Here's a brief update on once and possibly future candidate for statewide office Ron Kirk.
Last summer Mr. Kirk gave $30,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and various Senate campaigns, and $5,000 to the Democratic National Committee.
He says he's also had conversations with Barack Obama, the Illinois Democrat who is poised to become the third black senator elected since Reconstruction.
"He can win," Mr. Kirk said. "He's a good candidate and is very sharp. I'm committed to him lock, stock and barrel."
Mr. Kirk hopes Texas can help Mr. Obama be the second black person elected to the Senate from Illinois in 12 years. He wants to bring Mr. Obama to Texas for a fund-raising tour.
"There are a lot of Democrats here," he said. "Those of us who care have to play by electing progressive Democrats in other states."
Mr. Kirk says he doesn't know whether he will run for a public office again.
He's got a list of potential 2006 Democratic Senate and gubernatorial candidates that includes Dallas Mayor Laura Miller (she says she's not interested in partisan politics); her husband, state Rep. Steve Wolens; and former San Antonio Mayor Henry Cisneros.