The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Sept. 19, 2013

Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.
Former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay on Nov. 1, 2010, before opening arguments in his trial.

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•    Appeals Court Overturns Tom DeLay's Conviction for Money Laundering: "Former U.S. Rep. Tom DeLay’s political money laundering conviction was overturned Thursday by the state’s 3rd Court of Appeals, which said the state's evidence in the case was 'legally insufficient.'"

•    Abortion Foes Criticize Patrick's Past Investment: "Dan Patrick has made his opposition to abortion a centerpiece of his campaign for lieutenant governor. But two prominent abortion opponents are criticizing the Houston senator for once owning stock in the maker of the 'morning after' pill."

•    Watson Responds to Perry's Move to Regulate Insurance Navigators: "In a letter Thursday, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, says Gov. Rick Perry's move to establish strict rules for so-called health insurance navigators defies the intent of a law legislators passed this year."

•    "I Am Texas Ag," Carnes Says in Campaign Video: "In his first campaign video as a candidate for agriculture commissioner, Uvalde Mayor J Allen Carnes touts his farming roots and the importance of agriculture to the state."

 

•    TribLive: Patrick on the Abortion Filibuster: "At Thursday's TribLive conversation, state Sen. Dan Patrick, Republican of Houston, a candidate for lieutenant governor, criticized David Dewhurst's handling of the 83rd session's now-famous abortion filibuster."

Culled

•    Ted Cruz Punches Back (National Review): "Even among Republicans, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is one of Washington’s most divisive figures. Activists love him, but leadership staffers and many of his colleagues can’t stand him — especially his latest effort to connect a government-spending bill with the defunding of Obamacare. After a Senate luncheon on Tuesday, several Republicans told me they’re tired of Cruz’s campaign, and one senator, after rolling his eyes, called it a 'Passion play.'"

•    Rep. Roger Williams to head NRCC finance effort (The Dallas Morning News): "Rep. Roger Williams, a top campaign bundler long before his election to Congress last year, is now in charge of fund-raising for the House GOP campaign."

 

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