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  • The Republican presidential race could be about to get a lot smaller

    08/12/2015 7:44:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Business Insider ^ | August 11, 2015 | Eric Pianin, The Fiscal Times
    Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania gets agitated when political analysts question why he is still in the race for the GOP presidential nomination when he is scoring less than 2 percent in the polls and has barely raised $1 million in campaign funds – a pittance compared with many of his rivals. He notes that when he ran for president last time, he had little money and low single-digit standing in the polls in January 2012 – just before he went on to beat Mitt Romney in the Iowa caucuses. This time, Santorum is so far behind the large...
  • Romney's Victory: Can Having Good Hair Help You to Become President?

    01/11/2012 8:22:45 AM PST · by pinochet · 33 replies
    Clint Eastwood made the following observation about Mitt Romney: "You have to admit he looks like a president," a sarcastic Eastwood told the newspaper, adding he ran into Romney when he was filming “Mystic River” in Massachusetts. "I mean, if you were casting a movie where you needed someone to play president, you'd definitely pick him." See: When I heard that some Tea Party members voted for Romney in New Hampshire, I concluded that some Americans no longer care about the issues, and want a President who looks good on TV. Rick Perry recently decribed Romney as "one handsome...
  • 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 is Bush lite and Sarah Palin in a skirt: GOP guru Alex Castellanos

    08/07/2011 12:37:47 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 108 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 8-7-2011 | Todd J. Gillman
    Perry is Bush lite and Sarah Palin in a skirt Todd J. Gillman August 7, 2011 GOP consultant Alex Castellanos dumped all over Gov. Rick Perry this morning on NBC's Meet the Press, calling him "Sarah Palin with a skirt" and a lesser version of George W. Bush - and not in a good way. "He has some challenges. One of them is that people think he's a little bit of a coffee table book. He's kind of Sarah Palin with a skirt. Not a substantive candidate," Castellanos said when host Dick Gregory asked if Perry could give the current...
  • 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....
  • 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 "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 GOP’s insistence that...
  • Americans for Rick Perry as active as ever, raising $400,000 in three weeks

    07/07/2011 7:36:19 PM PDT · by Clairity · 47 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 7, 2011 | Tina Korbe
    And, now, the group Americans for Rick Perry reports it has raised a fair amount of money in a short amount of time. Bob Schuman, a senior strategist for Americans for Rick Perry, said Thursday that the group is expanding its fundraising operation outside of Texas to include Miami, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. The group can accept unlimited donations but, under federal law, can't strategize with Perry himself.
  • 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...
  • Texas governor addresses Boy Scouts in California

    06/30/2011 2:38:30 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 14 replies
    ABC ^ | June 30, 2011 | AP
    SAN DIEGO, CA -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry told a Boy Scouts ceremony on Wednesday that the federal government is rudderless, kicking off a trip to California that has stoked speculation that he will enter the Republican contest for president. Perry fondly recalled his boyhood as a Scout in Texas, including his first visit to Washington, and applauded the group for promoting values such as fellowship, self-reliance, dedication and perseverance. "I really wish we saw more of that sort of courage throughout our society, yep, including in Washington, D.C.," he said. Perry didn't mention President Barack Obama or any politician...
  • 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...
  • 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????????????
  • 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...
  • Texas' Perry urges other governors to join him at prayer event

    06/05/2011 4:18:00 PM PDT · by PROCON · 52 replies
    reuters ^ | June 5, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    SAN ANTONIO (Reuters) -- Saying "there is hope for America, and we will find it on our knees," Texas Governor Rick Perry has invited other governors to join him in a "solemn gathering of prayer and fasting" in August in Houston, according to the event's website. Perry, who said recently he is considering a run for the Republican nomination to contest the presidency in 2012 against Barack Obama, has frequently made calls for prayer while governor.
  • Perry Watch: Rumor de jour — Laura Ingraham says she’s been told that Rick Perry’s going to run for

