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  • 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...
  • Perry's egghead, Fox's pollster

    09/02/2011 9:18:19 AM PDT · by Al B. · 106 replies
    Politico ^ | Sept. 2, 2011 | Alexander Burns
    Fox News released its first poll Thursday since Rick Perry's entry into the presidential race, showing the Texas governor drawing 26 percent of the GOP primary vote and leading Mitt Romney by 8 points. What caught one reader's attention, though, wasn't the size of Perry's lead, but the name of Fox's Republican pollster: Shaw & Company Research, a Texas-based firm that conducts the Fox survey in cooperation with the Democratic pollster Anderson Robbins Research. Continue Reading The Shaw in Shaw & Company is Daron Shaw, a University of Texas political science professor and veteran of several GOP campaigns, whose name...
  • Perry to Conservatives: My Past Will Not "Embarrass" You

    09/01/2011 4:48:51 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | September 1, 2011 | Jay Root
    The American public got to see Gov. Rick Perry’s outreach to religious conservatives at the giant “Prayerpalooza” rally at Reliant Stadium in Houston a few days before he announced for president. A far more private but equally important plea for their support was delivered on a Texas ranch last weekend. At a gathering of uncommitted social and evangelical conservatives at the Hill Country spread of mega-donor James Leininger, Perry spent several hours patiently answering queries on a range of issues, from his stand on immigration reform to the depth of his commitment to oppose abortion, people who were in attendance...
  • 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...
  • Rick Perry and the Largest Tax Hike In Texas

    08/24/2011 7:29:27 PM PDT · by dragnet2 · 210 replies
    thenewamerican.com ^ | 8/23/11 | Kelly Holt
    In Rick Perry’s August 13 presidential announcement speech in South Carolina the Texas Governor stated: .…we have led Texas based on some just really pretty simple guiding principles. One is don’t spend all of the money. Two is keeping the taxes low and under control. Three is you have your regulatory climate fair and predictable. Later in his speech he claimed: I’ve cut taxes. I have delivered historic property tax reductions. I was the first governor since World War II to cut general revenue spending in our state budget. But Perry’s record on taxes reveals something entirely different. Especially for...
  • An intimate moment with Rick Perry

    08/24/2011 5:39:15 PM PDT · by The Bronze Titan · 104 replies
    The Economist ^ | Aug 17th 2011 | W.W. / IOWA CITY
    RICK PERRY made a campaign stop the other day at Iowa City's Hamburg Inn #2, a small diner renowned as a destination for presidential hopefuls. Tipped off by a friend employed there, I wandered over and scored a seat just before the crowd of media and curious locals started to push up against the fire code. I found myself seated across from Drew Hjelm, a University of Iowa undergraduate studying economics and information systems. Mr Hjelm told me he had voted for Ron Paul at the Ames Straw Poll on Saturday. He sported a mises.org rubber bracelet and was not...
  • Rick Perry's Sophisticated Campaign Machine

    08/23/2011 2:28:13 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 36 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 8-23-2011 | Mark Hemingway
    Rick Perry's Sophisticated Campaign Machine Mark Hemingway August 23, 2011While his critics have been eager to dismiss the Texas Governor as anti-science, the The New York Times takes a look at an upcoming electronic book, "Rick Perry and His Eggheads: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America." The book's author shows Perry's approach to politics is at once rigorously scientific and unconventional: No candidate has ever presided over a political operation so skeptical about the effectiveness of basic campaign tools and so committed to using social-science methods to rigorously test them. As the 2006 election season approached, the governor’s top...
  • Gov. Rick Perry Admits to Being For Open Borders

    08/16/2011 8:11:46 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 185 replies
    EllisCountyO.com ^ | February 26, 2010
    The full context of the paragraph, as well as the speech, can be found below: President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity, and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity. It means we have addressed pollution concerns, made substantial progress in stopping the spread of disease, and rid our crossings of illicit drug smuggling activity. Clearly we have a long way to go in addressing...
  • Rick Perry Stands By Texas DREAM Act

