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  • Bill Bennett on Common Core: “More Cow Bell”

    02/04/2015 10:35:41 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/04/15 | Rob Cunningham
    No amount of false bravado, professorial sounding outrage or political denials can erase the truth about Common Core Dr. William J. (Bill) Bennett, former Secretary of Education under President Ronald Reagan from 1986 to 1988, advocates for Common Core in a CNN op-ed published on Dec. 2, 2014, and as recently as Feb. 1, 2015, in a televised debate with Texas Governor Greg Abbott. In his CNN op-ed, Dr. Bennett concludes that because America “offers no better alternative”, we should accept Common Core. His argument dovetails closely with establishment Republican and Democrat ideology; one imbedded with flawed logic, compounded falsehoods...
  • Hey, NYC! The mayor has his fingers on your volume control

    03/07/2013 9:10:45 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | March 7, 2013 | The New York Post
    <p>Mayor Bloomberg - who has already cracked down on smoking, trans fats, salt and super-sized drinks - is embarking on a new crusade: preventing New Yorkers from going deaf.</p> <p>Hizzoner's health officials are planning a social-media campaign to warn young people about the risk of losing their hearing from listening to music at high volume on personal MP3 players, The Post has learned.</p>
  • I just voted for Goode (Constitution Party)

    11/06/2012 8:40:45 AM PST · by fishtank · 137 replies
    11-6-2012 | fishtank
    I voted for Virgil Goode.
  • Constitution Party candidate calls for deep cuts during Cheyenne stop [ Virgil Goode ]

    08/09/2012 8:55:33 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 31 replies ^ | Aug 9 2012 |
    Former Virginia congressman Virgil Goode says voters should turn to a third party if they want real change in the nation. By Trevor Brown CHEYENNE -- Voters need to look to a third party if they want to see real change for the country, Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode says. A former congressman from Virginia, Goode stopped here Wednesday during a campaign swing through Wyoming. “If America wants a true grassroots president who will answer the telephone from somebody sitting in this audience … as quick as they would take a call from somebody like Warren Buffett or...
  • Presidential hopeful to be investigated for “suspected petition fraud” [ Virgil Goode ]

    08/07/2012 7:24:22 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 13 replies ^ | Aug 7 2012 | Chris Westfall
    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) — Monday the State Board of Elections voted unanimously for the Attorney General’s office to investigate forms submitted by Virgil Goode in his attempt to appear on the ballot as a presidential candidate. A spokesperson for the board confirmed the request and that the Attorney General’s involvement. Goode is a former congressman running for president under the “Constitution Party.” He will appear on the ballot in many other states, but he has yet to qualify for his home state of Virginia. Virgil Goode represented Virginia’s 5th congressional district until he was defeated by Democrat Tom Perriello in...
  • Virginia’s Goode could be Romney’s undoing

    07/24/2012 6:28:39 PM PDT · by xzins · 264 replies
    Human Events ^ | 7/23/2012 | John Gizzi
    While many on the right fear that Constitution Party presidential candidate Virgil Goode might just draw enough votes in his native Virginia to tip the Old Dominion’s 14 electoral votes from Mitt Romney to Barack Obama, the former six-term congressman made it clear he doesn’t care. Goode, in fact, feels that “in many ways, for conservatives, it might be better to have Obama as president next year rather than Romney.” The 65-year-old Goode spoke to Human Events last week as he and his supporters were in the process of gathering the 10,000 signatures they need to submit before the Aug....
  • Rick Perry -- A Sadly Failed POTUS Job Interview ...

    11/13/2011 11:35:41 AM PST · by Patton@Bastogne · 22 replies
    N / A ^ | 2011-11-14 | Patton-at-Bastogne
    . Rick Perry -- A Sadly Failed POTUS Job Interview ... Politics is a brutal profession. Just ask George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Harry Truman, and George Bush (41 and 43). However, it's merely just another profession, in many ways no different from Accounting, Engineering, and Medicine. With the professional perks likewise come the required "Stand and Deliver" moments, such as Annual Reports, Board Meetings, Project Proposals, and Engineering Design Reviews. However, the "premier" stand-and-deliver moment is the Job Interview. All other professional moments pale to insignificance. A successful Job Interview is the gateway to all the other professional accomplishments, perks...
  • Perry and Gingrich inch their way back to form new second tier

