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The Evening Brief: Oct. 8, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz outlines his objections to Medicaid expansion in Texas at a Capitol press conference on April 1, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz outlines his objections to Medicaid expansion in Texas at a Capitol press conference on April 1, 2013.

Your evening reading: national Democrats to use Cruz against Republicans in 2014; Tea Party activist Lisa Fritsch joins governor's race; senator says government shutdown impeding West probe 

The Evening Brief: Oct. 7, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis and her daughters during her announcement of her run for governor on Oct. 3, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis and her daughters during her announcement of her run for governor on Oct. 3, 2013.

Your evening reading: Davis, Cornyn release first ads; Democrat enters comptroller's race; new Patrick ad touts his opposition to in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants

The Evening Brief: Oct. 4, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.

Your evening reading: Davis confident she'll win governor's race; Ritter retiring from Texas House; no indictment for Lehmberg over jail conduct

The Brief: Oct. 4, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, announces her campaign for governor in front of a crowd of supporters in Haltom City on Oct. 3, 2013.

A flurry of honed attacks greeted Wendy Davis on Thursday as she kicked off her campaign for governor.

The Evening Brief: Oct. 3, 2013

Crowd at the W.G Thomas Coliseum as Sen. Wendy Davis announces her candidacy for Texas Governor on October 3rd, 2013
Crowd at the W.G Thomas Coliseum as Sen. Wendy Davis announces her candidacy for Texas Governor on October 3rd, 2013

Your evening reading: Davis makes it official; in new video, Abbott vows to keep Texas red; ad to hit Davis over abortion

The Brief: Oct. 3, 2013

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 29, 2013.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 29, 2013.

What's likely to be one of the nation's most closely watched 2014 races kicks into full swing today.

The Evening Brief: Oct. 2, 2013

State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.
State. Sen Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, negotiates with a group of senators, including John Whitmire, D-Houston, on a prison health care measure on April 2, 2013.

Your evening reading: Williams leaving Senate; Libertarian Kathie Glass announces bid for governor; poll shows Abbott leading Davis by 8 points

The Brief: Oct. 2, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Md., on March 16, 2013.

Ted Cruz's latest tack has failed to bring Congress any closer to ending the government shutdown.

The Evening Brief: Oct. 1, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry, first lady Anita Perry and state Rep. Jim Pitts at the unveiling of the restored Texas Governor's Mansion on July 18, 2012.
Gov. Rick Perry, first lady Anita Perry and state Rep. Jim Pitts at the unveiling of the restored Texas Governor's Mansion on July 18, 2012.

Your evening reading: Perry says wife misspoke about abortion; Abbott announces settlement over American Airlines-US Airways merger; rocky start for health insurance exchange 

The Brief: Sept. 30, 2013

A capacity crowd at the Abortion and Women's Health: What Now? panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.
A capacity crowd at the Abortion and Women's Health: What Now? panel at The Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 28, 2013.

Nine programming tracks, 150 speakers and 45 events — oh, and a looming government shutdown — made for a weekend of high political drama in Texas.

The Evening Brief: Sept. 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston on May 3, 2013.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz in Houston on May 3, 2013.

Your evening reading: as Senate passes budget bill, poll shows Cruz leading 2016 GOP field; Medina open to gubernatorial bid; suit filed over Texas abortion law

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