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The Evening Brief: Feb. 4, 2013

District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.
District Court Judge John Dietz of Austin is shown in his courtroom on Feb. 4, 2013, before he ruled that the state's school finance system was unconstitutional.

Your evening reading: judge rules against Texas' school finance system; Piers Morgan to hold show tonight near Houston; Perry luring Californians to Texas with radio ads

The Brief: Feb. 4, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry at a State Board of Education meeting on Feb. 1, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry at a State Board of Education meeting on Feb. 1, 2013.

The renewed debate over gay membership in the the Boy Scouts of America has pitted Gov. Rick Perry squarely against President Obama.

The Evening Brief: Feb. 1, 2013

Gov. Perry speaks at Texas State Board of Education meeting on February 1st, 2013
Gov. Perry speaks at Texas State Board of Education meeting on February 1st, 2013

Your evening reading: Perry calls for more charter schools; Obama administration offers compromise on birth control rule; governor's call for tax relief sparks confusion

The Evening Brief: Jan. 31, 2013

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks to Republican Convention delegates on the final day June 9, 2012.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks to Republican Convention delegates on the final day June 9, 2012.

Your evening reading: Cruz aggressive at Hagel confirmation hearing; Straus announces House committee assignments; poll shows Clinton competitive in Texas

The Evening Brief: Jan. 30, 2013

Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.
Attorney General Greg Abbott, Gov. Rick Perry, state Rep. Senfronia Thompson and Department of Public Safety chief Steve McCraw at the signing of House Bill 3000 on May 25, 2011.

Your evening reading: if Perry seeks re-election, Abbott won't run against him, governor says; poll shows Texans supportive of assault weapons ban, divided on Cornyn; Dell foundation to donate $50 million for UT medical school

The Brief: Jan. 30, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at Perry's State of the State address on Jan. 29, 2013.
Gov. Rick Perry, left, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at Perry's State of the State address on Jan. 29, 2013.

Largely devoid of any conservative red meat, Gov. Rick Perry's State of the State address may have offered some clues to his political future.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 29, 2013

Flanked by state leaders, Gov. Perry begins his State of the State speech on January 29, 2013
Flanked by state leaders, Gov. Perry begins his State of the State speech on January 29, 2013

Your evening reading: Perry's State of the State avoids hot topics; Cornyn, Cruz vote against Kerry's confirmation; poll shows Perry vulnerable in 2014

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