News For Friday, January 13, 2012

The Stopped Clock

Campaign signs in a conference room at the Sheraton West Des Moines following Gov. Rick Perry's fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2012.
Campaign signs in a conference room at the Sheraton West Des Moines following Gov. Rick Perry's fifth-place finish in the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, 2012.

Texas politics are on hold.

An Entertaining Tangle

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

The major Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate knocked heads Thursday night in a debate that was a good deal livelier than the presidential forums that have become a TV mainstay.

Texas Colleges Adjust Due to Labor Market Needs

Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.
Students listen to their instructor, Curtis Collins, during their Pumps, Compressors and Mechanical Drives class at Texas State Technical College Waco.

As the economy begins to show signs of life, efforts are under way at two-year colleges across Texas to make the state's higher ed offerings more responsive to the labor market.

South Carolina: Will Perry End It Where It Began?

Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign stop at Lizard's Thicket restaurant, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Lexington, S.C.
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign stop at Lizard's Thicket restaurant, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012, in Lexington, S.C.

Gov. Rick Perry launched his campaign for president exactly five months ago in Charleston, S.C. Once a front-runner in the Palmetto State, Perry is now hoping for a comeback to get some much-needed momentum. 

The Brief: Jan. 13, 2012

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, right, at a U.S. Senate candidate debate on Jan. 12, 2012.

The presidential race has yet to recede, but a lively debate Thursday night finally thrust the race for U.S. Senate into the spotlight.

Policy Group Already Working to Shape 2013 Session

Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin TX - March 13th 2011.
Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin TX - March 13th 2011.

The conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation today wrapped up its annual legislative primer, which has become a must-attend for state Republican leaders. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune reports on how the group is already working to influence next year's legislative session.

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