New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Following allegations he didn’t move fast enough to rid a racial slur from the land his family leased for hunting, Gov. Rick Perry’s critics are dissecting his history with race, from his early campaign ads to his defense of Confederate symbols. Here’s a look at four issues that have drawn their ire." — Multimedia: Parsing Perry's Past on Race

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Ron Paul announced Wednesday that he raised over $8 million in the third quarter — far outpacing the $5 million projection reported earlier this week." — Paul announces $8M third-quarter haul, The Hill
  • "The reason is higher-than-expected sales tax receipts and a similar bonanza of oil and gas money for the Rainy Day Fund, above the comptroller’s estimate. Due to the increased revenue, Ogden said, there will be fewer layoffs as well.  Waxing philsophical, he said that, as much as he didn’t like budgeting with all the deferrals, it was the right thing to do, that the public wanted to see the Legislature exercise some fiscal discipline, and they did." — Ogden: State has $1.8 billion surplus, BurkaBlog

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.

Get The Brief

Never miss a moment in Texas politics with our daily newsletter.