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The Midday Brief: July 8, 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: Perry's fundraising challenge; Texas and the new economic numbers; lawmaker wants Caylee Anthony law

The Brief: July 8, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the voter ID bill signing on May 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst at the voter ID bill signing on May 27, 2011.

Conventional wisdom says Rick Perry would have no trouble finding fans in Iowa. But what about in New Hampshire?

The Midday Brief: July 6, 2011

Your afternoon reading: abortion sonogram court hearing begins; Perry surgery recovery going "very well"; Parker wields anti-gay letter directed against her in fundraising push

The Midday Brief: July 5, 2011

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, at a Senate Education Committee meeting on June 2, 2011.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, at a Senate Education Committee meeting on June 2, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: more Perry vs. Bush; Dan Patrick's reservations about a U.S. Senate run; Willie Nelson pot case not over

The Brief: July 5, 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.

Rick Perry's rapport with conservative Christians is no secret. But the governor may have friends in higher places than once thought.

The Midday Brief: July 1, 2011

House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst
House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst

Your afternoon reading: Rick Perry may or may not be running for president, but he definitely had back surgery today. Also, his security detail may not have to disclose their travel records after all.

The Brief: July 1, 2011

A boy waves an American flag at an immigration rally held in Dallas on May Day.
A boy waves an American flag at an immigration rally held in Dallas on May Day.

Since most Texas counties have fireworks bans in effect this July 4 weekend, what better way to celebrate than recalling the legislative fireworks of recent weeks and imagining those still to come on the campaign trail?

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