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Meet new TAB President, G. Granger MacDonald,
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Housing construction rebound is in slo-mo, economists say
The Dallas Morning News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A weak national economic recovery will slow down the pace of the housing market rebound this year. Even with an expected 25 percent increase in nationwide home starts, U.S. housing construction will remain at one of the lowest levels in generations. But at least the numbers are moving back up again, economists at the National Association of Home Builders' conference say. "The builders have been through a really tough time the last three years," said David Crowe, the builders association's chief economist. "It won't be a strong recovery, but it will be a recovery – that's still very good news." More

Ripples of GOP's win may reach to Texas
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Massachusetts Republican Scott Brown's victory in the race to replace the late Edward M. Kennedy in the U.S. Senate could have a dramatic impact on Senate and gubernatorial politics in Texas. More

Perry and Hutchison bring out the big guns
Politico    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison are bringing out the big guns with the Texas GOP gubernatorial primary fast approaching. The Texas primary election takes place March 2, exactly one month after the first big primary election of 2010 takes place in Illinois. While Perry, the nation's second-longest tenured governor, is bringing in Sarah Palin to campaign for him in Houston next month, Hutchison is rolling out Lone Star State heavyweights. More

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Contributions from Shami to Gilbert raise eyebrows
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Political contributions totaling $150,000 last month from a Democratic gubernatorial candidate to a Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner have left a third candidate raising questions of a bribe. More

A third big name for Kay?
The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Gubernatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison picked up her second big-name endorsement when former Sec. of State James Baker added his name to a list that includes former Vice President Dick Cheney. A third big name is apparently waiting in the wings. More

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El Paso says city finances better than a year ago
El Paso Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The city government says it is in better financial shape than last year. Through the first quarter of the fiscal year, sales tax revenue continues to be down, but property tax revenue is up slightly, Deputy City Manager Bill Studer told the City Council. The city is on pace to come close to meeting its $313 million general-fund budget even if the economy does not improve and will do better if the national recession eases, he said. More

Lubbock backs Perry financially
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Lubbock donors gave the governor three times the campaign dollars of all his competitors combined, according to an Avalanche-Journal analysis of campaign finance documents covering donations since July. Gov. Rick Perry trounced competitors for campaign donations from Lubbock zip codes, raising more than $72,000 from donors who reported zip codes within Lubbock County. More than $70,000 of the contributions came from inside city limits. More

Perry and Hutchison draw money from DC
The Austin American-Statesman First Reading Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We all know that Gov. Rick Perry is no fan of Washington, D.C. In fact, he held an event in Fort Worth to offer his critique of President Barack Obama's first year in office. Perry hasn't stopped there with his Washington critique, framing his re-election challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison as a Texas-versus-Washington fight. First Reading has reported previously that Perry has held fundraisers in the nation's capital. In the second half of 2009, Perry raised $37,500 in Washington, while Hutchison raised $19,900. For all of 2009, Hutchison raised $45,165 from Washington and Perry raised $38,225. More

Housing assistance available for El Paso families
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Home financing and down-payment assistance are now available to low- and moderate-income El Paso families through a $24.5 million bond-financing program. More

Texas court rules that Judge Sharon Keller should not lose her job
The Associated Press via The Denton Record-Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A report from the ethics trial of embattled Texas Judge Sharon Keller says she should not lose her job for closing her court before a death-row inmate could file a final appeal. More

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