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TribBlog: Straus on the Offensive

House Speaker Joe Straus and the man in the running to unseat him, state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.
House Speaker Joe Straus and the man in the running to unseat him, state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa.

House Speaker Joe Straus is moving quickly to squelch any talk of a speaker's race. His office released two letters this afternoon — one from conservative leaders expressing support for him, and another that emphasizes his strengths as House leader.

2010: Neil Waiting For Final Vote Tally

Republican Dan Neil, who lost to Democratic Rep. Donna Howard in Tuesday's HD-48 election by a mere 15 votes, released a statement tonight saying he's going to wait for every legal vote to be "received and counted" before he decides his next course of action — namely, whether to ask for a recount.

2010: 130 to Chisum

House Speaker Joe Straus says he's now got 130 votes for re-election as speaker — and that the only thing new is that 99 Republicans instead of 76 will make the House a much more conservative body. But State Rep. Warren Chisum says he will continue the challenge to Straus that he announced three weeks ago.

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