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  • Michele Bachmann Jumps the Shark by Suggesting HPV Vaccine Can Cause "Mental Retardation"

    09/13/2011 3:24:23 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 159 replies ^ | 9/13/11 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Perry goofed up by using an executive order on the Gardasil -- there's no question he goofed up on it -- instead of taking it to the Texas legislature. He's admitted that over and over again. I think one of the reasons that Perry gets tired is that he had all the questions. He had to answer every question three or four times last night, and he did it smiling. I tell you, I would have probably (by the third or fourth time they came at me on this) have said, "What more do you need to hear on...
  • Gardasil and the GOP

    09/13/2011 2:48:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 188 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | September 13, 2011 | Henry I. Miller
    More than an hour into last night’s debate, Rep. Michele Bachmann attacked Gov. Rick Perry on the HPV vaccination controversy — or more accurately pseudo-controversy. It stems from an executive order issued by Perry in 2007 that required all Texas girls to receive Gardasil, a vaccine against the most common strains of human papilloma virus, before entering the sixth grade. However, Texas lawmakers blocked that mandate. Some critics argued that the vaccine was too new to have been confirmed safe, while others said that Perry’s order would preempt parental rights or give girls a false sense of security, possibly causing...
  • The right and wrong way to talk about Gardasil; Update: A really, really stupid attack on Palin

    09/13/2011 2:33:50 PM PDT · by rintense · 20 replies · 1+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 09/13/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Its a freakingly obvious night and day difference Perrys MANDATE on families and the MANDATE on insurers going over the heads of the state legislature versus the Palin administrations decision to accept federal subsidies to increase access to those who choose to take it. (Note: Gardasil is not and never has been mandated in the state of Alaska.) Preston also objects to indirect costs imposed by the Palin administrations program on taxpayers outside the state. Newsflash: The Perry executive order would have ordered Texas health officials to use federal Medicaid funding to cover the vaccine for young women ...
  • Perry understates Mercks campaign donations around HPV vaccine order

    09/13/2011 1:32:15 PM PDT · by TLI · 51 replies
    The Washington Independant ^ | 09.13.11 | Mary Tuma
    During Monday nights CNN/Tea Party GOP debate, Republican presidential contender Michele Bachmann took aim at Gov. Rick Perrys 2007 executive order requiring middle school girls to be vaccinated against the human papilloma virus (HPV), the most frequent sexually transmitted disease and a leading cause of cervical cancer. Bachmann called out Perrys financial ties to Merck & Co., the manufacturer of the vaccine, Gardasil a group, she said, that stood to gain from the order. Bachmann insinuated the governors decision may have been swayed by the companys donations to his campaign. We cannot forget that in the midst of this...
  • Michele Bachmann: Accidental Kamikaze

    09/13/2011 12:51:57 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 133 replies
    RedState ^ | September 13, 2011 | streiff
    Ive been leaning towards Rick Perry for a few weeks with Michele Bachmann as my second choice if he implodes. My first preference didnt change last night but my second place choice did. Last night Michele Bachmann lost my support. She not only lost it for consideration as a presidential nominee, she lost it period. Full stop. In my view she beclowned herself beyond redemption and the sooner she disappears from the national stage the better. For reasons that seem to have more to do with being behind Ron Paul in the polls and trying to scab some of the...
  • Palin takes aim at GOP presidential candidates

    09/13/2011 7:41:38 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 399 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 12, 2011 | Josh Lederman
    Palin even went as far as to lend her voice to the charge leveled by Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) during the debate against Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R): That he allowed a law to go though requiring HPV vaccinations for adolescent girls because of a $5,000 campaign donation and his relationship with his former chief of staff, who went on to lobby for a pharmaceutical company. "I knew there was something to it," Palin said of learning while she was Alaska's governor that her Texas counterpart had given the go-ahead to the vaccine. "Now we're finding that now, yea, something...
  • The right and wrong way to talk about Gardasil; Update: A really, really stupid attack on Palin

