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  • U.S. 183, I-35 projects waver after Abbott, Patrick trash tolls

    12/04/2017 1:13:32 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 20, 2017 | Ben Wear
    Several key Central Texas highway projects — including expansions of U.S. 183 in North Austin, U.S. 290 in Southwest Austin and Interstate 35 through the heart of the area — are once again in limbo after Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick last week staked out firm anti-toll positions. “Right now there’s a billion dollars worth of projects on hold, between 183 and Oak Hill,” said Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The I-35 project, estimated to cost $8 billion to add toll lanes and other improvements from Round Rock to Buda, was...
  • MSNBC reporter asks Rick Perry if he’s “smart enough to be president”

    12/11/2014 7:59:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/11/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m sure we’re all relieved to know that after the many media debacles in the last few election cycles, the cable news denizens have learned their lesson. This time around things are going to be different. Candidates will be treated fairly, with an opportunity to make their case before the American people while being subjected to rigorous examination of their actual record and their stated positions on the issues.Naw, I’m just kidding. Nothing has actually changed at all. And to lead off the two year parade of embarrassing media moments, MSNBC featured an interview with Texas Governor Rick Perry...
  • Online toll roads

    11/18/2014 11:08:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | November 14, 2014 | The Houston Chronicle
    Internet old-timers - those of us over age 25 - remember a time when the web was called the Information Superhighway. The debate over net neutrality has us thinking about another sort of highway: the Trans-Texas Corridor. The TTC, a proposed 4,000-mile toll road, rail and utility project, died a death of a thousand cuts in 2010. First proposed as a much-needed infrastructure investment, the well-intentioned project grew into a monstrosity of politically connected contractors, private property concerns and conspiracy theories. The biggest blow to TTC was statewide opposition to granting Spanish-owned developer Cintra a 50-year, multibillion-dollar deal to control...
  • State loan program that Perry touted had to be bailed out

    11/06/2011 6:24:44 AM PST · by Kartographer · 49 replies
    AMERICAN-STATESMAN ^ | 10/22/11 | Laylan Copelin
    Over his eight years as Texas' farmer-in-chief, Perry oversaw a loan guarantee program with so many defaults that the state had to stop guaranteeing bank loans to startups in agribusiness and eventually bailed out the program with taxpayer money. The state auditor panned Perry's claims of creating jobs and criticized Perry and his fellow board members at the Texas Agricultural Finance Authority for not following their own lending guidelines. In some instances, the auditor said, Perry and the authority guaranteed loans to applicants with a negative net worth or too much debt. Citing growing debts, the auditor finally suggested that...
  • Rick Perry and the Trans-Texas Corridor

    10/04/2011 7:35:01 AM PDT · by bullypulpit · 42 replies
    Politico ^ | Oct 4, 2011 | Kendra Marr
    The governor’s 2012 rivals have latched onto his executive order mandating the HPV vaccine and his advocacy for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants, while little has been said about his unrealized 1,200-foot-wide toll road project that would have swallowed more than 500,000 acres of Texas farmland and wildlife habitats. But as the focus of debates increasingly turn toward President Barack Obama’s jobs agenda — a plan calling for a heavy dose of infrastructure investment — that may change. “Pay to play, cronyism — all those charges can be found right here in the Trans-Texas Corridor,” said Terri Hall, founder and...
  • Gov. Perry's Proposed Road in Texas Had Few Friends and Could Still Take a Political Toll

    09/09/2011 3:09:31 PM PDT · by free me · 32 replies
    The New York Times ^ | September 9, 2011 | Amanda Peterka
    The less the Trans-Texas Corridor is brought up during the Republican presidential primaries, the better for Rick Perry. Although it was officially killed in the most recent Texas legislative session, the proposed massive transportation and infrastructure project and ensuing debacle could still end up being a thorn in the governor's side as he preaches his anti-big government mantra on the campaign trail. As originally proposed and backed by Perry, the state of Texas would have taken more than 500,000 acres of private land to build the 1,200-foot-wide toll road. The majority of those acres were agricultural lands and wildlife habitats,...
  • Veterans' Organization to Governor Perry: "We need you as our Commander-in-Chief!"

    08/04/2011 10:33:48 AM PDT · by Clairity · 65 replies · 1+ views
    PR Newswire ^ | Aug 4, 2011 | PR Newswire
    Veterans for Rick Perry, a candidate committee under Federal Election Commission rules, today called upon Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter the race for President of the United States. "As a veteran with a solid record of supporting veterans and military issues in the State of Texas, we believe Governor Perry is the best person for the job of President," said Dan Shelley, Air Force veteran and founder of Veterans for Rick Perry. "We believe Governor Perry is uniquely qualified to lead our nation through the trials that lie ahead. He has demonstrated an ability to reduce government and keep...
  • How Rick Perry Could Shake Up The GOP Race

