and that’s for a very simple reason: The number one priority for Texans all across our great state is jobs, jobs, jobs,’ he said. ‘And we’re here celebrating 850 new jobs.’ GM’s new supplier park will produce and assemble vehicle interiors for their lineup of SUV’s coming off the line across the road. GM expects the new facility to house 1,250 employees – including 850 new jobs coming to Arlington. According to company officials, 600 of the new jobs are replacing those sent overseas. ‘That is a major accomplishment, and we are grateful,’ said Cruz. ‘General Motors is an iconic business. General Motors is a business that helped build America. And General Motors has been an important part of the Texas economy for over 6 decades.’”


CBS Dallas/Fort Worth: Sen. Cruz Praises Trump On Changes To Immigration, Cuba Policy

“Sen. Cruz appeared at a news conference in Arlington Friday, where General Motors announced plans to open a supplier park to support building its full-size SUV’s at its nearby plant. The facility will house up to 1250 employees, including 850 new jobs to the city. Six hundred of the jobs will replace work previously done outside the U.S. The Senator said, ‘My number one priority is ‘jobs, jobs, jobs. The way we get jobs is tax reform, regulatory reform, is repealing Obamacare.’”


NBC Dallas/Fort Worth: General Motors Brings Hundreds of Jobs to Arlington

“General Motors announced it will create 850 new jobs in North Texas with the arrival of a new supplier park. The 1.2 million square-foot facility, known as the Arlington Logistics Center, will take up two warehouses to be built on the old Six Flags Mall site across the highway from the GM Assembly Plant. […] Senator Ted Cruz was on hand for the announcement Friday. He praised General Motors for bringing the park to Arlington. ‘Of those 850 new jobs, 600 of those jobs are coming back to America from overseas. That is a major accomplishment and we are grateful,’ Cruz said.”


KERA: GM Is Expanding In Arlington; Ted Cruz Stops By North Texas

“At the groundbreaking ceremony in Arlington today, Senator Ted Cruz weighed in on the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections and possible Russian ties to President Trump’s campaign. Former FBI director Robert Mueller was named as special counsel to head up that investigation. Cruz said that in the past, special counsels have gone adrift when they allowed their scope of inquiry to become too broad.”


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Discusses the assault on the First Amendment on college campuses, among other topics on ‘Fox and Friends’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This morning, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and chairman of the Subcommittee on The Constitution, appeared on ‘Fox and Friends,’ to discuss today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing titled “Free Speech 101: The Assault on the First Amendment on College Campuses.” Sen. Cruz also discussed his efforts to reform healthcare and lower premiums, and reduce the burden of federal regulations and simplify the tax code.

On the assault on the First Amendment on college campuses, Sen. Cruz said:

“If you look at what’s happening on universities it is heartbreaking,” Sen. Cruz said. “They have become these so called ‘protected safe spaces,’ where anything that challenges the left-wing orthodoxy is silenced, is muzzled, is shouted down. Universities should be a place where you go to get your ideas challenged, where you go to discover hard difficult ideas, and to discover what you believe. The whole point of a university – you know when I was in college I took classes from Marxists. And I was glad that I did. You want to understand the ideas on the other side, the ideas that are wrong. And yet today’s Leftist college administrators and faculties – they’re so afraid of being challenged. They can’t defend their ideas and they just want to muzzle students. It’s wrong and it’s inconsistent with the role of a university which is to train young minds.”

When asked about the effort to repeal Obamacare, Sen Cruz reiterated his efforts to deliver on the promises made to the American people, and lower premiums:

“When it comes to Obamacare I can tell you I am working day and night, every waking moment, trying to bring Republicans together to focus on, number one, delivering our promises to repeal this disastrous law,” Sen. Cruz said. “But number two, critically, the most important issue, we’ve got to lower premiums. The biggest reason people are unhappy with Obamacare, their premiums have skyrocketed. The average family’s premiums have risen over $5,000 a year. We’ve got to fix that…I think that if we focus on lowering premiums we can bring together conservatives, we can bring together moderates, we can bring together Republicans, and actually fill the mandate the American people sent us here to do.”

Sen. Cruz’s appearance may be viewed here.

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On April 4, 2017, representatives of the National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section, presented a check to Sonya Scott, Chief Operating Officer of West Houston Area Ministries (WHAM), to purchase school supplies for Education Matters, a program NCJW has supported for nine years now. NCJW Greater Houston Section is one of several organizations in WHAM, which runs the program which provides school supplies for over 100 children in need in grades K-12 attending HISD and Alief school districts. It predates NCJW’s Back 2 School Store, which provides supplies and clothing to children graduating from HISD’s HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youth) program.

