Trasa Robertson Cobern Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com
Trasa Robertson Cobern Max Faulkner mfaulkner@star-telegram.com

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‘Duck Dynasty’ Uncle Si’s daughter not planning to run for House or Senate seat — for now

By Anna M. Tinsley

atinsley@star-telegram.com

July 23, 2017 08:40 PM

UPDATED July 24, 2017 11:27 AM

Uncle Si’s daughter doesn’t have political aspirations beyond Hurst — at least for now.

Trasa Robertson Cobern, daughter of Si Robertson on the popular A&E reality show “Duck Dynasty,” won her first political office on the Hurst City Council last year.

And as speculation swirls — including Cobern’s name — around who will be on next year’s state ballot, she said she’s got plenty of work to do in her Northeast Tarrant County city of more than 38,000. So she’s not planning on challenging her state officials — state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, or state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills.

“I am not running against any of our current representatives,” she told the Star-Telegram. “In my district, both Rep. Stickland and Sen. Hancock work hard in Austin for Tarrant County.”

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She posted on Facebook recently that she doesn’t take her elected post lightly.

“I’m proud of the impact I have on the lives of those who live, work, and raise their families here,” she wrote on social media. “I’m also glad we have the representation that we have at the state and national level, who make it their daily goal to help fight for and improve this community.”

The first day to file to be on the 2018 ballot is Nov. 11.

Other than continuing to serve on the Hurst City Council, she said she also is excited to serve as Tarrant County Republican Party’s new outreach committee chair.

“I’m looking forward to working on outreach because I believe that the Republican Party’s principles of freedom provide a foundation for growing the economy and giving everyone a better chance in life,” she said.

Cobern, a teacher, was elected last year to represent Place 4 on the Hurst City Council.

The first day to file to be on the 2018 ballot is Nov. 11.

Stop fleeing lawmakers?

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, wants to make sure the current special session proceeds as scheduled.

He and others haven’t forgotten when 52 House Democrats fled Texas for nearby Ardmore, Okla. in 2003 to prevent a redistricting plan from passing.

Concerned that colleagues might not show up for the entire special session and thwart the work at hand, Tinderholt filed House Resolution 35, geared to “impose penalties on absent members” when a quorum is not present.

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington
Paul Moseley pmoseley@star-telegram.com

Proposed penalties range from removing members from committee chairmanships and procedural committees to eliminating any privilege or advantage those members receive because of seniority.

Tinderholt said he wants to make sure his proposal reaches the House floor.

“We’re here and we are spending hundreds of thousands, potentially millions of dollars ... to get the people’s work done,” he said.

Laughing isn’t a crime

A Washington, D.C. judge has decided an Arlington woman won’t go to jail for laughing during the confirmation hearing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this year.

Desiree Fairooz, who left her family and home in Arlington in 2007 to join the anti-war activist group Code Pink in Washington, D.C., was convicted on misdemeanor charges earlier this year.

Chief Judge Robert Morin recently threw out the guilty verdict.

Local concerns

Several North Texas mayors signed off on a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott recently, asking for a meeting to talk about local control concerns.

“We believe that several of the proposals announced as part of the call for the 85th Special Legislative Session will directly impede the ability of Texas cities to provide vital services that reflect the priorities of local residents,” the letter signed by 18 majors stated.

Mayors Betsy Price of Fort Worth, Jeff Williams of Arlington, Chris Watts of Denton, Rick Stopfer of Irving and Mike Rawlings of Dallas were among those to sign the letter.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price
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Of concern in the special session are proposals such as tree ordinances, annexation and property tax reform.

The concern is that some of Abbott’s proposed issues could limit the power of cities, making it harder for local officials to govern.

“We believe local officials are closest to the people and hear the most from them,” Price said.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley