The Brief: Texas Political News for Oct. 24, 2013

The Big Conversation

A major plot twist emerged Wednesday in the race to succeed Wendy Davis in the state Senate.

The man pinned as the Democrats’ strongest candidate to hold the Republican-leaning district, Fort Worth City Councilman Joel Burns, surprised political observers across the state by saying he preferred to remain in his current job.

He wrote in a Facebook post and email to supporters: “After many weeks of thought and consideration, my next steps have became very clear to me. And I want to share with you — my many friends, neighbors and supporters — my decision:

“Quite simply ...

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