Rick Perry

Texas
3:51 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Audit Uncovers Problems With Texas Enterprise Fund

Gov. Rick Perry and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk break ground near Brownsville for a spaceport which received $15 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund.
Credit Office of the Governor of Texas

The Texas Enterprise Fund, Governor Rick Perry says it’s a deal closer. With a half billion dollars at his disposal Perry uses it as big pot of money that he can use to bring companies to Texas. Toyota was awarded $40 million to uproot its U.S. headquarters from California to suburban Dallas. SpaceX got $15 million to build the space port in Brownsville. Perry says the fund has been instrumental in helping build Texas' booming economy.

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Governor Perry
3:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Judge Says Governor Perry Can’t Skip All Court Hearings

Credit Travis County Jail

A state judge overseeing Texas Governor Rick Perry’s criminal proceedings related to his threat of a veto says the Governor must appear during some of the pre-trial court dates. The Governor’s legal team had requested that their client be excused from all pre-trial hearings because of his position.

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Business
10:47 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Gov. Perry, Rep. Villalba Meet With Chinese Investors On Development Trip

A state legislator that has joined Texas Gov. Rick Perry during his Asian Economic Development Trip said investors from China and Japan are poised to provide the private funds needed to grow the state’s economy and fulfill some of its infrastructure needs.

State Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, said Perry asked him to join him in Beijing to meet with hundreds of Chinese investors that are interested in growing the Texas economy by either providing capital for existing projects or bringing business to the state.

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Politics
11:19 am
Sat August 30, 2014

Rick Perry's Legal Trouble: The Line Between Influence And Coercion

Texas Gov. Rick Perry talks to the media and supporters after he was booked on August 19 in Austin. Perry is charged with abuse of office and coercing a public official.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Sat August 30, 2014 11:33 am

The day he was booked, Texas Gov. Rick Perry gave a big smile for his mug shot — which was then printed up on t-shirts to demonstrate just what a farce he thought the indictment was. In a press conference, the scorn dripped from Perry's voice as he took up the sword — defender, not of himself, but of the state's constitution.

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country," he said. "It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

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Texas Politics
3:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Gov. Perry's Legal Team Files To Have Case Dismissed

Gov. Perry's mugshot taken at the Travis County Jail last week.
Credit Travis County Jail

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team has filed a constitutional challenge seeking to dismiss his two-count felony indictment.

In a writ of habeas corpus filed today, the governor’s legal team contends there are problems with separation of powers, rights to free speech, and say the penal code used to charge Perry is vague and overboard; that it doesn’t clearly define what is and isn’t permissible under the law.  

University of Texas at Austin School of Law professor Jennifer Laurin said this type of challenge has a very limited set of arguments.

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Texas Politics
2:27 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Lawmaker Says Public Integrity Unit Will Likely Move Out Of Travis County DA Office

Credit Ryan Poppe / TPR News

The state’s public integrity unit has filed a request with the governor’s office and legislative budget officials to restore funding to the agency in 2015.

But that effort may not be possible unless the unit is moved out of the Travis County district attorney’s office, which is headed by Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, who chairs the Senate Committee on Finance, said she would like to see the unit moved in 2015. In a statement, Nelson wrote that "we need to move the unit somewhere less partisan."

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Texas Politics
12:51 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

The Story Of The Other Texas Governor Indicted For Vetoing Funds

1914 Jim Ferguson campaign literature. Image URL: https://www.tsl.texas.gov/governors/personality/pferguson-pro-2.html
Credit Texas State Library & Archives Commission

Rick Perry isn't the first Texas governor to stare down an indictment for his actions in the office. 

In 1917 the Travis County district attorney’s office filed an indictment against then Gov. Jim “Pa” Ferguson for vetoing the budget of the University of Texas.

Professor Don Carleton, who heads up the Dolph Briscoe American History Center at the University of Texas at Austin, described the political climate at the time as being a prohibition vs. anti-prohibition, rural vs. urban environment of political bosses, and Ferguson certainly was that.

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Texas Politics
9:44 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Rick Perry’s Legal Bill For Indictment Defense Will Be Picked Up By His Campaign

Gov. Rick Perry addressed the media on Tuesday before heading into the Travis County Justice Center to be booked.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

The cost of Texas Gov. Rick Perry legal dream team, who is fighting his two-count indictment, isn’t one that is expected to come cheap, but the governor’s campaign has announced it will be picking up the tab.

In the last two month just prior to Perry’s indictment, the governor's office said his legal tab for one attorney was running just over $80,000. Perry has since added three more attorneys to work on his defense.

Lucy Nashed, a spokesperson with the governor's office, said the Texas taxpayers have nothing to fear regarding the cost of the case.

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It's All Politics
8:01 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Perry Says Ground Troops Must Be An Option Against Iraq Militants

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks Thursday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

Originally published on Fri August 22, 2014 8:47 am

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, just days after being indicted for alleged abuse of power, has set himself apart from other GOP presidential wannabes in another way — by announcing that he's willing to send U.S. ground forces back to Iraq.

Perry, in a speech at the Heritage Foundation think tank in Washington today, said the Islamic State is such a large threat to Jordan, Israel and even the United States that a return of "boots on the ground" in Iraq ought to be up for consideration.

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Texas Politics
12:51 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Perry's Legal Team Releases Findings That Veto Had Nothing To Do With CPRIT Investigation

On Tuesday evening, Gov. Perry addressed the media outside the Travis County Justice Complex before heading in to be booked.
Credit Ryan E. Poppe / TPR News

Indicted Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s legal team is dismissing accusations that the governor’s veto of the state public integrity unit’s budget was related to another ongoing investigation involving the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.   

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