Texas News Minute

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A coalition of top Texas grassroots conservatives has formally disavowed U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, saying he never represented tea party values. Stockman is challenging U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in next week's Republican primary. But in an open letter to him Thursday, the activists wrote: "there is nothing about your conduct that represents the spirit of grassroots conservatives." The letter was signed by 12 activists led by JoAnn Fleming, who chairs the citizen advisory committee to the Texas Legislature's Tea Party Caucus.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Plans to ramp up border security in Texas with an immediate $60 million spending jolt are now likely stalled until at least September. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst vowed late last year to seek swift funding to beef up state patrols along the Texas-Mexico border. But aides said this week that the Texas Department of Public Safety now may not see that money until later this year. Dewhurst is facing the toughest re-election bid of his 11 years in office heading into Tuesday's primary elections.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will speak at an April event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. The April 8-10 event is being sponsored by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law at the White House during a televised ceremony on July 2, 1964. The White House says the president and first lady Michelle Obama will address the gathering on April 10, the final day of the commemoration.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Ted Cruz is refusing to endorse his fellow Texas Republican in next week's primary in which a tea party candidate is trying to oust the Senate's second-ranking GOP leader. Cruz declined to say whether he will vote for Sen. John Cornyn or challenger Steve Stockman.

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