News For Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Marjorie Kamys Cotera

For Most Texans, Session Means Following Along From Afar

Living close to the capital city, Central Texans have relatively easy access to state lawmakers during the biennial legislative session. But in a state as big as Texas, most of the state's population must follow the action from up to hundreds of miles away.

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Illustration by Gage Skidmore

The Brief: Jan. 29, 2013

A major new federal immigration proposal has corralled bipartisan support, but Texas Republicans aren't biting.

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Rob Crow

Business Association Launches Criminal Justice Agenda

The Texas Association of Business, the state's largest business lobby, is adding criminal justice reform to its agenda for the first time. The association says reducing the prison population and increasing the workforce makes business sense.

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David Fulmer

The Polling Center: The GOP's Sticky Immigration Problem

A proposed federal immigration reform poses a test for Texas Republicans: Their leaders, compared to politicians from other states, tend to be more moderate. But those leaders stand at the front of a GOP that is hostile to some of the proposal's key points.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Jan. 29, 2013

Your evening reading: Perry's State of the State avoids hot topics; Cornyn, Cruz vote against Kerry's confirmation; poll shows Perry vulnerable in 2014

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