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  • Herman Cain’s got the liberals squirmin’

    10/12/2011 12:38:52 PM PDT · by Fred · 71 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 101211 | Margery Eagan
    All over Cambridge, Brookline and Jamaica Plain, the self-satisfied set is beyond appalled. Herman Cain, a black guy, is the new darling of the Tea Party — the very party that liberals have labeled racist since it was born. How to explain this disturbing turn of events? How will liberals deride Tea Partiers now? And since so many felt so good about themselves after voting for Barack Obama (who is biracial), how good might white independents feel after voting for Cain (who’s 100 percent black?) Cain’s just a black poster boy, a plant to deflect racist charges aimed at the...
  • Why won't Cain attack Romney? (vanity)

    10/11/2011 10:49:05 AM PDT · by teg_76 · 161 replies · 11+ views
    After Palin, I've been leaning towards Cain. My only problem with him is that he's much more comfortable attacking Perry than Romney. I'm no fan of the bumbling debator from Texas who says his base has no heart, but this cozying up to Romney by Cain is concerning. Herman Cain remains my favorite, but he needs to show he's not running for VP. He needs to go after Romney on Romneycare tonight. If he doesn't, it may be time to look elsewhere. The one thing Rick Perry has going for him is that he's shown he's not afraid to take...
  • Republican Candidates Turn Guns on One Another (advisers: Mitt less panicky more presidential)

    09/03/2011 9:50:19 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 3, 2011 | Zeff Zeleny
    [snip] Interviews with a dozen advisers, including those inside campaigns and those aligned with outside groups, show lines of attack likely to emerge...... While Mr. Romney’s position as an early leader in the race has been shaken by Mr. Perry, it will almost certainly not be Mr. Romney who engages Mr. Perry first. He is already the subject of criticism from other rivals, including former Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who questions Mr. Perry’s credentials. “We’ll see how conservative Rick Perry really is,” Mr. Santorum said. Here in Iowa, where the caucuses start the nominating contest, Mr. Perry is placing...
  • 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."
  • Perry wants term limits on high court [favors change in Constitution]

    09/02/2011 11:50:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 161 replies · 1+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | September 1, 2011 | Todd J. Gillman The Dallas Morning News
    WASHINGTON Rick Perry, like other conservatives, has lots of complaints about the Supreme Court: The justices, he says, have meddled in social policy, stepped on state power and generally run amok. One solution the governor embraces is to end lifetime tenure - a cornerstone of the Constitution, whose drafters worried far less about activist or senile judges than about meddling tyrants and political pressure. The idea isn't original, and it's not limited to conservatives. Some scholars on the left have also embraced the idea as a correction for judges serving too long. It began to percolate in the 1980s and...
  • Can Perry Be Stopped?

    09/02/2011 10:53:13 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 52 replies
    Texas Observer ^ | September 2, 2011 | Eileen Smith
    Sure, he polls well, but can he debate? The polls keep looking better and better for Rick Perry, despite this week’s provocative headline in Politico, “Is Rick Perry Dumb?” Dumb or not, it sure seems to be working. On Monday, a CNN/ORC International poll of Republicans and independent voters who lean Republican found that Perry’s still on top, with 27 percent of Republicans nationwide supporting him for the nomination. Romney’s in second with 14 percent. A poll released Tuesday from Public Policy Polling showed Perry leading among likely Republican primary voters in South Carolina with 36 percent, a full 20...
  • Fox News Poll: Perry Overtakes Romney as Top GOP 2012 Pick; Most Say Palin Should Stay Out of Race

    09/01/2011 9:18:00 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 24 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | Published September 01, 2011 | By Dana Blanton
    Even as Texas Gov. Rick Perry moves into the lead as Republican voters’ preferred presidential candidate, a Fox News poll released Thursday shows that voters are more likely to view him as “too extreme” than former frontrunner Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney. In addition, most American voters -- including a majority of Republicans -- think former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin should stay out of the presidential race.
  • Perry, Cain Widen Lead in Positive Intensity Over GOP Field (Cain in first - 14 out of 15 weeks)