    11/06/2011 8:16:51 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 76 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11-04-2011 | Aaron Blake
    Perry and Gingrich inch their way back to form new second tier Aaron Blake November 4, 2011 Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have recovered some of the ground that they lost and are back in double digits in the GOP presidential race, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.The two men now make up, along with Rep. Ron Paul (Texas), a pretty distinct new second tier in a race that hasn’t really had defined tiers until now — apart from the top tier, of course.The two men have now positioned themselves as potential beneficiaries if Herman Cain ’s problems...
  • Steve Forbes: Rick Perry will win the Republican nomination

    10/29/2011 11:42:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 103 replies
    The State Column ^ | Oct., 27, 2011 | Staff
    Former presidential candidate and current media mogul Steve Forbes said Thursday the Texas Republican governor Rick Perry is likely to capture the Republican presidential nomination. "He was good on taxes and spending in Texas; he was very good on tort reform. Texas has been a cesspool for injury lawyers, and he made major changes - and the proof of it was they all moved to Oklahoma. And obviously I like his ideas on a flat tax. I think he genuinely wants to get the thing done. So it seems to be a good combination," Mr. Forbes said in an interview...
  • Perry's Problem: Voters Think He's a Major A-Hole

    10/26/2011 7:27:45 PM PDT · by Brookhaven · 99 replies
    red state ^ | 10-28-11 | brookhaven
    The Washington Post ran a story today about a group of Ohio voters here.  While the story centered around Herman Cain, there was a section buried deep in the story that offered an amazing insight into Rick Perry's current problems.  At one point, Hart asked the participants to think back to fifth grade and the types of students they had encountered. From a list that included descriptions such as “teacher’s pet,” “loner,” “hard worker,” “nerd” and “know it all,” Hart asked them to write down which most applied to Cain, to Romney, to Perry and to Obama. The majority described Cain...
  • Perry Proposes 20 Percent Flat Tax

    10/24/2011 8:07:43 PM PDT · by Lazlo in PA · 142 replies
    National Journal ^ | 10-24-11 | Alex Roarty and Rebecca Kaplan
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry unveiled a sweeping economic agenda Monday highlighted by a plan to level a voluntary 20 percent “flat tax” on all taxpayers who will accept it in place of what they’re paying now.
  • Stumbles aside, Perry to remain a top contender

    10/03/2011 8:09:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 99 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 10-3-2011 | Analysis
    Stumbles aside, Perry to remain a top contender Advantages outweigh setbacks October 3, 2011 Although Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been hurt by poor debate and straw-poll performances - and in recent days by associations with a racial slur - top Republican officials think he nonetheless can survive the blows and remain a major contender for the party’s presidential nomination. These party officials, whose neutrality in nomination contests requires their anonymity in discussing the candidates, have told The Washington Times that the structure of the 2012 primary race, funding advantages and weaknesses in other candidates mean Mr. Perry can hang...
  • Rick Perry Says I Have No Heart

    09/22/2011 9:59:08 PM PDT · by kevinaw2 · 103 replies
    Ward World ^ | 09/23/2011 | Kevin A Ward
    I have desperately been waiting for a true conservative to step up to the plate and win me over. I had thought Rick Perry was the guy. On the issues as a whole I’m in Perry’s corner. I would prefer his position on the issues to go forward as our standard, but then there was his defense of Texas’ “Dream Act”. I respect Rick Perry defending his position on illegal immigration. He stuck to his guns despite its being a liability in Republican primaries. Most voters disagree with him, but he defended it. Ok. That’s why we have debates after...
  • Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism

    09/21/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 68 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Jennifer Rubin
    Mitt Romney may not be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest problem. The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years, may claim that title. Its Web site’s homepage features a quote from its Crony Capitalism report: “As Texas Governor Rick Perry’s influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011.
  • Morning Jay: Does it Matter that Perry Was a Democrat?

    09/09/2011 8:36:10 AM PDT · by freespirited · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 09/09/11 | Jay Cost
    Since Rick Perry has surged to the front of the GOP pack, questions have been raised about his past membership in the Democratic party, which ended in 1989. Ron Paul recently posted a pretty hard-hitting web video blasting Perry for having backed Al Gore in 1988, and Joe Scarborough – MSNBC’s token Republican – made some snarky comments about Perry last week. Is there anything to this criticism? I don’t think so. Let's remember that Perry is not the first former Democrat to run for the Republican nomination. He's not even the first from Texas. He's the third. John Connally...
  • Perry’s rugged Texan image can send conflicting message

    09/01/2011 1:22:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 31, 2011 | Maggie Galehouse
    [excerpt of ONE analysis in the article that includes an "executive imager," and "sociology and urban research" professors who pick over Gov. Rick Perry and rural people] [snip] ...Perry is a “no” man, says James Hoggard, an author and English professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. “He fits into what Stuart Chase, a political economist, called ‘no’ men and ‘yes’ men. ‘No’ men tend to be associated with a rural or an agrarian society, which means they’re farmers and they’re going to be working by themselves as opposed to in groups, the way people in towns work. ‘Yes’...
  • Poll shows Gov. Perry tied for the GOP lead in N.C.

