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Texas Politics
4:25 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Conservative Group Shows Support For Gov. Perry As He Is Booked In Travis County

Perry supporters begin to gather at the Travis County Justice Complex, where the governor will be booked this afternoon.
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At least one conservative group is planning to rally outside the Travis County Jail during Gov. Rick Perry’s booking this afternoon. Empower Texans is calling on Republicans to stand up and support the governor.

In an email to supporters, Empower Texans Executive Director Michael Quinn Sulivan wrote:

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Texas Politics
10:12 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Says Indictment Violates Governor's Right To Free Speech

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team said the governor’s 2013 announcement and veto of the state public integrity unit budget was the governor’s right to free speech and his desire to be transparent about his intended plans. Perry's attorneys say the court will see that the governor’s words did not constitute a threat.

In downtown Austin on Monday, just a few blocks from the state capitol, Houston attorney Tony Buzbee announced that he is Perry’s lead counsel on the case and then called the indictment "Banana Republic politics." 

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The Source - August 18, 2014
10:33 am
Mon August 18, 2014

The Source: Indicted, But What's Next For Gov. Rick Perry?

Credit Office of the Governor

The indictment of Gov. Rick Perry on two corruption-related felony counts took the state by surprise on Friday.

The abuse of power charge stems from Perry threatening to veto the funding of Travis County's public integrity unit unless Travis County District Attorney Rosmary Lehmberg resigned. She didn't and Perry vetoed the funds.

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Texas Politics
9:12 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Gov. Perry Defends Veto After Indictment, Democrats Call For Immediate Resignation

Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the criminal indictments filed against him for coercion a political play. Perry contends he was only exercising his constitutional right to threaten and then veto the budget for the state’s public integrity unit and then called the indictments a partisan attack.

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The Two-Way
2:35 pm
Sat August 16, 2014

Gov. Perry: Indictment 'Amounts To Nothing'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry makes a statement regarding his indictment on charges of abuse of power at the Texas state capitol, in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
Ashley Landis EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sun August 17, 2014 2:24 pm

Updated at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been charged with felony counts of abuse of power over his veto of funding for a public corruption office, fired back today, calling the indictment politically motivated.

"I did nothing wrong," the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate said at a brief news conference in Austin, Texas.

"This indictment amounts to nothing more than an abuse of power, and I cannot and I will not allow that to happen," Perry told reporters.

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The Two-Way
9:22 am
Sat August 16, 2014

What's Behind Those Abuse-Of-Power Charges Against Perry?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Des Moines Register's Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair on Tuesday. Late Friday, Perry was indicted on abuse-of-power charges.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat August 16, 2014 12:20 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, considered a possible GOP presidential candidate in 2016, was indicted on felony abuse-of-power charges late Friday in connection with his veto of funding for state public corruption prosecutors.

The case, which has been bubbling for months, is complicated. Here's a closer look at what we know from various sources:

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Politics
7:05 am
Sat August 16, 2014

Texas Governor Indicted On Abuse Of Power Charges

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Law
7:02 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Grand Jury Indicts Texas Gov. Rick Perry On Charges Of Abusing Power

Originally published on Fri August 15, 2014 7:12 pm

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Border & Immigration
4:37 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Gov. Perry Tours National Guard Camp For Troops Headed To Border

Today Texas Gov. Rick Perry addressed Texas National Guard troops at Camp Swift, where they are preparing for their deployment to the Rio Grande Valley. Perry said the federal government's neglect to enact border security has caused the state of Texas to take action.

Perry told the troops that the mission of Operation Strong Safety was to be that visible presence that deters criminal activity.

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It's All Politics
8:36 am
Sat August 9, 2014

Perry And Cruz Do The Presidential Candidacy Dance

Texas Gov. Rick Perry highlighted his executive leadership at the annual RedState Gathering on Friday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Sat August 9, 2014 10:40 am

It's the presidential race no one is talking about. Two Texas political stars are testing the waters for a run in 2016 — without mentioning it, of course.

Potential Republican candidates Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry spoke Friday at the annual meeting sponsored by the conservative website RedState, and both danced around the candidacy question.

Three years ago, at RedState's South Carolina get-together, Perry announced his 2012 presidential bid. This time, he made no announcement, but Perry sounded like he was giving a campaign speech.

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