1. NASHVILLE, TEXAS
Even if Kacey Musgraves wins none of the six Country Music Association awards she’ll be vying for on November 6, she’ll still be the Nashville story of the year. No female debut artist has ever before topped the CMA nominations list, and Musgraves achieved that honor with an absolute minimum of toeing the Nashville line.
1. Craig’s Listing
It doesn’t take anything away from Craig Watkins’s accomplishments as district attorney of Dallas County—since he won election in 2006, his office has exonerated 33 prisoners, some of whom had been incarcerated for decades—to say that he has been very lucky. A Democrat, he was swept into office on a wave of anti-Bush sentiment, becoming the first black DA in Texas history.
1. I’m Gonna Git You, Soccer
1. Abbott Forming
The moment Rick Perry announced that he was not running for a fourth full term as governor, all eyes turned to Attorney General Greg Abbott, who instantly became the most powerful Republican in the state.
1. How Dry We Are
When the heat has even the grackles lying low, the pleasure of a swimming hole cold enough to knock the breath out of you is limitless. Alas, water is not, a truism sorely evident to the residents of the Hill Country town of Wimberley, where proposed development may spell the end for the beloved Jacob’s Well, already stagnant due to too little rain and too much pumping.
1. Always Keep ’Em Guessing
According to the Rick Perry camp, sometime this month our governor will announce whether he plans to run for Texas’s top office yet again. The conventional wisdom has it that he won’t, for various reasons—he doesn’t want to tick off Attorney General Greg Abbott, he’s done the job for long enough, he might not win—and will instead focus his energies on a second presidential run, perhaps this time sans maple syrup.
1. Independent Woman
On May 24, Twentieth Century Fox will release the computer-animated movie Epic, in which Beyoncé, arguably the biggest star of our time, will voice the role of Queen Tara, the empress of a microscopic kingdom. What could be more appropriate?
1. Bills,Bills, Bills
The calendar says that the Eighty-third Legislature began on January 8, but insiders know the real action doesn’t begin until 59 days later. Oh, there are plenty of speeches and resolutions during the first two months, recognizing groups like the Texas Association of Health Underwriters. But the tone changes on March 8, the filing deadline for most bills and joint resolutions.