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The Evening Brief: March 21, 2012

Your evening reading: mentally unstable man charged with attack on Davis' office; Romney to visit Texas next week; Cruz touts "proven conservative record" in his first TV ad

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New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Updated Interactive: Texas vs. the Feds: The Texas redistricting case is closed, but Texas still has 17 lawsuits pending against the federal government. This  updated interactive includes the latest lawsuit filed regarding the Women's Health Program.
  • First Cruz TV Ad Touts Conservative Cred: "Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz is selling his 'proven conservative record' in his first TV ad of the U.S. Senate campaign, telling GOP primary voters, 'You know what you're getting.'"


  • Mitt Romney to visit Fort Worth (Fort Worth Star-Telegram): Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will visit Fort Worth for a private reception and fundraiser later this month. Romney will attend a March 28 event, hosted by the Romney: Believe in America group, at the City Club of Fort Worth. … After visiting Fort Worth, Romney will attend an evening reception in Dallas and move on to events in San Antonio and Houston the next day."
  • Cornyn agrees: with Jeb Bush on his side, Romney is pulling ahead (The Dallas Morning News): "Momentum is clearly on the side of Mitt Romney now. He won big on Tuesday in Illinois. Today, he added another Bush to his collection of endorsements — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. He even got a resigned nod of approval from tea party leaders over at FreedomWorks, the group founded by Dick Armey, the former Dallas-area congressman who served as U.S. House Majority Leader. 'It seems to be a winnowing of the field and coalescing around Gov. Romney,' agreed Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the GOP's chief Senate campaign strategist."

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