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The Evening Brief: Feb. 21, 2012

Your evening reading: U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear UT affirmative action case; Perry says re-election bid is "on the radar screen"; Straus endorses Romney

The University of Texas at Austin.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Fisher v. Texas Headed to High Court: "University of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers has responded to the U.S. Supreme Court decision to hear an affirmative action case that argues the university's race-concious admissions policy violates the rights of white students."
  • Perry Leaning Toward a Run for Re-election: "In his first extended sit-down interview with a Texas news outlet since leaving the presidential race, Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday he is leaning toward running for re-election in 2014 and possibly another stab at the White House two years after that. He said he knows now he got into the race too late."


  • GOOOH announces four candidates for Congress (Austin American-Statesman): "A group led by a politically frustrated former Dell Inc. employee has four candidates on the hook to challenge incumbent congressmen from Texas. Tim Cox of Liberty Hill, who left his job as a software engineer and product manager in 2007 to create Get Out of Our House, or GOOOH (pronounced 'go'), has maintained the lofty goal of voting out every member of the U.S. House of Representatives with people he calls 'citizen representatives' who are not beholden to special interests, party directives or political self-preservation."
  • Texas remains $4.1 billion short on its budget (The Associated Press): "The Texas economy is coming back, but the state budget is still in trouble. The chairman of the Legislative Budget Board John O'Brien told lawmakers Tuesday that they did not appropriate enough to cover state expenses for Medicaid and other programs. The state is short more than $4.1 billion in the current budget."

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