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Now for Something That Really Matters

A gubernatorial State of the State address is a governor’s spotlight moment, the time where they get the stage all to themselves to showcase everything they believe to be important. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott understands this as well as anyone, which is why he used his SOS speech last week to talk about school finance, teacher pay and taxes. Oh, and why he thinks the University of Texas ought to renew its football rivalry with Texas A&M. Yes, as the Waco Tribune-Herald reports, Abbott finished his SOS with a promise to help work out a deal that would see the two football titans return to their on-field competition, which ended in 2011. And this being Texas – arguably the most football-mad state in America – the proposal drew raucous bipartisan cheers from lawmakers. Teacher pay? Not so much.