    05/25/2011 3:05:36 PM PDT · by pkajj · 48 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 25, 2011 | Chronicle Blog
    Conservative radio talk show host and best-selling author Laura Ingraham got tongues wagging in Texas today when she declared that Rick Perry is running for president in 2012. Ingraham was doing an interview with conservative Indiana congressman Mike Pence when she let loose with her Perry “scoop.” According to the conservative blog Ace of Spades HQ, Ingraham revealed that “she knows someone very connected to Perry, and that guy says he’s in.” OK, no named sources here. And this is third hand gossip, at best. But what the hay? Ingraham has been a big Perry fan for a long time....
  • New 2012 buzz: Rick Perry thinking of jumping in? (Ready for another Texas Governor as POTUS?)

    05/17/2011 8:13:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/17/2011 | Allahpundit
    After months of gassy media speculation about Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, and Chris Christie, we’re all near the point of dismissing deus-ex-machina rumors about candidates out of hand.But this one … doesn’t seem so far-fetched. A Texas pol who is close to Perry has been telling a few key strategists that the nation’s longest-serving governor sees a vacuum and is waiting to be summoned into the race. This source believes that could happen by late summer. Without fellow Southerners Haley Barbour or Mike Huckabee in the race — and with Newt Gingrich’s early troubles raising further doubts about the current...
  • A President Romney would make no apologies

    03/26/2010 6:35:28 PM PDT · by pietraynor · 130 replies · 1,544+ views
    The Lowell Sun ^ | 03/26/2010 | Peter Lucas
    Here is one thing I am certain about: A President Mitt Romney would never have bowed to anyone -- not to Saudi King Abdullah, not to Japanese Emperor Akihito. Here's another thing: A President Romney would not have traveled around the world badmouthing his country and making apologies for it. Here's a third: A President Romney would never have ordered the closing of the prison at Guantanamo Bay or lowered the American flag in Haiti.
  • ‘Good Hair,’ Bad Vibes

    10/15/2009 6:32:00 AM PDT · by flowerplough · 9 replies · 678+ views
    Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” is funny, very funny, but all the jokes come at the expense of black women. There’s no question that in Good Hair, Chris Rock brings the funny. (Trolling the streets of Los Angeles, peddling “black hair” that no one wants.) There’s no question that he brings the outrage. (Showing a preschooler submitting to the “creamy crack”—a chemical relaxer.) There’s no question that he brings the dirt, getting celebrities to tell it. (Nia Long on her fake hair: “Weave sex is a little awkward.”) But while Rock’s foray into the tangled web of black women and their...
  • Black hair still tangled in politics (Multicultural barf alert)(FR mention)

    08/31/2009 12:55:52 PM PDT · by markomalley · 40 replies · 1,725+ views
    Mpls (Red) Star-Tribune ^ | 8/30/2009 | CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS
    Silky, straight hair has long been considered by many black women to be their crowning glory. So what if getting that look meant enduring the itchy burning that's a hallmark of many chemical straighteners. Or a pricey dependence on "creamy crack," as relaxers are sometimes jokingly called. Getting "good hair" often means transforming one's tightly coiled roots; but it is also more freighted, for many African-American women, and some men, than simply a choice about grooming. Straightening hair has been perceived as a way to be more acceptable to certain relatives, as well as to the white establishment. "If your...
  • Palin shows what happens to party highjacked by zealots (Anti-Christian PDS Screed)

    07/19/2009 12:55:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies · 1,403+ views
    The Schenectady Daily Gazette ^ | July 12, 2009 | Dan DiNicola
    Who knows how the Sarah Palin story will play out? It seems as if every political pundit in America has a take on PalinÂ’s resignation as AlaskaÂ’s governor. They can be mean-spirited (SheÂ’s hiding a scandal!), or cynical (Since she can rake in $60 grand and up for a simple speaking engagement, sheÂ’s taking the money and running like hell.) Some wonder whether this is her way of tuning up for a presidential run in 2012, or is the resignation a case of a hometown girl unable to stand the heat in her kitchen? We will get more information, but...
  • Romney Is the GOP's Last and Only Hope (Who didn't see this one coming?)

