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ON THE COVER: The scene of the murder of a police officer in Ciudad Juarez BELOW: Family members at the officer’s funeral PHOTO BY DOMINIC BRACCO H NO ESCAPE by Susana Hayward For Mexicans fleeing violence, the United States offers no refuge. 12 KNOCK, KNOCK WHO’S THERE? by Dave Mann Door-to-door politicking is the key to winning elections in a hyper-partisan age. Why are Texas Democrats slow to embrace it? TROUBLED TIMES by Julia Barton The state would like to forget the “Texas Troubles” of 1860, when a bloody hysteria helped spark the Civil War. 0 1 REGULARS 21 STATE OF THE MEDIA 25 CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK 27 URBAN COWGIRL 01 DIALOGUE Painful Reminders Ghosts of Vietnam Irrevocable Acts 02 POLITICAL by Bill Minutaglio by Josh Rosenblatt by Ruth Pennebaker INTELLIGENCE 05 EDITORIAL 22 DATELINE: ABILENE 26 POETRY 28 PURPLE STATE 05 BEN SARGENT’S Prairie Renaissance Ego, Untitled Welcome to Texas, LOON STAR STATE 20 HIGHTOWER REPORT by Mary Helen Specht by Joan Canby Mr. Obama by Bob Moser CORRECTION: Sthanki was incorrectly identified as director of the PostDeportation Human Rights Project. She is supervising attorney for the project. The Observer regrets the error. OBSkHYtN INE Watch a compilation of video news reports from Juarez and listen to Chris Tomlinson talk about the cover story. Also, see video examples of Gov. Rick Perry’s ad tactics. 26 BOOK REVIEW Hallucinogenic History 29 EYE ON TEXAS by Vicente Lozano by Elizabeth Kreutz