Politics are no fun right now. Congress is on vacation, reporters have nothing to cover but the health care rage-fests, and California is far too depressing to serve as a diversion. Yet one state is still a hoot: Texas. From the brewing primary slugfest between Governor Rick Perry and his ruthless political shadow, Kay Bailey Hutchinson, to the recent brouhaha over whether Texas has developed a "model" approach to economic growth, the Lone Star state is one place that doesn't disappoint.
Click through this TNR slideshow to see some of the excitement.
Courtesy of Flickr user haikuluke
--Elise Foley and Noah Kristula-Gree