TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 1/21/13

Slightly more than 8,200 voters cast their ballots during the early voting period in the special election to replace the late state Sen. Mario Gallegos. Election day is Saturday in the race, which is likely to head to a runoff.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told a TribLive audience this week how he sees the session, the budget, pilfering from his campaign, his political future — and his feisty attitude toward one Evan Smith of the Tribune.

After years in which the state's spending limit was irrelevant, it may play a key role in budget negotiations this session, and it ...

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