Governor Rick Perry

Politics & Policy |
January 12, 2010

Questions for the Texas gubernatorial debate

Since I will be watching the debate on television Thursday night, I thought I might participate in spirit by suggesting some questions that my (not) fellow panelists might ask in my absence. Having participated in several pre-debate discussions at KERA, I don’t really think it matters who is on these

Politics & Policy |
February 18, 2009

Shopaholic, the sequel

The state’s Republican leadership appears to be warming up to the $17 billion in federal stimulus money, Gov. Rick Perry’s voluble aversion notwithstanding. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who breakfasted today with Perry and House Speaker Joe Straus, gave some insight about the leadership’s thinking to reporters in remarks

Politics & Policy |
February 3, 2009

The Emergency Calendar

Rick Perry’s designation of items for emergency action seems right on the mark. As most readers know, the Texas Constitution prohibits the Legislature from debating legislation in the first sixty days of a regular session, except for items that the governor identifies as emergency legislation. The emergency items are: *