    09/13/2011 12:27:11 PM PDT · by Anamnesis · 110 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/13/11 | Michelle Malkin
    The right and wrong way to talk about Gardasil; Update: A really, really stupid attack on Palin Tweet By Michelle Malkin  •  September 13, 2011 11:42 AM A month ago, I was “fringe” for spotlighting Rick Perry’s Gardasil problem. As I said then, it’s not just a “single-issue,” one-off problem. It’s about his instincts, judgment, non-apology apology, and ethics.For everyone still catching up, here’s my column from a month ago.Now, Gardasil is the search word of the day. And there’s a new development.After successfully highlighting Perry’s troubling abuse of executive power during last night’s debate, Michele Bachmann risks blowing it with some...
  • Opposing HPV Vaccine "Unethical" - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center President

    09/13/2011 11:03:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 216 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 13, 2011 | Reeve Hamilton
    Gov. Rick Perry's 2007 attempt to require that girls in Texas be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, commonly known as HPV, has become a political hot potato. But Dr. Ronald DePinho, the new president of MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, says the vaccine is not just sound but "one of the great scientific advances in the history of medicine." In last night's GOP presidential debate, Perry faced repeated criticism from other candidates for his HPV push. Michele Bachmann said it was flat out wrong to require that innocent little 12-year-old girls be forced to have a government injection through...
  • The right and wrong way to talk about Gardasil

    09/13/2011 10:11:03 AM PDT · by Lakeshark · 106 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 9/13/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    A month ago, I was fringe for spotlighting Rick Perrys Gardasil problem. As I said then, its not just a single-issue, one-off problem. Its about his instincts, judgment, non-apology apology, and ethics. For everyone still catching up, heres my column from a month ago. Now, Gardasil is the search word of the day. And theres a new development. After successfully highlighting Perrys troubling abuse of executive power during last nights debate, Michele Bachmann risks blowing it with some factually inaccurate assertions. Shes RIGHT on the principles, wrong on some of the details. She needs to stay on message and stick...
  • Negative Reactions to Gardasil

    09/13/2011 9:58:04 AM PDT · by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Negative Reactions to Gardasil I think it would be interesting to see if anyone knows someone who had a negative outcome from this vaccine. I dont think the gov or the drug company would necessarily do everything to get this info out there. I have a 22 year old neighbor girl who was healthy as a horse who within 2 weeks of this vaccination has basically been a quad for the last several years. Anyone else know anyone who has had a negative reaction to this?
  • Vanity: Opting out of Vaccinations: Texas vs Alaska (Current as of 2009: Easier in Texas)

    09/12/2011 10:50:27 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 35 replies
    In Texas: "An affidavit signed by the applicant or, if a minor, by the applicant's parent or guardian stating that the applicant declines immunization for reasons of conscience, including a religious belief. A form must be obtained at the Health Department." In Alaska:"Statement by M.D., D.O., P.A, or advanced nurse practitioner stating that immunizations would be injurious to the health of the child or members of the child's family or household OR "Affidavit affirming immunization conflicts with "tenets and practices of the church or religious denomination of which the applicant is a member"
  • Greta Interview with Palin and Bachman: Disgusting innuendo about Perry

    09/12/2011 7:40:37 PM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 270 replies
    Self | Self
    I saw the GOP debate and the Greta interview with Palin and Bachman. I am absolutely against Perry's mandate of the Gardasil vaccine. On policy grounds. Period. But, to see the two ladies pile on with corruption charges against Perry was truly disgusting. If they have any proof that Perry mandated the vaccine to profit Merck, I am the first one who wants it. And, if proof emerges that he did so, I will be the first one to revoke my support for him. It happens in the industry all the time. Acquaintances get you an audience. So, in this...
  • Levin Says Rick Perry "Up there with (Candidates) Acceptable to Me," After Perry Call

    09/03/2011 4:04:09 PM PDT · by jessduntno · 129 replies
    Radio Show ^ | Yesterday | Mark Levin
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry called in to Mark Levin's radio show and the two had a wide-ranging conversation. Levin ended by saying, while he is not endorsing anyone yet for the GOP Nomination, Perry is "up there with candidates acceptable to me."
  • Steve Forbes: I'm Leaning Toward Perry Endorsement

