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The Midday Brief: Oct. 21, 2010

Your afternoon reading: "outright voter suppression," high hopes for Chet Edwards and bad news for Democrats in Harris County

Chet Edwards at a Vets for Chet event in Hearne, Texas

Your afternoon reading:

  • "U.S. Rep. Chet Edwards, D-Waco, recently used robocalls in his district to get out the word about early voting. The only problem is that his voice message said early voting ends Friday. The actual end of early voting is Oct. 29." — Flores charges Edwards with suppressing votes with robocall, PoliTex
  • "It is clear that Republican areas are outperforming 2008 levels. In other words, more Republicans are turning out in a gubernatorial year than turned out in a presidential year. Unless a lot of these Republicans are voting for White, this is a Democratic disaster." — Early vote analysis from Harris County: big turnout in R areas, BurkaBlog
New in The Texas Tribune:
  • "A barrage of abuse scandals, a federal investigation and the shrinking state budget could be just what disability advocates need to achieve a longtime goal: fewer state institutions and more community-based living services fordevelopmentally disabled Texans who can’t care for themselves." — State Schools for the Disabled Could Face Budget Ax
  • "The national coordinator of Health Information Technology on why it's important for Texas doctors to make the transition to paperless medical records, how they can do it while protecting patient privacy and why rural areas are not entirely on the e-bandwagon." — Fed Health Tech Chief Talks About E-Medical Records

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