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National Guard Deployment Along the Rio Grande is Now Underway

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  BASTROP – The “force multiplier” for the border surge touted by Gov. Perry and other members of the state’s Republican leadership is now becoming a reality as up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops begin […]

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National Guard Theatrics Jeopardize Billions in Potential Growth Along the Texas Border

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  While Gov. Perry continues his national cable TV tour talking about the influx of migrant children along the border and his decision to deploy as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the region, […]

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Sour-faced Perry is Picking the Right Fights

Note: This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Not only did Gov. Perry get way out ahead of the border crisis politically but he has also now figured out a way to differentiate himself in a major way from a potential fellow GOP […]

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Texas Business Leaders Are In a Full-Court Press on Immigration

Note: This column originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Hoping to lose none of any ground – either real or perceived – they may have gained on immigration in the United States House of Representatives, Texas business interests over the last couple weeks have […]

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Does Gov. Perry Still Have Political Magic in Him?

It’s safe to say Gov. Perry’s rebranding effort isn’t slowing down a bit.  But, whether he’s having success in the endeavor is an open question. His appearance this morning on Meet the Press continued his campaign to show himself to be one of the functional elected Republicans in America, which would be any Republican officeholder […]

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Calculating the Impact of Women and Latinos in Texas Elections

Note: This column originally appeared in the Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  Some of the state’s top political number crunchers on both sides of the aisle told business leaders assembled in Austin this past week that the exploding Latino population and the emergence of unmarried women as […]

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Signs That 2014 Could Be the Year for Immigration Reform

This column originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government. On the first workday of 2014, there’s no doubt business leaders in Texas were pleased to see the report from the New York Times that declared US House Speaker John Boehner now supports changing the nation’s […]

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Thrown Away People

“If a piece of the building falls to the ground and breaks, they have insurance for that,” said a middle aged man in a wheelchair in Houston. Share

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Is There Any Red Meat Left to Throw?

Gov. Perry avoided the hot button issues of abortion, immigration and gun control so that he could instead focus on the infrastructure needs of Texas in his State of the State address. Aman Batheja has the details over at the Texas Tribune. While many in the Austin chattering class have been trying to figure out […]

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Unite and Conquer

There are two major religions in Texas: Christianity and high school football. Fortunately for our governor-in-waiting, Attorney General Greg Abbott, a story out of East Texas this week gives him a chance to pander to people of both faiths. Share

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