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Republican Freshmen Come on Strong in State Legislature

Newly elected state lawmakers are usually treated like children. Veteran lawmakers remind them they are to be seen and not heard.  They're told to get along they have to go along, and most do. But not this year.  The current freshman class is refusing to just sit and be quiet.

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State Senate Considers Using State Funds to Lure Events to “Jerry World”

A bill coming up for debate in the Texas Senate would expand a state fund now used to lure sporting events to Texas, so it could be used to lure events of all kinds to Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

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Texas Teachers Protest Cutting Education Funds to Balance Budget

Thousands of Texas teachers are expected to gather in Austin tomorrow to protest cutting public school funding to balance the state budget.  They say Governor Rick Perry doesn't appear to care that thousands of jobs could be lost.

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Governor is Open to Using Rainy Day Fund to Balance Budget

After flatly resisting it since the first day of the legislative session, Governor Rick Perry is sending out clear signals indicating he is open to tapping into the state's Rainy Day Fund to "help" balance the state budget.

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Lawmaker Says Proposed Budget Cuts Could Kill Public Schools

A Houston state representative has introduced a school funding bill he says he won't vote for because it would sink public education in Texas.

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Texas Officials Balk at Cost of National Sex Offender Registry

Texas Governor Rick Perry and legislative leaders appear ready to "go to the mat" with the federal government over the projected costs of being part of the national sex offender registry. 

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Rep. White Vows to Eliminate Disparities in School Funding

Calling the current school funding system illegal, indefensible and even immoral, State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) has promised he will do everything he can to change it and make it more fair for small property-poor school districts.

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Texas May Take Illegal Immigrants to Congressional Offices

In a move sure to pour fuel on the fiery debate over what states should do with illegal immigrants, one Texas lawmaker says she has an idea.  She says the illegals should be dropped off at the nearest U.S. Senator or Congressman's office.

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