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T-Squared: It's Only Bidness

Twenty journalists have spent nine months researching the personal financial interests of members of the 83rd Legislature. Eyebrows — and hackles — may be raised, but this kind of transparency is good for Texas.

The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 11, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

The latest churn of the rumor mill has stoked speculation about the political futures of two prominent Texans.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 10, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry presenting the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildland Firefighting Teams.
Gov. Rick Perry presenting the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Wildland Firefighting Teams.

Your evening reading: Perry bashes federal government in speech touting tax relief; bills would put $2 billion toward water projects; report questions history course offerings at UT and A&M

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 9, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry speaks to the media about his legislative proirities as Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (l) and House Speaker Joe Straus (r) listen on January 9, 2013.

Your evening reading: state leaders talk up tax relief; Senate keeps two-thirds rule; Mostyns donating $1 million to Giffords gun-control group

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 8, 2013

Governor Rick Perry, r, congratulated House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on his reelection at the opening of the 83rd Texas Legislature on January 8, 2013
Governor Rick Perry, r, congratulated House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, on his reelection at the opening of the 83rd Texas Legislature on January 8, 2013

Your evening reading: Straus re-elected after Simpson withdraws; Dewhurst says Senate will keep two-thirds rule; Perry cautions lawmakers against spending budget surplus