Rick Perry

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Case Against Rick Perry

Jan 27, 2015

AUSTIN — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds.

He ruled that criminal charges against the possible 2016 Presidential candidate should stand.

District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry’s defense team to toss the case, because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America’s second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

In news that will be carefully watched, it was reported over the weekend that Travis County prosecutors had decided not to follow up on a number of criminal cases involving the Texas state government, after outgoing Gov. Rick Perry vetoed state funding for their office. Officials at the Travis County DA’s public integrity unit allegedly dropped cases from tax fraud to insurance fraud to contracting issues, as they moved to prioritize “which cases to pursue.”

Rick Perry On A Second White House Run: 'I'm Ready'

Jan 18, 2015

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Conceding there was more “excitement than preparation” for his first presidential bid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday declared himself ready for a second White House run should he decide to enter the crowded 2016 Republican field.

“I don’t shy away from the fact that I have been preparing. Preparation’s done. I’m ready,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But I will announce at the appropriate time my intentions.”

“Texas is a state where nothing is impossible. Where the sons and daughters of migrant workers can aspire to own their own farm. Where the children of factory workers can build new age manufacturing facilities. Where the son of a tenant farmer can become the governor of the greatest state in the nation.”

Governor Rick Perry paused at this moment, took in the applause that was his due from the group of men and women he had led for 14 years as Texas’ longest serving governor, and added, pointedly, “In Texas, it’s not where you come from that matters, it’s where you’re going.”


As the third Tuesday of January approaches--the day Governor-Elect Greg Abbott takes the oath of office--what will Texans remember about Gov. Rick Perry?

His unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2012's presidential race left him with his "Oops" moment.

The recent indictment on abuse of power charges and the recent disclosure of fast and loose monitoring at the Texas Enterprise Fund, all coming at the end of his 14-year tenure as Governor.