State of the state

Politics & Policy |
January 29, 2009

Old Business: The unemployment tax

Before writing about the rules debate in the House, I want to clear up a misimpression I may have created in a previous post. On Tuesday, before the governor’s State of the State address, I wrote a piece in anticipation of the speech in which I criticized the governor for

Politics & Policy |
January 28, 2009

Perry’s Proposals

My general reaction to the governor’s speech is that it was not his best work. His delivery was off and his message was predictable. Indeed, if you’ll pardon me for saying so, I predicted most of it. In my post before the speech, I wrote that he would back off

Politics & Policy |
January 27, 2009

(Ultra) sounding off about State of the State

Deep into the State of the State address, Gov. Rick Perry endorsed a proposal by Sen. Dan Patrick and Rep. Frank Corte to, in Perry’s words, “require those wanting to terminate a pregnancy to review their ultrasound before proceeding.” Perry told the assembled lawmakers today that “as we consider the

Politics & Policy |
January 27, 2009

State of the Governor’s Race

The context of Perry’s State of the State speech is that it takes place during a governor’s race in which he is no better than even-money to win. His remarks will be closely watched for clues about how he plans to position himself in his career-risking battle against Kay Bailey