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The Midday Brief: Dec. 14, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Peña's problem; more on that supermajority; and Railroad Commission controversy

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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
  • "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

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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