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Dallas Morning News - September 30, 2014

Greg Abbott running twice as many ads as Wendy Davis

If you feel a little inundated with political ads, it’s likely because you are. The ads are adding up. In the two-week period from Sept. 12-25, a study by the Wesleyan Media Projects shows that the governor candidates have blanketed the state with 10,330 advertisements. Republican candidate Greg Abbott has raised more than twice the money as Democrat Wendy Davis and has run twice as many ads: 6,873 compared to her 3,447.

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Washington Post - September 30, 2014

Wendy Davis and why it matters that female politicians are talking about their abortions

As Texas debates the implementation of some of the strictest abortion laws in the country, for at least three female lawmakers and candidates in that state, the debate has become intensely personal. The most high-profile of the three, of course, is gubernatorial hopeful and state Sen. Wendy Davis (D), who revealed recently in her memoir that she had medical procedures to end two pregnancies. “Our baby had a severe brain abnormality,” Davis said in a television interview. “We knew that the most loving thing that we could do for our daughter was to say goodbye.”

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Dallas Morning News - September 30, 2014

Nonpartisan poll: Immigration, border security top state worry

Immigration and border security have displaced education as the top issue facing the state, according to the eighth annual Texas Lyceum Poll. In the nonpartisan poll, released Tuesday, 31 percent of adults said immigration or border security is the most important issue, compared with 11 percent who said education. Eight percent cited either jobs and unemployment or the economy.

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National Journal - September 30, 2014

Ron Paul Thinks There Should Be More Secessionist Movements in the U.S.

Secessionists across the world were inspired by Scotland's energetic attempt at independence from the United Kingdom earlier this month. Ron Paul, as it turns out, joined them. In an essay on his eponymous institution's website Sunday, the former U.S. congressman from Texas wrote that any supporters of freedom should cheer secessionism because it allows for smaller government—a constant mantra for the libertarian and perennial presidential candidate, who didn't previously realize there were more than a handful of secessionist groups in the United States.

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