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The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for Feb. 10, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Cornyn eyes a leadership fight; House members call on prisons to release some inmates; and the Arts Commission's lost money

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

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl’s decision not to seek reelection has set off a Republican leadership scramble in the Senate, potentially pitting Texas Sen. John Cornyn against Tennessee Sen. Lamar Alexander for the powerful No. 2 position in the GOP hierarchy." — Sen. Jon Kyl’s exit could spark leadership scramble, Politico
  • "We should now put to rest any notion that if lawmakers balance the state budget without raising taxes and without tapping the state's rainy day fund, they can do so with spending cuts here and there that hardly anyone will notice. This might seem obvious, but knowing that there will be pain involved if lawmakers stay on this course is an important first step as the discussion about taxes and spending shifts from the campaign trail to the Capitol." — Proposals show fat-trimming alone won't balance the budget, Austin American-Statesman

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