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The Midday Brief: June 14, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry requests sit-down with Wall Street Journal editorial board, says voters want more options in Republican field; Gibbs says Perry should run

The Brief: June 13, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry, speaking to the Texas Federation of Republican Women
Gov. Rick Perry, speaking to the Texas Federation of Republican Women

He's got no plans to visit Iowa or New Hampshire, but don't expect the spotlight to leave Gov. Rick Perry as he barnstorms the U.S. this week.

The Brief: June 10, 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

The implosion of Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign on Thursday unleashed some of the loudest — and hardest-to-ignore — Perry-for-president rumor-mongering yet.

The Midday Brief: June 9, 2011

State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, speaks to the press on June 9, 2011, after successfully attaching an amendment to SB 2 that would activate up to $2 billion of the Rainy Day Fund for education under certain conditions.
State Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, speaks to the press on June 9, 2011, after successfully attaching an amendment to SB 2 that would activate up to $2 billion of the Rainy Day Fund for education under certain conditions.

Your afternoon reading: Democrats score small Rainy Day victory; House committee OKs congressional redistricting plan; Tea Party still gunning after GOP incumbents

The Brief: June 9, 2011

State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.
State Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, listens to testimony during a House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing on April 5, 2011.

The time constraints of the special session haven't kept Texas lawmakers from pushing for more anti-abortion legislation.

The Midday Brief: June 8, 2011

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.
State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks to an aide on the Senate floor on May 16, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Dan Patrick says he leads in poll; Houston mayor not insulted by prayer event; abortion opponents backing health reform bill

The Midday Brief: June 7, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry speaking to reporters alongside House Speaker Joe Straus, center, and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst during a post-session press conference at the Texas Capitol on May 30, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Perry adds sanctuary cities to special-session agenda; House Democratic leader fined; the politics (or not) of the governor's prayer event

The Brief: June 7, 2011

Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs.  The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.
Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, votes to table an amendment by Sen. Wendy Davis (not shown) on SB8 an education bill that gives school administrators added powers to lower teacher pay and establish furloughs. The bill tentatively passed, 18-12 on June 6, 2011.

Republicans warned Democrats they'd regret forcing a special session. On Monday, Democrats got another taste of that.

The Midday Brief: June 6, 2011

Ron Paul shaking hands after a speech on UT Austin campus in 2008.
Ron Paul shaking hands after a speech on UT Austin campus in 2008.

Your afternoon reading: Ron Paul raises $1 million in anti-"RomneyCare" moneybomb; Kansas governor confirms attendance at Perry prayer event; education protests continue

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