TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of Jan 11, 2010

Brian Thevenot's story on the State Board of Education's histrionics over history went viral this week, bringing national attention to the state's efforts to edit the content of social studies texts. That clock kept ticking all week, and he wrote story after story...

Evan Smith led the week with a three-part interview with Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, on the subjects of Tea Partiers, ExxonMobil, the Democratic president, and all sorts of other stuff. Here, here, and here...

Julian Aguilar took a look at why so many Republicans are running against one of their own in North Texas — 86-year-old Ralph Hall of Rockwall...

Might have heard something about debates this week in the governor's race, and we started off with Elise Hu's mashup of the spokespeople for Rick Perry and Kay Bailey Hutchison. Ben Philpott and I did a story leading up to the debate. Jim Henson, a Univerity of Texas guru and one of our pollsters, looked at some issues and how they might play in the debate and in the race for governor. Elise and I did a live blog during the debate. Then she caught the campaigns trying to tell us what we'd seen. Ben compared the pitches from the candidates. And here's the wrapup when it was all over...

Philpott, who's covering politics for us and for KUT Radio in Austin, took an early look at the census coming later this year, and at the political redistricting that will follow next year...

Emily Ramshaw followed up her series on the use of restraints in Texas public schools with a report on changes in the use of restraints. They're up overall, but down in some of the big districts around Texas...

So you're a famous jock and you want to run for office? It's possible, but it's fraught with peril, as Morgan Smith found in her look at what might be ahead for former halfback Craig James...

It took El Paso years to get a medical school, but it finally worked. Now Brandi Grissom finds South Texas leaders pushing for a school of their own and trying to learn something from El Paso's experience...

We had our first TribLive event this week — an interview with House Speaker Joe Straus — and he actually made news. Ever seen a Mansion with brakes?...

Texas won't join the federal Race for the Top — a federal education program that'll dole out hundreds of millions — because of the requirements that go along with the money. Abby Rapoport reports...

She was also watching the political candidates and who works for them. Guess what? It's a boy's club...

Sen. Kip Averitt, R-Waco, doesn't want to seek reelection after all. But he wanted too long to get off the ballot and now it's… complicated...

What happens when you're not a frontrunner? It's lonely back there and nobody talks about you. Except for Reeve Hamilton, who filed this report.

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