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The Evening Brief: Aug. 6, 2012

Your evening reading: Romney campaign highlights support from Cruz; Perry to speak at Iowa conservative summit; state urges judge to stay ruling on voting provisions

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New in The Texas Tribune:

•    Romney Campaign Touts Cruz's Support as It Rolls Out New Ad: "In the rollout of a new campaign video Monday focused on Texas, Mitt Romney's presidential campaign highlighted support from the state's rising political star, GOP U.S. Senate nominee Ted Cruz."

•    State Asks Judge to Stay Injunction on Voter Registration Provisions: "The state of Texas has requested that a federal judge stay a ruling that blocks restrictions for deputy voter registrars. Attorneys for the state say the injunction is adding confusion to the elections process."

•    Medical Groups Oppose Women's Health Program Rule: "A proposed state rule that would prohibit doctors in Texas' Women's Health Program from discussing the option of abortion with their patients — even if the patient asks about it — has drawn the opposition of Texas medical groups."

•    San Antonio Republicans Export a Senate Seat: "San Antonio Republicans who wanted a new state senator got what they asked for — but they didn't really mean to move the seat's home base from San Antonio north to New Braunfels. Jeff Wentworth won't be in the Senate next year, but neither will the hand-picked candidate his foes were backing."

Culled:

•    It’s back to Iowa for Gov. Perry (San Antonio Express-News): "Gov. Rick Perry, who spoke at Point of Grace church in Waukee, Iowa during his unsuccessful run for president, will return this weekend for the Family Leadership Summit, according to the Family Leader. 'We are glad to welcome Governor Rick Perry back to Iowa,' Bob Vander Plaats, president and CEO of the Family Leader, said in a statement, urging 'all fiscal and social conservatives to come out for The Summit.'"

•    Cruz says he’s 'running scared' before November’s election (The Associated Press): "Ted Cruz’s surprise victory over the mainstream Republican choice in Texas’ U.S. Senate race shot him from underdog to conservative superstar virtually overnight and made him one of the nation’s most visible limited-government advocates. But don’t call the 41-year-old former Ivy League debating champion a tea party intellectual. 'I don’t even know what that means,' a chuckling Cruz said in an interview."

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