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Peace, Love, and Understanding

Earlier this month, Rick Perry helped push a so-called RINO — Republican In Name Only — off the congressional ballot in New York, only to see the Conservative Party candidate he backed lose to a Democrat. But that kind of us-versus-them narrative was missing from the just completed Republican Governor's Association meeting in Bastrop County.

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Taking the Middle Ground

Earlier this month Texas Governor Rick Perry helped push a so-called RINO — Republican In Name Only — off the congressional ticket in New York. Only to see the Conservative Party candidate he backed lose to a Democrat. But that kind of "Us vs. Them" — "True Republican vs. Moderate" battle was invisible during the just completed Republican Governor's Association meeting in Bastrop County.

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Running with the Numbers

Texas gained more than 41,000 jobs in October, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. More than 100,000 jobs were lost over the previous two months. These statistics are good political fodder when there’s a fight for the governor’s office brewing, like there is now.

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Riding the Wave

The Republican Governor's Association will wrap up their annual convention tonight with a "Comeback Bash." The party is the final event of the two-day pep-rally for the 2010 elections. The Governors ended their public sessions by making the case for a GOP resurgence.

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The Battles Won in NJ and VA

The campaign brain-trust of the Republican Governor's Association met with reporters Wednesday night to lay out their winning strategies in the New Jersey and Virginia elections. And what they think the numbers mean for 2010 and 2012.

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Breaking Down the GOP Victories

Mississippi Governor and Republican Governor's Association Chairman Haley Barbour met with the press to show off the GOP's newest governors: Virginia Governor-elect Bob McDonnell and New Jersey Governor-elect Chris Christie.

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GOP Guvs Plead the Tenth

The Republican Governors’ Association has come to Texas for its annual conference. They’re upbeat from its fresh wins in Virginia and New Jersey. And the group wants to build on those wins heading into the 2010 elections.

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Audio: Glass Houses

Some professors at state-funded universities complain that a new transparency law isn’t really helping. They're worried about attacks from outside the academy. Others say the outlines used for each course should be open — like the law requires.

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Audio: Money, Politics and the Supremes

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to rule on the use of corporate expenditures. And a new national poll released Monday by the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs takes an in-depth look at how the country feels about money in politics. Including how corporate money should be used in a campaign. KUT's Ben Philpott reports how federal campaign finance could change after that ruling.

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Resigned to her fate?

New poll numbers and the national healthcare debate aside, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has decided she will hold on to her seat until after the March primary. A new poll has Gov. Rick Perry 11 percentage points ahead of Sen. Hutchison. That Rasmussen poll comes just 10 days after the UT/Texas Tribune Poll showing Perry ahead by 12 points. .

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