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The Midday Brief: Jan 27, 2011

Your afternoon reading: vulnerable GOP congressional seats, and Michael Williams makes it official

Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams announces U.S. Senate candidacy at TribLive on January 27, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams joined Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief and CEO Evan Smith for a TribLive event this morning in Austin. Williams made it official that he's running for the U.S. Senate in 2012. He discussed race, the border, global climate change (he doesn't believe humans are a factor) and the Tea Party. — TribBlog: Michael Williams Liveblog
  • The state representative and anesthesiologist from Simonton on why he filed the House's first bill to implement a key piece of federal health-care reform and was the first in his party to openly suggest that dropping out of Medicaid wasn't such a great idea after all. — John Zerwas: The TT Interview
  • "For mental health and retardation centers like Round Rock's Bluebonnet Trails, state budget cuts will have a direct effect on the number of people they serve — and help keep in school or employed and out of state hospitals and emergency rooms." — Texas Budget Cuts Could Shrink Mental Health Help

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