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The Evening Brief: May 17, 2012

Your evening reading: Wentworth files defamation suit against Jones; Paul campaign still raising money; Texas now one of five "minority-majority" states

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, during debate on higher education bill SB5 on May 3, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • U.S. Rep. Barton on Primary: "My Real Opponent is Me": "Congressman Joe Barton isn’t expecting too much trouble in his re-election bid. But the longtime incumbent has three opponents in the Republican primary, and political observers say it could be a tougher-than-usual race."
  • Pitted in GOP Primary, Lawmakers Fight Over Conservative Cred: "The Republican primary race in the newly drawn HD-19 between state Reps. James White and Mike Hamilton has the markings of a battle-by-proxy between state leaders who represent different factions of the Republican Party. And it has drawn considerable interest from deep pockets across the state."

Culled:

  • Ron Paul looks for new donations with ‘Stand for Liberty money bomb’ (Houston Chronicle): "There’s no better way to show a campaign is still up and running than to refuel with some campaign cash. Today, the Ron Paul presidential campaign is holding a 'Stand for Liberty money bomb.' In just a few hours, the Paul campaign has already raised more than $225,000 from supporters across the country, who still want to see the Texas Congressman in the White House — or at least at the Republican National Convention."
  • Has Cruz told you? 'Dewhurst LIES,' according to Cruz's new ad (The Dallas Morning News): "For strategic reasons, GOP Senate insurgent Ted Cruz's campaign won't discuss a new 60-second video ad that opponents captured after it was posted to YouTube Thursday morning. 'We're not saying on those ads right now,' said Cruz spokesman James Bernsen, when I asked him if it was being aired on either cable or broadcast TV. It may just be an internet ad."
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