    08/15/2011 10:51:41 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 82 replies
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | July 25, 2011 | Mallie Jane Kim
    In sharp contrast to the national Republican Party line, Texas Gov. Rick Perry still supports his state's version of the so-called DREAM Act, which permits foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state college tuition. "To punish these young Texans for their parents' actions is not what America has always been about," the potential dark horse GOP candidate told the New Hampshire Union Leader in his first New Hampshire interview of the 2012 campaign cycle. Perry has not yet announced whether he will run for president, but he polls well. Real Clear Politics's average of polls, for example, puts him...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Perry will be POTUS

    08/15/2011 7:38:31 AM PDT · by kdun · 142 replies
    Kevin Dunnigan | 8/15/2011 | Kevin Dunnigan
    On Saturday,Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his intentions to be the next President of the United States. I will go on record and predict he will indeed. Mr. Obama will not win another term unless we have some economic fairy waive her magic wand and change the world in a short 16 months. He is weak and worn out. Behind the scenes, his presidency is in chaos and in a few short months, he has another budget cutting battle that will cause him to lose all around. He will try to act like he knows what he is doing, but...
  • Bachmann-Perry Overdrive

    08/15/2011 4:21:33 PM PDT · by CA Conservative · 46 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 8-15-2011 | Editors
    The fight for the Republican Presidential nomination is finally getting underway in earnest, with Texas Governor Rick Perry bull-riding his way into the race and Michele Bachmann winning Saturday's straw poll in Iowa. Both events show how unsettled the GOP contest still is, as voters search for a candidate who can beat a vulnerable President Obama. Mrs. Bachmann, the Minnesota Congresswoman, has emerged from cable-TV land in recent months to be a viable competitor. She is telegenic, a hard worker, and has planted herself at the front of the tea party parade in hostility to all things Washington. This posture...
  • Rick Perry : 'It Takes Me A While To Get Into Something' But 'When I'm In, I'm In All The Way'

    08/14/2011 5:45:05 PM PDT · by Clairity · 58 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Michael Falcone
    He said his "number one" economic message was this: "Don't spend all the money. I know on its face that's kind of simple." If given the chance to occupy the Oval Office, he also pledged to use his veto pen "till the ink runs out." He cast himself as a Tea Party ally and criticized those who would say that he and other like-minded Republicans are angry. "Were not angry, we're indignant," he said. "We're indignant about a president who goes on an American apology tour instead of talking about American exceptionalism."
  • Schwarzenegger, Perry, Napolitano, Richardson urge "comprehensive" immigration reform

    08/13/2011 2:11:40 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 60 replies
    24ahead.com ^ | Sat, 08/26/2006 - 01:09
    The four border governers (Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, Rick Perry of Texas, Janet Napolitano of Arizona, and Bill Richardson of New Mexico) have sent a letter House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist urging them to pass "comprehensive" immigration "reform". While Perry says they aren't endorsing either the House or the Senate bill, they are in fact endorsing the Senate's version due to their use of the word "comprehensive". And, they're also using a Democrat talking point: "Instead of holding dozens of field hearings that do little but stir the pot of discontent, we urge you to...
  • 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 isn’t 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...
  • Spokesman says Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, announcement planned Saturday

    08/11/2011 2:00:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 11, 2011 | AP
    AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry is running for president, a spokesman confirmed Thursday, a move certain to shake up the race for the GOP nomination much to the delight of conservatives looking for a candidate to embrace. Perry spokesman Mark Miner said the governor would make his intentions known on Saturday while visiting South Carolina and New Hampshire just as most of his presidential rivals compete in a test vote in Iowa. Official word of Perry’s entrance into the race came just hours before eight candidates, including GOP front-runner Mitt Romney, were to appear on stage during a...
  • Rick Perry says he is definitely running

    08/11/2011 1:00:19 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 355 replies
    UPI ^ | 8-11-11
    While Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made no formal announcement, he told Time magazine in an interview he wants to run for president. "I mean I wouldn't be this far into the process. … The issue of, 'is this what I want to do?' was dealt with about 45 days ago in a conversation with my wife," Perry said. "Prior to that, no. Being the president of the United States was not on my radar screen from the standpoint of something I wanted to do." Perry added he has a "calmness" in his heart about running. (see below for supposed...
  • Is Door Closed on Palin? (NO!)

