Your afternoon reading:
- "Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine definitely has a thing about Rick Perry. At a breakfast with national reporters this morning, Kaine launched into an unprompted critique of the Texas governor. He repeated some of the attacks on the Republican incumbent that we published in an interview earlier this week." — DNC Chair Tim Kaine continues anti-Perry blitz, Texas on the Potomac
- "Republican congressional candidate Bill Flores says the government could have avoided a $7.5 million loan loss when his former company declared bankruptcy. Had the government taken a stake in the offshore drilling firm, as private lenders did, it would have fully recouped its money, he says." — Maritime officials say Bill Flores' plan to repay government loan in company's 1992 bankruptcy wasn't practical, The Dallas Morning News
New in The Texas Tribune:
- It's ad day, with new spots out for state Reps. Mark Strama, D-Austin, and Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock, as well as Bill White, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and one from anti-Perry PAC Back to Basics.
- "Anti-Rick Perry websites run by the Back to Basics PAC are crashing all around them this morning. The group blames hackers for the server meltdowns." — Back to Basics Sites Down; PAC Blames Hackers