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On Fridays, we give you a preview of some of the weekend's most interesting events. This week, it's a little different, with an emphasis on the last event.  

First off, on Saturday at the Institute of Texan Cultures Buddhist monks are creating a community mandala out of colorful sands. It's called The Mystical Arts of Tibet, and promises to be both fascinating and beautiful. Then on Saturday night, Texas original Billy Joe Shaver is playing a great live outdoor venue outside of Boerne, the Round Up. 

From Texas Standard:

As Senate Republicans struggle to nail down the votes they need among their own ranks to pass a bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, many inside and outside the party are once again consider what it means to be loyal in the era of President Donald Trump. The conundrum has been around since the campaign, when revelations about Trump's actions and behavior kept many GOP members from embracing him fully.

Washington Post Reporter David Fahrenthold is a Houston native who earned a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on then-candidate Trump's claims about charitable giving. Fahrenthold also broke the story of the "Access Hollywood" tape, days before the election. He spoke with Host David Brown at the Texas Tribune Festival.

From Texas Standard:

An article by New Yorker staff writer and Texas resident Lawrence Wright makes the case that Texas is a political bellwether. In "America's Future Is Texas," Wright argues that, indeed, as Texas goes, so goes the nation — politically speaking, at any rate.

From Texas Standard:

As the U.S. becomes increasingly divided along party lines, many are losing faith in the American political system. ABC News analyst and Texas resident Matthew Dowd says that despite current partisan struggles, trust in the system can be restored. He explores the topic in his new book, “A New Way: Embracing the Paradox as we Lead and Serve.”

 

A Bexar County judge this afternoon ruled in favor of outgoing Sheriff Susan Pamerleau who was challenging a restraining order obtained by Sheriff-Elect Javier Salazar.

 

Salazar- who takes office Sunday - claimed Pamerleau is making personnel changes in her final days on the job to protect positions of some county employees who supported her.

 

Pamerleau and her attorney argued the personnel changes were legal and that she followed state statutes and county policies. 

 

When it comes to the list of Texans who were warriors for civil rights, the name Homer Thornberry may not likely be a name that many will conjure up.  But without his name that list would be lacking.

Texas Tribune

Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona is considered the father of the modern Conservative movement. He was a straight shooter who firmly believed in rugged individualism and small government. He opposed civil rights - because he was concerned about Federal Government overreach - which is why he supported abortion rights. 

Goldwater ran for president in 1964 and was beaten in a landslide by Lyndon Johnson. We didn't see another strong conservative rise like Goldwater until 1980 with Ronald Reagan, but Reagan won and changed the face of American politics. 

 

Early voting begins today for Texas’ Super Tuesday primary. In the presidential races voters will be choosing delegates to the Republican and Democratic conventions. They’ll also be choosing their parties’ nominees in local, state and congressional races.

 

In south San Antonio, members of two long-time political families are again facing off for the Democratic nomination in Texas House District 118.  They’re hoping their names will matter.

 

The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Republican John Lujan defeated Democrat Tomas Uresti in a special election runoff Tuesday in Texas House District 118 in San Antonio.

With 100% of precincts counted, Lujan had 52.38 percent to Uresti’s 47.62 percent. The margin of victory was 171 votes out of 3,601 cast, with a voter turnout of just 4.12 percent. As of late Tuesday night, Lujan’s campaign said Uresti had not yet called to concede the race.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas House again becomes a battleground early next year. Not between Democrats and Republicans, but instead establishment GOP and Tea Party challengers.

In as many as 30 races Tea Party newcomers are trying the right-flank of members they believe don't represent their brand of conservatism in Texas. Even the head of the Texas House, Speaker Joe Straus isn't immune. One of Texas' most influential conservatives has two rightward challengers for the Alamo Heights/San Antonio seat.

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