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Warren Chisum

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Straus overwhelmingly chosen House speaker

The Texas House formally re-elected San Antonio Republican Speaker Joe Straus. In a 132-15 record vote, members chose to stick with the moderate, "will-of-the-House" speaker as opposed to overthrowing him with someone more conservative. Two lawmakers, including State Rep. Jason Isaac, were present but didn't vote.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

Texas legislature convenes, facing hard choices

Expect a heated word or two over immigration legislation and border security, threats of major cuts to education and health and human services, and continuing struggles to keep up with the state’s transportation and criminal-justice concerns. Here’s...

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