News For Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Ben Hasson / Kym McLeod

Lost in Translation: From Legislature to English

The Legislature has its own jargon, and it sometimes feels like members are speaking a different language. Blocker bills? WADA? Chubbing? LARS? Here's a guide — in the form of a multiple-choice quiz — to what they're saying.

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Matthew C. Wright

Slow Start to Legislative Session Part of Texas Tradition

Texas lawmakers are back at work Wednesday after nearly a week off, and they’ve got about 125 days left in their 140-day session. And while it might seem like a lazy start to their biennial meeting, it is, in fact, all part of the plan.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman

TribCast: Guns, Health and Politics

Ross, Reeve, Emily and Morgan discuss how legislators might react to a recent shooting incident, the state's approach to the women's health services and the upshot of the recently announced Senate Committee assignments.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 23, 2013

Your evening reading: senators draw re-election terms; five Texas Republicans vote against debt ceiling extension; major Democratic donor spending big in Houston special election

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