    08/22/2011 10:29:19 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 35 replies
    North Carolina News Network ^ | August 22, 2011 | Josh Zach/David Horn
    (RALEIGH) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been in the Presidential race for barely more than a week, but Tom Jensen with Public Policy Polling said a recent round of polling in North Carolina and Colorado already ranks Perry close to deserving front runner status. "We're already finding Perry tied for the lead in both North Carolina and Colorado and these polls were conducted before he even officially entered the race," said Jensen. In North Carolina Perry is in a three way tie with Mitt Romney and Sarah Palin. Each getting 17-percent. Perry also led a poll conducted in Virginia...
  • Rick Perry first to comment - cautiously - on Libya

    08/22/2011 10:10:57 AM PDT · by caroline2005nc · 29 replies
    Politico ^ | August 22, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    The Texas governor is first out of the gate with a statement commenting on Muammar Qadhafi's imminent demise, but not taking a position on the overall wisdom in the mission in Libya (and using a spelling of Qadhafi that I have not seen before): "The crumbling of Muammar Ghadafi’s reign, a violent, repressive dictatorship with a history of terrorism, is cause for cautious celebration. "The lasting impact of events in Libya will depend on ensuring rebel factions form a unified, civil government that guarantees personal freedoms, and builds a new relationship with the West where we are allies instead of...
  • Rick Perry: The Democrat Years

    08/17/2011 6:59:46 AM PDT · by nixonsnose · 106 replies · 1+ views
    Texas Tribune ^ | 7-14-11 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry, a no-apologies conservative known for slashing government spending and opposing all tax increases, is about as Republican as you can get. But that wasn’t always the case. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat, in a somewhat forgotten history that is sure to be revived and scrutinized by Republican opponents if he decides to run for president. A raging liberal he was not. Elected to represent a slice of rural West Texas in the state House of Representatives in 1984, Perry, a young rancher and cotton farmer, gained an early reputation as a...
  • Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

    08/16/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/11 6:32 PM EDT | Bob King
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988. In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”
  • Rick Perry Official Announcement: He is running for president (LIVE THREAD)

    08/13/2011 10:23:41 AM PDT · by Clairity · 557 replies · 1+ views
    FoxNews ^ | Aug 13, 2011 | Rick Perry
    1 pm EDT -- moments from now -- awaiting Perry speech announcing he is officially running for president
  • Last night's big winnner? Easy -- Rick Perry

    08/12/2011 1:07:19 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 88 replies
    Renew America ^ | 8-12-2011 | Bryan Fischer - Commentary
    Last night's big winnner? Easy -- Rick Perry Bryan Fischer August 12, 2011 The big winner in last night's GOP debate was Rick Perry. This is for the simple reason that no one else won. The race from this point forward is Rick Perry and the Eight Dwarves. The exchange between Pawlenty and Bachmann was spirited, and there was nothing inappropriate about it. Politics ain't beanbag, as Lincoln famously observed. It's a contact sport, and part of what you must do in the primary season is distinguish yourself from your competitors. You have to throw some elbows to do that....
  • The Rick Perry I Know

    08/07/2011 4:24:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | August 5, 2011 | Matthew Dowd
    In 1986, I was running the Texas Democratic Party primary, and in walked an attractive rancher who submitted his filing to run as a Democrat for state representative for a district in rural West Texas. That rancher is now the state’s Republican governor, Rick Perry. I have known him for 25 years off and on, and I know his staff very well. And Perry is about to become a dominant force in the Republican nomination process for president. Nearly a year ago, I wrote a column for National Journal saying that we need to watch out for Perry, that he...
  • Pro-Perry group says rivals shut them out in Iowa