Representing NCJW were Susan Whitman and Sharon Rance, Co-Vice Presidents for Community Service, and Carla Kaufman, NCJW chairman for WHAM.

Volunteers will be needed the week of August 9 to help sort and distribute supplies.

For more information about Education Matters or the Back 2 School Store, see or email

NCJW is a volunteer organization, inspired by Jewish values, that works to improve the quality of life for women, children, and families and to ensure individual rights and freedoms for all through its network of 90,000 members, supporters, and volunteers nationwide.

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Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a 20-state coalition in requesting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) preserve the role of the states in protecting the nation’s water sources.

The coalition filed its letter Monday as part of the EPA’s ongoing review of its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The attorneys general outlined regulatory overreach present in the existing rule and offered suggestions to better respect the authority of states going forward.

“The WOTUS rules are a blatant power grab by the EPA,” Attorney General Paxton said. “The federal government exceeded its statutory authority by attempting to regulate areas that Congress never intended to be under federal jurisdiction, and directly infringed on the states’ ability to regulate their own natural resources.”

Rather than claiming jurisdiction over vast amounts of water and land, the coalition suggests that the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers should consider the active role each state already plays in safeguarding its waterways, especially those within the border of individual states. The Obama-era regulation, if implemented, would have taken jurisdiction over natural resources from states and put it in the hands of federal agencies. This included almost any body of water, such as isolated streams, hundred-year floodplains and roadside ditches.

Texas signed the West Virginia- and Wisconsin-led letter with Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Utah.


Read a copy of the letter at


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Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton joined 12 states today in calling on California Insurance Commissioner David Jones to cease and desist from requiring insurance companies to publicly disclose investments in fossil fuels and urging companies to sign a “pledge” to divest from the coal industry.

Commissioner Jones is also requiring insurance companies to disclose investments in oil, gas and coal. The financial disclosures and decisions on whether to sign the “pledge” are then made public on the California Insurance Department’s website.

“The threats made by the California Insurance Commissioner will hurt families, businesses and insurance carriers across the nation,” Attorney General Paxton said. “These requirements are misguided, unrelated to insurance regulation, and are clearly politically driven. We will not stand by while negligent, politically motivated requirements harm the livelihood of thousands of U.S. citizens.”

Along with Attorney General Paxton, the attorneys general of Alabama, Arkansas, Indiana, Louisiana, Missouri, Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming and the governor of Kentucky, signed the letter.

To view the letter, click here.

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Veterans who need legal advice or legal assistance can visit a free legal clinic scheduled in Katy on Saturday, June 24, 2017. The clinic will be held from 9:00 a.m. until Noon at the Katy VA Outpatient Clinic, 750 Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX 77450. No appointment is necessary. The legal clinic is a public service of the Katy Bar Association and the Houston Bar Foundation’s Veterans Legal Initiative.
Any veteran, or spouse of a deceased veteran, can receive one-on-one advice and counsel at the clinic from a volunteer attorney in any area of law, including family, wills and probate, consumer, real estate and tax law, as well as disability and veterans benefits. Veterans who need ongoing legal representation and who qualify for legal aid may be assigned a pro bono attorney through the Houston Volunteer Lawyers to handle their case.
The Houston Bar Foundation also sponsors weekly Friday afternoon clinics at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on the first floor. More information about legal services for veterans is available at

 Come to this hands-on multi-part workshop at Katherine Tyra Branch Library @ Bear Creek on Monday, June 26 at 6:00 p.m. to learn tips of the trade from expert writers and create your own notebook. The Houston Writers Guild will provide instruction to all writers at every level. Beginners and experienced writers are welcome. In this session, participants will explore various techniques for pre-writing in relation to plot development. Various methods from plot diagramming to timelines to outlines will be explored. It is recommended that participants attend these weekly programs to practice their skills regularly and receive feedback on their work. These are hands-on, active sessions, so bring laptops and/or other writing utensils to get the most of each session.All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information call 281-550-0885 or visit

