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The Midday Brief: April 26, 2011

Your afternoon reading: attorneys target Combs; Patrick says he's got abortion sonogram votes; how far can Ron Paul go?

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Your afternoon reading:

  • "When Texas congressman Ron Paul announces his presidential exploratory committee later today, it will inevitably spark a discussion about whether the Republican will be able to convert his enthusiastic support into votes in the 2012 primaries." — Can Ron Paul convert enthusiasm into votes in 2012?, USA Today
  • "Suggesting that Comptroller Susan Combs should resign for her role in exposing the personal information of 3.5 million Texans, two Austin lawyers have petitioned a state district court for permission to question Combs as part of their investigation into the incident." — Attorneys seek to question Texas comptroller over exposed info, Houston Chronicle

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Holdup? What holdup? Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, says he's got the votes to send abortion sonogram legislation back to the House — but the timeline for doing it depends on how quickly the Senate passes the budget." — Patrick: No Holdup on Abortion Sonogram
  • "After a spate of bullying related suicides in Texas schools, state lawmakers introduced more than 15 bills this session to address the issue. Today, the Senate approved one of them — SB 205 from Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston." — Anti-Bullying Bill Gets Early OK From Senate
  • "Harris County paid a forensic psychologist who was reprimanded earlier this month more than $300,000 to test defendants for intellectual disabilities from 2002 until 2008." — County Used Doctor After Methods Challenged

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