    07/21/2011 10:52:46 AM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Politico ^ | 7/21/11 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    A pro-Rick Perry independent expenditure group, which is now putting some focus on other early states, says it was denied a booth on the grounds of the Ames Straw Poll because the governor's potential rivals didn't want it to happen.Bob Schuman, the main organizer for Americans for Rick Perry, made the charge in an interview with the Texas Tribune:Schuman said the declared candidates in the contest did not want the party to give any space to Americans for Rick Perry on the grounds at Iowa State University in Ames, where the event will be held. He said Iowa GOP officials...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • Rick Perry has “huge” opening as many in GOP establishment remain uncommitted

    07/12/2011 1:52:31 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 60 replies ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 1:58 PM | Philip Rucker and Perry Bacon Jr.
    As he weighs whether to jump into the 2012 Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been dialing GOP establishment bigwigs across the country. In phone calls that sometimes stretch more than a half hour, Perry asks the same questions: Is the door open for a new candidate? And how wide is it open? Perry is finding that a vast reservoir of the Republican Party establishment — broadly defined to include elected officials, donors, strategists and activists whose support fuels presidential campaigns — is so far untapped, according to interviews conducted Monday and Tuesday with 19 major donors, strategists...
  • Perry calling Iowa activists as potential donors convene

    07/08/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Rick Perry has started calling Iowa Republicans and a former RNC finance chairman is helping to convene a meeting of national donors later this month in Austin to discuss financing a potential 2012 campaign — signs that the Texas governor and his allies are stepping up their exploratory efforts. The developments come as Perry is being watched by a string of donors, early-state voters and elites who say they're disenchanted, and in search of a stronger candidate. Continue Reading Republican activist Joni Scotter told POLITICO she got a surprise phone call this afternoon from Perry, asking about the political landscape...
  • Lawmaker who endorsed Romney now behind draft-Perry movement

    07/02/2011 1:25:32 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 1, 2011 | Alex Pappas
    A California lawmaker who endorsed Mitt Romney for president has now signed a letter asking Texas Gov. Rick Perry to get in the 2012 race. The Los Angeles Times reported that Assemblyman Paul Cook, a Yucaipa Republican, joined more than 20 people in signing the letter. The paper added that “more potential Romney defectors may sign the letter in coming days, according to a GOP source familiar with the meeting.” (GOP candidates’ fundraising starts slowly) Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, is viewed by many as the closest thing to the front-runner in the crowded race.
  • Top UT officials under fire (Gov Rick Perry tackling Big Education)

    07/01/2011 2:53:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 18 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2011 | MELISSA LUDWIG
    Rick O'Donnell, a former special adviser to the University of Texas System who received a $70,000 settlement, this week skewered top UT officials for trying to block the release of faculty productivity data, accusing them of orchestrating a scare campaign to pit donors and alumni against regents pushing for changes at the system. He also took shots at state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who chairs the higher education committee, saying she went to bat for university brass due to overly cozy relations between lawmakers and public universities. Faculty and administrators "basically want to be left alone," O'Donnell said. "They push...
  • Sideline player could emerge as GOP 'superhero'

    06/26/2011 7:13:53 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | June 26, 2011 | Salena Zito
    Whether Gov. Rick Perry of Texas takes the stage wearing a suit or jeans, he walks with a confident swagger in cowboy boots. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie owns any stage because of his blunt talk and seemingly unpopular remedies. Outspoken former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin breaks political stereotypes with her unpredictability. These three share something: They are popular Republicans who are not seeking the party's 2012 presidential nomination — yet. Republican voters and political strategists lately are speculating whether one of the three might be a better choice than any of eight declared GOP contenders. People are thinking about...
  • Why It Will Be President Perry in 2013

    06/25/2011 10:00:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 111 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall ^ | 6-26-2011 | Kevin McCullough
    June 26, 2011 Why It Will Be President Perry in 2013 By Kevin McCullough 6/26/2011   Current Texas Governor Rick Perry will, in all likelihood, be President of the United States in January of 2013.    Having already said that on Fox News and the nationally syndicated Mancow Radio Experience, I guess it's time for me to now put into print what I see forming in front of me.    So I did.   I did this in December 2006 too. I was the first pundit to predict that Barack Obama would be President, and I said that would...
  • Is Rick Running? (GOP source says yes)

    06/23/2011 2:25:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies ^ | June 23, 2011 | James Freeman
    A Republican campaign veteran tells us that Texas Governor Rick Perry has decided to run for President, though the official word from Team Perry is still a definite maybe. Our normally reliable Republican source reports that Mr. Perry has surveyed the field and decided to get in the race later this summer, perhaps around the time of the national prayer meeting that Mr. Perry is hosting on August 6 at a Houston football stadium. Our source also reports that Mr. Perry is aiming to compete in the Iowa Straw Poll, even though it occurs just a week later, on August...
  • Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry

    06/22/2011 1:36:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 42 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 6-22-2011 | Jeffrey T. Kuhner - Commentary
    Wednesday, June 22, 2011 Great Middle American revolt gives rise to Bachmann, Perry Jeffrey T. Kuhner The winds of change are blowing. A political rebellion is brewing. The 2012 Republican presidential nomination is taking place within historic times: The decline and fall of big-government liberalism. President Obama’s attempt to transform America is finally creating a powerful backlash. The Obama presidency lies in rubble; failure has been its defining characteristic. The country is facing an economic crisis. Unemployment is high. Growth is anemic. Gas prices are sky-high. America is choking on its debt. We are bogged down in three failed wars....
  • Rick Perry.. the next President?

    06/21/2011 9:56:54 PM PDT · by ConservativeMan55 · 88 replies
    Maybe some of our fellow Freepers down in Texas can tell us about this guy? I believe he's going to run. And if he runs.. what kind of chance does he have? He seems even slicker and more polished than Romney. And what's up with Perry attending the Bilderberg meeting????????????
  • Is it too late for Rick Perry to get into presidential race? (Make his mark on the forms?)

    06/20/2011 12:11:47 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | June 20, 2011 | By Peter Grier
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry sounds more like a presidential candidate by the day. This weekend he gave a rousing speech at the Republican Leadership Conference in which he blasted the Obama administration as a bunch of smarty-pants busy-bodies. “They clearly think they know best,” said Governor Perry. “And let me tell you, I vehemently disagree. They don’t know best.” As he kept speaking he was interrupted by audience members chanting “Run Rick, Run!” But here’s a question: Is it too late for Gov. Perry to throw his drawl into the ring? It gets late early when it comes to running...
  • Texas Governor Sounds Like A Candidate in Speech to Republican Gathering

    06/20/2011 10:54:17 AM PDT · by CNSNews · 20 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 6/20/11 | Susan Jones
    ( – A standing ovation and cries of “Run, Rick, Run” greeted Texas Gov. Rick Perry following his campaign-like speech to a gathering of conservatives in New Orleans on Saturday. Addressing the Republican Leadership Conference, Perry wasted no time in criticizing the Obama administration for believing that government is the answer to every need and is most qualified to make essential decisions for individual Americans. “That mix of arrogance and audacity that guides the Obama administratino is an affront to every freedom loving American and a threat to every private sector job in this country.”
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry Wows GOP Crowd, Sets Stage For 2012 (Video)

    06/19/2011 11:01:57 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 50 replies
    RightPundits ^ | 6-19-2011 | Andrew Zarowny
    Texas Governor Rick Perry Wows GOP Crowd, Sets Stage For 2012 by Andrew Zarowny June 19, 2011 On Saturday, Texas Governor Rick Perry delivered the keynote address in New Orleans at the Republican Leadership Conference. Some 2,000 party activists from 38 states attended, hearing from several 2012 GOP presidential candidates on Friday as they argued why they want to replace Barack Obama in the White House. But no speech came close to getting the positive response as Perry did on Saturday. When finished, Rick Perry was met with chants of “Run, Rick, Run!” and “Perry 2012!” The highlights of Rick...
  • Perry Road-Tests A Stump Speech

    06/18/2011 4:46:29 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 76 replies
    National Journal ^ | 18 Jun 2011 | Reid Wilson
    NEW ORLEANS, La.--Republican activists have waited all week to see a front-running presidential candidate. When Texas Gov. Rick Perry took the stage Saturday, they may have finally gotten their glimpse. In a 20-minute address to about 2,000 activists at the Republican Leadership Conference, Perry decried the Obama administration and even Republicans he blamed for "apologizing" while touting his own record with remarks that sounded conspicuously like a stump speech. "This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions...
  • Run, Rick, Run!