    09/01/2011 9:26:08 PM PDT · by Clairity · 90 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Aug. 31, 2011 | Jim Meyers and Kathleen Walter
    Forbes magazine editor Steve Forbes says he "very impressed" with Texas Gov. Rick Perry and is leaning toward endorsing him for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. "Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, is now the front-runner. He's had a good record even though liberals are now trying to trash it, along with perhaps some of his GOP opponents," Forbes, a two-time presidential candidate, tells Newsmax. "He did some very good things in reforming their personal injury liability system, very very positive reforms. He encouraged energy production instead of states like California that discourage it, and refused to put in a...
  • AB 499 Passes CA Senate Permits Consent for STD Vaccinations by 12 year olds

    09/01/2011 9:31:17 PM PDT · by Fred · 25 replies
    Catholics for the Common Good ^ | 090111 | Catholics for the Common Good
    SACRAMENTO, CA, September 1, 2011--AB 499, the bill that permits 12 year old children to give consent without their parents' knowledge for vaccines or other medication to prevent sexually transmitted diseases, passed the CA Senate yesterday on a 22-17 vote. The Governor could take action on the bill any time between September 9 and October 9. Ask the governor to veto AB 499. (See how senators voted) This bill is one of the most egregious violations of parental rights, next to the right to provide abortions for minors without parent knowledge. If it passes, parents will have no right to...
  • Rick Perry loves big government and other true political stories

    09/01/2011 9:06:58 PM PDT · by Tempest · 191 replies
    WSJ Marketwatch ^ | Cody Willard
    I spoke to a group of politically active, so-called conservatives last week at a hotel here in my New Mexico hometown. One of the topics that kept coming up was whether I despised Texas Gov. Rick Perry as much as I despised most other candidates that the Republican/Democrat regime is trying to force me to pick from in the next election. Lets think through some deep thoughts and do fact-checking on Perry and the entire Left/Right paradigm as most people seem to see it right now: You can spend about five minutes on the governors official website confirming that Rick...
  • Vaccine Cleared Again as Autism Culprit

    08/27/2011 2:07:53 PM PDT · by neverdem · 74 replies
    NY Times ^ | August 25, 2011 | GARDINER HARRIS
    Yet another panel of scientists has found no evidence that a popular vaccine causes autism. But despite the scientists’ best efforts, their report is unlikely to have any impact on the frustrating debate about the safety of these crucial medicines. “The M.M.R. vaccine doesn’t cause autism, and the evidence is overwhelming that it doesn’t,” Dr. Ellen Wright Clayton, the chairwoman ... --snip-- The panel did conclude, however, that there are risks to getting the chickenpox vaccine that can arise years after vaccination. People who have had the vaccine can develop pneumonia, meningitis or hepatitis years later if the virus used...
  • Why CMA supported Perry's HPV vaccination order

    08/26/2011 10:46:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 54 replies · 1+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 26, 2011 | Bill Bumpas
    GOP presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking a lot of heat from some conservatives for issuing an executive order in 2007 that required middle-school-age girls to be vaccinated for HPV -- a sexually transmitted disease that is a main cause for cervical cancer. Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA), says his group sent a letter to Governor Perry at the time. While remaining neutral, the CMA told him they were not opposed to his mandate, as long it included an easy opt-out for parents -- which it did. "In most states, and Texas...
  • Have You Been Screwed by Rick Perry?

    08/25/2011 2:19:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 156 replies
    The Austin Chronicle ^ | August 26, 2011 | Michael King, Point Austin
    I'm sure most of you have been checking your old date books to determine whether you've ever had sex with Rick Perry. Of course, you might not remember, since Perry's talents as a paramour likely mirror his narcissistic approach to public policy. That sort of foolishness is brought to you courtesy of Robert Morrow, the Austinite who garnered national coverage last week with his full-page Chronicle ad requesting leads on the new presidential candidate's sex life. For the record, Morrow placed his ad (and alerted other publications) on his own; this news desk read it when our readers did. Morrow's...
  • 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...
  • Perry's health policy perspective

