The next phase of Texas politics began on Monday, immediately after Gov. Rick Perry announced that he did not plan to seek another term, but we won’t be living in a post-Perry Texas for another 18 months.
Between now and January 2015, when his successor is sworn in, we will be watching something we haven’t seen in years: waning power in the governor’s office.
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This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2013/07/12/perry-era-ending-not-just-yet/.