    08/30/2011 1:23:19 PM PDT · by justsaynomore · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Gallup ^ | 8/30/11 | Gallup
    Herman Cain and Rick Perry generate the strongest favorable images among Republicans familiar with them, and have separated themselves from the remainder of announced GOP candidates.
  • Rick Perry’s camp defends 1993 HillaryCare praise

    08/30/2011 11:14:19 AM PDT · by martosko · 127 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/30/2011 | Alexis Levinson and Caroline May
    Texas Governor Rick Perry has been among the most vocal critics of President Obama’s health care reform initiative, and of Mitt Romney’s preceding health care program in Massachusetts. But in 1993, while serving as Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Perry praised the efforts of then-first lady Hillary Clinton to reform health care, a precursor to Obama’s health care reform efforts. In a letter to Clinton, who is now U.S. Secretary of State, Perry wrote: “I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system are most commendable.” “I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration...
  • Latino group claims Aztlán war in next five years

    08/30/2011 9:27:04 AM PDT · by bayouranger · 249 replies · 2+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | Aug 27, 2011 | Miguel Perez
    Phoenix-based Nuestros Reconquistos claims that there will be a war very similar to the Civil War fought in the next five years. “La Raza and MEChA have already talked to Latinos and Phoenix and explained that Latinos need to arm themselves for war,” says Nuestros Reconquistos President Manuel Longoria. Cecilia Maldonado of Chicanos Unidos Arizona isn’t hoping for any sort of war, but believes it may be unavoidable. “For generations, our people have prepared us to take back the lands of the Southwest that were stolen from our Mexican ancestors. Because of the bad economy and many racist laws, Latinos...
  • Gov. Rick Perry to Join U.S. Rep. Tim Scott for Labor Day Town Hall Meeting

    08/30/2011 4:23:26 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 13 replies
    Rickperry.org ^ | 8/30/2011 | Rick Perry Staff
    Myrtle Beach on Monday, Sept. 5. Following the format of his previous town halls with presidential candidates, Rep. Scott will take questions from the live audience as well as from online Facebook followers, allowing as many voters as possible to ask Gov. Perry a question. “I am proud to welcome Gov. Perry to Myrtle Beach to meet our voters,” said Rep. Scott. “Since his announcement speech in Charleston just over two weeks ago, the governor has excited our electorate, and I look forward to continuing that conversation.” “I am thankful to Rep. Scott for inviting me to participate in such...
  • Romney, Dems Look to Weaponize Bachmann (Hopes Bachmann Will “Rip [Perry’s] Eyes Out”)

    08/30/2011 7:52:12 AM PDT · by markomalley · 103 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | August 30, 2011 | Chris Stirewalt
    Mitt Romney is going into the lion’s den today. Romney is neither a veteran nor a Texan, but he is heading to San Antonio, Texas to address the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention one day after Gov. Rick Perry, who is both a veteran and a Texan, fired up the crowd with a patriotic paean to American exceptionalism. But with poll after poll showing Romney slipping into Perry’s wake, the former Massachusetts governor is keen to show that he’s not backing down. The latest CNN survey has Perry nearly doubling Romney among all candidates running or considering a run and...
  • Limbaugh: Attack on Perry Same Thing Media Tried with Reagan

    08/29/2011 11:54:18 AM PDT · by DRey · 42 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | August 29, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    This morning Politico ran a story titled "Is Rick Perry dumb" by columnist Jonathan Martin. In the second paragraph, after ridiculing his accent in the opening paragraph, the writer asks: "Is he dumb -- or just "misunderestimated?" Martin goes on to question Perry's "intellect." Rush Limbaugh responds on his Monday program: "This is a recycle, same thing they tried against Ronaldus Maximus back in 1979/1980. 'Is Ronald Reagan dumb?' "It's amazing. Nothing new. Media cycles, media templates being repeated, being recycled."
  • Rick Perry Wanted Bi-National Health Insurance With Mexico

