Rick Perry

Texas Legislature
10:58 am
Thu January 10, 2013

What Happened To The Texas Sanctuary Cities Emergency?

Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in front of the Texas state capitol in Austin
Trey Martinez Fischer via Facebook

The Texas legislature convened in Austin on Tuesday, and there was no mention from Gov. Rick Perry about illegal immigration legislation. 

In Jan. 2011 Perry gave the traditional opening remarks to the 82nd Texas legislature and he made it clear – he wanted a crackdown on illegal immigration.

"We must abolish sanctuary cities in Texas," Perry said to applause from the newly sworn in lawmakers.

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Texas Legislature
9:44 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Some Texas Lawmakers Ready To Tap The Rainy Day Fund

capitol.state.tx.us

Originally published on Mon January 7, 2013 6:00 am

As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.

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Texas Legislature
8:13 am
Mon January 7, 2013

StateWatch Texas: 2013 Legislature Preview

KUT News

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 5:30 pm

The 83rd Texas Legislative Session begins Tuesday. Let’s go over a short list of the expected session priorities.

It's Always the Budget

The recession and Republican opposition to raising taxes ended with about $15 billion cut from the last budget.

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Texas Matters
12:21 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Gov. Perry's Push To Ban Abortion Takes Another Step

Gov. Rick Perry announces his support for a bill preventing abortions after 20 weeks at the Source Pregnancy Center in Houston.
Office of the Governor

Gov. Perry's announcement this week of the "fetal pain" bill is the latest in his attempts at restricting abortion in Texas; pro-life groups applaud the announcement and pro-choice groups are kicking their opposition into high gear. The governor made his announcement at a pregnancy crisis center, but what exactly is a pregnancy crisis center, and where do they get their funding? Freelance reporter Carolyn Jones investigates. Finally, problems with state-funded CPRIT continue to surface, the latest being an $11 million grant that was not reviewed before it was handed out.

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Texas Legislature
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

Perry Pushing For 'Fetal Pain' Abortion Ban At 20 Weeks

State Senator-elect Donna Campbell is already off to a strong start in backing legislation proposed by Governor Perry to strengthen the states ban on abortion.
Office of the Governor

Governor Rick Perry announced that he’s backing a tougher state law against abortion. Perry is pushing for a so-called “fetal pain” law to be passed in the upcoming legislative session. 

Joined by state Senator-elect Donna Campbell (R), Perry called for the new Texas law that would tighten the state’s restrictions on abortions by banning abortion after 20 weeks, which is when Perry said a fetus can feel pain.

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Texas Supreme Court
8:24 am
Tue December 4, 2012

In Judicial Picks, Perry Reaches Past Executive Branch

Abilene Christian University

Originally published on Mon December 3, 2012 4:00 pm

Jeffrey Boyd will become the newest Texas Supreme Court justice, an appointment that scrunches the foreheads of Rick Perry critics who think it odd that the governor would name his chief of staff to the state’s highest civil court.

It’s the latest brick in a wall Perry has been building for a dozen years — a period that has seen him appoint 224 Texans to state district and appeals court judgeships.

His hold on the executive branch is well documented and regularly noted; Perry has been in office long enough to twice go through the entire cycle of six-year executive appointments.

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Governor Rick Perry
12:17 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Governor Perry Keeping His Political Future Open To Possibilities

There’s renewed speculation about Governor Rick Perry's political future, which could include another run for the White House. Perry said Monday that he is planning to "make an announcement" about "future political plans" in July.

This January, the state legislature convenes for the 83rd legislative session, and Perry needs to keep his political options open and lawmakers guessing in order to not appear like a lame-duck governor.

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Texas Matters
12:10 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Drug Testing Welfare Recipients, Drug Policy Makeovers, And Texas Tries To Secede. Again.

Hundreds of new bills were proposed in the Texas Legislature this week, one being the requirement to drug test individuals applying for TANF or unemployment benefits.
Wikipedia Commons

Texas Republicans propose a bill to drug test welfare recipients - should we drug test politicians as well? Laws legalizing the possession and use of marijuana passed in Colorado and Washington, is this the beginning of a new era in American drug policy? Mexico has a new president and many are hoping this will mark the beginning of a real solution to the war against the drug cartels. Finally, we just can't let this week go without continuing the discussion on Texas secession.

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Texas Matters
12:39 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Presidential Campaign, Infighting at UT, and the Dallas Cowboys

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root's book,
Credit Jay Root

Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root has written a book about the Perry presidential run called “Oops! A Diary From the 2012 Campaign Trail.” The latest issue of Texas Monthly says there’s a battle over the future of UT; Paul Burka is the Texas Monthly senior editor and wrote the article “Storming the Ivory Tower.” Joe Nick Patoski talks about writing his new book: “The Dallas Cowboys: the outrageous History of the Biggest, Loudest, Most Hated, Best Loved Football Team in America.”

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Texas Matters
11:10 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Separating Church and State, Wind Energy and Wine

Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States (1940) painting by Howard Chandler Christy.
Howard Chandler Christy

Governor Rick Perry appeals to the religious right by talking about the "myth" of the separation of church and state and Rob Boston from Americans United for the Separation of Church and State responds. Wind energy is revitalizing rural Texas, so what is the future for the renewable energy source? How a Texas winery is using renewable energy to be self-sufficient.

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