NYTimes.com: "The opening ceremony of a border governors forum here had it all: mariachi singers and a fireworks show entertained dignitaries who vowed to renew a spirit of cooperation between the states lining both sides of the United States-Mexico border.
There was only one thing missing from the 29th annual Border Governors Conference: Three United States governors. Only one of the four American governors whose states share a border with Mexico — Gov. Susana Martinez of New Mexico — attended the conference. The other three — Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona and Gov. Jerry Brown of California — said their schedules prevented them from attending. "