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Our Newsmaker this week is District 33 Rep. Marc Veasey (D) talking about his campaign for a second term in Congress. We'll also meet Tom Sanchez, the Fort Worth attorney who has launched a primary battle to be the next Democratic nominee. Joining host Jason Whitely in the questioning is Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy.

The Texas governor's race is getting dirty. We cut through the fog of accusations and insults to consider which message is winning. Plus: Gov. Rick Perry takes wants to reduce the punishment for anyone caught with marijuana in Texas. We discuss why he thinks Republicans will support that position with Ross Ramsey, executive editor and co-founder of The Texas Tribune.

Wendy Davis' life story is the centerpiece of her campaign for governor. But the Democrat faced new questions last week and her supporters accuse Republicans of a smear campaign. That's the Flashpoint debate with Mark Davis of 660 AM The Answer on the right and former State Rep. Domingo Garcia on the left.

We put the headlines in perspective on Reporters Roundtable with Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey. Wendy Davis' campaign staff has faced a lot of criticism after questions over her biography. Was this her mistake or an overall problem with her message?

Campaigns inundate e-mail boxes every day with endorsements. For example, the FreedomWorks PAC endorsed tea party leader Katrina Pierson, but to date, haven't given her a dime. So what's the impact of endorsements?

Plus: Why are writers like Texas Monthly's Paul Burka calling the Republican primary 'boring' or 'irrelevant'? Statewide offices are open for the first time in years. Where's the energy?

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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