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  • Taking a Look at the Governor, Back When He Was a Democrat

    07/14/2011 5:02:23 PM PDT · by Tex-Con-Man · 50 replies
    NYTimes ^ | July 14, 2011 | Jay Root
    Mr. Perry spent his first six years in politics as a Democrat... A raging liberal he was not... He was one of a handful of freshman “pit bulls,” so named because they sat in the lower pit of the House Appropriations Committee, where they fought to keep spending low. But Mr. Perry cast some votes and took a few stands that seem to be at odds with his fiscal conservatism today. The most vivid example is his support of the $5.7 billion tax hike in 1987, signed by Gov. Bill Clements, a Republican, opposed by most Republican members. The bill...
  • Trends favor Perry, latest polls show [Texas Governor race]

    10/08/2010 3:07:23 AM PDT · by deport · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Housto | 10-8-10 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    <p>AUSTIN — Three new public opinion surveys show Gov. Rick Perry on the cusp of a re-election majority while former Houston Mayor Bill White remains mired with less than 45 percent support.</p> <p>Rice University political scientist Mark Jones said White is stuck at the base Democratic vote because he has been unable to make a policy or message issue stick to Perry as a negative........</p>
  • Texas Primary Election Results Thread

    03/02/2010 6:34:40 AM PST · by Ravi · 154 replies · 5,740+ views
    tx. sos ^ | 3/2/10 | me
    Check for results
  • Texas Early Voting Info

    03/01/2010 10:42:44 AM PST · by deport · 45 replies · 1,496+ views
    Texas Secretary of State ^ | Mar. 1, 2010 | TXSOS
    The following are the totals for early voting in the 15 largest Counties in Texas. Remember there are 239 additional counties in which the data isn't provided. It appears that Texas is having a large turnout this primary. Some observations: 306,422 GOP votes - 62.3% of EV votes cast 184,694 Democratic votes - 37.6% of EV votes cast 655,919 GOP total votes cast statewide 2006 gov primary Early Voting Totals - Feb. 26, 2010March 2, 2010 Early Voting Cumulative Totals Thru Close of Business February 26, 2010 County Reg Voters Party # In Person On 2/26/2010 Cumulative In-Person Voters Cumulative...
  • Perry's message frustrates Hutchison [TxGov]

    02/28/2010 6:58:10 AM PST · by deport · 13 replies · 655+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-28-2010 | Jason Embry
    HOUSTON — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison rode a quarter horse with a heavy winter coat down the middle of Texas Avenue on Saturday morning, diligently waving to the thousands of Houston-area families that lined each side of the street. Her appearance in the annual parade preceding the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo was like a number of Hutchison's campaign appearances on the final weekend before she tries to unseat Gov. Rick Perry in Tuesday's Republican primary: She met — or at least waved to —Texans where they were, whether they were eating, shopping or watching the horses parade...
  • Documents show relatively few donors loaded Gov. Rick Perry's campaign 'Money Cannon'

    02/26/2010 1:59:10 PM PST · by deport · 43 replies · 497+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2-26-2010 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has bragged this week about making fundraising history by bringing in a record $1.3 million in one day, intimating that it came from tapping grassroots support. It turns out that the money mostly came from those who own the field. Only 43 donors provided the first $1 million, and the total $1.28 million was netted from just 123 givers, including lobbyists and long-time political players, reports filed with the Texas Ethics Commission showed Friday. On Thursday, Perry announced the fundraising total in a press release, saying the "Money Cannon" had included "numerous Texans donating...
  • Five turning points in the GOP race for governor [TxGov]

    02/25/2010 6:39:22 AM PST · by deport · 111 replies · 1,360+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-25-2010 | Jason Embry
    Despite the countless press releases, Twitter posts and television spots that have flooded the landscape for more than a year, five critical sound bites have defined this election and put Perry in strong position to retain his party's nomination: • "I will be looking at what is best for Texas," Hutchison told Texas Monthly in October 2007 when asked whether she would resign her Senate post to run for governor. Her indecision about resignation, still not resolved to many Republicans' satisfaction, hindered Hutchison's message and left many wishing she had stayed put.• "I could not give a blank check...
  • Poll: More than half of Hispanics identify as conservative [TxGov]

    02/24/2010 7:15:59 AM PST · by deport · 99 replies · 1,230+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 2-23-2010 | ROBERT T. GARRETT
    Regardless, Gov. Rick Perry has fared relatively well, perhaps because of his anti-Washington rhetoric and his careful immigration stance, a recent poll indicates. It shows more than half of Texas Hispanics call themselves conservative, and a surprising 23 percent say they might participate in Tuesday's GOP primary. Among those, Perry leads Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison by 2 to 1, according to the poll, commissioned by an Austin consultant for a national group of Hispanic legislative leaders... Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, said the poll hints at a little-noticed facet of Perry's political persona: He doesn't frighten Hispanics...
  • Early voting begins Tuesday, Feb. 16 as candidates blaze the campaign trail [Texas]

