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Out Houston Mayor Annise Parker Comes to L.A.

There are no ‘sure things’ in politics. Apparent widespread popularity, a lead in the polls, a solid reputation, money in the bank and even a ‘WTF?’ opponent are no longer sufficient to elect—or in the case of lesbian Houston Mayor Annise Parker, re-elect—a stellar candidate with a proven record of achievement.

And how does one define ‘achievement’? “Houston is known for many things: Oil, NASA, urban sprawl and business-friendly policies. But the Texas city deserves to be known for something else: coolness,” Forbes wrote in July 2012, picking Houston as America’s

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