    07/20/2011 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 57 replies
    NPR ^ | July 20, 2011 | Liz Halloran Interview
    Jul 20, 2011 — Will the Texas governor elbow his way into the crowded presidential race? Longtime Perry watcher Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune talks about why he thinks Perry will run and what kind of candidate he'd be. [snip] We spoke with the Texas Tribune's Evan Smith about the man he has followed since the early 1990s. A former editor of Texas Monthly magazine, Smith says he's convinced Perry will make a run at the White House, and tells us why other Republican hopefuls should be worried.
  • Rick Perry : one of the most conservative Republican candidates

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

    07/18/2011 9:57:03 PM PDT · by Clairity · 30 replies
    NC Civitas ^ | July 18, 2011 | Katie Trout
    Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry leads Barack Obama 45 percent to 42 percent among North Carolina voters in a potential presidential matchup, according to a new poll released by the Civitas Institute. Republican (81 percent Perry - 8 percent Obama) and Democratic voter (17 percent Perry - 69 percent Obama) support falls along party lines between the potential candidates. Unaffiliated voters, the fastest growing voter segment in the state, would choose Perry over Obama by a 53 percent to 32 percent margin.
  • 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....
  • Is Rick Perry Running? ‘Absolutely,’ Says Texas Monthly Editor

    07/15/2011 3:35:43 PM PDT · by ejdrapes · 41 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 15, 2011 | Rick Klein
    Is Rick Perry Running? ‘Absolutely,’ Says Texas Monthly Editor July 15, 2011 1:56 PM ABC News’ Rick Klein (@rickklein) reports: Look for another entry into the Republican field: Texas Gov. Rick Perry is poised to jump into the race for the presidency in the coming weeks, Texas Monthly senior executive editor Paul Burka told us on ABC’s “Top Line” today. “Absolutely. He's running,” Burka said. “He's been talking about it with his family -- his family's behind him. His friends are behind him. And I really think this something that came -- that started in 2010 when he was running...
  • 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
    washingtonpost.com ^ | 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...
  • Slick Rick, the TTC, and Corrupt Practices

    05/31/2011 1:08:29 PM PDT · by BereanBrain · 2 replies
    Dallas Morning News
    Once again, Gov. Rick Perry’s former liaison to the Legislature is working for the Spanish company that won the rights to develop the $7 billion Trans-Texas Corridor. Lobbyist Dan Shelley worked for the firm as a consultant just before he went to the governor’s office, a connection first revealed in 2004. State officials denied any connection between that circumstance and the decision, three months later, to award Cintra the huge highway contract. Now, Mr. Shelley has left the governor’s office, and he and his daughter have large contracts to lobby for the road builder. This week, Mr. Shelley had planned...
  • If Perry does mount presidential run, we'll see if his walk matches his talk

    07/10/2011 3:47:00 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 136 replies
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal ^ | July 10, 2010 | Editorial
    If Rick Perry does mount a successful bid for the U.S. presidency, it will be interesting to see whether he can translate his past and present criticisms of the federal government into concrete changes to the sprawling bureaucracy. Perry has yet to say he will or won’t toss his hat into the Republican race for the right to square off against President Barack Obama in 2012. He is, however, making all the moves of a potential candidate testing the waters. Insiders are mixed on the odds. Some say he’s definitely in; others put the odds at 50-50. But the mere...
  • Perry calling Iowa activists as potential donors convene

    07/08/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Politico ^ | JONATHAN MARTIN & MAGGIE HABERMAN
    Rick Perry has started calling Iowa Republicans and a former RNC finance chairman is helping to convene a meeting of national donors later this month in Austin to discuss financing a potential 2012 campaign — signs that the Texas governor and his allies are stepping up their exploratory efforts. The developments come as Perry is being watched by a string of donors, early-state voters and elites who say they're disenchanted, and in search of a stronger candidate. Continue Reading Republican activist Joni Scotter told POLITICO she got a surprise phone call this afternoon from Perry, asking about the political landscape...
  • 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.
  • Rick Perry: Would Obama stand a chance against the Texas governor?

    07/06/2011 9:20:05 PM PDT · by Clairity · 83 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 6, 2011 | LA Times Editorial Staff
    President Obama wouldn't stand a chance if Texas Gov. Rick Perry were to win the Republican nomination. That's Merrill Matthews' theory anyway. On the conservative website Human Events, he compares Obama to Perry in terms we can all understand. Which brings us to the Obama vs. Perry records on the economy. Unemployment: Then, 7.3% of Americans were unemployed and 9.1% are unemployed today. ...Yet, as this Times article demonstrates, there's no doubt Perry brings more to the table in terms of successful governing experience than anyone else seeking to challenge Obama.
  • Perry Cements His Reputation As a Powerful Governor

    07/03/2011 12:39:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | July 3, 2011 | Jay Root
    Gov. Rick Perry may or may not try to become the leader of what was once called the free world. In the meantime, he has cemented his reputation as one of the most powerful governors ever to walk the corridors of the Texas Capitol. As the longest serving governor in state history, Perry has named more people to boards and commissions than any predecessor — 5,495 at last count, Legislative Reference Library figures show — allowing him to put his conservative stamp on every corner of state government. The reach of his power, and his willingness to use it, have...