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The Midday Brief: Jan. 17, 2011

Your afternoon reading: a resignation and an endorsement in the Senate race; Rick Perry and the gift of the EPA

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "Texas governor Rick Perry’s high-profile battle with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) couldn’t have come at a better time. The fight may not be over in time for the 2012 presidential elections, and he very well may lose, but no matter what happens, he can count it as a political victory. Given that Perry is angling for a shot at the White House in 2012 — and given the fiscal problems his state faces — that’s just what he’s hoping for." — Another Texan Running for President?, National Review
  • "The dismal fiscal situation in many states is forcing governors, despite their party affiliation, toward a consensus on what medicine is needed going forward. The prescription? Slash spending. Avoid tax increases. Tear up regulations that might drive away business and jobs. Shrink government, even if that means tackling the thorny issues of public employees and their pensions." — Budget Worries Push Governors to Same Mind-Set, The New York Times

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Today, former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams, a Republican, is announcing the backing of former president George H.W. Bush, who will bestow his endorsement at a 3 p.m. press conference at his Houston office." — George H.W. Bush Endorses Roger Williams for Senate
  • "Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams will resign this week, allowing him to work full time on a race for U.S. Senate — and to avoid a potentially bruising legislative fight over the future of his agency." — Williams Will Resign from RRC to Run for U.S. Senate

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