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Two weeks ago, Texas’ Republican Governor Rick Perry won an unprecedented fourth term and his party captured two thirds of the Legislature. Now voters are being told what they never heard during the election campaign: state government may face a 25-billion dollar shortfall.
Wayne Slater, journalist and author (@WayneSlater)
Jason Isaac, Representative-elect (R), Texas State House of Representatives
Sherri Greenberg, former Representative (D), Texas State House of Representatives
Ray Perryman, The Perryman Group
US Senator Lisa Murkowski lost this year’s bid for re-nomination as a Republican from Alaska. She was opposed by Sara Palin, who’s candidate was Joe Miller. But Murkowski stormed back, and it now appears she has won only the second write-in election to the United States Senate—the other being the late Republican Strom Thurmond from South Carolina.
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