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1. Perry vs. Abbott? (link)

Things might be starting to heat up in the Governor's race. WFAA reported last night that sources close to Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott will run for Governor. According to WFAA:

A source who has spoken with Republican donors says Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying he'll run for governor next year, challenging Rick Perry. With the 83rd Texas Legislative Session underway this week, Gov. Perry says he's focused on state business not re-election.

"I'll make my decision about what I'm going to do at the appropriate time, which will be June, July of this year," he said.


But until then, he can't raise any money.


State law doesn't allow Perry to accept campaign cash from Dec. 8 until after the regular session, June 17. The blackout covers Abbott, too.


However, a Republican source who knows of fundraising activity at this level told News 8 that, ahead of that December deadline, Abbott told big donors eager to back him in a run for governor that he would.


When asked for a reaction Thursday by KVUE-TV in Austin, Perry recalled the last prominent Republican to challenge him in a primary.


"Sen. Hutchison also announced that she was going to run for governor back in 2009 so everybody gets the freedom to do that," Perry said of the just retired senator he easily beat in 2010. "I'm real focused, which I hope the General is, too, on this legislative session."


But Perry could be significantly behind in the money race by mid-year.


At the midpoint of 2012, Abbott already had $14.5 million on hand, according to the finance records he's filed with the Texas Ethics Commission. Perry has just $3.4 million.


Should Abbott widen the gap by summer, Perry was asked if that would discourage him from running.


"I've been underestimated many times before so we'll just let it sit right there," the governor replied.


Asked if Abbott assured large donors he'll run, Texans for Greg Abbott Campaign spokesman Eric Bearse wrote in a statement, "General Abbott has not made any announcements or decisions other than to vigorously serve the people of Texas. As Gen. Abbott previously remarked in a press conference, political decisions can wait until after the session. In the meantime, he is focused on taking care of the business of the people of Texas."

Very interesting. Don't look for anything to really develop anytime soon on this though. After the session is over though, well get ready for a battle if this happens.

2. White House vs. NRA (link)

Yesterday the NRA and the White House met. If you thought all would end well, let's just say you were wrong.

After meeting with Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder at the White House today, the National Rifle Association released a statement saying the White House has an "agenda to attack the Second Amendment."


"The National Rifle Association of America is made up of over 4 million moms and dads, daughters and sons, who are involved in the national conversation about how to prevent a tragedy like Newtown from ever happening again.  We attended today's White House meeting to discuss how to keep our children safe and were prepared to have a meaningful conversation about school safety, mental health issues, the marketing of violence to our kids and the collapse of federal prosecutions of violent criminals," reads the NRA statement.


"We were disappointed with how little this meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment.  While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans.  It is unfortunate that this Administration continues to insist on pushing failed solutions to our nation's most pressing problems.  We will not allow law-abiding gun owners to be blamed for the acts of criminals and madmen.  Instead, we will now take our commitment and meaningful contributions to members of congress of both parties who are interested in having an honest conversation about what works - and what does not."

Sounds about right. Everyone knew this meeting was a sham. The White House seems ready for an all out assault on the Second Amendment.

3. A Library With No Books (link)

The future of libraries may turn out to be in Bexar County. County leaders will announce today plans to launch the nation's first bookless library system. According to

“If you want to get an idea what it looks like, go into an Apple store,” Wolff said.


Inspired while reading Apple founder Steve Jobs' biography, Wolff said he envisions several bookless libraries around the county, including in far-flung suburbs.

“It's not a replacement for the (city) library system, it's an enhancement,” Wolff said.


“People are always going to want books, but we won't be doing that in ours,” Wolff said.


The University of Texas at San Antonio is a pioneer among academic institutions with bookless collections and technical libraries. Many cities, including San Antonio, offer downloadable books and other digitized information along with their paper volumes.


But no entire public library system is bookless, and unlike others, Bexar County's BiblioTech library system won't have a legacy of paper. It'll be designed for, not adapted to, the digital age, Wolff said.


“We've called everywhere and I don't believe anybody's done this before,” he said.

Maybe this is an idea for the Godeke Library?

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