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Gov. Rick Perry

It was the usual crowd for Gov. Rick Perry’s annual State of the State address at the capitol – a joint session of the Texas Legislature with House members joined by Senators on chairs set up in the aisle of the House chamber, various state officials, staffers and reporters alongside tourists and various delegations in town for the day, all gathered to hear what the longest-serving governor in Texas history had to say now.

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James Richard “Rick” Perry has been governor of this state for more than 12 years, and there is mounting evidence that he has overstayed his welcome. Never the most popular figure in state politics, he only ascended to the governor’s mansion when George W. Bush was elected president in 2000. Since then he has managed to hang on largely due to political circumstance. He won reelection in 2006 with only 39 percent of the vote in a divided field. When he ran again in 2010 after first signaling he wouldn’t be a candidate, it caught Sen.

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The Examiner bills itself as “The Independent Voice of Southeast Texas” and strives to report the news without fear or favor. This leads to some uncomfortable moments for those who would take advantage of vulnerable citizens in our society, which is how it should be – and we don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

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