    07/05/2009 10:48:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 172 replies · 4,057+ views
    NBC News ^ | July 5, 2009 | Sara K. Smith
    Soon the Republican party will have no choice but to make Mitt Romney its leader. We've seen a suspiciously steady trickle of losers quietly exiting the ranks of 2012 hopefuls -- Bobby Jindal with his disastrous State of the Union rebuttal; John Ensign and Mark Sanford with their affairs; and most recently, Sarah Palin's bizarre resignation from the Alaska governorship. The only candidates left are Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty and Romney. If history is any guide, we should expect some foul disclosure out of the Huckabee camp any day now. You just can't get away with saying something like this...

    04/14/2009 8:09:22 AM PDT · by pissant · 158 replies · 6,076+ views
    Drudge ^ | 4/14/09 | Drudge
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to...
  • Gov. Perry pushes for millions for border security

    02/25/2009 9:44:35 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 593+ views
    KVIA ^ | Feb 24, 2009 | Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- Texas Governor Rick Perry was in El Paso Tuesday with some stern words about the Mexican violence on our doorstep. For many people, the governor's words served as a reason to stay motivated in keeping the violence out of the United States. Perry said he is pushing for millions to further fund border protection efforts. "I called on the legislature to dedicate $135 million to our ongoing border security efforts." Perry said the money will primarily go toward "putting more boots on the ground," meaning getting more people on the border to keep the threat out....
  • NYT interview of Texas Gov. Rick Perry re: Boy Scouts

    02/28/2008 9:53:57 AM PST · by fgoodwin · 41 replies · 777+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 24, 2008 | DEBORAH SOLOMON
    Q: Let’s talk about your new book, “On My Honor,” which draws on your experience as an Eagle Scout and champions the values of the Boy Scouts of America, to whom you are donating your royalties. A: Yes, to their legal-defense fund. Q: Which has been fighting the A.C.L.U., to keep gays out of the scouts. Why do you see that as a worthy cause? A: I am pretty clear about this one. Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual...
  • Tempers Flare At Trans-Texas Corridor Hearing

    02/13/2008 1:37:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies · 1,362+ views ^ | February 13, 2008 | Ryan Korsgard
    HOUSTON -- It did not take long Tuesday for the Texas Department of Transportation to find out what the Houstonians at a public hearing thought about the proposed 600-mile Trans-Texas Corridor, KPRC Local 2 reported. "George Washington, Sam Houston would vomit on you people," one attendee said. Chris Zora, who opposes the plan, attended the hearing at the Arabia Shrine Center in Southwest Houston. "I'd like to see a show of hands here of anybody that approves of this corridor," Zora said. "Is there anyone in this room who approves of this corridor? Raise your hands if you approve of...
  • Perry tells constituents to get behind McCain

    02/10/2008 5:53:50 PM PST · by lqcincinnatus · 56 replies · 150+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 02/09/2008 | PATRICK BRENDEL
    WASHINGTON — Gov. Rick Perry, speaking to a national gathering of conservative activists, told the same crowd that booed Republican presidential front-runner John McCain that he would speak on McCain's behalf to as many different audiences around the nation as possible from now until November. "We should never give any quarter," he told the Conservative Political Action Conference. "Standing together, we're gonna fight, and we're gonna win. See you on the battlefield." The Texas governor had been an early supporter of GOP presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani, but he switched to McCain after the former New York mayor withdrew from the...
  • Tech firm that got $3 million from state is closing (TEXAS)

    12/11/2007 3:45:59 PM PST · by Dubya · 18 replies · 234+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Associated Press
    Despite failure, governor defends emerging technology fund AUSTIN — A company that received $3 million from Gov. Rick Perry's Emerging Technology Fund to develop a high-tech cooling device has closed down. NanoCoolers Inc., an Austin company founded in 2002, is the first firm to fail after receiving a grant from the state fund. It was working on a thermoelectric cooling system that would help cool semiconductors. The Texas Democratic Party criticized the Republican governor over the failure Monday, saying it proves "that his slush funds need more accountability."
  • TxDOT coached on thwarting toll foes on talk radio

