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The Midday Brief: Nov. 4, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Romney phone messages hit Perry on immigration; Dewhurst won't commit to one-on-one debate with Cruz; Democrats hope to pick up five U.S. House seats in Texas

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national conference in San Antonio on Aug. 30, …

Your afternoon reading:

  • "Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney paid for automated telephone messages in Iowa accusing rival Rick Perry of contributing to illegal immigration." — Romney automated calls assail Perry in Iowa, The Associated Press
  • "Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz has been bugging Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to debate with him for months. … When asked about whether he’d be taking Cruz up on his offer, Dewhurst spokesman Enrique Marquez had this to say: 'David looks forward to debating all Republican Senate candidates.' No word on whether that means Dewhurst has plans to engage in a seven-man debate, but it looks like we won’t be seeing him go head-to-head with Cruz any time soon." — Dewhurst’s willing to debate — just not one-on-one with Ted Cruz, Texas on the Potomac
  • "State lawmaker Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, has been the only lawmaker to react publicly to a religious slur that casually tumbled out of the mouth of Rep. Larry Taylor Thursday during a legislative hearing on problems facing wind insurance coverage. … 'If Larry were a state employee, he probably would have been fired today. Instead, Larry is asking Texas voters to give him a promotion to the Texas Senate.'" — Democratic lawmaker denounces religious slur, Texas Politics
  • "Herman Cain is showing initial resilience in the face of allegations of sexual impropriety: More than half of potential Republican voters say the controversy is not serious, fewer than a quarter say it makes them less likely to support Cain, and he’s running essentially evenly with Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. … Rick Perry trails with 13 percent support — less than half his peak in September — and Newt Gingrich has advanced to 12 percent, essentially even with Perry." — Cain Shows Initial Resilience in the Face of Controversy, ABC News

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "As the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College, which have operated as one institution for 20 years, prepare to separate, major questions loom: Who owns the furniture and buildings? For whom do professors work? And if TSC students remain the 'Scorpions,' what will UT-Brownsville students be?" — After 20 Years, a Messy Divorce in Brownsville, by Reeve Hamilton

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