    08/27/2011 10:53:16 PM PDT · by Right Wingnut 2 · 114 replies
    Right Speak ^ | 8/28/2011 | Right Wingnut
    I just read the text of Rick Perry's remarks to the Border Summit on Aug, 21st 2001. How in the hell is this stuff slipping through the cracks without a single mention in the conservative press? If this had been Obama, Sean Hannity would have been talking about it 24/7 during the last presidential campaign. There are many passages in the speech that are of great concern to me, but this one really caught my attention. ...Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance....
  • Don't like Perry? How about promoting your candidates positives?

    08/27/2011 7:00:28 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 891 replies
    8/27/11 | Listenhillary
    We are adults and most on FR are very intelligent persons. I think we can decide if a candidate is right for us. How about stop repeating the same Gardasil, Texas corridor, immigration stories over and over and over. Most have seen them by now if they have been paying attention. Most have judged the stories and condemn Perry to hell for them or they think that a president just might have different priorities than a state governor. Screaming at us in all caps isn't going to change any minds. FR isn't the entire universe of voters. We are a...
  • APNewsBreak: Perry bills feds for housing illegals

    08/26/2011 5:07:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 138 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 26, 2011 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs incurred detaining illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry criticized the federal government hasn't been doing enough to secure the border with Mexico, thereby allowing illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including prisons and jails. It's a claim the Republican governor has made many times before. The letter was dated Aug. 10, three days before Perry formally announced he is running...
  • 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field [Homosexuality Compared to Alcoholism]

    08/24/2011 9:24:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 24, 2011 | LATimes Opinion
    Opinion L.A. 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field? August 24, 2011 You might think as much following the revelation by reporter Mark Benjamin that Republican front-runner and Texas Gov. Rick Perry once compared, in writing, homosexuality to alcoholism. Benjamin writes at Time magazine's Swampland blog: Since leaping into the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn't been asked if he thinks gays are born or made. But in a little-noticed passage in his first book, "On My Honor," a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and...
  • What Rick Perry Can Teach the GOP About Immigration (Say he has a "moderate record on immigration")

    08/24/2011 5:08:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 24, 2011 | Erica Grieder
    As he enters the Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is striking some red-meat notes on the subject of immigration. Border security, he says, is a federal responsibility -- and immigration reform will have to wait until the border is secured. Invoking his beloved 10th Amendment, he proposes that in the meantime states should have some latitude to set their own course on the subject. As for Texas, he suggests, unauthorized immigration will not be treated lightly; earlier this year he called for a state law to abolish sanctuary cities, although the bill never made it to his desk....
  • New Poll Shows that Perry’s Entrance Scrambled GOP Race (Perry leading in Iowa)

    08/23/2011 4:02:14 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 66 replies
    Chron.com ^ | August 23, 2011 | Nolan Hicks
    A new poll by Public Policy Polling puts Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the front of the GOP presidential field in Iowa and shows just how much Perry’s entrance into the race scrambled the contest for the Republican nomination. The poll, released Tuesday (.pdf), shows that 21% of the poll respondents would support Perry in the Iowa caucuses next February, outpacing the two other Republican frontrunners Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney. Romney’s campaign has been focusing on New Hampshire, a state that is considered a must win for his campaign. If the contest were simplified to a three-way race between...
  • Perry takes lead in new Iowa poll; Update: Perry has double-digit national lead in PPP poll ?

