The Brief: Top Texas News for Feb. 12, 2013

The Big Conversation

A controversial State of the Union invitation has turned the national spotlight toward a Texas congressman whose reputation precedes him.

The congressman, Republican Steve Stockman of Friendswood, made national headlines on Monday when he announced that he had invited rock musician Ted Nugent to join him at President Barack Obama's address Tuesday night. Nugent, who said last year that he would end up "dead or in jail" if Obama was re-elected, predicted on Monday that the president's speech would be "smoke and mirrors."

Stockman, however, hasn't shied away from controversy, either. Last month, the freshman ...

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