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The Midday Brief: Jan. 4, 2011

Your afternoon reading: more religious rhetoric in the speaker's race; Texas' clout in Congress; and DNA clears wrongly jailed man

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "The injection of religious arguments into the Texas House speaker’s contest continues, as a Dallas rabbi and Corpus Christi bishop weighed in against incumbent Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) via conservative websites." — More religious arguments in Texas House speaker contest, The Texas Independent

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • The jail conditions expert and professor at the University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs on why maintaining treatment programs that keep offenders in their communities and reducing some of the harsh, long-term jail sentences often doled out in Texas' notoriously tough criminal justice system could be more cost-efficient and allow Texas to close prisons. — Michele Deitch: The TT Interview

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