The Brief: Top Texas News for Jan. 30, 2013

The Big Conversation

Largely devoid of any conservative red meat, Gov. Rick Perry's State of the State address — according to his critics — may have offered some clues to his political future.

In his half-hour address before the House and Senate on Tuesday, Perry, as the Tribune's Aman Batheja reported, mostly avoided hot political topics like immigration, abortion and gun control. Instead, Perry emphasized issues like infrastructure, education and the budget while touting the state's economic success.

The governor urged legislators to draw $3.7 billion from the Rainy Day Fund for one-time water and transportation ...

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