Richard Parker

What's to Come in West, Texas

After Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion, the town is still picking up the pieces

After Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion, the town is still picking up the pieces.

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Austin, Texas—Rick Perry has a problem. No, it’s not the name of his hunting lease. It’s not his wobbly performances in the debates. It’s not even where he stands on the issues. Indeed, as the longest-serving governor of the nation’s second-most populous state, Rick Perry is perfectly qualified to run for president. Instead, the Texas governor’s big problem is that his state, contrary to the pitch he’s giving crowds nationally, is in trouble, big trouble.

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