The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for Feb. 7, 2012

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leaving the House chamber following budget negotiations on May 19, 2011.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst leaving the House chamber following budget negotiations on May 19, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Texas Democrats, who for months have been locked in a brutal battle with Republicans over the state’s once-in-a decade remap, have found an enemy among their own. Party officials are fuming over Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar’s new alliance with Gov. Rick Perry’s administration in the state’s redistricting battle, accusing the Democratic congressman of selling out in the name of self-preservation." — Texas Dems lock horns with Cuellar on redistricting, Politico
  • "The vice president of public policy at Susan G. Komen for the Cure who backed the breast cancer charity's move to strip Planned Parenthood of funding resigned Tuesday, saying the now-abandoned decision 'has unfortunately been turned into something about politics.'" — Komen exec quits after Planned Parenthood flap, The Associated Press
  • "Republican Senate hopeful Craig James wears a cowboy hat, rides a horse and throws a football — not all at the same time — in this ad that's running on TV in maybe a dozen markets right now. 'We need more freedom, not more government,' he says in the tag line." — James decries government in TV spots, The Dallas Morning News

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "With last week's release of year-end presidential contribution data, it's time for an updated ZIP code donor application, which allows readers to explore where each major candidate received support across the state in 2011. Gov. Rick Perry outraised everyone in the field, collecting half of the contributions to all candidates combined." — Interactive Map: 2011 Texas Presidential Contributions by ZIP

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