In Stickland Re-election Bid, a Fiercely Divided GOP

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, though just a freshman, had no problem garnering attention in the Capitol last year. But observers developed wildly differing opinions of the 30-year-old who rose from obscurity to a prominent place in the state's Tea Party constellation.

Now, the spotlight on the Bedford Republican is also a target. 

As Stickland — either a principled conservative or obstructionist, depending on whom you ask — seeks another term in Austin, he is facing some backlash from mainstream Republicans who hope to win a spot from their rival faction in the party’s last urban stronghold.

The question swirling in ...

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