Rick Perry

Perry's Future
3:24 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Texas GOP Chairman Talks About Governor Perry's “Big News”

Will Perry run for another term as governor? Will he prepare for another presidential run? Or maybe something else?
rickperry.org

Gov. Rick Perry is set to make a big announcement in San Antonio this coming Monday, but those close to him are cautious about the intention of his visit.

At the start of the special session, Perry said he wouldn’t announce whether he would seek another term as governor until after the legislature had adjourned.

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It's All Politics
4:28 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry Will Keep Texas Guessing. Until Monday

Texas Gov. Rick Perry addresses the Conservative Political Action Committee in February 2012.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue July 2, 2013 5:36 pm

Will he or won't he?

The Texas political class has been abuzz this week about more than just Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster-heard-round-the-nation.

The other occupying parlor game: Whether three-term Republican Gov. Rick Perry intends to seek an unprecedented fourth full term.

CNN and other news organizations reported Tuesday afternoon that Perry, a failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate, plans an announcement Monday about his "exciting future plans."

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
2:22 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Everything Has Changed In The Second Special Session

Ryan Poppe TPR News

The mood, and boundaries, have changed a lot at the state capitol since the regular session. Upon entering the capitol, you take immediate notice of the differences -- chained off sections of the stairwell and rotunda and an increased presence of Department of Public Safety troopers.

But what has really changed in this second special session?

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Texas Legislature - Special Session
1:00 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Storify: Following The Abortion Protests At The Texas Capitol

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon

Originally published on Thu July 4, 2013 8:40 am

To keep you up-to-date on all the action going on at the Capitol today, we've created a Storify to monitor the protests on the first day of the special session. Click below to see the timeline.

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Government
9:03 am
Mon July 1, 2013

MALDEF: End Of Voting Rights Act Leaves Minorities Exposed

Court-ordered interim U.S. Congressional Districts for the 2012 election.
State of Texas District Viewer http://gis1.tlc.state.tx.us/

The chief legal counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund is applauding Gov. Rick Perry for signing into law the interim voting maps, but said not having a Voting Rights Act leaves minority communities vulnerable.

This week the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.

Nina Perales is the chief legal counsel for the MALDEF and said the supreme court has taken away a tool for fair and equitable state voting maps.

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Texas Matters
1:56 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The War Of The Worlds On The Texas Senate Floor

State Senator Leticia Van De Putte in the KSTX studio.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Texas Matters: The battle over abortion hit a boiling point in Texas this week and it all started  with a 13-hour filibuster attempt by Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth, which was cut short, continued with Sen. Leticia Van De Putte of San Antonio challenging the Republican (male) dominance of the floor, which finally pushed the room into a frenzy with one ruckus crowd of supporters. This did not sit well with the governor.

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It's All Politics
5:40 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Rick Perry Co-Stars In Texas Political Drama

The fight over restrictive abortion legislation in Texas has given Gov. Rick Perry a chance to underscore his conservative credentials.
Tony Gutierrez AP

An irony of the recent Texas political theater: Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' filibuster aimed at stopping anti-abortion legislation raised not only her profile but that of Republican Gov. Rick Perry.

Shortly after Davis' talkathon ran out the clock on a bill that would potentially have made abortions much harder for women in Texas to obtain after 20 weeks of pregnancy, Perry put himself back in the national headlines.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
7:17 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Governor Calls Lawmakers Back Again For Second Special Session

Republican lawmakers will again try to pass SB 5, a controversial abortion bill, in the second special session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry was clear in his statement about the intended purpose of a second special session, stating "I am calling the legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas."

Lawmakers will be back in the state capitol on Monday, July 1 to continue work.

Josh Havens, who is with the governor’s office, said this session will be about the three items the legislature was unable to pass during the first session.

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Special Session
4:47 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Update: Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

Office of State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte

Update (6/28/13 10 a.m.) An article posted yesterday online by the Express-News talks about the series of events on Tuesday night and how the online change took place, comparing what happened at the capitol with a football game.

In football, the game is not over when the clock runs out if a play has been started -- it ends when the play is over, which is how it works in the Senate.

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Special Session (Part Deux)
11:47 am
Wed June 26, 2013

SB5 Fails To Pass Before Midnight, But Another Special Session Is Expected

TPR News

The attempted filibuster by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, slipped off the rails, but Democrats were still able to defeat the legislation with a little help from citizens who packed the state capitol.

Davis’ filibuster lasted about 11 hours, until the strict filibuster rules of the Texas Legislature allowed Republicans to end her attempt to block the bill just short of the midnight deadline.

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