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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

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, takes a look at redistricting maps at the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting on May 13, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "A top state Republican said Thursday that the newly proposed congressional map, which includes an odd-looking 'horseshoe' district stretching from the northwestern edge of Harris County to the Louisiana border, will undergo significant changes." — Solomons: Congressional Map Will Change
  • "The Senate Finance Committee — for the second time — has passed out measures designed to make Medicaid more efficient and effective, and to open the door for medical professions and institutions to collaborate." — Health Bills in Legislative Committees, Again 
  • "Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson and Justice Nathan Hecht sent lawmakers a letter Wednesday, urging them to find $20 million during the special session to help needy people access civil courts." — Supreme Court Justices Plead for Legal Aid Dollars
  • "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?" — A Second Chance for Campus Construction Projects?
  • "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." — The 82nd Lege Session: The Highlights Reel

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Republican Ted Cruz has picked up a key endorsement in the U.S. Senate race from FreedomWorks PAC, a Washington advocacy group active in building the tea party movement. FreedomWorks PAC president Matt Kibbe touted Cruz as a strong advocate of limited government." — Ted Cruz endorsed by Tea Party group FreedomWorks, Trail Blazers
  • "If teachers must work an increasing number of hours and can’t do the kind of teaching that makes a difference, why stick with the profession?" — Hard Lessons, The Texas Observer

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