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The Midday Brief: June 10, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Democrats' Rainy Day victory survives; the "pansexual" amendment that nearly killed a key fiscal bill; Texas Republicans weighing a straw poll

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Your afternoon reading:

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "While you were sleeping last night, lawmakers in the Texas House were engaged in a passionate debate over "pansexual" politics that nearly killed the entire fiscal matters bill, which is pretty much the main reason they're having a special session. Trust us — this is must-see video." — Video: "Pansexual" Amendment Debate
  • "We break down the cost to taxpayers of the regular and special sessions. It's not chump change, but one political science expert argues the relatively low pay for lawmakers keeps many Texans from being able to run for higher office." — Video: What Lege Sessions Cost Taxpayers and Lawmakers
  • "With the Big Dry upon us, the fight over the water percolating under the surface in Texas' underground aquifers was bound to get contentious before the end of the legislative session. And it did, at least for a while, because of one modifier." — This Session, Water Policy Rode on One Word

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