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In the remote and exotic land that is Texas in the early nineties, a Democrat sits in the governor’s mansion; it’s illegal to carry handguns; and George W. Bush runs the Texas Rangers—the baseball team, not the law enforcement organization. Few could imagine the way the state would radically and irrevocably change in the span of just a decade. Paul Burka was one of those few.The legendary Texas Monthly staff writer’s gift for prognostication is on display in a short essay he wrote after Bush’s upset of then-governor Ann Richards in 1994. Burka’s vision was clear as a spring: while others were calling Bush’s win a fluke, a result of Richards’s poor campaigning, Burka understood that W had ushered in a new era of Texas…

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