The sticking point in the budget negotiations between the House and Senate was the System Benefit Fund.
It's looking increasingly likely that Wendy Davis will run for governor in 2014. But still, the paucity of credible candidates for other statewide offices is a real problem for Democrats.
Will the Republicans will pay a price for fielding a ticket that has no star power other than Abbott?
Of course, that could reflect poorly on the state’s budgeting process.