President Barack Obama chose the Texas Capital to roll out his “Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour.” His first stop in the area was Manor New Technology High School, where he touted education reform plans ranging from pre-kindergarten all the way to college.

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Perry’s Advice

Gov. Rick Perry was on the tarmac with a handshake ready when Air Force One arrived. He said he’s excited the president came to the Lone Star State, but suggested that Obama’s policies run counter to the reasons for Texas’ success.

Texas Democratic Party Executive Director Will Hailey and Republican Party of Texas Chairman Steve Munisteri weighed in on the political pros and cons of the president’s visit. 


Down to the Wire

While much of the focus was on President Obama’s visit, there was plenty of action in the State House. Lawmakers had until midnight to get their bills on the House floor.

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