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Primary election results not likely to shift leadership in Texas Legislature
The Dallas Morning News    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
While voters rejected five House incumbents in Tuesday's primaries, every senator who filed to run for re-election was renominated – even one in Waco who stopped campaigning. Experts said that the primary election is unlikely to force changes in the Legislature's leadership. "There was not a substantial shift in the numbers of moderate Republicans vs. conservative Republicans," said Todd Smith of Austin, who advises several GOP incumbents. More

Spokesman: $51 million verdict in Perry Homes lawsuit is 'jackpot justice'
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A spokesman for a politically influential Houston homebuilder is calling a $51 million Tarrant County jury verdict in a consumer lawsuit against the builder "jackpot justice." More

Hutchison feeling GOP pressure not to resign
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Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is getting some GOP pressure to change her mind about resigning her seat, but a close friend predicted that her decision will hinge on whether she can balance her service with what is best for her young children. Hutchison was not talking the day after losing her GOP primary challenge of Gov. Rick Perry. A spokeswoman, who turned down a request to interview her, said she was in Dallas. More

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Perry sounds national themes but says he's rooted in Texas
The Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Gov. Rick Perry addressed supporters in Driftwood at his victory party Tuesday night, he sounded a lot more like a candidate for a national office than for a state one. Perry, who fended off a primary challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison by hammering an anti-Washington message, has repeatedly said he is not running for president in 2012. But if he changes his mind, Perry, a proven fundraiser and effective campaigner with close ties to key Republicans around the country, could be well-positioned to do so - unless voters around the country suffer from Texas fatigue. More

Starting over
The Texas Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The real gift to Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday wasn't the win over Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina in the GOP primary, which was foretold in the polls. It was the quick win. A runoff would have gobbled six weeks and something like $10 million and might have left the winner bruised on the way into a battle with Democrat Bill White, a serious opponent who easily bested six others in his party's primary. So how does the November election shape up? More

White-Perry matchup puts new issues on the table
The Austin American-Statesman Virtual Capitol    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Bill White can beat Rick Perry. Let's be clear: Now that Republicans have nominated him for a third term as governor, Perry is the heavy favorite. But White, the Democratic nominee and former Houston mayor, can pursue a number of strategies that vanquished Republican candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison chose to ignore. And if they work, Perry will have his hands full. More

Friedman misses out on ag commissioner hopes, says race was his last
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Kinky Friedman says he has run - and lost - his last race. The songwriter and author lost his bid Tuesday to become the Democratic nominee for agriculture commissioner. With nearly three-quarters of precincts reporting, cattle rancher Hank Gilbert had 53 percent of the vote to win the nomination for the second time. He will face Republican incumbent Todd Staples in the general election. More

Perry, White campaigns fire opening shots
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Gov. Rick Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White fired the opening volleys in their race for governor Wednesday as they embarked on what analysts said could become one of the most competitive Texas gubernatorial campaigns in more than a decade. With the dust barely settled from their victories in Tuesday's primaries, both sides quickly outlined the themes that will define the eight-month-long race leading to the Nov. 2 general election. More

Lackluster showing puts damper on Tea Party
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Helena Brown of Houston is not pleased. A lifelong Republican - and a precinct chair at that - she also identifies with the Tea Party movement and was a Debra Medina supporter. Now she and her fellow Tea Party Republicans must decide whether GOP candidate Gov. Rick Perry is worthy of their support or perhaps look for an independent write-in candidate. (Brown says she thinks actor Chuck Norris might be interested.) More

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Fed Beige Book: Economic activity further improved
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Economic activity in Texas and parts of Louisiana and New Mexico improved in the past six weeks, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said in its latest Fed Beige Book report. The Beige Book report is a barometer of economic activity in the North Texas region based on the input of leaders in various industries. More

British ambassador says San Antonio has pro-trade appeal
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San Antonio has made some important advancements internationally. It has, most recently, captured the attention of the British, which have a large economic interest in Texas that to date has been limited mostly to Dallas and Houston. Sir Nigel Sheinwald, British Ambassador to the U.S., visited San Antonio in recent days. He met with local leaders and toured some of the Alamo City's assets. More

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UT regents raise tuition at all campuses
The Associated Press via The Brownsville Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The University of Texas System regents have voted to increase tuition at their flagship Austin campus by 5.4 percent next fall. The regents' unanimous vote Wednesday also increases tuition by another 3.89 percent in the fall of 2011. More

Texas uncovers $904K unemployment insurance fraud
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The Texas Workforce Commission uncovered close to $904,000 worth in fraudulent unemployment insurance claims that must now be repaid. False claimants criminally prosecuted for taking the money last year will return funds to the unemployment compensation trust fund, which supports Texans that lose their jobs through no fault of their own. More

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