The Week in the Rearview Mirror

Greg Abbott launched a series of education policy roundtables, debuting what his campaign said would be a "major issue" for the campaign of the leading Republican candidate for governor. The occasion soon led to a back-and-forth with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis over $5.4 billion in cuts for public education in the 2011 state budget.

Former Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Pauken decided against continuing his long-shot campaign for governor against Attorney General Greg Abbott. Pauken explained that "unfortunately we are nowhere near where we need to be financially and organizationally to win this race."

To address privacy concerns raised by state leaders, the Texas Department of Insurance proposed additional rules for the so-called navigators directed to help Texans find health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst charged lawmakers with examining a recent crime enforcement surge effort in the Rio Grande Valley and said he would push to add $60 million worth of border enforcement per year until the border is secure.