Analysis: In Primaries, Political Issues Trump State Issues

The people who want to run the state government certainly care a lot about making sure Texas has enough water, about handling transportation issues, and about solving the latest version of the persistent school finance riddle. Some know a lot about budgeting and taxes and public health and education, and they have ideas ranging from wholesale overhauls of state agencies to adjustments that might improve this or that bit of government machinery.

You wouldn’t know it from their campaigns.

Instead, they are talking about topics that motivate and influence their primary voters: President Obama, concealed and open carry of handguns ...

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