    08/10/2011 11:07:32 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 128 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 8-10-2011 | Seth Mandel - OP/ED
    Is Door Closed on Palin? Seth Mandel August 10, 2011 In April, Human Events published a column offering ten reasons Sarah Palin will run for president. Last month, Fox News host Greta Van Susteren blogged about the seven reasons Palin will run for president. Then last week, Henry D’Andrea, writing in the Washington Times, offered three reasons he believes Palin will run for president.Though I’ve been skeptical all along that Palin would run, I would imagine the entrance of Rick Perry into the race will give Palin one very good reason not to. Perry’s candidacy has, as many others have...
  • The Rick Perry I Know

    08/07/2011 4:24:22 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 128 replies · 1+ views
    National Journal ^ | August 5, 2011 | Matthew Dowd
    In 1986, I was running the Texas Democratic Party primary, and in walked an attractive rancher who submitted his filing to run as a Democrat for state representative for a district in rural West Texas. That rancher is now the state’s Republican governor, Rick Perry. I have known him for 25 years off and on, and I know his staff very well. And Perry is about to become a dominant force in the Republican nomination process for president. Nearly a year ago, I wrote a column for National Journal saying that we need to watch out for Perry, that he...
  • Predictions: Who will be the GOP nominee in 2012?

    08/04/2011 11:21:17 AM PDT · by Artemis Webb · 161 replies
    Vanity ^ | 110411 | Artemis Webb
    Your opinions... Who will be the GOP nominee? Who will come in 2nd and 3rd? Will Obama keep Biden as his VP nominee? Try to play nice.
  • Support for Rick Perry growing among Tea Party Republicans

    07/30/2011 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 273 replies · 1+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 30, 2011 | Texas on the Potomic
    ...Perry’s support swelled among voters who identified as member of the Tea Party. Sixteen percent of Tea Party voters support Perry for the GOP nomination – the same percent that supported Romney. Bachmann received 14 percent of the vote and Palin and Cain both received 12 percent. Paul garnered 9 percent of the votes. This Tea Party support means Perry’s potential entrance in the 2012 presidential race would likely have a significantly negative effect on the Bachmann campaign as he will likely siphon her voters into his camp. A Gallup poll released yesterday showed that without any of the undeclared...
  • Rick Perry: Abortion is a states’ rights issue ("You either believe in the 10th Amendment or Not")

    07/28/2011 6:03:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/28/2011 | Allahpundit
    A smart middle-ground play for independents, but I thought he was supposed to be the great evangelical hope. Last week he said he was “fine” with New York legalizing gay marriage before clarifying today that he’s not fine with gay marriage itself. (In fact, he supports a Federal Marriage Amendment.) Now this. Why would a social-conservative voter looking for a champion who has traction in the polls prefer him to, say, Bachmann?Maybe Perry’s willing to shed some votes in Iowa in exchange for picking some up in New Hampshire. Despite holding personal pro-life beliefs, Texas Gov. Rick Perry categorized abortion...
  • Perry Candidacy, Still Not Official, May Begin In Earnest Tonight

    07/29/2011 11:20:14 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 13 replies
    Commentary ^ | 7-29-2011 | Seth Mandel
    Perry Candidacy, Still Not Official, May Begin In Earnest Tonight Seth Mandel July 29, 2011 Rick Perry made a shrewd decision to officially stay off the ballot in the Iowa straw poll next month, as a way to escape expectations and cause his potential rivals to underperform (since his supporters are planning to write him in). But that tactic is not an option this weekend in Denver. Perry will give one of two keynote addresses tonight, on the opening day of the Western Conservative Summit, which will be held through Sunday.The conference will also feature Herman Cain, John Bolton, and...
  • Missed Out on a Washington Job? A Second Chance Glimmers [Texas rubes might get to D.C. again]

    07/29/2011 3:20:11 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    New York Times ^ | July 29, 2011 | Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune
    It’s not exactly a “Left Behind” story, but there were a fair number of conservative policy wonks and political operators in Texas who didn’t catch the train to Washington in 2000. Now, as Gov. Rick Perry dances closer and closer to the presidential flame, those Texas Republicans might get another chance. The conventional wisdom just a few months ago was that the rest of the country was weary of Texans, that even if they were in a mood to put a Republican back in the White House, nobody with boots should apply for the job. But maybe 2012 is like...
  • Perry for President Announcement Expected By End of August

