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The Evening Brief: Nov. 9, 2012

Your evening reading: U.S. Supreme Court to take up challenge to Voting Rights Act; Canseco concedes; breaking down Tuesday's cost per vote

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New in The Texas Tribune:

•  U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Arguments in Voting Rights Case: "The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments in a legal challenge to Congress' renewal of the 1965 Voting Rights Act and a key provision that determines if Texas can pass laws that affect state and local elections."

•   Canseco Concedes CD-23 to Gallego: "U.S. Rep. Francisco “Quico” Canseco on Friday conceded the Congressional District 23 race. He congratulated state Rep. Pete Gallego, while renewing allegations that voter fraud skewed the results."

•   In "Buying" Votes, Some Do Better Than Others: "State and federal candidates and their political committees spent more than $175 million during the 2012 election season. Some candidates spent up to $60 a vote to secure victory."

•   Against the National Grain, Texas Republicans Dominated in Election: "As Democratic victories in races across the nation left Republicans with several questions, Texas Republicans enjoyed another statewide sweep."

•   Updated: Norwood Indicted by Grand Jury In Second Austin Murder: "Mark Norwood, the Bastrop dishwasher who was arrested one year ago for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton, was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on Friday for the January 1988 murder of Debra Masters Baker in Austin."

Culled:

•   Karen Hughes: Communication lessons from the election (Politico): "And if another Republican man says anything about rape other than it is a horrific, violent crime, I want to personally cut out his tongue. The college-age daughters of many of my friends voted for Obama because they were completely turned off by Neanderthal comments like the suggestion of 'legitimate rape.'"

•   10 facts about George P. Bush (Politico): "George P. Bush — the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush — filed initial paperwork required for candidates planning to run for statewide office in Texas. Bush, 36, who is Hispanic, has been urged for years to run for office. Here are a few facts about the younger Bush."

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