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by | Fri, Jul 29, 2011 at 15:18 CST

Perry’s Presidential Non-Campaign

The governor's national shrink-the-government act is humming along. But the will you/won't you questions keep coming.

Rick Perry’s national “Not a candidate—really!” tour is going great guns, as you have surely heard. Fortunately for the rest of America, the...Read More

Texas Democrats: After the Deluge

From the ashes of election night, can Texas Democrats build a new party from the bottom up?

A few years back, when Southern Democrats everywhere were suffering much the same way Texas Democrats are today, I asked an organizer friend in North Carolina: ...Read More

Perry’s Presidential Rage

Next stop: the unofficial national exploratory campaign

For more election coverage, see the Observer’s election-night page.  In terms of pure comedy, the single best line in the online excerpts that appear...Read More

God’s Voters

Back in the late ’70s, as a teenager desperate to wash off my gayness in the blood of the Lamb, I abandoned my family’s mild Methodism and sought salvation ...Read More

Stumper of the Week: Rick’s Fat Tick

The most ridiculous things said this week in Texas politics

So this is it, people. Here at last, election week. A final chance for Texas politicians to compete for the honor of Stumper of the Week. A final chance, that i...Read More

Rick Perry: The New Nixon

From his first statewide run for Agriculture Commissioner in 1990, when a soft-focus ad showed him posing on horseback in the sunset like a Harlequin Romance co...Read More