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  • Iowa finish could knock Perry out of SC debate

    01/03/2012 7:39:50 PM PST · by Rational Thought · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 01/03/2012 | Joel Gehrke
    Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, appears doomed to a fifth-place finish in Iowa. Unless he drops out, that would make South Carolina his last stand against Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney. The problem is that he might not receive an invitation to an upcoming South Carolina debate (given the debate criteria). Candidates can qualify to participate in the CNN/Southern Republican Leadership Conference debate January 19th (two days before the South Carolina primary) in one of four ways. First and second, they can place in the top four in either Iowa or New Hampshire. Third and fourth, they can qualify by averaging seven...
  • Bill Clinton sticks up for Rick Perry on immigration

    11/07/2011 9:36:45 AM PST · by Fred · 27 replies
    State Column ^ | 110711 | Staff
    Bill Clinton defended Rick Perry on Monday over a law the Texas governor signed that allows children of illegal immigrants to receive in-state college tuition. The former two-term Democratic president said in an interview with USA Today that it makes his “skin crawl” when Perry’s rivals for the GOP nod slam him “for one of the best things he did.”
  • Rick Perry's Tax Plan Would Be a Disaster for America

    10/26/2011 6:08:48 PM PDT · by Fred · 27 replies
    Fox ^ | 102511 | Peter Morici
    Seeking to jump start his flagging presidential campaign and establish his pro-growth and fiscal responsibility credentials, Governor Rick Perry is unveiling a tax plan that will not jump start the economy and is fiscally irresponsible. In a nutshell, Mr. Perry would give taxpayers a choice between filing under the current income tax system—with all its flaws—and an alternative flat tax 20 percent system. Under the latter, families could maintain their mortgage deductions if they earn less than $500,000, which is about 99 percent of taxpayers, and could declare exemptions of $12,500 for each family member. It seems appealing—a simplified tax...
  • In Ohio, praise and questions for Herman Cain

    10/26/2011 1:50:11 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 24 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 26, 2011 | Dan Balz
    <p>CINCINNATI — First impressions are important in politics, and no one has introduced himself better in the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination than businessman Herman Cain.</p> <p>Cain has surged in just about every national or state poll this month, to the point that he is now in a virtual tie with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney. The latest CBS-New York Times poll put him ahead of Romney, though within the margin of error. A Quinnipiac University poll of Ohio voters showed him narrowly ahead of Romney. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, once seen as the strongest challenger to Romney, ran fifth in both surveys.</p>
  • Another Good Week for Cain (only 1 point behind Romney in Nevada - huge amount of momentum)

    10/25/2011 9:25:11 AM PDT · by Fred · 16 replies
    PPPPollings ^ | 102511 | PPPPollings
    Herman Cain is getting pretty close to being something more than the flavor of the month. PPP's newest polls find him with a double digit lead in Wisconsin, and running only a point behind Mitt Romney in Nevada. This now makes 4 weeks in a row where Cain's been on the top of our polls- in 9 surveys we've conducted over that period of time he's held the lead in 8 with this Nevada poll serving as the only exception. In Wisconsin Cain's at 30% to 18% for Romney, 12% each for Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, 8% for Ron...
  • Perry Proposes 20 Percent Flat Tax

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

    10/22/2011 9:34:34 PM PDT · by martosko · 162 replies · 1+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 10/22/2011 | Jeff Poor
    Say what you want about former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain’s presidential bid and his missteps along the way, but it’s hard to argue with results: Cain has an edge in the average of the major polls, and even picked up a straw poll victory in Nevada on Friday. But that doesn’t impress syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer. “[I] saw him on ‘Stossel’ on abortion — entirely incoherent,” Krauthammer said. “On one hand, ‘people ought to have choice.’ On the other hand, ‘life is sacred from the beginning and abortion ought to be illegal.’ This isn’t a complicated issue. It’s one...
  • Herman Cain's campaign paid his company to buy his books [zot]

    10/21/2011 10:49:24 AM PDT · by Clairity · 278 replies
    CBS News ^ | Oct 18, 2011 | Lindsey Boerma
    Herman Cain's case against pundits who claim he's running a book tour rather than a presidential campaign just got a bit more complicated. Federal Election Commission records show that the former Godfather's Pizza executive paid more than $64,000 of his presidential campaign funds to his motivational speaking company, T.H.E. New Voice Inc., for copies of his own books, and for lodging, airfare, and resources, Bloomberg News reports. Previous rulings by the FEC have allowed candidates to use their campaign funds to buy their own books, as long as the purchase is at market value and the money goes to charity...
  • For Perry, A Rapid Fundraising Rise -- and Fall

