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The Polling Center: The GOP's Immigration Problem

El Paso, Texas
El Paso, Texas

A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points.

Texplainer: What is the Blocker Bill?

January 9th, 2013: Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston who is in favor of eliminating the two-thirds rule, speaks on the Senate floor. Senators have agreed to leave the rule as is.
January 9th, 2013: Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston who is in favor of eliminating the two-thirds rule, speaks on the Senate floor. Senators have agreed to leave the rule as is.

The blocker bill, a tradition of the Texas Senate, gives the minority party power, because it requires that two-thirds of the Senate must agree before a bill is heard on the floor.

The Evening Brief: Texas Headlines for Jan. 25, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.

Your evening reading: Republicans challenge group hoping to turn Texas blue; White House to begin immigration push next week; conservative groups come out against school security bill

The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 24, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, faces Mark Shelton in a District 10 Senate debate at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth on Oct. 11, 2012.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, faces Mark Shelton in a District 10 Senate debate at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth on Oct. 11, 2012.

The 2013 legislative session may have just begun, but for half of the state Senate, the 2014 election season started Wednesday.