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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for June 9, 2011

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, speaks to the press on June 9, 2011, after successfully attaching an amendment to SB 2 that would activate up to $2 billion of the Rainy Day Fund for education under certain conditions.
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, speaks to the press on June 9, 2011, after successfully attaching an amendment to SB 2 that would activate up to $2 billion of the Rainy Day Fund for education under certain conditions.

Your afternoon reading: Democrats score small Rainy Day victory; House committee OKs congressional redistricting plan; Tea Party still gunning after GOP incumbents

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.