The Big Conversation:
Gov. Rick Perry reasserted himself in Texas politics this week, but one of the state's leading Republicans isn't jumping squarely in line.
Perry on Monday unveiled his so-called Texas Budget Compact, a pledge to cut spending, oppose any new taxes or tax increases and strictly limit the future expansion of government. The compact also calls for an end to accounting tricks to balance the state budget, the preservation of the state's Rainy Day Fund and the elimination of government agencies.
Perry urged state politicians to sign on to the pledge, which he said he ...