Your afternoon reading:
- "If Aaron Peña stays in the Democratic Party, his recent flirtation with Republicans will follow him; if he bolts, he will face an intense challenge in the 2012 election — if he tries to get elected as a Republican — even if Republicans try to carve out as friendly a district as they can during the upcoming redistricting battle." — The problem facing Rep. Aaron Peña, Texas Politics
- "Republicans in the Texas House will have carte blanche to do pretty much whatever they want." — GOP nearing supermajority in Texas House, The Dallas Morning News
- "The Observer reviewed the commission documents used in preparing the report and found a clear pattern: The Texas Railroad Commission has repeatedly, over the past decade, found ways to boost the bottom line of gas companies to the detriment of Texans' pocketbooks." — Overrated, Texas Observer
- "Galveston has joined key state agencies in pleading with the court to reconsider a ruling that favors private property rights over public access to Texas shores." — Galveston, state officials ask Supreme Court to reconsider beach ruling, Austin American-Statesman
New in The Texas Tribune:
- "Members of the Texas Railroad Commission have become increasingly reliant on large campaign donations in the last decade, especially from industries they regulate, according to a new report to be issued today by Public Citizen's Texas office." — Group Examines Fundraising by Railroad Commission
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