    08/20/2011 3:08:58 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 92 replies
    The Hill ^ | August 18, 2011 | Benjamin Domenech, research fellow at The Heartland Institute
    With Texas Gov. Rick Perrys entry into the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, its worth taking a look at his views on health care, which remains one of the most critical domestic policy challenges facing the nation, and one where the next president will have a game-changing impact on the nations future. Perrys actions have made his position clear. He has consistently opposed President Barack Obamas health care law, has joined the state lawsuit against the individual mandate, declined to participate in the new federal high-risk pools, and made public his refusal to create a state-level health insurance exchange mandated by...
  • The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry

    08/19/2011 7:30:37 AM PDT · by onyx · 210 replies
    C4P ^ | August 19, 2011 | Stacey Drake
    The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry Posted on August 19 2011 - 9:14 AM - Posted by: Stacy Drake After his announcement last weekend, Rick Perry’s record has come under considerable scrutiny from the media and the blogs. One of the most notable items of discussion has been about an executive order that Perry signed, mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil. It was so controversial that the Texas State Legislature stepped in and repealed the law just weeks after Perry had pushed it through.Tuesday evening, Michelle Malkin published a very detailed column about Perry’s...
  • The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry

    08/19/2011 7:09:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Conservatives 4 Palin ^ | August 19 2011 | Stacy Drake
    After his announcement last weekend, Rick Perrys record has come under considerable scrutiny from the media and the blogs. One of the most notable items of discussion has been about an executive order that Perry signed, mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil. It was so controversial that the Texas State Legislature stepped in and repealed the law just weeks after Perry had pushed it through.Tuesday evening, Michelle Malkin published a very detailed column about Perrys Gardasil mandate. She wrote: In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl...
  • Perry Says Vaccine Order Was Mistake

    08/18/2011 12:47:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 99 replies
    WSJ ^ | 081811 | ALICIA MUNDY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, under questioning from voters in recent days, has switched positions on a 2007 executive order he issued mandating the vaccination of all young girls before they enter sixth grade to ward off cervical cancer. Mr. Perry's order that Texas school girls receive the vaccine, Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., was overturned by the state legislature and never got off the ground. But it still has roiled conservatives and Christian groups for years. After long defending the decision, Mr. Perry has apologized repeatedly for the order since launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. As...
  • Ten things about Rick Perry that may worry some conservatives

    08/17/2011 9:24:25 PM PDT · by TBP · 205 replies ^ | August 2011 | Texas on the Potomac
    Rick Perry has counted on the staunch support of Texas conservatives during his two decades of statewide triumphs in Texas. Hes an anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, anti-Washington stalwart. Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of and a leader on the right since the days of Ronald Reagan, called Perry a committed conservative whose presidential announcement brought a wave of relief to conservatives. Then why are some conservative bloggers and activists warning others on the political right about a Perry presidential candidacy? Before Republicans start salivating too heavily, it is important to examine Perry closely, says conservative talk-show host David Zublick. His conservative...
  • Rick Perrys bad, Obama-style medicine

    08/17/2011 12:40:57 AM PDT · by bronxville · 185 replies ^ | 08-16-2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Rick Perrys bad, Obama-style medicine by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011 Texas, we have a problem. Your GOP governor is running for president against Barack Obama. Yet, one of his most infamous acts as executive of the nations second-largest state smacks of every worst habit of the Obama administration. And his newly crafted rationalizations for the atrocious decision are positively Clintonesque. In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available free...
  • Rick Perry admits HPV vaccine mandate a mistake

    08/15/2011 10:49:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/15/2011 | Ed Morrissey
    As Tim Pawlenty said early in the campaign, if you govern long enough, you’ll have a clunker or two on your record. The key to running for higher office is whether the candidate can acknowledge, explain, and if necessary apologize for them while maintaining credibility. Rick Perry faced that challenge in libertarian-tinged New Hampshire over a mandate he pushed to vaccinate young girls against the HPV virus, a cause of cervical cancer, a mandate that a friendly legislature overturned when Texans balked at the notion. Perry said he made a mistake, and the legislature took the right action: His third...
  • California mulls giving 12-year-olds STD vaccine Gardasil without parental consent