    06/18/2011 1:09:31 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 196 replies · 1+ views
    Scripps News ^ | 06/16/2011 | Delroy Murdock
    Four summers ago, 73 percent of Republicans were satisfied with the candidates seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Now, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed on Wednesday, only 45 percent of Republicans are happy with today's 2012 contenders. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 61, could cure the GOP's ennui. As America's economy slumbers, Perry tells a stimulating story about Texas' pro-market growth and job creation, two subjects that top the American mind. Between January 2001 and June 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates, Texas' non-farm employment grew from 9,542,400 in January 2001, when Perry took office, to 10,395,800 in...
  • US Republicans eyeing Texas governor for president

    06/18/2011 12:50:30 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 130 replies
    AFP ^ | June 18, 2011 | Olivier Knox
    NEW ORLEANS — Four years after George W. Bush left the White House, some US Republicans are pinning their hopes on his successor as Texas governor to triumph over President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. Governor Rick Perry, who has openly flirted with running and said he will decide soon whether to throw his hat in the ring, was due Saturday to address delegates to an influential Republican Party gathering in this party city. Perry isn't on the Southern Republican Leadership Conference straw poll ballot, but some of the delegates here say they like what they have seen so...
  • Rick Perry is not the second coming of Bush

    06/16/2011 12:01:31 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies · 1+ views
    PJ Tatler ^ | June 5, 2011 | Bryan Preston
    NRO is abuzz with Gov. Perry’s New York swing, with posts by Rich Lowry, Brian Bolduc and Stanley Kurtz. They all seem to be pretty impressed with our governor. It’s always interesting to see how folks outside Texas respond to Texas politicians, which can be an acquired taste. Perry is a memorable speaker. As Kurtz says, he tends to act out what he says, using his face and his arms to create drama and laughs. There’s more than a dash of prairie preacher, and a lot of the Aggie yell leader, in Rick Perry. And as Lowry notes, he can...
  • Would 'Texas fatigue' hurt a Rick Perry presidential bid?

    06/16/2011 2:21:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    The Republic ^ | June 16, 2011 | Todd J. Gillman The Dallas Morning News
    NEW YORK — When George W. Bush left office, countless pundits proclaimed — if not in so many words — that it would be a chilly July in Dallas before Americans sent another Texan to the White House. And sure enough, that argument is prominent in discussion of Gov. Rick Perry's potential presidential bid. But with Republicans still searching for a front-runner, and Perry flirting with a run, Texas fatigue may prove less enduring than predicted. "Why not? Listen, anything's better than Obama," said Philip Ragusa, the Republican chairman in Queens, just across the river from Manhattan, where Perry headlined...
  • Caption Mayor Bloomberg

    11/03/2009 12:16:49 PM PST · by Lucky9teen · 33 replies · 1,365+ views
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg exits a voting booth in New York November 3, 2009. Mayor Bloomberg appeared headed to victory over Democrat Bill Thompson after engineering a rules change to allow him to run for a third term and spending millions of his own money on his campaign. As of last month, the billionaire mayor had spent $85 million to Thompson's $6 million.
  • Mayor Bloomberg was a finalist to be Sen. John McCain's running mate, says book

    08/04/2009 12:08:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 30 replies · 1,180+ views
    The New York Daily News ^ | 2009-08-04 | Adam Lisberg
    Mayor Bloomberg said Tuesday he never thought he was on the short list to be Republican Sen. John McCain's running mate last year -- even though a new book claims he was one of the six finalists for the coveted slot. McCain's staff took Bloomberg's chances seriously, the book claims -- especially when they were told to set up a short podium for the still-secret vice-presidential candidate. "When I told them to lower it for someone who was 5-7, they thought it was Bloomberg," McCain aide Davis White says in "The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary...
  • His Way or The Highway (Rick Perry's approach to road building)

    12/29/2006 4:21:21 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 100 replies · 1,640+ views
    Houston Freeways ^ | December 2006 | Paul Burka (Texas Monthly)
    Every day I can look out the window of my office in downtown Austin and watch traffic creep along Interstate 35, half a mile away. The time of day doesn’t seem to matter, nor does the weather: morning or evening, wet or dry, the snarl persists. Part of this is due to the unwieldy design of the downtown exit and entrance ramps, but the main reason is the volume of traffic, much of it commercial. I dread the drive to Dallas, which I last made on the Friday afternoon before the Texas-Oklahoma football game – surely the worst day of...
  • Perry touts session to voters (Texas)

    05/24/2006 8:20:56 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 74 replies · 612+ views
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has launched a statewide campaign ad, touting property tax cuts accomplished during the special session that ended last week. The 30-second ad, shot by Weeks & Co., will play in major markets for an undetermined period. Text: (Mr. Perry, standing in front of a frame house with a Texas flag) "A $15 billion property tax cut and more money for schools. We kept our promise to you. The average homeowner will receive a $2,000 tax cut. Every teacher will receive a well-deserved pay raise. We closed corporate loopholes and created new protections to keep taxes...