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The Midday Brief: June 20, 2011

Your afternoon reading: TWIA bill stalls in committee; Simpson wants anti-groping bill on special-session agenda; Texans in Congress pushing Perry to run

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New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, couldn't muster the votes in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee this morning to pass out the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association bill — one of the key reasons lawmakers are in special session." — As Special Session Winds Down, TWIA Fight Continues
  • "After public resistance from Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Empower Texans, an Austin-based conservative activist group, voters in a suburban Fort Worth school district turned down a 13-cent local tax hike over the weekend." — One School District Says No To Higher Property Taxes

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The Texas Legislature is becoming more like the place Texas Republicans love to hate. So says Finance Committee Chair Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, reflecting on a session in which GOP leaders on the all-important budget bypassed a tradition requiring a two-thirds vote in the 31-member Senate to bring up legislation — a tradition meant partly to foster consensus by giving the minority faction a voice." — Senators say chamber's two-thirds rule is dead, San Antonio Express-News
  • "Republicans head into 2012 united in their disdain for an unpopular, Big Government-loving, internationalist president. The name of that president: George W. Bush." — GOP magic trick: Making George W. Bush vanish, Politico

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