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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Grissom and Rocha on a boost in mental health care funding, Root looks at a blurred line between public duties and personal ambition, M. Smith on a CSCOPE change, Aaronson and Hooks compare Perry and Cruz in an interactive, Galbraith on challenges for the state's power grid, Ramsey on a committee's pricey end-of-session dinner, Ramshaw on Abbott making some campaign moves, E. Smith talks with Branch and Martinez Fischer, Batheja on Texas' tax system, and Hamilton on the issue of term limits uniting unlikely allies. The best of our best content from May 20-24, 2013.

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Legislators are preparing to dedicate hundreds of millions more dollars to mental health care for the first time in years. Haven for Hope in San Antonio serves as a model of the services and success they aim to emulate.

The constitutional provision of a part-time Legislature whose members have full-time jobs back home blurs the line between public responsibilities and personal ambition — as the story of a certain powerful state senator illustrates.

Senate Education Chairman Dan Patrick announced on Monday that CSCOPE, the state's curriculum delivery system, would no longer offer lesson plans to Texas school districts.

Two Texans, Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, are on the GOP's radar as potential 2016 presidential candidates. Use this interactive to see how they compare on issues like health care, abortion and immigration. 

It's shaping up to be another difficult summer for the Texas power grid. A national nonprofit has projected that the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region of the country.

End-of-session dinners are commonplace for legislative committees at the end of the session, and they can be lavish affairs. One this week cost more than $22,000.

Gov. Rick Perry hasn’t yet said whether he’s running for re-election — but Attorney General Greg Abbott doesn't appear to be waiting for him to make up his mind.

Here's full video of Evan Smith's May 23 TribLive conversation debriefing the 83rd Legislature with state Reps. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, and Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio. 

A growing number of Republicans across the country are working to repeal their states’ income tax, using Texas’ economic success to make their case. Inside Texas, however, the state’s tax system is not universally beloved.

It's been a disappointing month in state and local politics for proponents of term limits in Texas — a group whose supporters come from both the Republican and Democratic parties.

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