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The Midday Brief: Jan. 23, 2012

Your afternoon reading: Abbott sues Justice Department over voter ID; Dewhurst says he'd only serve two terms in Senate; Florida polls show Gingrich taking the lead

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Your afternoon reading:

  • "I had written on Saturday night, before the results of the South Carolina primary were known, that Mitt Romney could not necessarily bank on holding down a lead in Florida despite recently having had a double-digit advantage in the polls there. … Two new automated polls suggest that the swing in momentum — plus whatever additional gains Newt Gingrich made from the favorable news coverage following his South Carolina win — are enough to have given him the lead in Florida." — New Florida Polls Show Big Swing to Gingrich, FiveThirtyEight
  • "State Rep. Jessica Farrar asked Gov. Rick Perry today to pay the state back for the travel expenses he incurred during his presidential run. Although his campaign pays for Perry’s travel, the state has picked up the tab for the travels of Perry’s security detail. Farrar, D-Houston, sent a letter requesting that Perry write a check to the Texas Comptroller’s Office for $2,692,376, plus any other expenses related to his out-of-state campaign activity. Here’s the letter." — State rep asks Perry to pay back state for travel expenses, Postcards

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • "Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has made the next move in the state's face-0ff with the federal government over the state's voter ID law, which the Justice Department is reviewing. Abbott is suing to have the law implemented without further delay." — Abbott Sues Feds to Get Voter ID Implemented
  • "Not only would Keystone XL have brought jobs to the United States, it would have bolstered our national security by bringing us almost 1 million barrels each day of secure, North American oil." — Guest Column: Obama Got It Wrong on Keystone XL

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