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The Midday Brief: Dec. 16, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Cornyn grilled on earmarks; Texas in health care suit; and party-switching, at a glance

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, in the House chamber of the Texas Capitol

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Texas state Rep. Aaron Peña's switch from Democrat to Republican this week made him the 20th state legislator since the midterm elections to make the switch to the GOP." — Party-switchers beware: it ain't easy, The Washington Post
  • "A police officer, her lesbian partner and the president of the El Paso police union are suing the city over an ordinance passed by voters ending health benefits for gay and unmarried partners of city employees." — Mayor John Cook welcomes lawsuit on benefits, El Paso Times

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Texas sheriffs fear that the looming budget shortfall will turn the growing shortage of bed space for their psychologically disturbed inmates at state mental hospitals into a crisis." — Sheriffs Worry Over Proposed Mental Health Cuts
  • "After the election last month, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, promised to start a Tea Party Caucus in the Texas Legislature. Today, Patrick has the names of the founding members." — Sen. Dan Patrick Announces Tea Party Caucus

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