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Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.

DNA testing that death row inmate Hank Skinner said would prove he is not a triple murderer is doing just the opposite.  On Wednesday, the Texas Attorney General’s Office filed papers that say the DNA incriminates Skinner. 

Skinner was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend and her two adult children on New Year’s Eve in 1993.

But Skinner has insisted he’s innocent and the DNA  would clear him of the crimes. The DNA was not tested during his murder trial and Skinner has been fighting in the courts to get access to the evidence for testing.

When word came last week that George P. Bush had filed paperwork with the Texas Ethics Commission to begin raising money for a political campaign, folks wondered if Bush – part of the Presidential Bush family – would go straight to the top and run for Governor in 2014.

A report in the Tampa Bay Times settled those speculation by confirming that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush,sent out a fundraising appeal to donors this week asking them to support his son's potential run for Texas land commissioner.

As we head toward the next legislative session, one bill on the agenda might look very familiar. It's the texting while driving law that was passed, but then vetoed by Governor Rick Perry last session. However the law has been implemented on the local level in certain cities and with mixed results.

“I only know of about four cases that we’ve had since its implementation.”

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It may seem like a joke or political sour grapes, but a petition calling for Texas to secede from the union has gathered enough signatures for the White House to review and respond. 

The petition calls for the federal government to allow Texas to peacefully secede and create a new government. It was posted on Friday on the White House website on a page called “We the People.” By Monday there were over 25,000 signers – that’s the trigger for the White House to review and respond to the demand.

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