Within days every vestige of the folksy, college dormitory atmosphere cultivated under former commissioner Jim Hightower had vanished. Gone was the rusty old plow from the lobby. Gone were the nostalgic Depression-era photographs from the walls. Gone were the agency’s subscriptions to leftist periodicals such as Mother Jones, the Progressive, and the Utne Reader.
— One of Rick Perry’s first moves after becoming Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 1991 was to cancel the office’s subscription to our magazine. Which makes sense, we suppose. But did you really have to remove the rusty old plow too? That thing held the room together.