State Rep. Terri Hodge, D-Dallas, will soon be former State Rep. Terri Hodge. She agreed to resign her post on Wednesday after pleading guilty to a federal charge related to making false claims on her tax return. That paves the way for challenger Eric Johnson to represent HD-100 in the Texas House, though Hodge's name will remain on the ballot for the March Primary. Read the full story by the Tribune's Emily Ramshaw here.
And here's the rest of your afternoon reading:
• "Without the traditional campaign handler to hustle her along, she talked about property taxes, home schooling, school vouchers, abortion, decriminalizing drugs — talked until most everyone there had spoken to her about whatever was on their minds." – Medina "phenomenon catching on in state political circles
– Houston Chronicle
• " 'In the almost 17 years since the ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ legislation was passed, attitudes and circumstances have changed,' General Powell said in a statement issued by his office." – Powel Favors Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'
– The New York Times
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