Rick Perry

Politics & Policy |
May 16, 2013

Williams, Perry, and the Budget

This morning I wrote about the prospects for a budget deal, the topic du jour that is uppermost in everyone’s mind. The post contained, among other comments, this line: “House Democrats complained that Senate budget chief Tommy Williams had ‘misled’ them.” That is what I was told by

Loaded |
May 16, 2013

The Smile Machine

Perry and his pals celebrated the release of the first precision-guided firearms at the Mason ranch of TrackingPoint founder John McHale.

Politics & Policy |
May 16, 2013

Things Fall Apart

As we tweeted last night as events were rapidly developing, the hopes for a budget deal that would send everyone home happy appeared to evaporate yesterday. House Democrats complained that Senate budget chief Tommy Williams had “misled” them. Dewhurst showed up in the House chamber and disappeared into the back

Politics & Policy |
April 24, 2013

Perry’s Response to West

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that spending more state money on inspections would not have prevented the deadly explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. plant that was last investigated by Texas environmental regulators in 2006. Excuse me for asking, but … how would Perry know?

Politics & Policy |
April 12, 2013

Road to Somewhere?

At last, Rick Perry has decided to back more spending on transportation. His plan, which  was developed by a group of trade associations (Realtors, Texas Association of Business, Texas Oil and Gas Association, and Texas Motor Transport Association) and announced today at a meeting of the Texas Lyceum, calls for

Politics & Policy |
April 12, 2013

Perry: Due for a Comeback?

Wayne Slater has a piece in the Morning News today that touts Rick Perry’s viability for a political comeback. His thesis is that Americans love a good comeback story, and he cites the examples of former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford and former New York congressman Anthony Weiner.

Politics & Policy |
March 25, 2013

Perry 2016

We’ve been through this before, so permit me to ask the question: Can anyone make the case that Rick Perry has a realistic shot at the Republican nomination for president? Okay, the National Journal did (sort of), but I can’t. The race for the 2016 nomination will take

Politics & Policy |
March 22, 2013

Am I Blue? (Part Two)

In the current issue of Texas Monthly, I wrote about the prospects of Battleground Texas in a column titled “Am I Blue?” Writing in the National Journal, Ronald Brownstein speculates that one politician has the power to turn Texas Blue. That politician is … Rick Perry.

Sports |
February 19, 2013

San Antonio Chargers?

Rick Perry's embrace of California companies included talk about a certain NFL team moving to Texas, but don't go buying any Philip Rivers' jerseys yet. (AP Photo/Eric Bakke)

Politics & Policy |
February 5, 2013

UT (nervously) awaits next batch of Perry regents

From a statement by the Texas Exes, the university’s alumni association: The terms of three distinguished members of The University of Texas System Board of Regents expired this past Friday. These appointments will be made by Texas Gov. Rick Perry. * * * * If the new regents are anything

Politics & Policy |
February 3, 2013

Perry and Abbott: deal or no deal?

If so, what is it? Brad Watson of WFAA-TV in Dallas made big news with his report of a potential deal between Perry and Abbott. From the station’s website: In an exclusive WFAA interview Wednesday, [Jan. 31] Gov. Rick Perry said Attorney General Greg Abbott has told him

Burka Blog |
January 30, 2013

Not with a bang but a whimper

And so ends, for all practical purposes, the long Perry governorship. In an article I posted on Saturday, previewing the State of the State address, I asked, “Is it his last?” The tenor of his speech yesterday affirms that it is. Perry spoke mainly about the state he loves:

January 21, 2013

Rick Perry Is Still Newsworthy

From Satan to sleep apnea, five headlines about Rick Perry following his Friday night appearance at the Texas Tribune festival and the publication of Oops, a presidential campaign e-book by the Trib's Jay Root.

January 21, 2013

Rick Perry, This Was Your Year

Part one of a timeline chronicling Governor Rick Perry's path to the White House: from promoting his book to his presidential campaign announcement.