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Straus Issues Letter of Support from Conservatives

House Speaker Joe Straus and the man in the running to unseat him, state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.
House Speaker Joe Straus and the man in the running to unseat him, state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.

House Speaker Joe Straus is moving quickly to squelch any talk of a speaker's race. His office released two letters this afternoon — one from conservative leaders expressing support for him, and another that emphasizes his strengths as House leader.

Neil Won't Ask For Recount Yet

Republican Dan Neil, who lost to Democratic Rep. Donna Howard in Tuesday's HD-48 election by a mere 15 votes, released a statement tonight saying he's going to wait for every legal vote to be "received and counted" before he decides his next course of action — namely, whether to ask for a recount.