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The Midday Brief: July 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry's fundraising challenge; Texas and the new economic numbers; lawmaker wants Caylee Anthony law

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) convention in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading:

  • "The June jobs report released today shows how hard it is for the U.S. to shake free of persistently high unemployment. … It’s easy to be charmed by Texas, but it would be a mistake to think the state might serve as a national model." — Closer Look Proves the Texas Path to Job Growth Isn’t Best, Bloomberg
  • "The Texas Legislature won't be meeting again for 18 months but state Sen. Chris Harris already has a bill in mind.  Harris, an Arlington Republican, announced plans today to file a bill in honor of Caylee Anthony, a Florida child who died in 2008. A jury ruled earlier this week that her mother, Casey Anthony, was not guilty of murdering her daughter." — Arlington lawmaker proposes law named for Caylee Anthony, PoliTex

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Mark P. Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University, analyzed nearly 1,000 votes during the 2011 regular and special legislative sessions to rank members of the Texas House from most liberal to most conservative. Compare your state representative to the other 149 using our visualization. — Visualization: How Partisan are Texas House Members?
  • "Now that the legislative session is over, Gov. Rick Perry can leave the state as much as he wants. We've created the PerryTracker map to follow his travels, but what's behind the demand for his appearances? We talk to event organizers to find out." — PerryTracker Map Shows Governor In Demand

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