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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 7, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry adds sanctuary cities to special-session agenda; House Democratic leader fined; the politics (or not) of the governor's prayer event

The Brief: Top Texas News for June 7, 2011

Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs.  The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.
Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs. The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.

Republicans warned Democrats they'd regret forcing a special session. On Monday, Democrats got another taste of that.

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 2, 2011

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, takes a look at redistricting maps at the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting on May 13, 2011.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, takes a look at redistricting maps at the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting on May 13, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: congressional map proposal to change, leader says; Cruz nets key endorsement for U.S. Senate; highlights from the 82nd legislative session

The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 1, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011

Your afternoon reading: veto override eyed for Amazon bill; health care dominating special session legislation; bill targeting abortion-inducing drug filed

The Brief: Top Texas News for June 1, 2011

Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

A subdued first day of the special session disguised a brewing Republican show of legislative force.