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Friday Wrap: Rick Perry, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Prop 1, Bill White, and Linda Harper Brown

by: Burnt Orange Report

Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 11:00 AM CST

It's time for the Friday Wrap, where your Burnt Orange Reporters comment on all the news that fits in a blockquote.

Starting us off, Katherine Haenschen says, when Texas politicos admit they're not already reading the wheninsession tumblr by Christina Gomez, I'm all like:

Below the jump, catch up on Rick Perry, John Cornyn, Ted Cruz, Prop 1, Bill White, Austin parking, and Linda Harper Brown.

On Wednesday, Governor Perry said Greg Abbott told him privately that he won't run for governor if Perry decides to run for governor again. Call it the first attack of the 2014 race; if Abbott runs now, Perry will have already painted him as a liar. That may be the only attack he has on Abbott who's been doing nothing but Perry's legal bidding for years.
-- Ben Sherman


Loser of the week? Senator John Cornyn, who has reduced himself to an appendage of Ted Cruz, and not a particularly strong limb at that. Cornyn, who was by many accounts a reasonable and relatively apolitical Attorney General, has embraced his role in the US Senate first a GOP blast-fax parrot, and now as a Tea Party acolyte determined to ape Cruz in his votes and rhetoric. Whether he fears a primary challenge or just wants to keep his share of the spotlight, Cornyn has taken a sharp turn further to the right, to the detriment of Texas, which now has two senators hell bent and determined not to do anything useful in DC.
-- Katherine Haenschen


Travis County Prop 1 foes are leaving federal court and trying their luck in state court. We have not yet reached out to Planned Parenthood for comment.
-- Edward Garris


I thought that Bill White leading Rick Perry in a poll was cause for motivation. But Hillary Clinton leading Texas in hypothetical presidential match-ups? And against potential Republican nominees not named Perry? Sure, that polling may sound a bit fishy, but no one needs to read a full post today to understand that now is a  crucial time for Texas Democrats to get their act together.
-- Michael Hurta


This article on the Austin Post may help Austinites adjust to some facts around parking that every growing city deals with. 
-- Karl-Thomas Musselman


Republican Linda Harper-Brown is now Chair of the House Committee on Government Efficiency & Reform. Joe Straus must be trolling everyone, right? Because, in case you don't remember...that's this Linda Harper-Brown.
-- Michael Hurta


The flares at night, are big and bright, dun dun dun dun, deep in the heart of.... North Dakota.
-- Karl-Thomas Musselman

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