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POLITICS 2010 REGULARS 01 DIALOGUE 02 POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE 05 EDITORIAL 05 BEN SARGENT’S LOON STAR STATE ON THE COVER PHOTOS !STOCK 06 INTRO: TURF WARS 07 THE SUBURBS The Cul-de-sac Battleground by Dave Mann and Forrest Wilder 13 WEST TEXAS End Zone by Abby Rapoport 17 SOUTH TEXAS Where the Votes Are by Carlos Guerra 21 EAST TEXAS Black Tea by Abby Rapoport 24 WOOING BUSH COUNTRY 33 LEFT FIELD Bill White: On the Trail Sleuth in Advertising by Bob Moser and by Tyler Stoddard Smith Michael Stravato 34 POETRY 28 RICK’S DICTION by Rachel Jennings Inside Rick Perry’s Brain by Jamie Pennebaker 35 URBAN COWGIRL The Textbook Plot 26 STATE OF THE MEDIA by Ruth Pennebaker Politics Uncovered by Bill Minutaglio 36 PURPLE STATE The Next Nixon 29 CRITIC’S NOTEBOOK by Bob Moser Hidden Vision by Josh Rosenblatt 37 EYE ON TEXAS by Ave Bonar Correction: In Jeff Wilson’s Eye on Texas photo essay \(Sept. Socorro Sac Stadium, El Paso; upper right was Matador Stadium, Seguin; lower right was Falcon Field, Veribest. The corrected version can be viewed online at . The Observer regrets the error. OBSERVER ONLINE Watch video diaries filmed by Observer reporters as they fanned out across the state to report for this special issue. Subscribe to our podcasts at ABOVE Tea Party Express Rally, Sam Houston Raceway Park, Houston Texas, Nov. 7, 2009 PHOTO BY GREGORY L. JONES