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The Evening Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.
Gov. Rick Perry with wife Anita at a Williamson County Republican dinner in Round Rock, his first public appearance since leaving the presidential race.

Your evening reading: Republicans challenge group hoping to turn Texas blue; White House to begin immigration push next week; conservative groups come out against school security bill

The Brief: Jan. 25, 2013

Democratic supporters at the Driskill Hotel in Austin erupt in celebration as CNN projects President Obama's re-election victory on Nov. 6, 2012.
Democratic supporters at the Driskill Hotel in Austin erupt in celebration as CNN projects President Obama's re-election victory on Nov. 6, 2012.

A new group may provide Texas Democrats with an answer to their long-ignored prayers for a political comeback.

The Brief: Jan. 24, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, faces Mark Shelton in a District 10 Senate debate at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth on Oct. 11, 2012.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, faces Mark Shelton in a District 10 Senate debate at the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus in Fort Worth on Oct. 11, 2012.

The 2013 legislative session may have just begun, but for half of the state Senate, the 2014 election season started Wednesday.

The Evening Brief: Jan. 23, 2013

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is shown her lottery number by Senate Secretary Patsy Spaw on Jan. 23, 2013.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, is shown her lottery number by Senate Secretary Patsy Spaw on Jan. 23, 2013.

Your evening reading: senators draw re-election terms; five Texas Republicans vote against debt ceiling extension; major Democratic donor spending big in Houston special election

The Brief: Jan. 22, 2013

Texas Republicans in Washington largely put partisanship aside on Monday as President Obama marked the beginning of his second term with a vigorous defense of liberalism.

The Brief: Jan. 21, 2013

President Obama working the rope line after his Austin Music Hall speech on July 17, 2012.
President Obama working the rope line after his Austin Music Hall speech on July 17, 2012.

Texas Democrats rode a fresh wave of optimism over the weekend as inauguration festivities descended on Washington.

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