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House committee set to discuss eliminating abortion coverage in heath care exchange http://ow.ly/2X82sB
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Senate budget-writers back $211.4 billion in spending - AUSTIN – Senate budget writers approved a $211.4 billion, two-year state budget Wednesday, providing a 4.6 percent increase in overall spending to address everything from education to transportation to tax relief to public safety. San Antonio Express-News http://ow.ly/2X7Kv3
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The Brief: Giving Them Tax Relief They Can Feel - Lawmakers are talking about giving taxpayers billions in tax relief this session. But in a state with 27 million residents, it turns out that even $4.5 billion doesn't stretch as far as the politicians would like it to. Texas Tribune http://ow.ly/2X5Hxh
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Texas House leaders move to boost school funds; Senate eyes vouchers http://ow.ly/2X4TWi
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Fort Bend lawmaker takes aim at STAAR testing - Several bills would reduce the use of state testing, and one would even halt their use until they've been proved reliable. Meanwhile, a bill authored by state Rep. Rick Miller, R–Sugar Land, would pave the way for eliminating all state testing through a pilot program crafted with Fort Bend ISD in mind. Houston Chronicle http://ow.ly/2X4MaG
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Paul blazes new path on pot - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is poised to become the first top-tier presidential candidate from either party to make marijuana reform a major campaign issue. The Hill http://ow.ly/2X4xUr
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Austin Mayor, Ex-Lawmaker Lead Protest Of Anti-LGBT Bills - With only 7 percent of the state’s population, Austin has more than 30 percent of its patents and over half its venture capital, according to Mayor Steve Adler. Texas Observer http://ow.ly/2X4sXr
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Rep. Gohmert: Nuclear framework deal with Iran weak - The five-nation deal to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb is weak because the United States has allowed itself to be perceived that way, the congressman from East Texas told a tea party audience Monday. Longview News-Journal http://ow.ly/2X4pe3
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UNT students petition for a speaker other than Texas Gov. Abbott http://ow.ly/2X3EfI
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The Lite Guv and the Frack Master - Buried under scores of flattering news stories, corporate press releases and websites that tout Breitling’s bright future, the Observer found another story. State and federal court records in Texas, Oklahoma and Illinois show a litany of lawsuits by angry creditors and former employees as well as a minor arrest. Additionally, and central to the question of whether Faulkner met the criteria Patrick touted for his energy committee, in a... http://ow.ly/2X3vgq
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