Editorial: We recommend Penny Morales Shaw for Texas House District 148

Texans often struggle to name their representatives, but House District 148 voters have an excuse. Counting primaries and runoffs, this is their fifth election in a year to replace longtime state Rep. Jessica Farrar.

Penny Morales Shaw finally emerged from a crowded field of Democrats after Farrar endorsed her over Anna Eastman, who was elected briefly in January in a special election runoff to finish out Farrar’s term.

Republican Luis LaRotta ran unopposed in the primary.

One thing voters can be clear about is whoever wins has worked long and hard to represent them.

We believe Morales Shaw’s work as a private practice attorney, life experience, deep ties to the area and history of advocacy make her the best fit for this diverse north and northwest Houston district that could sure use a champion in Austin.

The kind of multi-tasking involved in legislative service, from responding to constituent needs to shepherding legislation through the process, is something Shaw came by honestly, and tragically.

She went to law school intending to go into international human rights law and public policy. But her husband died the year she took the bar exam in 2000, leaving her a single mom raising four kids. She built a bread-and-butter practice that allowed her to balance career and family.

She says she still made time for advocacy, volunteering in the NAACP’s free legal clinics and working with the international not-for-profit organization CARE to improve maternal health, access to microloans and necessities such as clean water in countries across South America and Africa. She also advocated for the International Violence Against Women Act.

“People can say anything about what they will do and what they care about,” says Morales Shaw, “but I think it’s important to see what someone’s life story is, what they’ve endured, what their fortitude is and what their work has been.”

Refreshingly, both candidates seem less bound by partisan identities and willing to work across the aisle.

“We’re so far cornered in our tribe,” says LaRotta, a 40-year-old Navy veteran and real estate investor. “We’re afraid to evaluate our positions and challenge our biases.”

But LaRotta isn’t. He says he began opposing the death penalty after looking at evidence showing a likelihood that Texas has executed innocent people. He favors police accountability, decriminalizing cannabis but also repealing the franchise tax.

We admire his independence, but some stances, such as opposing Medicaid expansion, are at odds with the needs of the district. Voters should send Morales Shaw to Austin.

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Penny Lancaster shows off her stunning kitchen as she cooks a delicious roast lamb

Andrea Caamano

Penny Lancaster and Rod Stewart have the most gorgeous kitchen and that was clear to see on Sunday as the mother-of-two shared a lovely video as she cooked a delicious Sunday Roast.

Dancing to Joe Turner’s Rock n’ Roll hit Shake, Rattle and Roll, the 49-year-old can be seen happily smiling and dancing to the hit song whilst wearing a fashionable leopard print apron and holding two pans in her hands.

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Behind her, fans got a look at her impressive ivory range cooker with gas hob, as well as a gorgeous marble island, where a roast lamb could be seen ready to hit the oven.

On the other side of the kitchen, Penny and Rod’s duck egg blue kitchen cabinets and drawers were on full display.

“Home-cooked, feeling good, happy Sunday,” she wrote across the video.

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Penny Lancaster and her adorable dogs

The former Loose Women panellist’s joyous clip comes just days after sharing with fans that her sons, Aiden and Alastair, had gone back to school.

“With the kiddies back to school, these two love bugs are getting extra attention today #dogs #bestfriends 8 year old Bubbles on the left and 1 year old Battersea Lily (was blondie) on the right,” she wrote alongside an adorable picture of her and her two pets.

The casual picture was met with praise from her fans, with one writing: “You look lovely in the photo Penny. Well done for being a great role model to all women in terms of embracing your natural beauty.”

A second one wrote: “Love my dog, nice pic natural Penny.”

A third remarked on finally being child-free after months of lockdown: “Enjoy your free time missy.”

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