A cartoon of Texas with the words "Loon Star State" inside its outline. The "L" in "Loon" is wearing a hat that's part cowboy and part dunce cap.

Loon Star State: Whacked

"A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."—Vito Corleone


Ben Sargent, a bald, older white man with a bushy white beard is dressed in a suit and red bowtie, with his artistic tools, including pens, in front of him.

A version of this story ran in the November / December 2023 issue.

A cartoon depicts Ken Paxton watching The Godfather on TV, wearing a mafia-style ostentatious purple suit and fedora hat. On TV, Michael Corleone is saying, "Today, I settled all family business..." As Ken Paxton reacts with utter glee, "Yes! Oh YES!!" Caption: Ken Paxton's favorite! The line in "The Godfather" in which Michael Corleone announces he has just had all his enemies whacked ..."
Ben Sargent/Texas Observer

To see more political cartoons from Ben Sargent, visit our Loon Star State section, or find Observer political reporting here.

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