Former Governor Rick Perry tries to live twice, as the song says: One life for yourself and one for your dreams.
“Liberal” being a relative term, naturally.
Five Texans who would be president.
The unlimited billionaire funding of Republican presidential candidates may actually keep the race alive until the Texas primary next March.
Texas Senate votes 20-11 to turn prosecution of state officials corruption cases over to hometown judges, juries and prosecutors.
In 2011 the Texas Legislature turned down federal money in order to exclude Planned Parenthood from receiving state funds. Four years later a new report shows what happens when a state takes over the Women’s Health Program.
The debate over border security often is as much about political posturing as it is about policy.
Each in their own way, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former Texas Governor Rick Perry have sought to avoid public disclosure of their official emails.
Former Governor Rick Perry this morning told a gathering of conservatives that Middle Eastern dictators do not take President Obama seriously because he has not been willing to secure the Texas border.
A new poll indicates Rick Perry may get a second chance with Republican voters in the presidential race. Why? Many people do not have an opinion of him.
The hot-button public health issue has some support from unexpected corners in Texas.
Greg Abbott is off to a fast start—and that is good for Texas.
Some questions about Barack Obama's explanation for his executive action on immigration, announced last week.
On Thursday, the president said that Congress had left him no choice but to act alone. Conservatives can argue otherwise.
More than 115,000 people think he should.
The border surge, extended. Immigration action, executed. Hispanic voters, considered. And more!
After twelve years in office and two crushing political defeats, the soon-to-be-former lieutenant governor gamely discusses his tenure and Texas’s future. Just don’t ask him about Dan Patrick.
Fourteen years under one governor.
Free advice for Greg Abbott, the new governor of Texas.
When one looks at the wheeling and dealing that went on with the Texas Enterprise Fund, my question is this: Why is it not an impeachable offense? These folks used the Enterprise Fund for their private playground. They awarded $222 million to entities that, according to the Dallas Morning News,
Rick Perry’s legal options.
Rick Perry honored with another Bum Steer award.
The governor has a first-class legal team, but some of its arguments concerning the indictment sound more like rhetoric than law.Such as “an unconstitutional attack on Perry’s rights”And …”defies common sense”And …”a violation of the Texas and U.S. constitutions”And … “an improper attempt to criminalize politics”And … “based on state
The "handsome mugshot guy" has some competition.
Smearing the prosecutor is just about the dumbest thing a defendant in a criminal case can do. The second dumbest thing is to threaten the prosecutor.
The indictments against the governor may point to a legal lapse rather than an ethical one.
The indictment of Rick Perry turns Texas politics upside down.
UPDATE: I’ve included a link to the indictments at the bottom of this post.Thought Texas politics couldn’t get any weirder? A short time ago special prosecutor Michael McCrum announced that a grand jury had indicted Perry on two counts related to his veto of funds for the Public Integrity Unit:
I don’t think Republicans recognize what is happening to their party in Texas. The GOP is verging on irrelevance. The failure of Texas to land the Republican national convention should have been a wake-up call for the state party. There was a reason why the Republicans chose Cleveland over Dallas:
To close this discussion, I simply want to say one thing: This was completely predictable. There was no reason to send the National Guard to the Border. There was no mission. There was no objective. It was just political theatre to make Rick Perry look like he was doing something,
Governor Perry’s decision to fund the opening of a new Charles Schwab office in El Paso (and another in Austin) is a classic example of what is wrong with the governor’s economic development funds. Charles Schwab is a national firm that needs no subsidy from the state to succeed. The
Readers respond to the July 2014 issue.
It is one thing to institute a DPS “surge” on the border; it is quite another to send the National Guard there, a thousand strong, as Perry intends to do. What is the purpose of sending the Guard to the border? The National Guard is a military force. Is its
In the July issue of the magazine, several writers—myself included—assessed the legacy of Governor Perry. One of the stories reviewed eight critical areas Texas Monthly believes the governor is responsible for, and we gave him a letter grade for each. Some readers thought we were too
My colleague Skip Hollandsworth has written a timely story for the upcoming August issue that was posted online this morning. Titled “Is This the Most Dangerous Man in Texas?” it’s about UT Regent Wallace Hall, the impeachment process, and the resignation of William Powers, the president of UT-Austin.
What does his resignation really mean?
In which we reveal all the behind-the-scenes drama and intrigue behind our August cover package
Texas's Commissioner of Education gives our Perry Report Card an F.
The list of recipients of Emerging Technology Fund grants in particular is replete with Perry’s longtime friends and campaign contributors. The Dallas Morning News has reported on who received some of these grants, and have contributed large sums to his campaigns. The list includes: •$2.75 million to Terrabon Inc., a
Now it's time to see off another pillar in the Texas community: our governor. A look into our July issue, featuring Rick Perry on the cover.
I’m stunned that Rick Perry allowed himself to be drawn into a discussion of homosexuality in an appearance before the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco, in the nation’s most gay-friendly city. I thought he was far too seasoned a politician to make that kind of blunder. Apparently not.
Photographer Peter Yang captures the candid, behind-the-scenes moments in a day in the life of the governor.
A frank conversation about the accomplishments and the missteps over a fourteen-year gubernatorial career—from tort reform to his executive order on HPV—with the man who can claim the longest, and most powerful, tenure of any governor in Texas history (and also what’s next in 2016).
Sizing up our five-time cover boy.
Yesterday, when we unveiled the cover of our July issue featuring Rick Perry, we also told you about “The Perry Report Card,” an upcoming magazine feature where, as the title suggests, we graded the tenure of the governor on eight areas of public policy. We invited you to weigh
Three Texas Republicans might be contenders in 2016.
Our July cover features Rick Perry, who is wrapping up his historic tenure as governor of Texas.
Paul Burka on Rick Perry’s greatest feat: completely changing state government.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation changes its view of state spending.