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Aubrey Abbott believes in her dad on Halloween and Election Day

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Audrey Abbott believes her dad — Texas’ attorney general — can rock Halloween costumes like no one else.

“He dresses up for Halloween in outrageous costumes ... [such as] an Army tank and a grocery cart,” she said Tuesday while introducing Greg Abbott, a Republican running to become the state’s next governor, to a crowd of hundreds in Duncanville.

After the laughter in the room died down, she talked about how her dad would make a good governor.

“I love my dad, but more importantly, I admire him,” she said.

Shuffle up and deal

Don’t think U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, has given up.

Barton, whose district includes part of Arlington, has once again filed the “Internet Poker Freedom Act,” a measure designed to help states legalize online poker — without the federal government interfering.

“There is uncertainty about the laws of the United States governing Internet poker, though not about laws governing Internet sports betting,” the bill states.

The bill includes measures to prevent minors from playing online poker, identify problem gamblers and prevent money laundering.

“United States consumers would benefit from a program of Internet poker regulation which recognizes the interstate nature of the Internet,” the bill says, “but nevertheless preserves the prerogatives of States and federally recognized Indian tribes.”


Good-bye Blue Dogs, hello New Democrat Coalition.

A reinvigorated group of pro-business, pro-trade U.S. House Democrats is trying to make a mark with a common-sense approach to legislation, growing to 52 members.

Among the new members are three Texas frosh: U.S. Reps. Pete Gallego of Alpine, Joaquin Castro of San Antonio and Filemon Vela of Brownsville.

The Blue Dogs – the caucus of conservative Democrats in the U.S. House that goes back to the 1990s – aren’t exactly gone.

But, wracked by election losses for the last few cycles, the group is down to 15 members, although Gallego, apparently covering his bets, is the latest Blue Dog.

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