If you live in Texas, ISIS might be a real threat--at least according to Gov. Rick Perry. At an immigration forum in Washington on Thursday, and in a subsequent statement shot out by his federal political action committee, RickPAC, Perry stated that people affiliated with the extremist Islamic Stat ... More >>
In his mugshot taken Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, Gov. Rick Perry sports that sly grin we've all come to know so well. Perhaps that's because Perry thinks he's winning the public relations war that's erupted over his indictment. Following his indictment Friday on felony counts of abuse ... More >>
Well, Gov. Rick Perry still has great presidential hair, but now he's also been indicted on two felony counts. Yep, that's right folks. It turns out that even the governor of the great state of Texas can't get away with using both the power of his office and tax-payer money to bribe an elected off ... More >>
Fish swim and birds fly and politicians run for political office - these truths are pretty self-evident. But it still comes as a faint shock that Gov. Rick Perry popped up in Iowa this week lambasting President Obama. He's been sharing his views on troops in Iraq, he's been spouting off opinions on ... More >>
As we continue to follow Gov. Rick Perry's quest to stay viable as GOP 2016 White House contender, we have to wonder how he has actually convinced himself that putting a whole bunch of armed people on the border is in any way a good idea.
Rick Perry and many of his GOP brethren support the idea of beefed up security along the Texas-Mexico border. Because the Obama administration has failed to act, Perry says, he must do it himself. On Monday, he ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to deploy along the border in something he is calling ... More >>
Today, it is expected Governor Rick Perry will announce that he is sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the border in an effort to assist police in handling the recent surge of immigrants into the U.S., mostly unaccompanied minors from Central America. The surge has grabbed national headlines and ... More >>
He was doing so well for a minute there. Last week Gov. Rick Perry managed to appear on the national political stage and not make an ass of himself over the immigration problem, and boy were we proud. Or maybe "relieved" is more accurate, but we were some kind of positive feeling wrapped up in the f ... More >>
Sometimes we wonder what really goes on in Gov. Rick Perry's head. He was sitting there, ready for his closeup (aka his Sunday morning interview with ABC's "This Week" on the border crisis) and he looked so normal. He had his thick, black "smart guy" glasses on. His hair was, as always, perfect and ... More >>
It seems like there's been a lot more rain lately, but don't let all that moisture from the sky fool you. Houston is doing better, but a chunk of Texas is still in a condition that is commonly known as drought.
It took long enough but Gov. Rick Perry finally walked back his already infamous comments in San Francisco where he compared being gay to being an alcoholic. While we admire that Perry at least may have been (probably accidentally) inferring that sexual orientation is something you're born with not ... More >>
Is Gov. Rick Perry deliberately trying to embarrass Texas? That's what we began pondering after we saw the news this morning. On Monday evening, Perry continued his tour of California with a stop in San Francisco, yup that would be the city of Harvey Milk and everything, and then Perry opened his mo ... More >>
Everything is bigger in Texas and corruption is no exception. Fraud, bribery, exploitation and plain old dishonesty are getting to be like a severe Texas case of cockroaches. For every one you see in the daylight, there are 800 or so hiding in the darkness. Cockroaches prefer the darkness and they ... More >>
We look at the rise and fall of the boy from Paint Creek.
Will all of this rich Texas dirt hurt Perry's 2016 Presidential aspirations?
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That quaking and creaking isn't from the Chilean earthquake, it's a destructive seismic shift to right-wing extremism and plutocracy in real time with its epicenter in Texas. The rumble began with Greg Abbott's new education model, "Teach the Best and Shoot the Rest" based on Charles Murray's white ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry is wrapping things up. Yeah, he's been the guy with the best hair in Texas politics and has held the governor's seat for a record-setting 14 years, but Perry has obviously decided he hasn't reached the end of the political line quite yet. He popped up on Jimmy Kimmel and now there's ... More >>
You might have assumed that Gov. Rick Perry's fumbling last attempt to score the 2012 Republican presidential nomination guaranteed we'd never see him on the national stage again. But then Perry announced he wasn't running for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas. Then he started tra ... More >>
He's vacating the governor's office after this term is up in January 2015, but it looks like Gov. Rick Perry has no intention of letting that perfect mop of political hair languish in retirement. Judging by the smoke signals from his most recent forays into media, Perry is looking at another preside ... More >>
Days after U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel issued an injunction blocking parts of the new Texas abortion law, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has reinstated the portion of the law requiring abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of the clinic. The le ... More >>
As I have noted in the past, Rick Perry is on a mission, a mission to steal, er, lure, er, convince companies to move to Texas where we have the alleged best business climate in America. Perry has visited six states -- California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and New York -- which all h ... More >>
As we know, Rick Perry likes to party like its 1860 (the year South Carolina became the first to secede in the "War Between the States"). Of course, Perry wanted to secede based on Obamacare and federal debt, not one of the great moral crimes in American history, but we all have our own cause celebr ... More >>
Rick Perry, our inimitable governor, is now well-known for attempting to poach, er, bring new business here to Texas. Apparently, he's also fairly good at this according to Businessweek (as opposed to other things, like policy and short-term memory.) Well, Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri, a Democr ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry has a hatred for the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) that comes as natural as breathing to him, but it seems hate only goes so far when there's $100 million in federal funding on the table. When U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came to Texas a few weeks ... More >>
You might be able to find someone who hates the Affordable Care Act more than Gov. Rick Perry, but you'll have to look hard, especially now that U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius came all the way to Houston on Monday to announce a video contest promoting the federal healthc ... More >>
