I like the mild winters. I love the beautiful springs, even the thunderstorms. Especially the thunderstorms. Love those incredible fall days where the sky is a dome of clear blue. I know it's a joke, but I like that the Texas weather can change (sometimes dramatically) in a matter of days or even hours.
(I hate, Hate, HATE the intense heat of summer. Last year was the WORST ever. That's one time of year when the weather never changes.)
I like that the Austin area definitely leans more liberal than the rest of the state, and has more diversity in general, probably because of the universities.
I like that homeschooling is well-protected and easy.
I've lived all over Texas, and (when I was attending) the public schools varied wildly in quality. Some were excellent. Some were average (in spite of having loads of money). And some were terrible. The overtly conservative board of education can really muck things up, and has been doing so for more than 30 years.
The colleges can be good. UT is a world-class university. A&M is the place to go if you want to be a veterinarian. Texas Tech, well, Tech is really big on parties (there's little else to do in Lubbock).
If I were to leave Texas, where would I go? Pacific northwest springs to mind, but I would have concerns about the weather. My family lived in Alaska before I was born, and I might want to try it, but if Sarah Palin is any indication, I would have to really consider the political climate. Maybe I could live there just during July and August (when it's SOOOoooo hot down here).
I dislike that it is so very easy to hire someone as a "contractor" but treat them as an employee and not pay the taxes that would be due for employees. This has repercussions in all kinds of ways, including lower wages in many areas, shady businesses get ahead, etc.
By the way, it is Texas Independence Day today (March 2). I love the rich history of Texas, and the many cultures that are found in the region.
Love much of the food. Can do without chili and barbeque (I'm vegitarian). But, yum, gimme a cheese enchilada with verde sauce.
I like that there is so much variety in the land - from the Davis Mountains and Big Bend to the piney woods of east Texas, to the wind-swept high plains, to the grassland prairie. I wouldn't want to LIVE in some of those areas, but it's nice that we have so many places to visit.