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Otto Explains Maritime Museum Money Mixup

The mystery of a seemingly abandoned nautical appropriation in the state budget became clearer Tuesday, with a key legislator saying the $200,000 intended for a non-existent maritime museum got tangled in a miscommunication. 

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Dec. 10, 2014

Gov. Rick Perry, in an exit interview with The Associated Press, said he didn't plan to make a decision on a second run for the White House "until the middle of next year."

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Aug. 5, 2014

SpaceX on Monday chose to place its first commercial launch complex on Boca Chica beach near Brownsville. The announcement solidified Texas' leading position in the country's space program even as it transitions to one with greater opportunities for private companies.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Aug. 1, 2014

Ted Cruz has become the latest D.C.-based practitioner of the Pottery Barn rule: He broke the border bill, and now, possibly more than any other single person, he owns it.

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Todd Wiseman / Randall Chancellor / Jason Petersen / Stephen Payne

Rivalry Game Fundraising a Growing Political Trend

The Longhorns and Sooners won't be the only ones looking for a win this weekend in Dallas. More than 30 Texas legislators are hoping to turn the Red River Rivalry game into campaign cash.

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Bob Daemmrich

Updated: The 2012 Quit List

So far, 27 26 members of the Texas House, four members of the Texas Senate, three State Board of Education members and two U.S. congressmen have said they won't seek re-election.

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Graphic by Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich / Spencer Selvidge

Defeated Candidates Ask Voters for Another Shot

They lost in 2010, but some candidates are hoping by now that voters have changed their minds. The 2012 ballot will be stippled with officeholders who were cast out by voters last election but want to try again. 

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Bob Daemmrich

The 2012 Elections, Off to a Stumbling Start

Candidates began filing for the March 6 primary elections Monday, while the Texas attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block legislative and congressional maps drawn by a San Antonio court — even if it means delaying some primaries to May 22.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

Representatives Move Back Redistricting

House lawmakers will get another day to pore over redistricting maps, after Democratic members vehemently opposed an effort to change the deadline for submitting amendments.

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Bob Daemmrich

A Tale of Two Switchers

Now that state Reps. Allan Ritter of Nederland and Aaron Peña of Edinburg have ditched the Democrats, attention turns to how they'll hold on to their seats. The former is following a time-tested strategy that has worked for others. The latter is challenging political history.

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Graphic by Jacob Villanueva

The Ex Files

How many former state officeholders are registered to lobby in Austin? The answer: 65, or a little less than 5 percent of the 1,475 lobbyists on the rolls at the Texas Ethics Commission, according to a Texas Tribune analysis.

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And They're Off!

It's time to harvest the political speculations of the last several months: Democrats and Republicans have until January 4 to put their names on the ballots, or not, in anticipation of the March 2 primaries.

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