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by Tom Behrens

Region and State …

Tompkins and Cinco Ranch girls produced seven of the honorees. The Cougars had three First-Team players in senior defender Lilly Bravenec, senior mid-fielder Shaylee Anaya and sophomore forward Ali Russell.
Senior midfielder Mary Brodeur took all Region III-6A first team honors for the Cougars.
Tompkins was led by First Team selection Cailey Croson. Senior midfielder, JoAnnie Ramos amassed 14 goals and seven assists. Barbara Olivieri made the All-State Second Team as a freshman. She had 18 goals and nine assists. Junior midfielder Kayla Ruopp received honorable mention All-State.
Seven Lakes was led by senior forward Morgan Proffitt, First Team All-Region; junior midfielder Sydni Dusek, Region III-6A received Honorable Mention.
For the boys, Seven Lakes listed two All-State selections; in junior defender, Anthony Romano and junior forward, Raul Ekmeiro, both received Honorable Mentions. Junior Felipe Latorre, First Team All Region defender and Fabio Montanari, second team All Region midfielder.
Cinco Ranch had three all-region selections in junior forward Michael Gusman who made the Region III-6A First Team. Dawson Palomar and senior midfielder Nick Coburn were voted to the Second Team.
Tompkins had two Honorable Mention All Region players in sophomore forward Jovan Prado and freshman midfielder Daniel Espinoza.
Tompkins girls head coach, Jarrett Shipman was voted III-6A Coach of the Year, while Seven Lakes boys assistant David Crockett earned III-6A Assistant Coach of the Year.

At the District level…Girls

Cinco Ranch … Ali Russell, MVP; Lilly Bravenec, Defensive MVP; Fredy Sanguinetti Coach of the Year. Anaya Brodeur, Katie Becker, Olivia Futch, Kendall Hollo and MaKayla Wang were All-District first team picks.
Tompkins … Cailey Croson, MVP goalkeeper and Barbara Olivieri, offensive MVP. JoAnnie Ramos, Kayla Ruopp, Katy Reid, Leanne Veary and Elena Wolf made the District First Team.
Seven Lakes … Sydni Dusek, Morgan Proffitt, Julia Marotta and Veronica Romero were First Team selections.
Taylor …Ellie Cardner, Newcomer of the Year; Ally Brittain, Camille Day, and Shelby Wilkins were First Team selections.
Katy …Landri Edwards and Bella Tablante were First Team selections for the Tigers.
Morton Ranch …Shenta Knox, First Team
Mayde Creek … Priscilla Trevino, First Team

At the District level … boys

Cinco Ranch’s Guzman earned a share of the MVP. First Team included Dawson Palomar, Nic Fielden and Klaus Schoelman.
Seven Lakes … Senior German Unzner, Defensive MVP; Anthony Romano, Raul Ekneiro and Fabio Montanari were First Team selections.
Morton Ranch … Joseph Paredes and Michael Ewobar, First Team
Tompkins … Jovan Prado, Daniel Espinosa and Joseph Schmidt, First Team
Mayde Creek … Eid Yousef, Jerry Bohi and Eduardo Quevedo, First Team
Katy … Nicholas Diaz, Rey Borjas and Josue Ruiz, First Team

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Max Wright, Taylor High School, has been nominated to play in 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance. Four hundred players are in the running to be among the 100 selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl…East vs. West match-up held every January and televised live on NBC to more than five million television viewers.

Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, the national network of coaches and scouts, and 247 Sports.
The game is played in San Antonio in the Alamo Dome, close to New Year’s day. Wright should find out by the end of this coming season on whether the nomination will become a definite “yes” for the game.
A senior, Wright was moved up to the varsity after three games in his freshman year. He plays defensive end and sometimes gets to mix it up on the offense.
The Power Five colleges that have offered scholarships to Wright include Texas A&M, Ohio State, Stanford, Georgia, Florida and Notre Dame. He has committed to Texas A&M. Texas A&M has also talked to him about possibly playing baseball. “That’s a lot to do, so I’m going to focus on football only,” said Wright
“Max has loved sports since as far back as I can remember,” said Cydney, his mother. “If there is a ball of some sort, he’s playing.” His sports include basketball, baseball, track and soccer. Up to this year, Max was involved in three varsity sports: football, basketball and baseball.

