Searching for Clues in Perry's State of the State

Two years ago in Gov. Rick Perry’s State of the State speech, he set up the legislative session and a future presidential run with a laundry list of issues dear to Republican primary voters. His address on Tuesday was subtler, but still political.

Trust state legislators to give less than their complete devotion and attention to his suggestions, but the key word is “complete.” Some of his ideas make it into state policy, and some don’t. And the speeches are best read as hybrids of policy and politics, setting up the governor’s agenda for a legislative session as ...

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