    08/23/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 22, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of caveats are in order before we start looking at this poll. First, it comes from PPP, a Democratic pollster which has had its fair share of difficulties in sampling Republicans. It’s also early in the race, as Rick Perry just starts getting vetted and Sarah Palin hasn’t yet begun to campaign, if in fact she decides to campaign at all. Still, this is a rather dramatic result: The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state. Among announced candidates he’s at 22% to 19%...
  • Rick Perry: Macho, macho man

    08/23/2011 12:53:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 23, 2011 | Luke Broadwater
    ....Tough-guy politicians may not actually make the best leaders, but they've been shown to be popular with voters and able to win major elections. Currently, no other leading candidate (not Mitt Romey, Ron Paul or Michele Bachmann) in the Republican field comes across as more macho than Perry. Evidence of Perry's machismo is surging on the internets. The Twitter feed @RickPerryFacts is a constant stream ofChuck Norris-esque statements about Perry. They're funny, but I also can't help but think they don't speak to a yearning of some part of the human psyche: A basic desire for a strong, tough-guy leader....
  • 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 loves big government and other true political stories

    08/22/2011 10:20:28 AM PDT · by Fred · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 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. Let’s 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 governor’s official website confirming that Rick...
  • Perry defends stance on Fed, immigration

    08/21/2011 4:30:39 PM PDT · by Fred · 114 replies · 1+ views
    Political Ticker - CNN ^ | 082011 | Shawna Shepherd
    clip--- As governor of the state that shares the largest border with Mexico, Perry defended his record on immigration, including his support for allowing illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition rates at Texas universities but opposing such a law on a national level. "I'm a big believer in the 10th amendment," Perry said. "Whether they allow for tuition increases or decreases or whatever it might be in that state, it needs to be the states making that decisions." Perry wouldn't wade into a national immigration reform debate, deferring to his position that those decisions should be made on the state...
  • Rick Perry Slams Food Stamps, Government Subsidies

    08/21/2011 6:45:56 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 202 replies
    The State Column ^ | August 21, 2011 | Staff
    Texas Governor Rick Perry, the latest GOP candidate to enter the 2012 presidential race, looks to challenge former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s status as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry entered the race on August 13th after announcing his candidacy at an event in South Carolina. Perry’s announcement, which stole the spotlight from the Ames Straw Poll, put to rest several months of speculation about the Texas Governor’s decision to run for the GOP nomination. During his presidential announcement, Perry said “we cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership.” Perry also added that “page one of...
  • Rick Perry, Annotated

    08/20/2011 3:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 29, 2011 | Andrew Ferguson, senior editor
    Charleston, S.C. When organizers were planning the third annual RedState Gathering, held earlier this month in Charleston, South Carolina, the event looked to be like the second annual RedState Gathering, which was much like the first. Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, would be a featured speaker, as he had been at the others, including last year in Austin, Texas. Perry was the reason the second annual gathering had been held in Austin. Perry wooed the redstaters. He brought the organizers out to Texas, took them to dinner, gave them a tour, took them clay shooting outside of town. RedState...
  • Rick Perry Pushes Their Buttons

    08/20/2011 8:56:05 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 183 replies · 1+ views
    National Review ^ | 8-20-2011 | Kevin D. Williamson
    August 20, 2011 4:00 A.M.Rick Perry Pushes Their Buttons The questions put to Governor Perry are political, not scientific. Gov. Rick Perry, pressed for his views on evolution, characterized it as “a theory” with “some gaps” in it. He went on to say that, in Texas, both conventional evolution and creationism are taught. He told a boy whose mother asked him about the subject: “In Texas, we teach both creationism and evolution in our public schools — because I figure you’re smart enough to figure out which one is right.” This is the sort of thing that drives a certain...
  • Rick Perry tied to Agenda 21, Globalist Policies

    08/19/2011 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Tempest · 188 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Terri Hall
    While Perry is staking his cam­paign on Texas being the top net jobs cre­ator, Perry’s ver­sion of Texas being “Open for Busi­ness” isn’t about low taxes and less reg­u­la­tion as much as it is about doing busi­ness with for­eign com­pa­nies, including selling off Texas’ sov­er­eign land and public assets to for­eign cred­i­tors, an issue which Perry’s first tele­vi­sion ad uses to take aim at Pres­i­dent Obama. A recent Wash­ington Post article doc­u­ments Perry’s work to get Chi­nese government-owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Huawei, to base its U.S. oper­a­tions in Texas, a com­pany that the U.S. gov­ern­ment has deemed a threat to national...
  • On the Nature of the Perry Attacks

