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The Brief: May 12, 2011

A Senate slice-and-dice unveiled Wednesday by Republicans has big changes in store for Austin, Fort Worth and San Antonio — and Democrats aren't pleased.

The Brief: May 11, 2011

President Obama after his speech at the Austin City Limits Live studio on May 10, 2011.
President Obama after his speech at the Austin City Limits Live studio on May 10, 2011.

It's a long shot, and he knows it. But the question remains: Is the president angling for Texas in 2012?

The Midday Brief: May 10, 2011

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Your afternoon reading: Hispanic activists call Obama's El Paso speech too little, too late; bigamy bill heading to Senate floor; A&M chancellor steps down

The Brief: May 10, 2011

President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.
President Obama at the University of Texas on Monday, August 9, 2010.

Not that he was stepping onto the friendliest of political territory anyway, but President Barack Obama's visit to Texas today has coincided with a dramatic display of Republican legislative might.

The Brief: May 9, 2011

State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, votes 'aye' to table certain instructions to conferees on HB1 budget bill on May 6, 2011.
State Rep. Bill Zedler, R-Arlington, votes 'aye' to table certain instructions to conferees on HB1 budget bill on May 6, 2011.

House debate hit dramatic heights on Saturday in what could go down as the Great Mother's Day Fight of 2011.

The Midday Brief: May 6, 2011

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Your afternoon reading: Obama to give immigration speech during El Paso visit; House draws line in the sand over budget; Ron Paul nets $1 million from debate moneybomb

The Brief: May 6, 2011

Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.
Protesters march down Congress avenue towards to the Capitol for the Immigration rally on Feb 22, 2010.

Immigration legislation — mostly dormant so far this session — will see some action in the Legislature today.

The Midday Brief: May 5, 2011

President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.
President Obama speaks to a crowd at the University of Texas on Aug. 9, 2010.

Your afternoon reading: Obama to stop in El Paso before Austin visit next week; conservative think tank launches budget ads; Down syndrome group wants abortion sonogram change

The Brief: May 5, 2011

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, speaks on the Senate floor against the state budget on third reading on May 4, 2011.

Democrats — stripped of power on Wednesday after Republicans skirted a Senate procedural tradition — may now be shut out of the budget debate entirely.

The Midday Brief: May 4, 2011

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst listens to members after the Texas Senate voted, 19-12, to pass the budget on May 4, 2011.

Your afternoon reading: Senate tentatively approves budget; Cornyn, Perry take aim at White House for denying disaster relief; abortion sonogram compromise reached

The Brief: May 4, 2011

Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to comments during floor debate on the state budget on May 3, 2011.
Sen. Steve Ogden, R-Bryan, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, listens to comments during floor debate on the state budget on May 3, 2011.

Amid a flurry of activity in the Legislature on Tuesday, the Senate quietly eyed a procedural oddity it may use today to pass the state budget.

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