Gov. Rick Perry http://kut.org en Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices http://kut.org/post/texas-sends-national-guard-troops-border-despite-opposing-voices <p>Gov. Rick Perry is sending National Guard troops <a href="http://kut.org/post/perry-will-activate-1000-guard-troops">to the Texas-Mexico border</a>. He says the troops are needed, as the Border Patrol has been focusing on migrant children crossing&nbsp;the&nbsp;border illegally, and not criminal activity from drug and human traffickers.</p><p>Gov. Perry’s announcement comes a month after he directed the Legislature to spend millions of dollars increasing the number of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dps.texas.gov/">Department of Public Safety</a>&nbsp;officers near the border –&nbsp;a move Perry says it's working.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/159796728&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:44:47 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 10833 at http://kut.org Texas Sends National Guard Troops to Border, Despite Opposing Voices BP Wants Unspent Spill Recovery Money Back http://kut.org/post/bp-wants-unspent-spill-recovery-money-back <p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">From <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/09/bp-asked-unspent-spill-recovery-money-back/">The Texas Tribune</a>:&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">After watching a $5 million grant to Gov.<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>’s office go unspent nearly four years after it was presented in the wake of the April 2010<strong style="box-sizing: border-box;">&nbsp;</strong>Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is asking Texas for its money back.</p><p dir="ltr" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;">The funds were given to Texas in September 2010 to help with oil spill recovery, but few of the state and local officials who work on such projects were aware of the grant until a legislative hearing in May. Lawmakers at the hearing were angered and said the money should have been given to agencies with the expertise to spend it. BP was frustrated as early as last winter about the unspent funds and asked Perry to return the money, according to correspondence obtained by The Texas Tribune through an open records request.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:31:24 +0000 Neena Satija, Texas Tribune 10762 at http://kut.org BP Wants Unspent Spill Recovery Money Back After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable http://kut.org/post/after-immigration-meeting-rebuff-perry-accepts-obamas-invite-dallas-roundtable <p class="p1"><strong>Update:&nbsp;</strong>Gov. Perry will meet with President Obama, according to&nbsp;KUT's reporting partner the Texas Tribune.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1"><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 20.25px;">“Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president&nbsp;tomorrow,” Perry spokesman Travis Considine&nbsp;<a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2014/07/08/perry-seeks-private-border-talk-with-obama/">told the Tribune</a> in an email.</span></p><p class="p1"><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Original Post: </strong>President Barack Obama has offered </span><a href="http://www.statesman.com/news/news/rick-perry-rejects-quick-handshake-with-barack-oba/ngbJw/" style="line-height: 1.5;">to meet Gov. Rick Perry</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing influx and detainment of unaccompanied Central American child immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:44:07 +0000 Andrew Weber 10751 at http://kut.org After Immigration Meeting Rebuff, Perry Accepts Obama's Invite to Dallas Roundtable Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit http://kut.org/post/free-tickets-available-president-obamas-speech-during-weeks-austin-visit <p><strong>Update: </strong>President Barack Obama will give a public address during his visit to Austin this week.</p><p>Obama will be at The Paramount Theater on Thursday for a speech on the economy. Tickets are free and available to the public. They’ll be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 Tuesday morning at The Paramount (713 Congress Ave). The White House will only distribute a limited number of tickets.</p><p>Doors will open for the speech on Thursday at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are required for entry and are not for sale or re-sale. The White House says all attendees will go through airport-like security.</p><p><strong>Original Story </strong>(July 2, 2014): Austin filmmaker <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001675/">Robert Rodriguez</a> will host a fundraiser for President Obama on Wednesday, July 9, according to a Democratic Party source who wished to speak on background. Tickets for the event will range from $5,000 to the legal limit of $32,400. The proceeds will go to the <a href="http://www.democrats.org/">Democratic National Committee</a>. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 13:10:50 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Laura Rice 10722 at http://kut.org Free Tickets Available for President Obama's Speech During This Week's Austin Visit Perry Calls for Security & Federal Funds in a Congressional Hearing on Border Crisis http://kut.org/post/perry-calls-security-federal-funds-congressional-hearing-border-crisis <p>The ongoing surge of Central American immigration into Texas was the focus of a field hearing Thursday of the <a href="http://homeland.house.gov/">U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security</a>. Committee Chairman <a href="http://mccaul.house.gov/">Michael McCaul&nbsp;</a>(R - Austin) invited Governor Rick Perry to <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19879/">testify</a> at the hearing in the Rio Grande Valley.</p><p>The governor laid out a four-point plan for handling the situation, including increasing National Guard operations, screening immigrants for medical conditions and federal reimbursement of the money Texas has spent on border security.