    10/19/2007 3:31:04 PM PDT · by YCTHouston · 15 replies · 182+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 10/17/2007 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — When Texas transportation officials talk about bridges these days, they don't necessarily mean steel spans and concrete girders. Instead, they are being taught how to "bridge" from off-message questions to their own talking points in a toll-road campaign. "You will often be asked questions that don't get to the points you wish to make or that you don't wish to answer," says a "radio interview techniques" section of Texas Department of Transportation documents released under the Public Information Act. "You can use bridging to turn the question to your points." One useful phrase, suggests the document — prepared...
  • Governor's endorsement of Giuliani draws criticism

    10/19/2007 12:56:21 AM PDT · by neb52 · 12 replies · 73+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Thu, Oct. 18, 2007 | JOHN MORITZ
    AUSTIN -- Gov. Rick Perry's endorsement Wednesday of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani in next year's presidential race mystified some conservative activists and had one Republican statewide officeholder humorously questioning whether the governor had committed an act of treason. "Texans supporting the mayor of New York City? Get a rope," quipped state Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a staunch backer of former U.S. Sen. Fred Thompson of Tennessee, a recent entry into the GOP fray. "Why would the most conservative governor in Texas history endorse a pro-choice, rabidly anti-Second Amendment former New York City mayor who supported Democrat Mario Cuomo...
  • Texas governor endorses Giuliani (despite their differences on abortion rights)

    10/17/2007 12:52:07 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 96+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/17/07 | Libby Quaid - ap
    WASHINGTON - Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday won the endorsement of Texas Gov. Rick Perry, despite their differences on abortion rights. Perry, an abortion opponent, said his biggest concern had been Giuliani's support for abortion rights but that he was satisfied Giuliani would appoint judges who view the issue conservatively. "The one (issue) that I wanted to hear him give me an answer and look me right in my eyes was that issue of who can I expect, what type of individual can I expect on the Supreme Court," Perry said at a news conference with Giuliani. "He...
  • (Texas) State has extra $1.5 billion left over from last year

    10/10/2007 10:18:38 AM PDT · by weegee · 25 replies · 513+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 10, 2007, 7:09AM | AP (no byline)
    AUSTIN — When Texas accountants closed the books on the 2007 budget period, the state had an unexpected $1.5 billion in unspent money, Comptroller Susan Combs told lawmakers Tuesday. The ending balance for the 2007 fiscal year, which closed Aug. 31, was $8.5 billion, up from the $7 billion expected when Combs earlier this year set her biennial revenue estimate. Most of the money can't be spent until lawmakers meet again and adopt spending legislation. "The increase was brought about by greater revenues, attributable to strong state economic growth, and lower expenditures, attributable to legislative and agency spending restraint," Combs...
  • Documents Show Merck Donated To TX Lawmakers

    02/23/2007 8:08:06 AM PST · by Froufrou · 49 replies · 618+ views ^ | 02/22/07 | Unknown
    Gov. Rick Perry's chief of staff met with key aides about a new vaccine to prevent cervical cancer on the same day its manufacturer donated money to his campaign, documents obtained by The Associated Press show. Texas became the first state to require the vaccine against human papillomavirus earlier this month when Perry issued an executive order requiring it for girls entering sixth grade. Lawmakers are considering overriding the measure. A calendar for chief of staff Deirdre Delisi obtained under Texas' open records laws shows she met with the governor's budget director and three members of his office for an...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry re-elected