Never met a stranger …
Max is one of those kids that never met a stranger. “We have taught our kids to be personable, have a good hand shake, and to look at people when you talk to them. He has always been friendly. He’s has a big heart, and is a respectful young man, people like him. Not to be corny, but he’s just kind of a gentle giant, but definitely a beast on the field. He flips the switch when he gets out there.”
Max wears number 99 jersey for the Taylor Mustangs. He is 6’4” tall, weighs 270 lbs., same as J.J. Watt of the Houston Texans.
“Did you pick 99 because that’s what JJ Watt wears, or did he pick it because that’s what you wear?” I jokingly asked him.
“People have compared me to him because I play offense and defense.” Also because physically, Max reminds you of JJ. This year Wright will play tight end, running back and some fullback, besides his defensive end duties.
“It’s a huge honor to be compared to a man like that. I love the way JJ plays, his style, and his character. I did pick 99 because of how I respect JJ,” said Wright.
“When I was younger, I was always a big kid. They would hand me the biggest jersey they could find. I had numbers 57 and 40 all through KYF. On the freshman team I was 99, but when I got to varsity I was 49. In sophomore year I decided to switch to 99 again. I’m keeping that.”

When it all began …
He played Katy Youth Football (KYF), beginning in the fourth grade. He “played up” because of his size, playing in the fifth grade when he was in the fourth grade. In sixth grade he switched over to Cross Point Football League.
From there he moved on to Memorial Parkway Junior High School, continuing to play football, and then on to Taylor.
At Taylor the first three varsity games he was on the freshman team.
“We played Clements. In three quarters I had nine sacks, and then they pulled us out. After that the coach told me that I was being considered for a move up to varsity.”
In the next game, which was against Katy, the Taylor backup defensive end, on the first play, tore up his knee. Next game he was moved up to varsity.
Seven Lakes was his first official varsity game, split time playing with another player. “As a freshman it was very humbling to play along with some senior guys. Some of the other players didn’t necessarily like it. I learned to be humble about a lot of things and learned a lot.
“Getting to play two playoff games in my freshman year set me up for what I wanted to do for the next three years.”
Sophomore year was a disappointment for him as he tore his ACL in one of knees in the second game of the season. The Mustangs were playing Seven Lakes, winning all the way up to the end of the third quarter. “We were having a great game, holding them down, and I tore my ACL. Things started falling apart, and we ended up losing the game. Next game was against Cinco and they beat us on a 50 yard pass with like 10 seconds left.
Last year Taylor lost only one district game. “It was cool just to be an upperclassman for once, be able to be a leader. It’s been fun to go through all four years, see so many different guys, so many different teams; I’ve played on four different varsity teams now.”

How about this year … 10-0?
“Travis, Foster, Katy and Cinco are always strong, but we will be a team, if we play to our ability. Our school is starting to build a winning tradition. It’s cool to be part of that, building Taylor High School football, making a name.”

Taylor Mustangs bolster their offensive line

Two freshman players who will be part of the Taylor Mustangs this coming season are offensive tackle, Hayden Conner and offensive guard, Bryce Foster. The Taylor line for the last couple of years has always been big and brutal. Look for even more this coming season.
Bryce Foster’s stats read 6’4” at 295 lbs; Hayden Conner is 6’5” and tilts the scales at 286 lbs. College scouts have been impressed with the combination of their young age, size, footwork and technical ability.
They have already received a number of verbal commitments from several Texas schools, but no solid offers as yet. In the last 30 days Conner received offers from Miami and Nebraska. Bryce Foster has offers from Georgia and Auburn.
Bryce is the bruiser of the two and Hayden is more of the finesse technician. They have played together for the last three years at Memorial Parkway Junior High and traveled together on a select team that won national championships as sixth and eighth graders

“A great place to hang out with family and friends. Premium gourmet food, coffee, lattes, craft beer, wines, free Wi-Fi, sofas to relax. Leave different!”
I took that line from their Facebook page. After seeing the pictures and reading the reviews – I’m ready.
This new restaurant located at 1856 Barker Cypress opened after the first of the year. If you are looking for something different, this just might be it.
It is the Laikh House Gourmet Café. They serve everything from “lite Bites” to World Class Burgers (USDA certified “never-ever” beef). They even have Parmesan and spicy fries to go with your burger. They can serve you a glass of cold, crafted beer or wine to go with your dinner selection or better yet, an avocado mango milkshake!
To start your morning, how about Black bread (Rye) and bacon, grilled tomatoes, shredded cheese, avocado, fried egg, arugula and aioli for breakfast. To go with that they have a great selection of gourmet coffees and teas.
This is a family oriented restaurant, so bring the kids. They have a private room for your meetings or even a “ladies’ day out”.
You can check them out on Yelp and Facebook. Read the reviews. You will find people had all good things to say about the Laikh House Gourmet Café. See you there.