    02/16/2010 6:31:13 AM PST · by deport · 46 replies · 677+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | Feb 15, 2010 | ANNA M. TINSLEY
    FORT WORTH -- Hoping to fire up supporters as early voting in the gubernatorial race begins today, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison kicked off a "Declare Your Independence" tour Monday, encouraging Texas voters to declare their independence from Republican Gov. Rick Perry. Hutchison will be among several candidates casting their ballots today to bring attention to early voting. March 2, the date of the primary election, is also Texas' Independence Day. "I'm asking for your vote and I'm asking for your help," Hutchison told a crowd of more than 40 gathered in a back room at Billy Miner's Saloon...
  • Newspapers' poll: Perry has comfortable lead as voting starts [TxGov]

    02/14/2010 6:24:43 AM PST · by deport · 180 replies · 1,564+ views
    American Statesman ^ | Feb. 13, 2010 | Jason Embry and Corrie MacLaggan
    Gov. Rick Perry heads into the start of early voting Tuesday with a comfortable lead over his two Republican primary challengers, but he could be in for a tough November fight against the Democratic nominee, a poll commissioned by the Austin American-Statesman and other Texas newspapers shows. Perry has the support of 45 percent of likely Republican primary voters, while 29 percent back U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and 17 percent support Wharton activist Debra Medina. Just 8 percent are undecided. The telephone survey was conducted Feb. 2-10, before Medina said important questions had been raised about whether the...
  • Which Rick Perry will appear? The right one, for any occasion [TxGov]

    02/10/2010 4:02:48 PM PST · by deport · 9 replies · 368+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-10-2010 | Jason Embry
    Which Rick Perry will appear? The right one, for any occasion Why has Rick Perry never lost an election? It could be because there are four of him. First, there is Chamber of Commerce Rick Perry. He wears suits that are nice enough, but not extravagant — probably purchased off-the-rack and a little big for him. He loves to attend corporate groundbreakings, he can grin his way through a grating cable-television interview, and he can work a hotel ballroom full of contractors, Realtors or doctors. There is Natural Disaster Rick Perry. This Perry almost always wears a beige work...
  • Debra Medina Surges in TX Gov race

    02/09/2010 4:29:37 PM PST · by takecontrol · 43 replies · 1,097+ views
    Politico ^ | 10th Feb | Andy Barr
    Tea party-backed candidate Debra Medina is closing on Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in Texas’s Republican gubernatorial primary, increasing the odds the race led by Gov. Rick Perry will be thrown into a runoff. According to a survey out Tuesday by Public Policy Polling, Medina, a nurse who’s now a businesswoman, had the support of 24 percent of likely Republican primary voters, trailing the three-term senator by only 4 percentage points. Perry, who leads Hutchison by double-digits in several polls, got 39 percent in the latest survey. If no candidate gets more than 50 percent of the vote in the March...
  • Pubic Policy Polling Release The Medina Factor Results

    02/09/2010 11:15:31 AM PST · by Patriot1259 · 61 replies · 638+ views ^ | 02/09/2010 | Staff
    Medina now leads Hutchison among conservatives WHARTON, TX – In the latest poll of likely Republican primary voters from February 4th to 7th, the North Carolina-based Public Policy Polling (PPP) report shows Debra Medina is coming on strong. According to the PPP report, although Perry is at 39% to 28% for Kay Bailey Hutchison, Debra Medina is now at a whopping 24%! There are major splits within the race along ideological lines according to the poll results. Perry is at 42% with conservatives, and Medina is now outpolling Hutchison with conservatives by a 25-23 margin.
  • Medina tax swap proposal comes at a cost [TxGov]

    02/08/2010 7:55:22 AM PST · by deport · 53 replies · 828+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-07-10 | Kate Alexander
    Critics say eliminating all property taxes would reduce local control. Debra Medina, the feisty Republican running for governor, promises Texans that she will liberate them from their property taxes. "I talk about that for freedom reasons first," Medina said at the Jan. 29 gubernatorial debate. "We've surrendered private property ownership to the ever-growing state — we lease our property in the form of ever increasing rents known as property taxes," she wrote on her campaign Web site. "We've forgotten that ownership is an essential element of freedom." A call to eliminate property taxes might resonate with many taxpayers, beleaguered...
  • Palin stumps for 'good friend' Perry in Cypress

