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The Brief: Sept. 6, 2013

The end of a contentious fight over gay rights in San Antonio has put Mayor Julián Castro's political fortunes back in the spotlight.

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 Spencer Selvidge

The Evening Brief: Sept. 5, 2013

Your evening reading: San Antonio approves nondiscrimination ordinance; Cruz talks Obamacare, Syria in visit to El Paso; Davis' father dies

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 Illustration by Gage Skidmore

Is Cruz Crowding Cornyn Out?

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has been in office since 2002 and serves as the upper chamber's minority whip. Yet based on the political buzz, he's playing second fiddle to a relative newcomer, Tea Party favorite and conservative darling Ted Cruz.

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 Jerod Foster

The Polling Center: Inventing Abbott

For all the advantages that have lent the feel of an unofficial coronation to his candidacy for governor, Attorney General Greg Abbott remains an undefined figure among many Texas voters, including as many as 40 percent of Republican primary voters.

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 Gage Skidmore

The Evening Brief: Sept. 4, 2013

Your evening reading: U.S. not "al-Qaida's air force," Cruz says; GOP congressman slams Cruz over remarks; split decisions on veteran partner benefits put Texas in spotlight

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 Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Sept. 3, 2013

Your evening reading: Texas Supreme Court chief justice to resign; Texas National Guard refuses to process benefits for gay couples; Cornyn quiet at Syria summit

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 Callie Richmond / Alexa Ura / Todd Wiseman

Spotlight on Davis, the Democrats' Big Hope

If Wendy Davis runs for Texas governor, her biography will face greater scrutiny. Voters are likely to find an exceptionally ambitious woman who has experienced both poverty and wealth and isn’t nearly as partisan as some think.

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 Bob Daemmrich

The Evening Brief: Aug. 30, 2013

Your evening reading: Cornyn slams White House over Syria; new fundraising numbers trickling out; in speech, Smitherman said unborn "would have voted Republican"

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 Todd Wiseman

Smitherman: Unborn "Would Have Voted Republican"

In a recent speech to an anti-abortion group, Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, a Republican candidate for attorney general, said he believed many unborn babies "would have voted Republican."

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 Illustration by Todd Wiseman / Caleb Bryant Miller

Interactive: Campaign Finance Analyzer — Second Called Session

Political contributions to statewide candidates and officeholders during the second special legislative session this summer are now in our finance analyzer, which shows donations by size, location, donor and even by daily totals from June 26 to July 30.

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