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The Brief: July 18, 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.

Gov. Rick Perry doesn't just covet the presidency. If his most recent statements are any indication, he also thinks it's his calling.

The Midday Brief: July 15, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry makes a playful salute to the son of State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, as he walked through the House chamber on his way to a meeting with House Speaker Joe Straus at noon on May 19, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry makes a playful salute to the son of State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, as he walked through the House chamber on his way to a meeting with House Speaker Joe Straus at noon on May 19, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry for president predictions percolate, Ratliff racing to replace a representative, and districts dealing with drought.

The Brief: July 15, 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.

Rick Perry's political past is no secret in Texas. But tracing the governor's beginnings reveals a history that would strike even his strongest supporters as a little surreal.

The Midday Brief: July 14, 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: Perry calls those who oppose prayer event "intolerant"; George P. Bush taking group national; is it too late for Perry to run?

The Brief: July 14, 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

For Gov. Rick Perry, a lawsuit filed Wednesday over his August prayer event could be a blessing in disguise.

The Midday Brief: July 13, 2011

Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO  National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.
Texas Governor Rick Perry gestures during his speech to the NAELO National Assn. of Latino Elected Officials in San Antonio on June 23, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: lawsuit filed over Perry prayer event; why Ron Paul isn't running for re-election; state layoffs begin

The Midday Brief: July 12, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Ron Paul not running for re-election; Perry meets with Musharraf; more Perry prayer event controversy

The Brief: July 12, 2011

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst (l), talks with Sen. Dan Patrick on the floor of the Texas Senate on April 18, 2011.

For Texans, 2012's looking like the Year of the Perry, but don't forget the state's other looming marquee battle.

The Midday Brief: July 11, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

Your afternoon reading: Perry calling New Hampshire; Texas lawmakers and living expenses; light bulb vote coming in Congress

The Brief: July 11, 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.

And the slow drum beat continues: On Friday, Gov. Rick Perry, still undecided, made a direct play for Iowa insiders.

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?

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