    08/12/2011 2:02:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 12, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    WASHINGTON, August 12, 2011 ( - The California legislature is now pushing through a bill to remove parental notification for children as young as 12 to receive the dangerous STD vaccine Gardasil. The American Life League reports that each treatment of the HPV vaccine Gardasil, has an average cost of over $360, a sum that would be footed by taxpayers. Gardasil, the most popular HPV vaccine, has been found to cause dangerous side effects and as many as twelve deaths in the United States alone. The state had attempted but failed in 2007 to mandate HPV vaccinations for all girls...
  • Dose of Reason: Perry and Gardasil

    08/12/2011 2:46:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 129 replies
    RIght Wing ^ | August 7, 2011 | bnuckols
    Bear with me, this isnt a sound bite subject. The Human Papilloma Virus is an infection, and should not be a moral issue. In contrast, the vaccine against four strains of the virus, Gardasil, has become a political issue, even though the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) now recommends it for all boys and girls. Governor Rick Perry has been criticized for his February, 2007 Executive Order that made the vaccine mandatory for girls before entering the 6th grade. Very little is said about the part of the EO that affirmed the right of and facilitated parents who wish...
  • Perry signs health care reform bill into law; TX 4th state to pass health care compacts bill

    08/10/2011 1:46:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 40 replies
    Texas Watch Dog ^ | July 18, 2011
    July 18, 2011: "With the signature of Gov. Rick Perry today, Texas has joined three other states stating their intention to enter into a health care compact. The compact, which would challenge the authority of the federal government to dictate the terms of the federally and state funded Medicaid program, was part of a wide-ranging health care reform bill, Senate Bill 7, passed by the Texas Legislature in its recently concluded special session. Georgia, Oklahoma and Missouri have already signed onto the compacts movement, with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon signing a bill into law on Thursday. The law establishes Texas,...
  • Pro-Rick Perry radio ads hit Iowa

    07/26/2011 5:06:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 99 replies
    Politico ^ | July 26, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    GrowPAC, a group founded by former New York Senate candidate David Malpass, will air radio ads in Iowa urging people to write Perry's name onto the Ames straw poll ballot. "President Obama is making things worse. We need a president who will stop this," Malpass says in the spot. "Iowa has a chance to turn things around for America. At the Ames Straw Poll write in Rick Perry, he can win and make America secure again. I worked for Ronald Reagan and I know how countries create growth and jobs. Lets give Rick Perry a chance." Continue Reading The 60-second...
  • Rick Perrys passion for states rights [not saying he's George Wallace but....)

    07/26/2011 1:36:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 25, 2011 | Michael Gerson
    ......The last attempt to campaign on the appeal of the 10th Amendment was made in 1996 by Bob Dole, who carried a well-worn version in his breast pocket. The strategy amounted to unilateral policy disarmament. While Bill Clinton described improvements in education and public safety, Dole talked of procedural limits on federal power. The domestic centerpiece of Doles campaign was a void, a negation. Given President Obamas record of federal overreach, the 10th Amendment may have more political appeal this time around. But the problem with a sweeping application of the amendment is not merely political. [snip] For the most...
  • Rick Perry's Gardasil Problem

    07/25/2011 4:37:40 PM PDT · by AHerald · 104 replies
    RealClearPolitics ^ | June 4, 2011 | Tom Bevan
    Gov. Perry chose to bypass the legislature and on Feb. 2, 2007, he issued an executive order making Texas the first state in the country requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the three-shot vaccination series (which cost about $120 per shot). ... The controversy over Perry's decision deepened as it came to light that his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck and that his chief of staff's mother-in-law, Rep. Dianne White Delisi, was the state director of an advocacy group bankrolled by Merck to push legislatures across the country to put forward bills mandating the Gardasil vaccine...
  • Rick Perry 2007 - Bill would overturn his [HPV Vaccine] mandate