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 19:35:25 +0000 Trey Shaar 10730 at http://kut.org Perry Calls for Security & Federal Funds in a Congressional Hearing on Border Crisis Two Texans Weighing White House Bids Applaud Supreme Court Ruling http://kut.org/post/two-texans-weighing-white-house-bids-applaud-supreme-court-ruling <p>The offices of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Governor Rick Perry were quick to release statements lauding Monday’s <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/13-354_olp1.pdf">Supreme Court decision on contraception</a>. The ruling said family-owned and other closely held companies can opt out of an Affordable Care Act provision requiring they provide insurance coverage of birth control.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 00:20:03 +0000 Trey Shaar 10710 at http://kut.org Two Texans Weighing White House Bids Applaud Supreme Court Ruling Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens http://kut.org/post/plea-party-unity-texas-republican-convention-opens <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, kicked off </span><a href="http://www.texasgop.org/convention/" style="line-height: 1.5;">the state GOP convention</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Fort Worth today.</span></p><p>In a speech to the party faithful, Gov. Perry addressed the state's shifting demographics that Democrats hope will help them win big in election cycles to come –&nbsp;the "fight to keep Texas red" in the words of convention materials. "The national Democrats think Texas is the new battleground," Perry told the crowd. "Well let's be really clear, Texas will be their political burial ground."</p><p>Though <a href="http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-i-will-not-seek-reelection">he isn't seeking re-election</a> in November, Perry has left the door wide open to a second presidential run in 2016. He told thousands of delegates gathered in Fort Worth that grassroots conservatives have already "changed Texas for the better" and urged them to do the same for America.</p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 20:32:20 +0000 Ben Philpott & KUT Staff 10551 at http://kut.org Plea for Party Unity as Texas Republican Convention Opens The Texas-California Sriracha Brawl is Now a Taiwanese Cartoon http://kut.org/post/texas-california-sriracha-brawl-now-taiwanese-cartoon <p>Attempts to <a href="http://kut.org/post/after-red-scare-texas-could-be-srirachas-solution">lure the makers of Sriracha to Texas</a> aren’t going unnoticed – although this latest round of attention may not be what the popular hot sauce is after.</p><p>Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Texas politicians, business people and agricultural representatives visited Huy Fong Foods in Irwindale, California – the company that makes Sriracha sauce.</p><p>The company is <a href="http://kut.org/post/sriracha-maker-says-factory-will-remain-california">staying in California for now</a>, despite complaints from neighbors. But it may open a second plant in the Lone Star State.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 16:58:04 +0000 Wells Dunbar & Laura Rice 10406 at http://kut.org The Texas-California Sriracha Brawl is Now a Taiwanese Cartoon WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry Talks Pot on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Austin http://kut.org/post/watch-gov-rick-perry-talks-pot-jimmy-kimmel-live-austin <p>Governor Rick Perry appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night.</p><p>The talk show has relocated to Austin for the week of South by Southwest. Gov. Perry got a mix of cheers and boos when introduced. He hinted he may run again for president, saying “America is a great place for second chances.”</p><p>Perry and Kimmel also talked about efforts towards decriminalizing marijuana.</p><p>"For over a decade we’ve lowered the penalties," Perry told Kimmel. "We’re trying to be smart about it. You don’t want to ruin a kid’s life for having a joint.”</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 17:33:54 +0000 Laura Rice 9955 at http://kut.org WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry Talks Pot on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' in Austin Whoever Wins in November, Texas Gets a Weaker Governor. Here's Why. http://kut.org/post/whoever-wins-november-texas-gets-weaker-governor-heres-why <p>1876. It was a time of rebirth in Texas. Or maybe more precisely – time to get rid of those Reconstruction-era carpetbaggers.</p><p>"When the North sent folks down to Texas to govern as governors, Texans felt like these king-like people came down from the North and ran roughshod," says Sherri Greenberg with the LBJ School of Public Affairs. "So Texans wrote the Texas Constitution, this very populist document with as much power as possible vested in the people and at the lowest, most local, level of government."</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/137717568&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 19:21:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9885 at http://kut.org Whoever Wins in November, Texas Gets a Weaker Governor. Here's Why. Gov. Perry Joins World Leaders in Davos http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-joins-world-leaders-davos <p>Governor Rick Perry is in Davos, Switzerland for the annual <a href="http://www.weforum.org">World Economic Forum</a>. The governor is touting Texas economic growth and keeping his own profile high as he considers another run for president.</p><p><a href="http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000236955">Appearing on CNBC</a> Wednesday, Governor Perry was asked about a <a href="https://twitter.com/GovernorPerry/status/425986982980759553/photo/1">photo</a> of him and Khalid Al-Falih, the CEO of the Saudi state-owned oil company, <a href="http://www.saudiaramco.com/en/home.html">Aramco</a>, and how hydraulic fracturing is making a Texas a bigger world player in energy production.