    Advisers and elected allies of Texas Gov. Rick Perry tell Whispers that the Republican will join the crowded field of presidential hopefuls by the end of August... Perry's entry will be a "game changer," said Mark Meckler, cofounder of the Tea Party Patriots, the nation's largest umbrella group for the movement. "It changes the equation because he has a record to run on." That record, added Meckler, is the "Texas miracle" of growth and economic prosperity.... Polls show substantial support for Perry. Gallup today has him winning in the South and within striking distance of leading the pack in the...
  • Texas Democrats' conservatism widespread outside of Austin

    07/28/2011 2:23:33 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 27, 2011 | Jason Stanford
    Shortly after the 2006 gubernatorial election, a young Democratic activist invited me out for coffee to tell me how I screwed up as the campaign manager for Democrat Chris Bell. And such was my fragile state after the grueling, two-year campaign that I accepted. It wasn't that the Democratic donor base had abandoned its party's nominee in favor of Comptroller Carole Strayhorn, who had abandoned her own Republican Party to run against Rick Perry. And it wasn't that satirist Kinky Friedman had made cynicism cool and captured thousands of disaffected white Democrats. It was that he thought Chris Bell wasn't...
  • Perry Touts Balanced-Budget Measure

    07/27/2011 5:24:37 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    Amarillo Globe News ^ | July 27, 2011 | Bobby Cervantes
    Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by nearly all of the Texas Panhandle’s state House delegation, touted a state budget bill Tuesday that was the product of more than six months of negotiations in Austin. Perry was at the Amarillo Chamber of Commerce to ceremonially sign the budget bill and a balanced budget amendment that forces state lawmakers to address budget shortfalls every two years. The Republican-dominated state Legislature finalized a budget bill last month that slashed about $4 million from public education statewide and cut social services funding. “Our main job is to do everything we can to maintain the economic...
  • Romney and Perry : Dual Front-Runners?(Perry tops Romney at Intrade)

    07/26/2011 9:53:53 PM PDT · by Clairity · 26 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 26, 2011 | Nate Silver
    At the betting market Intrade, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has overtaken Mitt Romney and is now considered the most likely person to win the Republican presidential contest. Mr. Perry is given a 35 percent chance of claiming the nomination as compared to Mr. Romney at 29 percent; Michelle Bachmann is a distant third place and assigned a 9 percent chance of winning.
  • Perry offers no hints at local GOP fundraiser (Sarah Palin's uncle makes news)

    07/26/2011 8:52:43 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 70 replies
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | 7-26-2011 | Kiah Collier
    Perry offers no hints at local GOP fundraiser By Kiah Collier San Angelo Standard TimesJuly 26, 2011 at 9:46 p.m. Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin asked her uncle Mike Sheeran to deliver a message to Gov. Rick Perry at a Republican Party fundraiser held at Bentwood Country Club on Tuesday: That he should declare his entrance into the 2012 presidential race. "Sarah wanted me to tell him that, if he were to declare, he should declare here at Bentwood," said Sheeran, who has lived in San Angelo for about 12 years, adding that he would be a big supporter of...
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry eyes Florida talent, money in possible presidential bid

    07/26/2011 10:59:04 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 16 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | July 26, 2011 | MARC CAPUTO
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is exploring a run for president in a behind-the-scenes effort to set up a shadow campaign that stretches from Austin to New Hampshire to Miami. Perry’s potential bid is more of a whisper campaign than a presidential campaign at the moment, but he’s aggressively courting fundraisers and political consultants – even if they’re allied with other candidates. [snip] This week, Perry is meeting with delegations from Tennessee, Georgia and Arkansas and has recently travelled to California and Aspen, Colo. in well-publicized visits that are all preludes to a nationwide campaign. Perry has already fired up rank-and-file...
  • Rick Perry’s Campaign Approach Is Hitting All the Right Notes

    07/26/2011 10:27:26 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 31 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 7-25-2011 | Seth Mandel - Commentary
    Rick Perry’s Campaign Approach Is Hitting All the Right Notes Seth Mandel July 26, 2011 A pro-Rick Perry group is taking advantage of a new rule in the Iowa straw poll that allows voters to write in a candidate. GrowPAC will air radio ads in Iowa urging voters to write in Perry’s name in the Ames straw poll next month. The move would–if the ad works–help Perry in two ways: it would reveal public support for Perry without having to meet expectations, as he would if his name were officially on the ballot, and it will drain support from Perry’s...
  • Rick Perry finds another feather for his cap with job creation

