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The Evening Brief: May 29, 2012

Your evening reading: Hughes files to run against Straus for speaker; worker shot outside South Texas polling place; trouble for Obama in Democratic primary?

House Speaker Joe Straus (l), R-San Antonio, adjourns the House of Representatives sine die on June 29, 2011.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • Hughes Files for Speaker: "State Rep. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, filed papers saying he will run for speaker of the House in January, setting up another challenger for House Speaker Joe Straus."
  • Director of Troubled Youth Agency to Retire: "After nearly fours years leading the state's juvenile justice agency, Cherie Townsend announced on Tuesday that she will retire next month, following reports of increasing violence at Texas' youth lockups."


  • Worker shot outside South Texas polling location (The Associated Press): "A man campaigning outside a South Texas police and fire station serving as a polling place was shot in the leg Tuesday in an apparent drive-by shooting, but authorities hadn't identified any suspects or determined whether the motive was political."
  • 6 things to watch in Texas (Politico): "President Barack Obama’s humbling Appalachian primary tour is over. But there’s still one more chance for him to be embarrassed by white, rural working class voters."
  • Will Obama get snubbed (again) in Texas primary? (The Washington Post): "In tonight’s Texas primary, President Obama faces another set of red-state voters — and with it the possibility that some little known challenger could rack up some significant portion of the Democratic vote."
  • Texas schools short by 15,000 teachers this year, analysis shows (The Dallas Morning News): "Texas’ public schools should have operated with 15,000 more teachers this year, the fallout from unprecedented legislative-imposed funding cuts. And many educators believe the situation will worsen in the coming school year."

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