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Dr. Brown at it again
Just when you thought there couldn’t be another twist in the legal life and times of Houston hand surgeon Michael Brown, he went and filed two new lawsuits himself, according to Carol Christina of the Houston Chronicle.  

In one, Brown and his attorneys claim that his ex-wife is trying to destroy him and his companies so, Christina writes, she can “move forward with her relationship with former Houston Astros player Jeff Bagwell.” (Rachel Brown’s admission that she and Bagwell were involved was not allowed into evidence during Brown’s assault trial this past fall, in which Brown was found not guilty).

In the other Brown is seeking to have a New York suit that alleges he committed sexual assault dismissed. 

And then there were 102
The current Republican supermajority may go away after the 2012 elections, but for now, it just got bigger.

Following in the foosteps of state representative Allan Ritter, of Nederland, and representative Aaron Peña, of Edinburg, who gave the GOP its one hundredth and 101st members of the Texas House during the Eighty-second legislature, representative J.M. Lozano, of Kingsville, officially announced he was becoming a Republican on Thursday, as Julian Aguilar of the Texas Tribune reported.

Appearing with Governor Perry, Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs, and House Speaker Joe Straus, Lozano said he represents a place that is “by and large, pro-life, pro-business and pro-oil-and-gas exploration, a county where gun ownership and hunting are as common as a Starbucks coffee in our state capital.”

The GOP backslapping may be short-lived though, as Texas Democrats predicted Lozano wouldn’t even win the primary against Bill Wilson of Portland, let alone the general election.

Support Texas by voting in Food and Wine‘s best new chef poll
The “Top Chef” and the “Hottest Chef” both call our state home, and now five Texans are competing for Food and Wine magazine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” honor.

The five Texas nominees in the Southwest region are: Tim Byres of Smoke in Dallas; Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin (also our Top Chef); Andrew Curran of 24 Diner and EasyTiger in Austin; Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic in Austin; and Tre Wilcox of Village Marquee Grill and Bar in Dallas. (Houston is inexplicably unrepresented.) 

As of Friday morning, Elliott had a big lead. Voting ends on Sunday. 

And ICYMI on the TM Daily Post
Friday Night Lights star Taylor Kitsch, whose action flick, John Carter, opens today, is building a house in Austin; DPS says stay away from Mexico during spring break; no more cane sugar-sweeted Dublin Big Red; and don’t mess with Texas girl scouts!