    07/26/2011 7:52:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Politico ^ | July 26, 2011 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    Business Journals relays the latest economic trophy for the Lone Star State and its governor: Texas is the big winner in On Numbers’ midyear analysis of employment trends. Texas added 537,500 nonfarm jobs between June 2006 and June 2011, based on the latest seasonally adjusted figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That’s nearly 10 times larger than the second-biggest increase by any state over the five-year span, Louisiana’s gain of 55,900 nonfarm jobs. North Dakota was third with a raw increase of 41,700..... This would be a big deal for Rick Perry under any circumstances, but more...
  • 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. Let’s give Rick Perry a chance." Continue Reading The 60-second...
  • Rick Perry Eyes Late August Campaign Launch

    07/25/2011 3:25:25 AM PDT · by Clairity · 44 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 25, 2011 | Erin McPike and Scott Conroy
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is all but certain to launch a presidential campaign and is nearing an announcement set for the second half of August, according to sources familiar with his political team's planning. For months, Republican activists, donors, elected officials, and even voters have dithered about their choices in the 2012 presidential primary contest. But they may have their man in Rick Perry, a telegenic and booming political presence who boasts executive experience as the nation's longest serving governor, as well as a healthy level of support from the tea party faithful. Two new national polls released on Friday...
  • The skeletons in Rick Perry's closet

    07/25/2011 8:36:16 PM PDT · by BereanBrain · 126 replies
    CBS ^ | July 25, 2011 5:22 AM | By Brian Montopoli
    <p>As I have been saying, Perry is not a fit conservative candidate.</p>
  • RCP: Rick Perry “all but certain” to declare in second half of August (He's 100% in)

    07/25/2011 7:53:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/25/2011 | Allahpundit
    Supposedly he was set to declare even earlier but decided to wait until after the Ames straw poll. Why rush into Iowa if you’re not on the ballot and half the big names in the field can’t be bothered to compete? While Perry has focused on determining whether he can raise the funds necessary to run a credible campaign, his strategists have begun locking down verbal commitments from vendors and other potential top staff who would fill out a campaign organization. One who was contacted about a senior staff position was told, “This is a 99 percent sure thing.” Another...
  • Rick Perry’s 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 Dole’s campaign was a void, a negation. Given President Obama’s 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 ‘Texas Taint’ Stops Him From Winning Presidency

    07/24/2011 1:44:02 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    MEDIAite ^ | July 24, 2011 | Matt Schneider
    Many conservatives and Tea Party activists across the country are eagerly anticipating the entry of Texas Governor Rick Perry into the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Yet Fox Business correspondent Charlie Gasparino suggests that many New Yorkers on Wall Street, presumably of both political parties, are not at all excited about the possibility of a Perry presidency. Gasparino warns: “I talk to a lot of Wall Street guys . . . you know I don’t think a guy from Texas can win again. I just think there’s a Texas taint to it all. And I know the big money...
  • A boomlet of Perrymania

    07/24/2011 1:34:15 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 77 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 24, 2011 | Doyle McManus
    [SNIP of "conventional" wisdom and characterizations] What's holding him back from running? "We don't know whether it's doable," Perry's political strategist, David M. Carney, told me. "Most people running for president do it for years. We'd be trying to do it in 200 days." The biggest practical problem Perry faces, Carney said, is fundraising. It could take $50 million to run a credible primary campaign. "It takes time to raise money — the candidate's time," he noted. Major donors want to meet a candidate in person before they write a check or recruit their friends to help. .....if Perry decides...
  • Perry environmental stance would transform EPA

    07/23/2011 6:44:59 PM PDT · by Clairity · 88 replies
    American Statesman ^ | July 23, 2011 | Asher Price
    As governor of Texas, Rick Perry has argued that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has strangled business and interfered with state environmental efforts, and he has championed a half-dozen lawsuits challenging federal air pollution and greenhouse gas regulations. The dispute with the EPA serves as a proxy for larger Perry arguments about states' rights versus federal power. It "illustrates how Washington's command-and-control environmental bureaucracy is destroying federalism and individuals' ability to make their own economic decisions," Perry wrote in his book "Fed Up! " So, should he run for the White House and win, how would a President Perry treat...
  • Gov. Perry: Gay marriage is states' rights issue

