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The Midday Brief: Jan. 19, 2011

Your afternoon reading: the budget (and backlash), the two-thirds rule and another entrant to the Senate race

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "Rep. Gene Green is on track to become the top Democrat on the House Energy and Power Subcommittee, but there's still question marks surrounding several other key Energy and Commerce subpanels dealing with the environment, telecommunications and commerce." — Rep. Green likely top Dem on key energy subpanel, Politico

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "House Appropriations Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, laid out the grim details of the proposed budget this morning — but said he still thinks lawmakers can be approve the budget during the regular legislative session." — Pitts Lays Out Budget To House Lawmakers
  • "In a party-line vote, the Texas Senate adopted its rules today without making any changes to the rule that requires the consent of two-thirds of the body in order to bring an issue to the floor. Of course, no change means that controversial legislation on voter ID — as it was last session — is exempt." — Texas Senate Discusses But Doesn't Change Two-Thirds Rule

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