    10/21/2011 10:49:57 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 51 replies
    National Journal ^ | October 21, 2011 | Staff
    Texas governor meeting Friday with Washington insiders after big fundraising dropoff. By Reid Wilson and Peter Bell Texas Gov. Rick Perry kicked off his presidential campaign with an aggressive fundraising schedule that quickly made him a front-runner for the Republican nomination. But reports his campaign filed with the Federal Election Commission show that his ability to attract big money fell off steeply in September—perhaps not coincidentally—at the same time a series of rocky debate performances threatened his early front-runner status. As Perry arrives on Friday in Washington for a private meeting with K Street insiders, the question is whether he...
  • Herman Cain, A Man Without a Country: Unprincipled Pro-Abortion and Ineffectively Pro-Life.

    10/20/2011 1:38:34 AM PDT · by grassboots.org · 82 replies
    Caffeinated Thoughts ^ | 10/20/2011 | david Shedlock
    I Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, hen follow him. And the people answered him not a word. Herman Cain can't make up his mind whether he is pro-life or pro-abortion.  He wants to ride the fence, so let's let him.  But I have two suggestions for what to call his position. First, Unprincipled Pro-Abortion. I don't mean unprincipled and pro-abortion. I mean unprincipled pro-abortion. He is pro-abortion for sure, but not on principle, but rather on purely pragmatic grounds. This will...
  • Latino group claims Aztlán war in next five years

    09/02/2011 3:27:59 PM PDT · by smartyaz · 70 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/27/11 | 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. Latino groups believe they have enough people in states such as California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas to successfully wage a war on the United States.
  • 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...
  • Undocumented workers got billions from IRS in tax credits, audit finds

    09/02/2011 10:27:55 AM PDT · by DFG · 18 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/02/11 | Lisa Rein
    The Internal Revenue Service allowed undocumented workers to collect $4.2 billion in refundable tax credits last year, a new audit says, almost quadruple the sum five years ago. Although undocumented workers are not eligible for federal benefits, the report released Thursday by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration concludes that federal law is ambiguous on whether these workers qualify for a tax break based on earned income called the additional child tax credit. Taxpayers can claim this credit to reduce what they owe in taxes, often getting refunds from the government. The vagueness of federal law may have contributed...
  • 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...
  • Bachmann backers to Perry: She’s the ‘honest conservative’ in the race

    09/02/2011 10:46:19 AM PDT · by Fred · 15 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo The Ticket ^ | 090211 | Rachel Rose Hartman
    Michele Bachmann's allies are telling South Carolina voters that Rick Perry is not an "honest conservative." A super PAC connected to Bachmann, the Republican presidential candidate and representative from Minnesota, has announced its plans to air an ad in the the second-in-the-nation primary state of South Carolina that questions the tea party credentials of Perry, the Texas governor who has upended the 2012 campaign. "Rick Perry says he's one tough hombre on spending" the narrator says in the ad, before criticizing Perry's record in Texas. "Rick Perry doubled spending in a decade. And this year, Rick Perry is spending more...
  • Perry fires back at pro-Bachmann super PAC

    09/01/2011 2:12:25 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 161 replies
    Politico ^ | September 1, 2011 | MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Rick Perry's campaign just responded to the attack ad that a pro-Michele Bachmann super PAC unveiled last night, which it is airing in South Carolina, and which hits him on his spending record as Texas governor: “Gov. Perry is a proven fiscal conservative, having cut taxes, signed six balanced budgets, and led Texas to become America’s top job-creating state,” said Ray Sullivan, RickPerry.org’s communications director. “Congresswoman Bachmann’s front-group ad is patently and provably false. Unlike Washington, the Texas budget is balanced, does not run deficits and limits spending, even as Texas added jobs and population in big numbers.”
  • 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.
  • Steve Forbes: I'm Leaning Toward Perry Endorsement

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

    08/31/2011 9:39:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The New Republic ^ | September 1, 2011 | Ed Kilgore
    At first glance, Labor Day weekend looks like it could be a lot of fun for Rick Perry and his fans. The odds of a Sarah Palin candidacy continue to shrink to irrelevance as she wrestles with incompetent local Tea Party organizers in Iowa over a long-planned appearance just outside Des Moines. Mitt Romney’s temporary triumph in securing top billing at a Tea Party Express event in New Hampshire, meanwhile, is being spoiled by protests from Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks organization. And Mitt is also looking a bit humiliated by his last-minute decision to change plans and appear at a candidate...
  • 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...