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The Midday Brief: March 26, 2010

Your afternoon reading.

Van Taylor

Your afternoon reading.

"Taylor is the Flying Dutchman of Texas politics, always searching for a safe harbor for his political ambitions." — The House runoffsBurkablog

"The composition of legislative districts, county board districts, and city council districts could be skewed by soon-to-be-deported prisoners." — Down for the CountThe Texas Observer

"As an aside, I think the practice of putting the board's packet of backup material online before each meeting is an excellent idea that should be replicated both by other agencies and by legislative committees." — Statewide abuse and neglect data from juvie detention Grits for Breakfast

"George McAlmon was not only an El Paso legend, he was a Texas legend and a national legend. His work in the Democratic Party was well-respected and he was well-loved." — George McAlmon spent his life in pursuit of justiceEl Paso Times

New in The Texas Tribune:

"Lawmakers will find themselves in a multibillion-dollar ditch when they return to Austin in January 2011. Constitutionally, they can't write a deficit budget, so they're expected to use a mixture of cuts and revenue raisers to keep the books in balance. Experienced budget writers say it'll take a mix of cuts on one hand and taxes or fees on the other to make things work." — A Taxing Session

"More than one million Texans were unemployed last month in a labor pool of 11.1 million people, the agency reported." — TribBlog: Holding Steady

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