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The Evening Brief: April 24, 2012

Mitt Romney speaking to a crowd of supporters in Des Moines on Jan. 2, 2012, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
Mitt Romney speaking to a crowd of supporters in Des Moines on Jan. 2, 2012, the eve of the Iowa caucuses.

Your evening reading: Romney on top in Texas, but Perry would hurt ticket, poll says; Amazon in talks with Texas over sales tax deal; Condoleezza Rice, in Texas, says politics not in her future

The Brief: April 24, 2012

With the U.S. Supreme Court set to hear a major immigration enforcement case this week, new demographic data released Monday may help reshape the debate.

The Evening Brief: April 23, 2012

A driver from Chihuahua, Mexico, waits to cross the border into Fort Hancock in rural Hudspeth County.
A driver from Chihuahua, Mexico, waits to cross the border into Fort Hancock in rural Hudspeth County.

Your evening reading: report shows Mexican immigration to U.S. at net zero; former State Board of Education member compares criticism to "pre-Holocaust Germany"; Leppert calls opponents "empty suits" in new ad

The Brief: April 23, 2012

Ron Paul supporters gather outside a building in downtown Austin on Feb. 24, 2012, expecting to see GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who was in town for a fundraiser.
Ron Paul supporters gather outside a building in downtown Austin on Feb. 24, 2012, expecting to see GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum, who was in town for a fundraiser.

Refusing to back down, Ron Paul supporters asserted themselves at county conventions over the weekend.

The Evening Brief: April 20, 2012

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.

Your evening reading: despite long odds, Paul posts hefty first-quarter fundraising haul; State Board of Education approves new math standards; SOPA outcry hasn't dampened Lamar Smith's fundraising

The Brief: April 20, 2012

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.

With primary season in full swing, the big-name endorsements have started to roll in.

The Evening Brief: April 19, 2012

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst shakes hands with Gov. Rick Perry at the 2011 inauguration.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst shakes hands with Gov. Rick Perry at the 2011 inauguration.

Your evening reading: Perry endorses Dewhurst; education commissioner wants Texas math standards to exceed national requirements; Abbott endorses Kelly Hancock

The Evening Brief: April 18, 2012

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the House chamber of the Texas Capitol
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the House chamber of the Texas Capitol

Your evening reading: Cornyn endorses Romney; report claiming Jindal convinced Perry to oust adviser is disputed; Planned Parenthood branches vote to merge

The Brief: April 18, 2012

Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry reasserted himself in Texas politics this week, but one of the state's leading Republicans isn't jumping squarely in line.

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