    07/22/2011 6:53:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 184 replies
    Texas governor and potential Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry says he supports state rights so much that he's fine with New York allowing gay marriage. Perry told several hundred potential GOP donors in Aspen, Colo., on Friday that he's an "unapologetic fiscal conservative" and opposes gay marriage but that he's also a strong believer in the 10th Amendment. He says New York's decision is "their business" and that's fine with him.
  • Perry Surges to Second Place in Two National Polls

    07/22/2011 3:04:27 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 61 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 22, 2011 | Caitlin Huey-Burns
    With speculation mounting as to whether Rick Perry will make a White House run, two national polls released Friday morning show the Texas governor within close reach of front-runner Mitt Romney. The Massachusetts governor edges Perry by 16 percent to 14 percent, in a CNN/ORC International survey and by 17 percent to 14 percent in a Fox News poll. The CNN survey shows an increased enthusiasm for a Perry presidential bid. In May, only 40 percent of Republican respondents wanted him to jump into the candidate pool, a number that's now risen to 50 percent. Fifty-five percent want former Alaska...
  • "Enthusiastic" Perry Still Two to Four Weeks From 2012 Decision

    07/21/2011 10:52:39 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 36 replies
    Fox ^ | July 21, 2011 | Carl Cameron
    Senior Aides to Texas Governor Rick Perry say they remain at least two, and as many as four weeks away from any final decision on whether to run for the GOP presidential nomination. Governor Perry is described as enthusiastic about the possibility and a reference to his wife Anita's encouragement yesterday, is actually a reflection of what aides say is many months of her agitation in favor of running. His time frame for getting into the race is about creating the financial network to fund a national campaign that goes big in every state, not state-by-state like others are now...
  • 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...
  • Will Perry Carry the Day?

    07/21/2011 1:56:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 131 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 21, 2011 | Brian Bolduc
    In the Russell Senate Office Building Caucus Room, Fred McClure was watching the crowd. It was March 1978, and the American Agriculture Movement — a pressure group for government support of farm prices — was meeting with Texan congressmen. A legislative aide to Sen. John Tower (R.), McClure was leaning on a door when a rancher from Paint Creek, Texas, named Rick Perry walked past. Newly retired from the Air Force, Perry held a degree in animal science from Texas A&M. His class ring gave him away. Spotting the ring, McClure, a fellow Texas A&M grad, introduced himself, and the...
  • Mitt Romney visits North Hollywood as Rick Perry hits Century City

    07/21/2011 1:10:26 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 49 replies
    Southern California Public Radio ^ | July 20, 2011 | Frank Stoltze | KPCC
    Boarded-up shops and a nearly empty parking lot provided the backdrop for former Masschusetts' Gov. Mitt Romney’s visit today to a struggling shopping center near the intersection of Victory and Laurel Canyon boulevards. Romney, presumed to be among the leading Republican contenders for the presidency in 2012, said President Barack Obama’s economic policies have contributed to the decline of this and many other malls across America. “Proposing raising taxes did not put people back to work. Obamacare made it less likely for employers to want to hire people. The talk about cap-and-trade and higher energy costs made it less likely...
  • 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 wins Iowa county straw poll

    07/20/2011 9:48:34 AM PDT · by Clairity · 102 replies
    Politico ^ | July 20, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Clay County GOP chairwoman Kirstine Thiessen confirmed that Perry won the straw poll vote the other night, which was held among those on hand for a planned meeting. The county, I'm told, is in Rep. Steve King's district, and abuts Minnesota. Of the 59 votes cast, Perry won with 15, followed by Michele Bachmann with 9, Thiessen said. Rick Santorum got eight, Ron Paul got 6, Hermain Cain got 5, Thaddeus McCotter got four, and tied with Tim Pawlenty and Mitt Romney for that number. Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin each got two votes. It's not quite a representative sample...
  • Perry vs.Palin Straight up (GretaWire Online Poll)

    07/19/2011 7:32:24 PM PDT · by Ocarterma · 293 replies
    GretaWire ^ | 07/19/2011 | GretaWire
    Who has a better chance of winning the Republican nomination?