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The Evening Brief: Feb. 14, 2012

Your evening reading: no agreement reached yet on redistricting maps; Perry says he "absolutely" may run again for president; Wentworth says Jones should repay $30,000

State Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin, looks through redistricting maps on display during debate on the House floor on June 14, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Redistricting Experts Struggling to Set Maps: "Federal judges in San Antonio who had hoped to hear about a deal on political maps instead oversaw discussions about why no agreement has been reached. Through mid-afternoon, the topic of specific primary dates hadn't even come up in the hearing. The judges said the hearing will continue on Wednesday but will end there." (For live updates of the proceedings, follow Ross Ramsey on Twitter @rossramsey.)
  • Lawmakers Holding Their Breath on Wind Credit: "Texas has a commanding lead over other states in wind-power production. But the looming expiration of a federal tax credit jeopardizes the boom — and Texas' congressional delegation does not appear to be clamoring loudly to save it."
  • Video: Perry "Absolutely" May Run for President Again: "Once more, with feeling? While in Washington, D.C., for his CPAC speech this past weekend, Gov. Rick Perry told Jonathan Karl of ABC News that he "absolutely" might run again for president in 2016 — despite an underwhelming maiden voyage onto the national stage in the 2012 cycle."


  • Wentworth: Jones should repay $30,000 (Austin American-Statesman): "A day after a political challenger resigned as chairman of the powerful Texas Railroad Commission amid ethics questions, state Sen. Jeff Wentworth today renewed his call for Elizabeth Ames Jones to repay $30,000 he insists she illegally earned."
  • Addison lashes Cruz for 'dirty tricks,' spreads photos of his posh former home (The Dallas Morning News): "Senate Republican longshot hopeful Glenn Addison has expressed shock, shock that a Ted Cruz campaign staff member signed up for Addison emails to supporters and then was so sloppy as to leave an IP address used by a Cruz aide who apparently has a lengthy history of posting 'inflammatory' and 'vicious' online comments about opposing Republicans."
  • Texas property owners, activists sound alarm on Keystone XL (Houston Chronicle): "Landowners and property-rights advocates are calling for legislative hearings over the state’s property-condemnation process, voicing complaints about TransCanada’s continuing efforts to acquire land for the Keystone XL pipeline project. … The activists and farmers are drawing heart from a Texas Supreme Court ruling in August that required more hearings on another pipeline project to ensure a company demonstrated its line was for public use, not just a private benefit."

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