• Who will be the new House speaker? Rep. Tommy Merritt, R-Longview (who wants the job himself), has called a summit of all 10 candidates for the job. Arm-wrestling tournament? See what Austin's state reps think of the fight for the gavel in "Who Wants to Be 'Anybody but Craddick'?"
• Red WilCo no more: Fresh off its victory in House District 52, the Williamson Co. Democratic Party voted Friday to turn its campaign headquarters into a permanent office.
• UT Medical Branch at Galveston began firing 3,800 employees on Nov. 18, at a rate of 600 employees a day; the UT Board of Regents blames financial losses after Hurricane Ike.
Quote of the Week
"She couldn't get elected if two of her opponents died."
– Political consultant Peck Young, quoted in PolitickerTX.com, on former Austin mayor and state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (above), who's considering another run for mayor