    08/20/2011 4:50:00 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 181 replies
    http://www.redstate.com ^ | Saturday, August 20th | Erick Erickson
    Rick Perry once tried to get out of a speeding ticket. Rick Perry once owned stock in a chain of video stores competing against Blockbuster, some of which also rented adult movies. Rick Perry once was a Democrat. The attacks have come fast and furious against him. But most of the attacks take on a peculiar and very telling strain. A reporter on television or in print will utter a sentence like this, “Privately many Republican consultants suggest Rick Perry may be too Texas or shoot from the hip too much and might turn off necessary independent voters and women.”...
  • James Dobson Endorsement Letter to Rick Perry

    02/26/2010 11:34:36 AM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies · 509+ views
    RickPerry.org ^ | James Dobson
    .."Over the years, Gov. Perry has established a record that is consistently pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-religious liberty,” said Dr. Dobson. “He has demonstrated his deep regard for the sanctity of life by signing more pro-life bills into law than any other governor in Texas history. He demonstrated his support for the God-given institution of marriage by strongly supporting the Texas Marriage Amendment. And he has helped lead the effort to establish the strongest protections for religious liberty in the state of Texas. No other candidate in this race measures up to the high standards established by Gov. Perry on these...
  • Rick Perry: Illegal Immigrants Who Serve In The Military Deserve Citizenship

    08/20/2011 1:32:05 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 464 replies · 1+ views
    TPM ^ | August 20, 2011 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    ROCK HILL, SC -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) spoke for a few minutes to reporters here about his views on immigration, which have gotten him into some hot water with the conservative base he hopes to woo as his presidential campaign spools up. What he offered up was a little something for everyone. Perry said states should be responsible for their own immigration laws, also stating that the federal government must step up border enforcement. He also spelled out his support for a national program that would allow illegal immigrants who serve in the military to become citizens. Illegal...
  • Rick Perry back to basics (didn't he promise to serve out his full term if re-elected?)

    08/20/2011 6:43:09 PM PDT · by techno · 135 replies
    August 20, 2011 | techno
    According to the Austin-American Statesman's Politifact Texas Perry-O-Meter Rick Perry at least twice promised he would not not run for President in 2012: a)He told a questioner at a January 2010 debate that he would "absolutely" serve out his full new 4-year term. b)In December 2010 Perry told Reuters, "I don't want to be president of the United States. I'm not going to run for the presidency of the United States." And from EFC polfacts: a) In a Nov 8, 2010 interview with Newsweek (after he had been re-elected): "Not going to run for president. Not going to be a...
  • New EPA rule could lead to rolling blackouts in Texas, PUC chairwoman says

    08/20/2011 4:12:50 PM PDT · by george76 · 51 replies
    star telegram ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | Jack Z. Smith
    The head of the Texas Public Utility Commission expressed concern Friday that a new federal air quality rule, set to take effect Jan. 1, will cause disruptions in electric service. If implementation of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule is not delayed, "I have no doubt in my mind that this rule will result in reliability issues and rolling outages in Texas," Donna Nelson said at the start of the commission's meeting. ... The company says the industry's standard time frame for installing emission controls is several years, but the rule requires compliance in six months. So Luminant, a subsidiary of...
  • Is Sarah Palin going to announce she's running for president on September 3?

