TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 12/5/11

Gov. Rick Perry is stoking the culture wars with an edgy new TV ad railing against policies that allow gays to serve openly in the military but keep overt religious displays out of public schools.

Rick Perry's new ad railing against the repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy and proclaiming he'd end "Obama's war on religion" has created some viral backlash. Quickly.

Fewer Texans will receive food stamps in December than in November, but the number is still up overall since 2005 as the national recession continues. Our updated interactive map allows you to explore the number of food stamp recipients in your county and the economic impact of the program.

Former FEC Chairman Trevor Potter talked with The Texas Tribune about the confusing state of campaign finance, why donors want the certainty of limits on their giving and how to run a presidential campaign without the baggage of an actual candidate. 

Campaign rhetoric to the contrary, statistics show that the number of illegal immigrants crossing the border is less of a problem now than it has been for four decades.

Sitting in his new office — the sparsely decorated basement of an unassuming 9,000-square-foot building just outside Fort Worth — Christopher Cone cut to the chase during a discussion of academic accreditation.

S. David Freeman, the former general manager of the Lower Colorado River Authority talks about rebuilding the organization after the "Trailergate" sex scandal, the environmental failures of public power and why electricity deregulation is a "huge mistake."

With the closure of two previous youth agencies, lawmakers and advocates hope to see cost savings and better results out of the new Texas Juvenile Justice Department.

After months of bubbling discontent among professors over the law school’s faculty compensation practices, University of Texas School of Law Dean Larry Sager was forced to resign his position.

 

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