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Aaronson on the state's controversial insurance commissioner, Aguilar on a headline-making voter ID ruling, Batheja on fears of a U.N. takeover, Galbraith on solar power's potential, Hamilton on a university president's plans for his incentive pay, Murphy treemaps Texas Super PAC contributors, Ramsey reads the David Dewhurst tea leaves, Root on Ted Cruz's star turn at the GOP convention and M. Smith on the fierce demographic urgency of now: The best of our best content from August 27-31, 2012.

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A decision to table new rules intended to protect consumers has landed state Insurance Commissioner Eleanor Kitzman in hot water with the chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee, which will play a key role in the decision to confirm her appointment.

Texas’ controversial voter ID bill was struck down again, this time by a three-judge panel in Washington, D.C., that said the bill would disenfranchise certain segments of the voting-age population.

Where did a Lubbock County judge get the idea that the U.S. might cede sovereignty to the U.N.? In Texas, activists fearful of such a prospect have cited a 20-year-old resolution called Agenda 21.

Texas lags in solar-power development, and lawmakers have been reluctant to promote it with incentives. Nonetheless, solar power can play a role in aiding Texas’ strained electric grid, industry officials and regulators said at a meeting in San Antonio.

Rather than keep any bonus he earns under the University of Texas System's new incentive pay plan for presidents, University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelsen plans to give the bonuses to his institution.

On Aug. 20, another round of federal campaign finance reports was due. Use our interactive to see how much money Texans have given to Super PACs, which can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money on behalf of candidates.

A month after Republican voters rebuffed his U.S. Senate bid, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says he will seek re-election in 2014. His choices for empty spots on Senate committees will start to reveal any change in his political direction.

U.S. Senate hopeful Ted Cruz appealed directly to Hispanics and portrayed his smashing primary victory as part of a “great awakening” of American voters during a prime-time speech at the Republican National Convention.

By 2050, nearly two-thirds of Texas public school children will be Hispanic. The demographic shift is already under way in classrooms statewide, where schools work to improve the academic success of the students of the new majority.

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