If 2011 Was Any Indication, Hold On to Your Hats in 2012
Here’s hoping the next year brings some resolution. Texas Tribune reporters take a look at what to expect in 2012 — from the continuing Texas drought and debates over transparency in higher education to allegations of prosecutorial misconduct and a high-profile presidential election across Texas’ southern border.
Gov. Rick Perry was riding high when he stepped off his first presidential campaign bus, the one with the phrase “Get America working again” plastered on its side. It was mid-August, during that first hopeful week of his run for the White House. The sky was the limit back then. Even some liberal critics were predicting that he would waltz to the Republican presidential nomination.
Oops. It did not work out that way.
Now a new year beckons, and plenty of uncertainty looms for Mr. Perry.
Will he pull off one of the biggest comebacks in American political history? Or will reporters be using words like “flameout” and “flop” to sum up the presidential fortunes of Mr. Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history?
If he does come back, will people around the Texas Capitol fear him less? What kind of governor does a defeated presidential candidate make?
He may never make it to the White House. But he remains the governor of Texas, and that is still a pretty big deal. JAY ROOT
From farmers to power plant operators to homeowners, everyone in Texas is wondering when the grueling 15-month drought will end. The answer, alas, is that nobody knows.
Recent rain and snow have pushed state precipitation totals above the average for December, but this appears to be “a short-term aberration in an overall long-term dry pattern,” Victor Murphy,
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