    08/20/2011 3:47:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | August 20, 2011 | Peter Greier
    Sarah Palin will run for president, and will announce her candidacy sometime around Labor Day – perhaps September 3, when she’s scheduled to address a big Tea Party event in Iowa. That’s what former Bush administration political advisor and all-around GOP smart guy Karl Rove predicts, anyway. In an appearance on Fox News Saturday he said he believes ex-Alaska governor Palin is going to run, in part because of a slick campaign-style video about her trip to the Iowa State Fair released by her PAC last week, and in part because of where she’s popping up. Palin “has a schedule...
  • Base to Bush: Stop illegals

    06/19/2006 10:23:58 AM PDT · by kellynla · 154 replies · 4,338+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 19, 2006 | Stephen Dinan
    Top conservative leaders have written President Bush telling him to drop his insistence on a guest-worker program and a path to citizenship for illegal aliens and instead support the 85 percent of congressional Republicans who want to tighten law enforcement first. Signers include William J. Bennett, Robert H. Bork, Ward Connerly, David A. Keene, Phyllis Schlafly and a number of think-tank academics and pundits. The immigration debate is the first major issue on which Mr. Bush finds himself opposing a majority of Republicans in Congress and depending on Democrats to deliver a victory. In their letter, the conservatives tell Mr....
  • 5 myths about Rick Perry

    08/20/2011 1:13:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 150 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 18, 2011 | Evan Smith, Texas Tribune Editor
    You’re probably thinking, “I’ve seen this movie before: West Texas boy makes middling grades in college, gets elected governor and — to the consternation of gobsmacked Democrats, who misunderestimate his folksy appeal — runs for the Republican nomination for president.” But if that’s all you know about Rick Perry, you should be asking whether the country is ready for another White House occupant from the Lone Star State. The fact is, the most recent entrant into the GOP race is nothing like the caricatures being promoted on the left and the right. Here are some myths that need debunking, and...
  • Perry Points to ‘Idiotic’ U.S. Rule That Doesn’t Exist (BARF)

    08/20/2011 4:59:37 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 55 replies
    WSJ ^ | August 16th | Jonathan Weisman
    For a small-government conservative on the presidential campaign stump like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a new federal regulation forcing farmers to get commercial drivers licenses would make a perfect example of Barack Obama’s Washington run amok. But there is no such regulation. ... The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration stepped in to clarify whether the states had the right to do what Illinois had done, and on May 31, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a public notice asking for comment on the commercial licensing of farm equipment. Many in the farm community saw that notice as evidence that federal...
  • Perry the GOP frontrunner in Ga., and nationally as well (Poll results)

    08/20/2011 6:21:16 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 60 replies
    Atlanta Urinal & Constipation ^ | 8/20/2011 | Jay Bookman
    Via Jim Galloway, a poll of Georgia Republicans by Channel Two Action News and InsiderAdvantage: Rick Perry: 24 percent; Herman Cain: 15 percent; Newt Gingrich: 9 percent; Michele Bachmann: 8 percent; Mitt Romney: 6 percent; Ron Paul: 5 percent; Jon Huntsman: 1 percent; Undecided, 20 percent. It’s no surprise that Perry’s doing well in Georgia, but the size of his lead is a little startling so soon after his entry into the race. The fact that Romney, the longtime frontrunner who has been in the race for months, draws just 6 percent here in the Peach State is a stark...
  • Arne Duncan Can't Quite Explain Why He's Dissing Texas

    08/20/2011 7:44:27 AM PDT · by indianrightwinger · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Time ^ | Andrew J. Rotherham
    Friday, Aug. 19, 2011 Arne Duncan Can't Quite Explain Why He's Dissing Texas By Andrew J. Rotherham Why is Arne Duncan messing with Texas? I asked the Secretary of Education about this a few hours after he injected himself into the presidential-election scrum. Policy wonks like me had woken up to baffling reports that Duncan told Bloomberg Television's Al Hunt that the Texas school system "has really struggled" under Rick Perry, the GOP governor who just announced he is running for President. "Far too few of their high school graduates are actually prepared to go on to college," Duncan said...
  • Rick Perry's Overhyped Immigration "Soft Spot" (Left-wing media defends Ricardo)

