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The Evening Brief: March 6, 2012

Your evening reading: what to watch for in tonight's election results; Paul downplays Super Tuesday and hits Romney on health care; rally at Capitol targets likely demise of Women's Health Program

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  • 10 things to watch on Super Tuesday (Politico): "There are 10 Super Tuesday states to watch, and a number of possible outcomes. Will Mitt Romney smack down Rick Santorum in Ohio, or will it go the other way around? Will Newt Gingrich be relegated to the status of regional candidate with a single-state win in Georgia? Does anyone remember Ron Paul’s caucus strategy?"
  • A Guide to Super Tuesday Possibilities (FiveThirtyEight): "With only 10 states voting on Super Tuesday, it would be easy to dismiss it as a little wimpy compared to past years. But nearly 20 percent of the delegates to the Republican convention will be chosen on Tuesday night — and the outcome could reasonably range from one in which Mitt Romney seems to have the nomination all but wrapped up to a situation that casts his nomination in doubt."
  • Downplaying Super Tuesday, Ron Paul Says Race May Continue into Spring (Fox News): "Ron Paul is downplaying the idea that any kind of finality should be associated with Super Tuesday. 'We're going to find out something very special today, but this won't be the end all, this is a long term operation,' the Texas Congressman told supporters on Tuesday."
  • Paul hits Romney on health care, 'flip-flopping,' (Politico): "Ron Paul told Laura Ingraham on her radio show today that Romney is 'not a free-market conservative' and that his 'flip-flopping' suggests he may try to keep the national individual mandate in place."
  • Texas Teacher Pension Buys Bridgewater Stake (The New York Times): "The Teacher Retirement System of Texas just went from hedge fund investor to hedge fund owner. Last month, the Texas pension took a $250 million stake in Bridgewater Associates, the giant money manager. Now, rather than plowing money into specific portfolios, it can claim a piece of the whole operation."
  • Documents show Estes involved with company (Times Record News): "When Texas State Sen. Craig Estes, R-Wichita Falls, responded to questions in a candidates' forum Feb. 20, he said he did not own the agriculture chemical company, Estes, Inc., when that company — which once had about $175 million in sales — went into bankruptcy in 2010. But bankruptcy court documents tell a different story about the business that bears his family's name."

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Executive Director Leaves Railroad Commission: "John Tintera, executive director of the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry, is leaving less than one week after the election of a new chairman, Barry Smitherman, to lead the agency."

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