    02/07/2010 9:31:35 PM PST · by FTJM · 159 replies · 1,529+ views
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin stumped for Gov. Rick Perry at a rally Sunday in suburban Houston, adding some national Republican star power to Perry's re-election campaign. “I doubt there is another public figure in our country who gives liberals a bigger case of the hives than our special guest today,” Perry said. “At the very mention of her name, the liberals, the progressives, the media elites, they literally foam at the mouth.” Palin appeared with Perry a day after the Republicans' most recent vice-presidential nominee addressed the first national convention of the anti-establishment “tea party” coalition in Nashville, Tenn....
  • Hutchison gets endorsement in GOP race [TxGov-American Statesman]

    02/07/2010 7:59:57 AM PST · by deport · 39 replies · 627+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-07-10 | Editorial Board
    Hutchison brings grown-up approach to working on behalf of Texans and gets endorsement in GOP race Kay Bailey Hutchison might not be the flashiest or the most beloved politician Texas has ever produced, but it's a mistake to discount or denigrate her accomplishments and record. As an institution, we have disagreed with the senator on various issues, but we recognize her effectiveness. We also appreciate the fact that she acts like an adult, talks like an adult and treats Texans like adults. No, Hutchison is not the flashiest politician in the race, but she is nonetheless the best choice...
  • Debra Medina's interview with Judge Napolitano on Fox News

    02/06/2010 12:46:25 PM PST · by agondonter · 64 replies · 1,613+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 5, 2010 | Fox News
    Debra Medina's interview with Judge Napolitano on Fox News Freedom Watch.
  • Medina Would Now Beat Bill White

    02/06/2010 9:31:47 AM PST · by willyd · 43 replies · 946+ views ^ | 02-02-2010 | Texas GOP
    Are you intentionally lying? Straight from your source: "The surprise, as in the new Rasmussen Reports survey of the GOP gubernatorial primary, is the growing strength of Debra Medina, a businesswoman active in the state’s Tea Party movement. Medina now edges White 41% to 38%."
  • Here comes Sarah Palin [Houston, Tx]

    02/06/2010 7:55:14 AM PST · by deport · 26 replies · 1,238+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 2-05-10 | Jason Embry
    Sarah Palin’s appearance at a Sunday campaign rally with Gov. Rick Perry in suburban Houston on Sunday could be the single biggest event of the 2010 Republican race for governor. This is not a campaign marked by big crowds or raucous events for any candidate, but the Palin event could well draw several thousand people just a few hours before the Super Bowl. But the run-up to the event has not been good for Team Perry. After Palin harshly criticized White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel for his use of the word “retarded,” it came to light that...
  • Perry stays true to GOP's ideals [Texas Gov]

    02/05/2010 7:51:05 AM PST · by deport · 32 replies · 463+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 2-05-10 | R.G. RATCLIFFE
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry in his unprecedented nine years in office proved time and again that he is a team player: team Republican. Perry's actions and policies as governor — from tort reform to congressional redistricting to championing an amendment banning gay marriage — made him anathema to Democrats. But his approval rating among self-identified Republicans in public opinion surveys remains above 70 percent........ “You can easily summarize Perry's record by saying: Most Texans don't expect much from their state government, and that's what he's given them,” Jillson said.........Redistricting Victory It was the seminal year of his governorship....
  • Meet the Texas Spoiler (Debra Medina)

    02/03/2010 7:57:42 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 56 replies · 1,465+ views
    Congressional Quarterly ^ | February 3, 2010
    The "tea party" movement is showing its strength in Texas, where activist Debra Medina is siphoning votes from two much more familiar names running for the Republican nomination for governor. The Houston Chronicle's profile of Medina is worth a read. With less than two weeks remaining before early voting begins, Medina's campaign appears to be gathering steam; the latest Rasmussen Reports survey shows her drawing 16 percent of the vote, versus 29 percent for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who's trying to make the move from Washington to Austin, and 44 percent for the sitting governor, Rick Perry. The Medina threat...
  • Heavyweight Showdown in Texas GOP Primary for Governor

    01/31/2010 1:20:58 PM PST · by AJKauf · 46 replies · 975+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Jan 31 | G. M. Roper
    A popular U.S. senator and an incumbent governor headline a close race, but a feisty conservative activist is gaining ground. ------------------ Last but by no means least is the most conservative of the bunch, Debra Medina. A Republican Party activist and the former Wharton County Republican Party chair, as well as the former state coordinator for the Campaign for Liberty, Medina is an admitted long shot, but she has seemingly pushed an awful lot of the right buttons with her share of likely voters: A new Rasmussen Reports poll revealed a significant shift to Medina among likely Texas primary voters....
  • TEXAS GOP candidates clash in final TV debate (Vanity)

