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The Midday Brief: January 19, 2010

Your afternoon reading.

Your afternoon reading:

• "Contending that Gov. Rick Perry has used the state as his personal playground, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled a government reform plan Monday that includes term limits for Texas governors and restrictions for lobbyists." – Hutchison proposes term limits for governor, other changes.The Dallas Morning News

• "Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison was in San Antonio yesterday and skipped the MLK Day March -- known as one of the largest in the country." – Kay Bailey Hutchison skips MLK marchesBurnt Orange Report
• " This is where the Boston Tea Party took place. New England 'patriots' rebelled against high taxes by dumping tea into Boston Harbor some 235 years ago. Now, the new generation of 'Tea Party patriots' hopes to dump candidates who raise taxes and increase federal spending. Again, a big symbolic thing." – Analysis: 10 reasons why Massachusetts election mattersHouston Chronicle
"The Department of Homeland Security's latest version of a border 'virtual fence' has suffered another setback — prompting Secretary Janet Napolitano to order a departmentwide reassessment of the program." – U.S. to reassess 'virtual fence' on border with Mexico The Seattle Times
• "Pregnant woman are being tested during their last trimester for the virus that causes AIDS as part of a new effort to save young lives in Texas." – Health providers to test pregnant women for HIVThe Associated Press
• "While the federal grants won't be announced until later this month, or early February, word already has emerged that Texas' chances of snagging much of what it has requested are slim." – Most federal rail grants probably will bypass TexasThe Dallas Morning News
• "The economic impact of San Antonio's information technology industry grew by more than $1.3 billion from 2005 to 2008, according to a study civic leaders released today." – Study: IT sector impact is $8 billion  – San Antonio Express-News
New in the Texas Tribune:
• "Retirees, homemakers, executives and lawyers were among the most common campaign donors in 2009 to candidates in the governor's race. Some groups clearly have their favorites, though." – Who's Funding the Governor's Race?
• "This morning, former Secretary of State and White House Chief of Staff James Baker, who's closer to 41 than 43 but worked with both, endorsed Kay Bailey Hutchison in the GOP governor's race." – The Bushiest Bushie for Kay

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