Sneak peek at our February cover, just for you, gentle reader.

Hits newsstands 1/23. Cover photo by Jeff Wilson.

“Somebody has to step up,” Wendy Davis observed one evening in late May over drinks at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin. “As long as the Democrats continue to buy into the same bullshit that some of the Republicans are saying—‘Oh no, it’s Texas, it’s hopeless’—and continue to act like it won’t happen for six, eight, twelve, sixteen years from now, that perpetuates the problem.” — Sneak peek at our August cover story The Life and Death (and Life?) of the Party, on newsstands next week.

Cover photo by Leann Mueller.

Late lunches and laptops for the Perry announcement. TM Politics Team and staffers know how to party. #txlege #RickPerry (at Texas Monthly)

Read Erica Grieder’s recap on Perry’s announcement here.

APRIL ISSUE, OUT NOW! John Spong on the demise of the Dixie Chicks, Skip Hollandsworth gives you a story about a woman’s basketball team that’s straight outta “A League of Their Own”, @jordanbreal goes antiquing Round Top style and @ericagrieder wants to know who’s afraid of lil’ old Texas? All this, for you gentle reader! (at Texas Monthly)

Repost from @soniasmith who’s out holding down the lege today and every day. RG III and Ken Starr made an appearance. And you thought all the action was just at #sxsw #aintnopartylikeacapitolparty #RGIII #capitol #politics (at Texas State Capitol)

"Hey, can you write ‘God Bless Texas’ like you think a chimpanzee might?" - Creative Director

SURE NO PROBLEM.

That one time Ted Cruz stopped by the office to get interviewed and photographed for out Chat page in the October issue. #throwbackthursday #tedcruz #politics #republican #aroundtheoffice (at Texas Monthly)

Proof of the Art Dept’s hoarding problem: actual hat Kinky wore on our July 2006 cover. Also, one of the best cover lines ever. #classiccovers #kinkyfriedman #politics (Taken with Instagram at Texas Monthly)