    11/07/2006 11:05:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 2,216+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 8, 2006 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN - Republican Gov. Rick Perry beat a unique set of challengers Tuesday for another term that could make him Texas' longest-serving governor as he presses priorities such as border security, strict state budgeting and an ambitious transportation plan. It was a less-than-cliff-hanging end to a race that started with a lot of potential for drama ? thanks to the entry of colorful independents Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn ? and ended with much of that potential unrealized. Early returns showed Perry ahead with about 40 percent of the vote, followed by Democrat Chris Bell, who had about 29...
  • Trans Texas Corridor Will Inject Billions Into State’s Economy, Study Says

    11/01/2006 12:06:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 59 replies · 973+ views
    KWTX-TV ^ | October 30, 2006 | KWTX-TV
    (October 30, 2006)—The multi-billion-dollar Trans Texas Corridor will pump billions of dollars into the state’s economy and will create millions of jobs according to a new study by Waco-based economist Ray Perryman. Click Here To Read The Full Report In “Moving Into Prosperity: The Potential Impact of the Trans-Texas Corridor on Business Activity in Texas,” Perryman says the project will make the state’s economy more competitive. “Because the TTC enhances efficiency, improves logistics, and reduces transportation time and costs, it increases the ability of companies within the region to expand intrastate trade and operations, and, thus, increase market size and...
  • Texas Governor: Transportation and Energy

    10/26/2006 5:20:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies · 639+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | October 26, 2006 | News 8 Austin Staff
    Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Perry faces Democratic challengers Chris Bell and Independents Kinky Friedman and Carole Keeton Strayhorn in the 2006 gubernatorial race. In the fourth part of News 8 Austin's five-part gubernatorial forum, the candidates discuss transportation and energy. Q: Now, let’s combine public transportation and developing renewable energy. What do you think we should be doing to make Texas the leader in the nation in these areas and why should Texans care about that? Strayhorn: Well, we certainly need every renewable energy and we need wind generation and we also need telecommuting. Fifteen percent of my employees are...
  • Groups submit proposals to develop TTC-69 project

    10/19/2006 7:18:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 451+ views
    Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel ^ | October 19, 2006 | Andy Adams
    Two private-sector groups have submitted proposals to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor-69, a 600-mile thoroughfare that may wind around Lufkin and Nacogdoches one day. The bid process is part of the effort to create a public-private partnership that the Texas Department of Transportation says would speed the construction of "one of the state's priority transportation projects." Trans-Texas Corridor-69, if and when it is built, is expected to connect with Interstate 69, which will stretch from Canada to Mexico. The proposed Texas corridor would start in South Texas and pass Houston, Lufkin and Nacogdoches before hitting Texarkana and/or breaking off into Louisiana....
  • Trans-Texas Corridor hot issue in governor's race

    10/18/2006 7:18:15 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 1,483+ views
    KVUE News ^ | October 18, 2006 | Brad Watson
    The governor's race is becoming a referendum on the Trans-Texas Corridor toll road. Republican incumbent Gov. Rick Perry supports the TTC that would parallel Interstate 35 from Laredo to Oklahoma. However, it could gobble up 81,000 acres of rural land according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Also, a large chunk of the land used would be in North Texas. Lance Haynes, a Republican, said he wonders if his family's 68 acres in rural Collin County might be covered in concrete in the near future. The land lies within the path where the state could route the TTC and he's...
  • Corridor critics are quiet as they examine contract

    10/17/2006 8:50:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 784+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 16, 2006 | Patrick Driscoll
    Secret parts of a contract for the Trans-Texas Corridor have been out for more than two weeks now. So has a development plan that outlines how state transportation officials and a foreign-led consortium plan to plow the countryside with toll roads and railways to relieve growing traffic on Interstate 35. That's plenty of time to begin scouring the thousands of pages — on the Web at — to find out what the big secret was. But so far, no one can or will say if there's a detail, some twist or mumbo jumbo that, if found, would blow the...
  • Strayhorn ad attempts to breakdown Perry support

