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The Midday Brief: Sept. 21, 2010

Your afternoon reading.

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "Can one Democrat hell-bent on revenge, with a hand from the 'Texas George Soros,' reverse Tom DeLay's redistricting power grab?" — Don't Mess With Texas Democrats, Mother Jones
  • The New York Times appears to have moved the race for Texas governor from "lean Republican" to "tossup."
  • "Houston far outpaces other Texas cities in the amount of federal spending received for emergency federal projects over the last 19 months to help combat the ill-effects of the recession." — Houston reaping most federal stimulus spending, Texas on the Potomac
  • "Only 40 percent of congressional candidates — the lowest percentage since this survey began in 1992 — will say where they stand on key issues, according to a new survey by Project Vote Smart." — Candidates won't say?, PoliTex

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "A representative for the Texas Legislative Council, which helps lawmakers research and draft bills, won't speculate on why proposed and passed legislation has risen sharply in the last two decades. But it's one reason the agency has expanded its legal division over the years, she says." — Texas Legislative Council's Take on Bill Trends
  • "The politically powerful hospital was poised to lose millions in Medicaid reimbursements under a hospital funding shuffle — until it reached out to lawmakers with its concerns." — Hospital Lobbies to Protect Valley Funding
  • "The author of Crazy: A Father's Search Through America's Mental Health Madness on the criminalization of mental illness, the need for community-wide solutions and how Texas wastes the money it spends on the problem." — Author Talks About Criminalizing the Mentally Ill

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