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The Midday Brief: November 19, 2009

Your afternoon reading.

Your afternoon reading:  

• “The state, despite efforts to tighten background checks, still doesn't know for sure whether Child Protective Services employees are law-abiding and nonviolent.” — State doesn't know whether CPS workers are law-abiding, non-violent  — The Dallas Morning News 

• “The rumors, which have been making the rounds in Democratic circles for weeks, ‘couldn't be more wrong,’ Friedman said.” — Friedman debunking rumors that he might back ShamiPoliTex

• “It's the 25th anniversary of the federal Sentencing Reform Act of 1984, do you know where your U.S. Sentencing Commission is? If you guessed Austin, you're right.” —Doing 25 to LifeAustin Chronicle

• “The number of Texans behind on home loan payments has risen by more than a percentage in the last year.” — Report: Nearly 10% of Texas home loans in arrearsThe Dallas Morning News

• “Texas leads the nation in the uninsured, with one out of four Texans—over six million—not having health insurance. Shapleigh, D-El Paso, says that makes Texas ‘ground zero’ in the national health care debate. ” — Shapleigh urges Reid to 'guarantee health care for all Texans'Rio Grande Guardian

• “Is a loophole in our health insurance system costing the state millions in unnecessary spending or saving people’s lives in the Rio Grande Valley?” — Wealth CareTexas Monthly (subscription required)  

• “Viewed through a political lens, such a decision is easy to demagogue. Critics rush to ask: Is she really running? Does she think she'll lose? Perhaps she really wants to remain in the Senate?” —MACKOWIAK: Hutchison always puts Texas firstAustin American-Statesman

New in The Texas Tribune:  

• “With 198 legislators on the ballot next year, there ought to be more fear in the air. But only a few are in obvious political trouble.” — Fight ClubThe Texas Tribune

• “The State Board of Education — which occupies a uniquely political corner of state government — is starting to feel the heat.” — State (Board) of AgitationThe Texas Tribune

• “He picked up a phone book, flipped through the pages and saw an ad for a company that guaranteed fast loans. That’s when his ‘real horror story’ started.” — Debtors' Treadmill, Part One: Borrowed TimeThe Texas Tribune

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