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Slideshow: Sick Of National Politics? Head To Texas.

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