News For Monday, January 7, 2013

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst on July 31, 2012, in Houston addressing the crowd at a watch party following the announcement that he lost the U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz. Eric Kayne

The Brief: Jan. 7, 2013

The approaching legislative session — now less than a day away — has pushed one politician squarely into the spotlight.

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Photo Texas Legislature House Floor Elise Hu

Host of Issues Awaits Texas Lawmakers

With the 83rd Texas legislative session beginning Tuesday, Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune looks at the priorities and challenges facing legislators as they head into the 140-day lawmaking scramble. 

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Texas Comptroller Susan Combs, citing a robust economy,  releases the Biennial Revenue Estimate showing that the state is projected to have over $100 billion available for spending in the next biennium. Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 7, 2013

Your evening reading: Combs delivers improved state budget news; Huffman to lead Senate Republican Caucus; Cornyn calls Hagel "profoundly wrong" on national security issues

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