    07/24/2011 10:56:30 AM PDT · by Mr Rogers · 68 replies
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | May 09, 2007 | Corrie MacLaggan
    Three months after Gov. Rick Perry ignited a firestorm by issuing an executive order to require schoolgirls to be vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, he is letting a bill go into law that will undo his mandate. In an emotional speech to reporters Tuesday, during which the governor surrounded himself with women whose lives have been affected by the cancer-causing infection, Perry laid blame for future cervical cancer deaths at the feet of lawmakers who supported the bill. Perry thanked the minority of legislators who voted against the bill and said, "No lost lives will occupy the confines of their...
  • American Way: Return of the Wimp Factor for Republicans

    07/23/2011 10:47:30 AM PDT · by Clairity · 8 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 23, 2011 | Toby Harnden
    Despite what's at stake in the debt ceiling negotiations, however, the Republican presidential candidates have been missing in action, preferring to stick to vapid talking points or, in the case of the frontrunner Mitt Romney, choosing not to comment at all on the different proposals being offered. Perry's machismo is much mocked. A popular Twitter account called rickperryfacts blasts out tongue-in-cheek examples such as "Rick Perry's boots weren't made for walkin'. They were made for kickin'" But for Republicans who see a vulnerable Obama and doubt whether a safety-first opponent can beat him, an injection of testosterone into the 2012...
  • 4 ways Rick Perry could shake up the GOP race

    07/21/2011 7:55:41 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 157 replies
    The Week ^ | 7-21-2011 | The List
    4 ways Rick Perry could shake up the GOP race The Texas governor is flirting with a run for the Republican presidential nomination and he'd arguably make the contest a lot more interesting July 21, 2011 Republicans disappointed with their party's current slate of presidential candidates are stepping up the pressure on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to enter the race. And it's looking increasingly likely that Perry will declare his candidacy soon. "I'm getting more and more comfortable every day that this is what I've been called to do," Perry told the Des Moines Register recently. "This is what...
  • New Website Builds Support Network for Perry Run

    07/21/2011 2:18:06 PM PDT · by wolfcreek · 12 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 7.21.2011 | Erin McPike
  • 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 : one of the most conservative Republican candidates

    07/19/2011 7:37:30 PM PDT · by Clairity · 109 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | July 19, 2011 | UK Telegraph
    Should Rick Perry conclude that voter discontent has left him an opening to enter the presidential race, the Texas governor would be among the Republican field's most conservative candidates. Rick Perry rejects the idea of global warming and the theory of evolution, arguing for natural climate variations and intelligent design of the universe. He branded Social Security and other New Deal safety net programmes "the second big step in the march of socialism," according to a book published last year. The "first step" was a national income tax, which he has said stands alongside the direct election of US senators...
  • Perry has troubled relationship with tea party

    07/19/2011 4:39:17 PM PDT · by truthfreedom · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 7/19/11 | April Castro
    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) In spite of his thundering speeches against big government, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a troubled relationship with the tea party, a rift increasingly obvious as he gets closer to a presidential bid. Tea party groups from New Hampshire to Texas are collaborating to criticize Perry's record on immigration, public health and spending and his former affiliation with the Democratic Party.
  • A Vaccine May Shield Boys Too (Gardasil )

    07/19/2011 10:12:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 67 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 18, 2011 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Snapshots of two clean-cut teenagers, a boy and a girl, stare out from a newspaper advertisement for the vaccine Gardasil. Boys can be affected by HPV disease too, says the bold headline. The ad urges parents to protect both your son and daughter. Until recently, Gardasil was a girls-only proposition. Approved for young women ages 9 to 26, the vaccine promised a great benefit: protection against four strains of sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV), including two that can lead to cancer of the cervix, vagina and vulva. Yet the vaccine has been a tough sell. It requires three shots, often...
  • Texas spending kept rising for years with Perry as governor [Figures don't lie, but liars...]

