Video: Dewhurst Releases New Senate Campaign Ad

Promising an "unapologetically conservative" campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst today jumped into the Republican primary race to succeed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the U.S. Senate. Among other promises he made in a video sent to supporters, he pledged to support the controversial "Cut, Cap and Balance" budget plan under discussion in Congress.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who is running for the U.S. Senate, has released a new ad attacking the president and Washington, D.C.

Fire Crews Straining Amid Devastation in Central Texas

A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.
A grocery truck with the Texas "Lone Star" drives east on Texas 71 toward the wildfire east of Bastrop that is burning out of control on September 5, 2011.

Federal authorities arrived in Bastrop on Tuesday to assist with the wildfires that have killed two, charred more than 30,000 acres and destroyed at least 600 homes. Matt Largey of KUT News reports that the crisis has stretched fire crews to their breaking point.

Front-runner's Absence Noted At Forum

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c,  answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, c, answers question from citizens and the media in Bastrop after his return from a campaign trip to South Carolina on September 5, 2011.

Rick Perry missed his first opportunity to appear on a national stage with his Republican rivals, but the absence of the presidential front-runner did not keep him out of the conversation.