    08/20/2011 9:11:52 AM PDT · by Tempest · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | Tim Murphy
    One of Texas Gov. Rick Perry's biggest alleged weaknesses in the Republican presidential primary is his less-than-draconian record on immigration. Although Perry has talked a lot about cracking down on undocumented immigrants, he has done little to change Texas' status as a "sanctuary state" and, indeed, he's explicitly rejected the idea of implementing Arizona-style immigration reform. The reason for this is pretty simple: Texas' economic "miracle" is built on on a continued influx of people, as well as a preponderance of low-wage jobs, especially in the housing sector.
  • Rick Perry aims for right balance of firebrand and statesman in GOP race

    08/20/2011 10:35:41 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 116 replies
    Washinton Post ^ | August 19, 2011 | Philip Rucker and Nia-Malika Henderson,
    .....In part because he is the newest entrant, Perry has drawn large crowds this week in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. Here in Florence, he was greeted as a heartthrob Friday morning as more than 300 people jammed around tables, stood on booths and craned their necks to see past the hot breakfast buffet at Bazen’s Family Restaurant and take stock of the Texan. It was one of the more enthusiastic crowds any candidate has assembled this year, and Perry did not disappoint when he tore into Obama. “The president’s been on a jobs tour,” Perry said. “He had...
  • Obama Compares Self to Lincoln

    08/20/2011 11:13:04 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 36 replies
    A Semi-News/Semi-Satire from AzConservative ^ | 20 August 2011 | John Semmens
    President Obama pushed his Midwest “self pity” tour into new ground this past week with his claim that he has it harder than President Lincoln did. “Everyone thinks that Lincoln had it tough,” Obama said. “But let’s not forget that his opposition was confined to one region of the country. Secessionists only controlled 11 states in the South. Today, I’m beset from all sides. Tea Party extremists operate in every state and control the government in a majority of them. We live in perilous times. The fate of the nation is at stake.” The president said he is “waiting for...
  • Perry's Twin Mandates For Kids---Gardasil for the Veins; Islamopropaganda for the Brains

    08/20/2011 11:52:40 AM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 327 replies
    08/20/2011 | Brices Crossroads
    Before I began to research Rick Perry's record, I perceived him to be nothing more than a garden variety southern Republican governor, probably conservative, certainly more conservative than his 2010 opponent Kay Bailey Hutchison. But the fact that he had such a spirited challenge from both sides in the GOP primary, both from the moderates AND the Conservatives, made me wonder just how conservative he really was. Just a bit of research revealed the gardasil mandate on preteen girls and their parents (and the cronysim associated with it), his full throated advocacy of open borders, including a pipeline for illegals...
  • 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 Perry’s entry into the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, it’s 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 nation’s future. Perry’s actions have made his position clear. He has consistently opposed President Barack Obama’s 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...
  • Rick Perry accused of hypocrisy as he comes under fire for investment in America's ....

    08/20/2011 2:46:37 PM PDT · by Justaham · 266 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 8-20-11 | ohn Stevens
    Original title: Rick Perry accused of hypocrisy as he comes under fire for investment in America's largest pornography distributor Leading Republican contender and prominent Christian candidate Rick Perry has been accused of hypocrisy after it was revealed that he invested thousands of dollars in the country's largest pornography distributor. Just a week after he launched his presidential campaign, the Texas governor has come under fire for his investment in Movie Gallery, a company that rented pornographic movies. In 1995, while serving as Texas' agriculture commissioner, financial disclosures reveal that Mr Perry bought between $5,000 and $10,000 worth of the company's...
  • Bank of America's Dead Drop To Rick Perry: "We Will Help You Out"

    08/19/2011 11:46:27 AM PDT · by Fred · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 081911 | Tyler Durden
    Should we be surprised, frightened, disgusted or simply say "we knew it", that in the informal mixer just after Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry spoke at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire, an unknown gentlemen approaches a casual Perry like an Ian Flemming character, and proceeds to dead drop the following: "Bank of America... We will help you out"... and silently moves on. At least we know now who is funding what, and whose interests potential future president Perry will be paid to defend.