    10/14/2006 6:33:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 77 replies · 975+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | October 14, 2006 | April Castro, Associated Press
    Details of a new television campaign ad from independent gubernatorial candidate Carole Keeton Strayhorn: TITLE: "Beyond" LENGTH: 30 seconds. PRODUCER: Alex Castellanos, media consultant; WF of R Inc., media placement. AIRING: Started Friday in most markets; will be airing statewide by Monday. SCRIPT: Carole Keeton Strayhorn: "Tolls across Texas? "Gov. Perry's plan is beyond anything we've ever known. It's the largest land grab in Texas history. A deal to seize more than a half million acres of private property and hand it over to a foreign company, so they can charge us tolls. "I believe Texas property belongs to Texans,...
  • Bob Richter: Despite missing protest, paper diligently covers toll road issue

    10/08/2006 3:53:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 493+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 7, 2006 | Bob Richter
    On Sept. 30, about 100 people carrying protest signs and handfuls of dirt rallied at the Alamo to protest Gov. Rick Perry's massive toll road plan. Perry's feisty challenger, Carole Keeton Strayhorn, spoke at the event, which was not covered by the Express-News. Our no-show wasn't a judgment call. A reporter who was notified about the rally simply did not pass the information on to editors who decide what to cover and who will cover it. It was a flub, primarily by the Express-News, but also by the organizer, the San Antonio Toll Party, which needs to be more effusive...
  • Filmmaker captures toll road opposition

    10/07/2006 5:51:18 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 76 replies · 1,164+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 6, 2006 | Patrick Driscoll
    The more William Molina heard about toll road plans, the more outraged he got, until finally he picked up his camera and did what he does best. Molina spent the past several months shooting more than 40 hours of footage at public meetings in San Antonio and nearby towns, talked to activists, tried to talk to toll road advocates and spliced together a film documenting what he says is a nexus of tremendous change. "I just wanted to capture history," the veteran filmmaker said. "One day we're going to look back at this and say, how did this happen." "Truth...
  • Texas Governor's Debate Tonight 7:00 CDT (LIVE THREAD)

    10/06/2006 3:27:59 PM PDT · by no dems · 566 replies · 8,699+ views
    10-06-06 | no dems
    All four candidates, one GOP, one Dem and two Indys will be holding the only debate for Texas Governor tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central time. Gee, I wonder whose influence had this debate scheduled during Friday night football?
  • Hands Across the Corridor rallies attract hundreds

    10/05/2006 2:53:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 28 replies · 566+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | October 5, 2006 | Margaret Green
    The Milam County portion of the “Hands Across the Corridor” Statewide Rallies was held Saturday, Sept. 30, on the Milam County Courthouse lawn. We had a great assembly of concerned Texans, Democrats, Republicans, Strayhorn Independents and even a couple of really “Kinky” folks. Everyone in attendance agreed that our current Governor and many of our senators and representatives have forgotten the constituents that they are supposed to represent. They seem to be representing only ‘big money contributors and companies' whose interests are not what is best for Texas, but how much money the ‘projects' (toll roads and corridor) can make...
  • ISSUES IN DEPTH:Trans-Texas Corridor master development plan made public

    10/04/2006 10:58:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 56 replies · 1,415+ views
    East Texas Review ^ | October 4, 2006 | William Lutz / LSR
    The Texas Transportation Commission unrolled Sept. 28 the long-awaited road map for the Trans-Texas Corridor. Release of the Master Development Plan will result also in public disclosure of the full contract between the state and Cintra-Zachry, a private joint venture between the Spanish firm Cintra and the Texas highway contractor Zachry. Both Cintra-Zachry and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) appealed a ruling from the Texas Attorney General’s office that the full contract is an open record. A trial was scheduled for Oct. 10 in Travis County district court. The master plan calls for the prompt building of seven segments...
  • Debate date may be plus for governor (Friday Oct 6, 7PM)