    07/17/2011 2:28:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies
    Star-Telegram ^ | July 16, 2011 | Aman Batheja,
    Gov. Rick Perry's political stock has soared in recent months as he has traveled the country touting a decade of fiscal restraint in Texas under his leadership. Last month, Perry made Texas history by signing a two-year state budget that cuts overall spending for the first time in over 40 years. Perry has long promoted the state's fiscal record as a model for the country and a key to why Texas has weathered the recession better than most other states. He has opposed new taxes and been vehemently anti-Washington, and his message is drawing interest among Republican primary voters nationwide....
  • Perry vs. Obama

    07/15/2011 12:32:25 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 33 replies
    Yes, But, However! ^ | July 15, 2011 | John Romano
    (YBH) Surely if the Republican party knows what is good for it, it will clear the path for Governor Rick Perry of Texas to take on President Obama next year. He is the guy. Texass economic story is amazing, especially compared to Barack Obamas performance with the economy. I know. I know. The naysayers will say Rick Perry loves Jeebus (the lefts name for Jesus Christ) too much. But Barack Obama loves Rev. Wright. Theyll say he lives in a mansion that costs the tax payers of Texas over $10,000 per month. Well Obama got away with a shady...
  • Perry answers the call, but what exactly is the message?

    07/15/2011 3:35:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies · 1+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | July 15, 2011 | Scott Stroud
    Maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that God called Rick Perry to serve in his present capacity, but I always thought the governor answered more directly to Houston home builder Bob Perry. As my colleague, Patricia Kilday Hart, reported Thursday, Perry the governor, not the home builder told a group involved in planning an Aug. 6 prayer rally in Houston that God "put me in this place at this time to do his will." Turns out some of that work involved too much government regulation and "a legal system that's run amok." Before we dismiss what the...
  • 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...
  • A tale of two governors: Florida's Rick Scott and Texas' Rick Perry

    07/11/2011 2:30:32 PM PDT · by Clairity · 13 replies
    Scott said he talks to his counterpart every two to three weeks. Florida Gov. Rick Scott: State jobless rate: 10.6 percent; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: State jobless rate: 8 percent. Florida Gov. Rick Scott: 7,000+ jobs lost at Kennedy Space Center due to shuttle end; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: 4,100 jobs lost at Johnson Space Center in Houston. [Obama is killing jobs in both Florida and Texas] Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Was a co-owner of the Texas Rangers; Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Dispatched Texas Rangers to protect U.S. border. Florida Gov. Rick Scott: Led the nation in job creation in...
  • A "Normal Party" and the Difference Between Bush and Perry

    07/11/2011 3:30:09 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 34 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | July 5, 2011 | Jonathon S. Tobin, Contentions
    According to the New York Times David Brooks, Republican hardliners against tax increases are turning the GOP into a psychological protest rather than a normal political party. Brooks is upset that after having forced Democrats to come far closer to their position on taxes and spending in order to cut a deal to extend the national debt ceiling, there is little chance the House majority will embrace what he considers to be the deal of the century. To Brooks, the Democrats offer on the debt ceiling is the Mother of All No-Brainers, and his anger at the GOPs insistence that...
  • Perry's education record distinctly different from Bush's

    07/10/2011 12:46:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 53 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 9, 2011 | Kate Alexander
    ...[Gov Rick] Perry regularly asserts that primary and secondary education are the state's top priority, noting that more money will go to schools in the next budget even amid deep cuts elsewhere. The state, however, is underfunding schools by $4 billion or 6 percent based on what was called for by state law to keep pace with costs, including those generated by 80,000 new students starting school each year. .....The Texas Education Agency attributed the success on the math test to high standards and quality teachers. Others point to the jump early in the decade to an improved...
  • If Perry does mount presidential run, we'll see if his walk matches his talk

    07/10/2011 3:47:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 136 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | July 10, 2010 | Editorial
    If Rick Perry does mount a successful bid for the U.S. presidency, it will be interesting to see whether he can translate his past and present criticisms of the federal government into concrete changes to the sprawling bureaucracy. Perry has yet to say he will or wont toss his hat into the Republican race for the right to square off against President Barack Obama in 2012. He is, however, making all the moves of a potential candidate testing the waters. Insiders are mixed on the odds. Some say hes definitely in; others put the odds at 50-50. But the mere...