    01/30/2010 7:24:10 AM PST · by Dubya · 85 replies · 1,392+ views
    The three Republican candidates for governor clashed in a final televised debate Friday night, sharpening their differences as they jockeyed for advantage going into the March 2 primary campaign.VOTE FOR MEDINA IN MARCH 2ND 2010 PRIMARY FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR SHE IS FOR ELIMIINATION OF PROPERTY TAX AND GUN REGISTRATION
  • Texas Debate Results

    01/30/2010 7:09:10 AM PST · by agondonter · 20 replies · 867+ views
    1/30/2010 | Agondonter
    Has anyone heard the results of last nights governor debate in Texas? I watched it and thought Medina did an excellent job. I am curious to know who is considered the winner of last nights debate.
  • Video: GOP candidates for governor spar in The Belo Debate

    01/29/2010 7:58:57 PM PST · by jsdjason · 47 replies · 1,007+ views
    "DALLAS (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and political activist Debra Medina ganged up on front-running Gov. Rick Perry on Friday in the final televised debate before the March 2 Republican primary." Medina won the online vote asking who won the debate with 97% of the vote.
  • Last Texas Gov. Republican Primary Debate set for tonight

    01/29/2010 1:58:06 PM PST · by jsdjason · 13 replies · 635+ views
    AUSTIN — As the Republican candidates for governor prepare for what likely is their last debate tonight on statewide television, the first debate between Democrats Bill White and Farouk Shami has been set for Feb. 8 in Fort Worth.
  • Second GOP debate is tonight, 7pm cst [Texas Gov]

    01/29/2010 6:39:15 AM PST · by deport · 6 replies · 666+ views
    American Statesman ^ | 1-29-10 | Jason Embry
    The Republican candidates will meet for their second and likely final televised debate tonight (at least before the runoff). Sponsored by the Dallas Morning News and television stations owned by the Belo Corp., it can be seen live here in Austin at 7 p.m. on KVUE. Debra Medina tells the Wall Street Journal this morning that Gov. Rick Perry acted like a “jumpy, fidgety frat boy” in the first debate. Regardless of whether that was an apt description, expect a more serious, focused Perry tonight who is likely to hammer away at both Hutchison and Medina. He will talk...
  • Big Money to Kay Hutchison & Rick Perry [TxGov]

    01/22/2010 7:10:07 AM PST · by deport · 18 replies · 558+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1-22-10 | Wayne Slater
    Here's a snippet listing the top seven donors to each.... See the complete list at the link.... Top Givers to Hutchison H. Ross Perot, Dallas computer executive $110,000 William Greehey, San Antonio energy executive $100,000 Sid Bass, Fort Worth oilman $100,000 Edward Bass, Fort Worth venture capitalist $100,000 Robert and Martha Gillikin, Dallas $100,000 Peter and Edith O'Doinnell, Dallas $100,000 Barry Andrews, Dallas beer distributor $100,000 Top Contributors to Perry Bob Perry, Houston homebuilder, $200,000 T. Boone Pickens, Dallas oilman $100,000 Curtis Mewbourne, Tyler oilman $100,000 Blackridge Associates, Austin lobbyists $55,000 J. Bass, Dallas, Dallas investment adviser $50,000 Ray...
  • Perry, Hutchison face gender pitfalls at GOP debate [TexasGov] LIVE THREAD

    01/14/2010 6:57:26 AM PST · by deport · 113 replies · 2,988+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1-14-2010 | CHRISTY HOPPE
    AUSTIN – Hillary Rodham Clinton and Sarah Palin have helped shift the landscape, but gender issues are still tricky for male candidates in political debates. Rick Perry may discover the pitfalls when, for the first time in his long political career he's the only man on stage tonight against two female contenders. From gestures to tone to r-e-s-p-e-c-t, the age-old tussle between men and women will be magnified by stage lights and close-up cameras during the hourlong Republican gubernatorial debate in Denton, broadcast live on public television...... Communications and political experts said that in facing off against women, Perry...
  • Perry appears well-financed as he, Hutchison prepare campaign reports [TxGov]

    01/13/2010 6:49:46 AM PST · by deport · 30 replies · 482+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 1-13-2010 | WAYNE SLATER
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry raised more than $7 million in the last six months and goes into the final stretch of the GOP primary for governor with $11.6 million in the bank. The total represents an escalation in fundraising in his re-election bid against Republican challenger Kay Bailey Hutchison. The deadline to file reports with the state for the latest fundraising period is Friday. Neither campaign has yet filed, but a person close to the Perry camp confirmed the amounts he will report. The contest between Perry and Hutchison for the Republican nomination in the March primary is...