Your afternoon reading:
- "Here's some reaction to Rep. Aaron Peña's party switch that didn't make it into Wednesday's story (disappointed Democrats followed by happy Republicans)." — Party switching: the reviews keep on coming, Texas Politics
- "Texas Sen. John Cornyn, chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, said he’s engaged in 'friendly banter' with Lieberman about joining the Republican Conference and running for the GOP nomination in 2012." — Wooing Joe Lieberman for 2012, Politico
- "Significant problems with the management and accounting for multimillion-dollar weatherization stimulus contracts have raised concerns of fraud with Texas state officials, whose inspectors continue to criticize the training, workmanship and accounting practices of contract crews." — Fraud concerns surface, significant troubles continue in federal stimulus weatherization program, Texas Watchdog
- "Houston’s public schools will spend more than $10 million this year helping schools with the fewest students try to provide the same resources as bigger schools, such as foreign language offerings and music classes. … But the discussion of whether to keep the small schools open isn’t just about money. It’s also about Houston’s complex racial politics and changing demographics." — Race, history factor into debate over costs to operate Houston Independent School District's 'small schools', Texas Watchdog
New in The Texas Tribune:
- The 10-term Democratic state representative from Alpine on what he thinks of Tuesday's newly minted Republicans, the perils of party switching, the potential death of the middle and what the 49-member minority does now. — Pete Gallego: The TT Interview
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