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The Midday Brief: July 28, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry (r) looks at the crowd of reporters in the Governor's Reception Room as State Sen. Troy Fraser (l), R-Marble Falls, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst react at the Voter ID bill signing on May 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (r) looks at the crowd of reporters in the Governor's Reception Room as State Sen. Troy Fraser (l), R-Marble Falls, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst react at the Voter ID bill signing on May 27, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry walks back gay marriage remark; Troy Fraser for governor?; Perry eying Fox News debate

The Midday Brief: July 27, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

Your afternoon reading: Perry meeting with more donors; New Hampshire activists heading to Austin; Perry likely to bypass exploratory committee

The Brief: July 27, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry talks about the Texas economy while speaking in front of a Boeing 787 airplane during the ceremonial bill signing of HB3727 in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

A new poll confirms the trend: Rick Perry's not even running yet, but he's already almost beating Mitt Romney.

The Midday Brief: July 26, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media about his possible presidential plans after a meeting of the Cash Management Commitee on July 19, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: pro-Perry radio ad airing in Iowa; primary calendar worries Republicans; Perry, gay marriage and the Republican Party

The Brief: July 26, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry answers a reporter's question about his presidential aspirations during a bill signing on May 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry answers a reporter's question about his presidential aspirations during a bill signing on May 27, 2011.

According to his supporters, and another new poll, Republicans are still clamoring for Rick Perry.

The Midday Brief: July 25, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) convention in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to the National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO) convention in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: who loses if Perry gets in; Woolley to retire; Texans' donations to presidential candidates

The Midday Brief: July 22, 2011

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in Frisco during her run for governor.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison talks with supporters at the Bonnie Ruth's Cafe in Frisco during her run for governor.

Your afternoon reading: Hutchison tepid on Perry; official wants Perry, Palin on straw poll ballot; Combs announces $5.3 million in the bank

The Brief: July 22, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

Two new polls show Rick Perry — who's done little so far but send rumor mills churning — already within striking distance of Mitt Romney.

The Midday Brief: July 21, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry in an interview with Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith
Gov. Rick Perry in an interview with Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith

Your afternoon reading: Huckabee takes shot at Perry; latest Perry vs. Obama polling; SBOE hearings under way

The Midday Brief: July 20, 2011

GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz
GOP U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz

Your afternoon reading: Cruz responds to Dewhurst's announcement; handicapper says GOP likely to take Doggett's seat; Perry wins small straw poll

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