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The Evening Brief: May 7, 2012

Your evening reading: race for lieutenant governor spills into vicious email exchange; Cruz not endorsing Paul; Perry asks Obama to address concerns over illegal-immigrant minors

State Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, speaking to the Senate after being appointed chairman of the conference committee on the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association on June 27, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Patrick, Carona Snipe at Each Other in Email Exchange: "The quiet race to be the next lieutenant governor of Texas spilled into a nasty email exchange between two senators with aspirations for that post. In an email apparently sent to all of his Senate colleagues — and obtained and published by a political news website, the Quorum Report — Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, accused Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, of spreading rumors that Patrick and his wife were splitting after decades of marriage."


  • Medicaid spending growing faster than Texas taxes (The Associated Press): Texas' share for providing health care to poor children, the impoverished elderly and the disabled is growing faster than tax revenues to pay for services, creating another state budget challenge next year, top agency officials told lawmakers Monday.

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