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12 LIKE A BAD NEIGHBOR by Saul Elbein In Texas, State Farm does what State Farm wants. Why can’t the state rein in big insurers and high rates? 16 FOR THEIR EYES ONLY by Dave Mann After five years and $254,000, the Texas Department of Public Safety prevails over the Observer in court, keeping Capitol video secret. REGULARS 18 FROM PORCH TO PAPER 24 BOOK REVIEW 27 TEX IN THE CITY 01 DIALOGUE Bill Minutaglio goes Culture Divide As Seen on TV 02 POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE In Search of the Blues by Steve Davis by Todd Moye by Robert Leleux 05 EDITORIAL 25 SATIRE 28 PURPLE STATE 05 BEN SARGENT’S 21 IMMUNE: Club Alamo Thank God for Texas LOON STAR STATE NACOGDOCHES by Tyler Stoddard Smith by Bob Moser 20 NI1NTOWER REPORT Blood Sport by Joe Lansdale 26 POETRY Sonnet 29 EYE ON TEXAS by Sandy Carson OBSERVER ONLINE Watch a video interview with gubernatorial candidate Bill White and our live reports from the Texas GOP convention. IN THIS ISSU ON THE COVER AND LEFT Bill White, Democratic candidate for governor, in downtown Houston PHOTO BY MICHAEL STRAVATO 06 BILL WHITE’S BOTTOM LINE by Dave Mann The former Houston mayor hopes to bring his business acumen to the governor’s mansion. Is that a good thing? 23 CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK Freedom Trap by Josh Rosenblatt by Alexander Maksik