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The Midday Brief: May 30, 2011

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, shakes hands with Sen. Mike Jackson R-District 11, after being sworn in as Senate President Pro Tempore on May 30th, 2011
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, shakes hands with Sen. Mike Jackson R-District 11, after being sworn in as Senate President Pro Tempore on May 30th, 2011

Your afternoon reading: special session strategy; House Democrats take aim at Straus; texting ban goes to the governor

The Brief: May 30, 2011

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reads letters from her constituents on the Senate floor as she filibusters SB1811 on Sunday night May 29, 2011
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, reads letters from her constituents on the Senate floor as she filibusters SB1811 on Sunday night May 29, 2011

A Democrat's last stand may have just pushed the legislative session, set to end today, into overtime — which could start as soon as tomorrow.

The Midday Brief: May 27, 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.

Your afternoon reading: Perry says he'll "think about" running for president; 5 p.m. deadline for school finance deal; Dan Patrick announces exploratory committee for U.S. Senate

The Brief: May 27, 2011

Rep. Senfronia Thompson (r), D-Houston, talks to Rep. Mike Hamilton during the local and consent calendar on April 26, 2011.
Rep. Senfronia Thompson (r), D-Houston, talks to Rep. Mike Hamilton during the local and consent calendar on April 26, 2011.

In a change of pace, things have taken a decidedly, ahem, prurient turn in the closing days of the legislative session.

The Midday Brief: May 26, 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: radio host says Perry's running for president; Democrats predict strong showing in U.S. Senate race; budget negotiators pass $15 billion in cuts

The Brief: May 26, 2011

Department of Public Safety troopers block the door to the Senate gallery as activist Alex Jones incites a crowd protesting HB1937 the TSA anti-groping bill on May 25, 2011.
Department of Public Safety troopers block the door to the Senate gallery as activist Alex Jones incites a crowd protesting HB1937 the TSA anti-groping bill on May 25, 2011.

Tense budget negotiations continued Wednesday, but it didn't take long for an airport "groping" ban, an ensuing rowdy protest and vicious political sniping to steal some of the spotlight.

The Midday Brief: May 25, 2011

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits with House members to discuss the state budget issues at the back railing on May 19, 2011.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (c) visits with House members to discuss the state budget issues at the back railing on May 19, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry wants lawmakers, not courts, to draw congressional maps; Simpson blocks salvia bill; Texas vs. feds fight centers on a lizard

The Brief: May 25, 2011

One of the state budget's most notoriously complicated components has lawmakers — just five days from the finish line — clamoring for a fix.

The Midday Brief: May 24, 2011

Sen. Kel Seliger (l), R-Amarillo, ponders the comments of Sen. Wendy Davis during redistricting debate on May 17, 2011.
Sen. Kel Seliger (l), R-Amarillo, ponders the comments of Sen. Wendy Davis during redistricting debate on May 17, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: congressional redistricting dead; Perry signs abortion sonogram bill (again); GOP 2012 hopefuls court the Bushes

The Brief: May 24, 2011

Sen. Florence Shapiro (l), R-Plano, visits with Health & Human Services Committee chairman Sen. Jane Nelson on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Florence Shapiro (l), R-Plano, visits with Health & Human Services Committee chairman Sen. Jane Nelson on May 3, 2011.

After days of stop-and-go budget negotiations, lawmakers may have just inched closer to a special session.

The Brief: May 23, 2011

The Capital at dawn opening day of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2011.
The Capital at dawn opening day of the 82nd legislative session on January 11, 2011.

A deal's been struck, but with just a week to go, lawmakers still have to piece together the budget puzzle.

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