TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/8/13

The Senate on Friday night sent controversial abortion legislation to Gov. Rick Perry. While the crowd outside of the chamber chanted, there were none of the eruptions inside that helped kill the abortion bill in the first special session.

Three years after a municipal election was held under the specter of fear and death in this border city, voters on Sunday ushered in a new leader in Ciudad Juárez. But a new administration and a new peace can only go so far. 

Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he will not run for re-election next year, making Attorney General Greg Abbott the instant favorite to replace him. So what does the future hold for the longest-serving Texas governor?

On the latest Agenda Texas, from KUT News and the Tribune: With Gov. Rick Perry announcing that he won't seek a fourth term, GOP candidates are quickly making plans to try to move up the statewide political ladder.

The Democratic Party is having a hard time drawing candidates for statewide office in the 2014 elections. If no serious contender jumps in next year, the party will have given a pass to Republicans at a time of upheaval up and down the ballot.

When state Sen. Dan Patrick endorsed Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid last year, it helped turn the two men from sometime-rivals into allies. But now, Patrick has become Dewhurst’s fiercest critic among the field of candidates hoping to unseat him.

Seventeen-year-olds convicted of capital murder could soon be subject to a mandatory sentence of life with parole eligiblity after 40 years under a bill lawmakers approved on Thursday.

Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin will step down from his position in January, he notified university leaders on Friday.

Political parties, interest groups, trade associations and others regularly compile scorecards for legislative votes, comparing and ranking lawmakers based on their decisions on issues. Now it's your turn: Make a scorecard based on your own answers.

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