    10/02/2006 12:52:16 PM PDT · by weegee · 9 replies · 993+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Oct. 2, 2006, 1:35PM | By CLAY ROBISON
    AUSTIN - Can the four major candidates for Texas governor debate each other for an hour on live television without being seen or heard? Probably not, but Belo Corp., sponsor of the only such gubernatorial showdown this fall, will test that possibility Friday night, both with its restrictive distribution rules and the time slot. Originating in Dallas, the debate will be carried live on the company's WFAA flagship; Belo affiliates in Houston (KHOU-Channel 11), San Antonio and Austin; Belo's Texas Cable News (TXCN) and will be streamed live on their Web sites. TV stations in smaller towns outside Belo markets...
  • Texas Eagle Forum president: Fight Trans-Texas Corridor, North American Union

    09/27/2006 11:30:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies · 946+ views ^ | September 27, 2006 | Ruth Campbell, Midland Reporter-Telegram
    Border security doesn't seem to matter to politicians, there is a move afoot to create a North American Union where the United States, Canada and Mexico would essentially be one market with a single currency -- the "Amero," a top Texas Eagle Forum official said Tuesday. Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams spoke to some 54 people at the Petroleum Club. Formed by Phyllis Schlafly in 1972, the St. Louis, Mo., and Washington, D.C.-based Eagle Forum is pro-family, pro-life group. She said those attending should keep their eye on the 2008 presidential race, ask their state representatives and senators to support...
  • The Candidates on Roads

    09/24/2006 8:40:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 440+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | September 24, 2006 | Dallas Morning News
    North Texas grows by 150,000 people a year – about the population of Richardson and Rowlett combined. McKinney and Frisco each add 200 newcomers a week. Keeping pace with the mobility needs of the mushrooming region is a losing proposition if we use only traditional means: state fuel taxes and leveraged federal funds. Yet most positions taken by candidates for governor are unrealistically wed to yesterday's formulas for financing roadways. Here's the size of the North Texas funding gap over the next 25 years: a nearly $28 billion shortage for new highways and related projects, according to the Regional Transportation...
  • Farmers furious at governor over proposed superhighway

    07/22/2006 8:46:57 AM PDT · by WestTexasWend · 57 replies · 3,053+ views
    AP ^ | Saturday, July 22, 2006 | Kelley Shannon
    HILLSBORO, Texas — Leroy Walters has survived many a threat on the farm that has been in his family for 120 years — droughts, hailstorms, tornadoes, grasshopper attacks. But now he sees a manmade danger on the horizon: a colossal, 600-mile superhighway that will plow clear across Texas, perhaps cutting through Walters' milo and corn fields, obliterating family houses and robbing his grandchildren of their land. "I don't think they're going to want to pay a toll to go across this land," he said. "They want to enjoy it free, as Texans should enjoy it." That kind of fear and...
  • Kinky Friedman Closing Gap on Rick Perry

    09/19/2006 8:05:58 PM PDT · by Lunatic Fringe · 170 replies · 2,679+ views
    Perry and Strayhorn have regressed, Strayhorn by a considerable margin, while Bell (15 to 23) and Friedman (16 to 23) have moved up. Bell is finally consolidating Democratic support (from a pathetic 32 percent in April to 44% in July and 55% this time) and is getting more Independents (from 10% to 18%), while Friedman has picked up Republicans (from 10% to 23%) and more Indies (32% to 39%). Both Perry (65% to 56%) and Strayhorn (20% to 14%) have seen their GOP strength decline. Strayhorn has also seen her Democratic support wane, as she's dropped from 30% to 20%.
  • Friedman leads in number of Texas donors, out-of-state money

    09/16/2006 3:57:51 PM PDT · by Dubya · 23 replies · 791+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 16, 2006 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN - Comedic candidate Kinky Friedman has far and away the most individual donations in the governor's race this year, collecting campaign cash from thousands across Texas and across the country. Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads in total money, followed by independent Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn - both piling up millions of dollars and benefiting from some large contributions of $100,000 or more. With Perry and Strayhorn holding that strong financial advantage entering the Nov. 7 election, Friedman will be working to capitalize on what appears to be a grassroots bloc supporting his rebel campaign. The election outcome should answer...