News For June, 2011

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Caleb Bryant Miller

Sizing Up a Rick Perry White House Bid

There’s a sort of collective disbelief within the Texas political establishment about Republican Gov. Rick Perry testing the uncertain waters of a presidential campaign. But if critics have learned nothing else about Perry, they should know this: Underestimate him at your peril.

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Justin Dehn

Imperiled Doggett "Ready to Battle" New Map

Under a new congressional redistricting map, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, would lose 60,000 constituents who voted for President Barack Obama in 2008. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune talked with Doggett about the proposal, which the congressman said "plunged a dagger into the heart" of Travis County.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: June 1, 2011

A subdued first day of the special session disguised a brewing Republican show of legislative force.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

A Health-ful Special Session

With health care front and center in Gov. Rick Perry's special session call, lawmakers have already filed several key bills addressing multiple issues, from state efforts to seize control of Medicaid and Medicare to abortion. 

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Midday Brief: June 1, 2011

Your afternoon reading: veto override eyed for Amazon bill; health care dominating special session legislation; bill targeting abortion-inducing drug filed

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The 82nd Lege Session: The Highlights Reel

The Trib's multimedia team highlights some of the most memorable — and surprising — moments from the 82nd Legislative Session. Our lawmakers sure do love to make a statement, complete with finger pointing, yelling and props. (Some video courtesy the Texas House, the Texas Senate and legetv.org.)

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A Second Chance for Campus Construction Projects?

Early in the session, there was much talk about how the time was right to invest in new university campus facilities. But a bill to issue bonds to get projects off the ground never managed to do so itself. Could it get another chance in the special session?

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

The Midday Brief: June 2, 2011

Your afternoon reading: congressional map proposal to change, leader says; Cruz nets key endorsement for U.S. Senate; highlights from the 82nd legislative session

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Bob Daemmrich

Unfinished Business, and Then Some

Texas lawmakers are back for a special session that started the day after their 140-day regular session. That’s something like sprinting to the finish of a long race and having your coach yell, just as you break the tape, “One more lap.”

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