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The Midday Brief: May 27, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry says he'll "think about" running for president; 5 p.m. deadline for school finance deal; Dan Patrick announces exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the voter ID bill signing on May 27, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in his boldest statement yet about a possible run for national office, said Friday he will think about launching a campaign for president in coming days. 'I'm going to think about it,' Perry said. He quickly added, 'I think about a lot of things.'" — Perry Flirting With White House Run
  • "The House and Senate must agree on how to distribute the $4 billion reduction in state public education funding by 5 p.m. today, say Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, and Rep. Charlie Geren, R-River Oaks. After rejecting an initial proposal from the House late last night, the Senate sent a counter-offer back across the dome, which members there are currently considering." — School Finance Deal Running Out of Time
  • "Police across the state are watching the House anxiously today, hoping for the passage of HB 1541. It's a last-ditch effort to keep alive a small state agency lawmakers created in 1991 that awards grants to police agencies to help prevent and investigate auto theft and burglary." — House Passes Bill to Save Car Theft Agency

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The gavel hasn’t yet marked the close of arguably the most conservative session of the Texas Legislature in anyone’s memory — and already tea partiers have renewed their efforts to oust Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and reform the way state representatives pick their leader." — Session not yet over, tea partiers renew battle against Straus, pledge cards, The Texas Independent
  • "A bill that would let Capital Metro buses — and transit buses in four other counties — use highway shoulders when roads are congested ran into its own traffic in the Texas House today." — Bus-on-shoulders bill hits a bump, Postcards

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