Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Michael Kappel

The Brief: Feb. 21, 2014

Ted Nugent on Thursday became a litmus test of sorts for Republican officeholders in the wake of the rocker's appearance on the campaign trail with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: Feb. 7, 2014

The rise of anti-immigrant rhetoric in the GOP lieutenant governor's race — and personified by state Sen. Dan Patrick — is angering several Hispanic party leaders to the point where one of them is considering voting for a Democrat in the general election.

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The Brief: Dec. 5, 2013

Both Wendy Davis and Greg Abbott have shared tax returns for the last three years — but they seem to be the exception and not the rule when it comes to candidates disclosing what they make and what they pay in taxes.

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The Evening Brief: Nov. 13, 2013

Your evening reading: health exchange enrollment numbers are anemic in Texas; Sullivan says "NUTS" to Ethics Commission; Davis to meet big-buck Democratic donors in D.C.

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Campaign Chatter

Ted Cruz tries to lure David Dewhurst into a fight, while Tom Leppert taunts them both in a new TV ad.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Campaign Chatter

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, says he'll seek another term in 2012. Fun facts from his announcement: "Among his younger-life experience, he worked as a paper boy, TV station copy boy, waiter, dishwasher, library clerk, and taxicab driver."

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Bob Daemmrich

Video: "Pansexual" Amendment Debate

While you were sleeping last night, lawmakers in the Texas House were engaged in a passionate debate over "pansexual" politics that nearly killed the entire fiscal matters bill, which is pretty much the main reason they're having a special session. Trust us — this is must-see video. 

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The 82nd Lege Session: The Highlights Reel

The Trib's multimedia team highlights some of the most memorable — and surprising — moments from the 82nd Legislative Session. Our lawmakers sure do love to make a statement, complete with finger pointing, yelling and props. (Some video courtesy the Texas House, the Texas Senate and legetv.org.)

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