Subdued Start for Legislators at Head of Table

Some legislative sessions start with grand plans, reforming this body of law, planting the seeds of that program, marking the culmination or end of a big political uprising. But the start of this session has been marked by constraint, with two of the three principal actors in the political repair shop.

There’s a shortage of the “vision thing” former President George H. W. Bush used to talk about.

No. 1: Gov. Rick Perry has been in three expensive political races in the last three years. He won the first two — a 2010 Republican primary in the governor’s race against ...

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