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The Midday Brief: Dec. 15, 2010

Your afternoon reading: more defection reaction; Cornyn wooing Lieberman; and potential stimulus-dollar fraud

State Rep. Aaron Pena, R-Edinburg, at the Texas Republican Party headquarters on Dec. 14, 2010, after announcing he switched parties.

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

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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