About an hour after the close of the second special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature Gov. Rick Perry did what he said he would and called a third special session roughly an hour if the second special session -- the one where the state lege pushed through the anti-abortion bill but choked again ... More >>
Forty-eight hours after Sen. Wendy Davis began the Great Texas Abortion Filibuster, the state has gathered its breath. Having spent nearly a full work day suffering through the largest Democratic victory Texas has known in years, Gov. Rick Perry promptly overrode Davis's efforts -- knowing the tea p ... More >>
Gov. Rick Perry's office announced Wednesday afternoon that the governor has called for the second special session of 2013, set to commence at 2 p.m. on July 1. Only hours after Sen. Wendy Davis, her colleagues, and their supporters managed to block passage of legislation that would all but ban abor ... More >>
Last December, Houston Representative Dwayne Bohac picked up his son from first grade and asked what he'd done in class. His son answered that they'd decorated their "holiday tree" with "holiday ornaments." This concerned Bohac. "Why do we call it a holiday tree at school, but a Christmas tree at ... More >>
After all of the hubbub that surrounded the passing of the state water plan, Gov. Rick Perry signed some water conservation legislation into law last Friday with nary a ripple in the political waters. Water companies will have to audit water lines to check for leaks that could be losing water, and ... More >>
It seems as if Rick Perry has recently decided that his time is better spent abroad than in the state that elected him to lead. While he's asked for a special session -- giving him greater leeway to inflict abortion restrictions for reasons founded on faulty science -- he's also seemed to enjoy flit ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry has added abortion regulation and mandatory sentencing for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder to the state legislature's special session agenda. "The horrors of the national late-term abortion industry are continuing to come to light, one atrocity at a time," Perry stated ... More >>
Governor Rick Perry's "git your business out of that tax-loving, gun-restrictin', commie blue state and move it to Texas" death march continues. He's run ads and visited states like California and Illinois already. Now, he takes aim at the epicenter of all things opposite of the Lone Star State, New ... More >>
The Boy Scouts have finally lifted their ban on including gay members within their ranks. While gay Scout leaders are still barred, young men will be allowed in regardless of orientation. For the sane among us, this is a cause for celebration. For Gov. Rick Perry, however, this is a sign of falteri ... More >>
I don't think there are many out there that would say Rick Perry is unprincipled. The epithets are plenty, and his mistakes are many, but there are few that would claim that Perry is anything approaching the slippery flip-floppery of Mitt Romney. He's a man of his word. Thus, when Rick Perry, flyin ... More >>
Even as the ruins of the West fertilizer plant continue to serve as a reminder of the dangers of lax regulations on businesses, Governor Rick Perry keeps bragging about how few regulations there are in Texas affecting honest, civic-minded entrepreneurs who would never, ever cut what few corners exi ... More >>
Rick Perry has adopted a more behind-the-scenes approach this time around. That doesn't mean he hasn't been busy.
The excitement was palpable as Governor Rick Perry strode into the House chamber just over two years ago to make his State of the State speech. Months before the four-term Republican governor declared his run for president, Capitol observers were parsing his every phrase and praising his uncanny po ... More >>
One of the first rules we think Rick Perry opponents should learn is: Let the man talk. Let him ramble on and all you have to do is wait for him to insert his expensively booted foot in his mouth, whether it's something golden like the legendary Oops Moment, or the more run-of-the-mill stuff like c ... More >>
Apparently happy with the headlines he got for a $24,000 radio-ad buy urging California businesses to come to Texas, Texas Governor Rick Perry is stepping up his game. He tweeted the above message, warning Californians (and tipping off reporters) that there's more merriment in store.
At some point, Texas will give up its status as a GOP guarantee. That seems the consensus, at least. A burgeoning Hispanic population, increasing transplants from California and New York, and a youth bubble surpassed by only Utah -- all signs point toward an eventual purpling of this putative Republ ... More >>
In response to President Barack Obama's executive orders mostly relating to the sale and possession of firearms, Governor Rick Perry issued a release that sounds like it was pulled directly from the talking points of the National Rifle Association, which isn't all that surprising considering his sup ... More >>
Rick Perry and the Source for Women: Trust Us With Your Uter-us!
Governor Rick Perry couldn't have made it any clearer during a press conference at a Christian-based health clinic Tuesday: "My goal, and the goal of many of those joining me here today is to make abortion at any stage a thing of the past." Perry was pushing the so-called "Pre-Born Pain Bill," a bi ... More >>
Texas Senate Bill 11 aims to make drug-testing mandatory for all applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. If applicants pee dirty, they would be ineligible to reapply for one year, unless they enroll in a treatment program. The bill would also require that parents who flunk ... More >>
Hair Balls had an amazing dream the other night -- one of the best dreams we had that didn't involve us having to immediately change the sheets. In the dream, we had no reason to do our annual Turkeys of the Year issue, for no officials or other prominent Texans had done or said anything stupid or t ... More >>
Don't worry, Jesus: You will not be fighting Your epic battle against Satan on the battlefields of Kountze High School alone. By Your side will be Governor Rick Perry and state Attorney General Greg Abbott, both of whom have somehow decided to intervene in a red-meat, hot-button issue sure to pleas ... More >>
It's been a bizarre few weeks for the Gov. The madness began in late August when Perry said he would "absolutely" consider another run at the presidency, adding that 2016 is a long ways off and "a lot of good things can happen." Oh, Rick. What "good things" are those? Did you mean the impending Ch ... More >>
Since Gov. Rick Perry abandoned the fetid remains of his failed presidential bid last January, he has socked away $1.94 million in political contributions, bringing the total amount of ching deposited with Texans for Rick Perry, his political action committee, to $3.4 million, according to recent ca ... More >>