</p><p>“That picture of me and Khalid is a little bit of Aggie gatherdom, if you will," Perry said. "He’s a Class of 1982 from Texas A&amp;M and obviously we did talk about the hydraulic fracturing, and the Saudis are actually looking at some of those techniques themselves.”</p><p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:34:34 +0000 Trey Shaar 9621 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Joins World Leaders in Davos Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel http://kut.org/post/perry-preaches-texas-prosperity-israel <p>Texas Governor Rick Perry is nearing the end of a 10-day <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/19003/">international economic opportunity tour</a>&nbsp;with stops in London and Israel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Perry took the opportunity to highlight the opening of a &nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.tamu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Texas A &amp; M University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Israel and looked to highlight Texas' financial successes, as well as recent resource and energy conservation solutions.</span> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 21:39:16 +0000 Carrie Powell 9005 at http://kut.org Perry Preaches Texas Prosperity in Israel Despite Perry Veto, Travis County Bills State for Public Integrity Work http://kut.org/post/despite-perry-veto-travis-county-bills-state-public-integrity-work <p></p><p>Travis County is going to bill the State of Texas for some work done on the Public Integrity Unit. Travis County commissioners&nbsp;<a href="http://traviscountytx.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&amp;MeetingID=1363&amp;MinutesID=1326&amp;FileFormat=pdf&amp;Format=Minutes&amp;MediaFileFormat=wmv">approved the plan</a>&nbsp;Tuesday.</p><p>The Public Integrity Unit deals with white-collar crimes from across the state.&nbsp;It had been paid for with state funds, but&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/perry-veto-integrity-funds-unless-lehmberg-resigns">Gov. Rick Perry vetoed that money</a>&nbsp;when Travis County District Attorney Rosemary&nbsp;Lehmberg&nbsp;refused to resign after&nbsp;<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0">pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated</a>.</p><p> Wed, 09 Oct 2013 13:53:52 +0000 Laura Rice 8890 at http://kut.org Despite Perry Veto, Travis County Bills State for Public Integrity Work Texas 'Obamacare' Navigators Testify Against Extra Training Requirements http://kut.org/post/texas-obamacare-navigators-testify-against-extra-training-requirements <p>The Affordable Care Act&rsquo;s federal health insurance marketplace opens in Texas tomorrow. Workers known as navigators will help Texans sign up for health insurance. But these&nbsp;navigators are at the center of a political debate in Texas.&nbsp;</p><p>Gov. Rick Perry recently directed the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.tdi.texas.gov/">Texas Department of Insurance (TDI)</a>&nbsp;to come up with more training and regulations for navigators. He based his directive on a new law authored by Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, called Senate Bill 1795.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 21:32:29 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8826 at http://kut.org Texas 'Obamacare' Navigators Testify Against Extra Training Requirements Perry Defends Jobs Tour Through Maryland http://kut.org/post/perry-defends-jobs-tour-through-maryland <p>Gov. Rick Perry defended his efforts to <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/gov-perrys-war-blue-states">bring jobs from other states to Texas</a> on Thursday – and told critics that if they can't stand competition, they should get out of the game.</p><p>Perry will visit Maryland on Sept. 18. He has already spent nearly $500,000 on radio and TV ads touting Texas' low taxes and regulation in the state. Maryland is the sixth state Perry has visited this year, following California, New York, Connecticut, Missouri and Illinois.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 17:56:29 +0000 Jody Serrano 8664 at http://kut.org Perry Defends Jobs Tour Through Maryland Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting http://kut.org/post/tension-anxiety-are-backdrop-ut-regents-meeting <p></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">As the University of Texas System Board of Regents convenes for its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.utsystem.edu/board-of-regents/meetings/board-meeting-2013-08-21" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144); ">annual August meeting</a>&nbsp;Wednesday and Thursday, a gathering fraught with tension and anxiety is all but assured.</p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; ">The nine regents have been bathed in controversy for more than two years, and — despite racking up a number of accomplishments, including the creation of a major new university in South Texas — have only managed to sink deeper over time.</p><p> Wed, 21 Aug 2013 13:55:08 +0000 Reeve Hamilton, Texas Tribune 8515 at http://kut.org Tension, Anxiety Are Backdrop of UT Regents Meeting Special Prosecutor To Investigate Perry Veto http://kut.org/post/special-prosecutor-investigate-perry-veto A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused his office when he vetoed state funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.<p>The complaint stems from an allegation that Perry said he would veto millions in funding for the office if Democratic D.A. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 20:09:56 +0000 Shelley Kofler 8499 at http://kut.org Special Prosecutor To Investigate Perry Veto Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill http://kut.org/post/texans-call-boycott-retailers-fought-wage-bill A group is calling on back-to-school shoppers to boycott Macy's and Kroger stores in Texas this weekend, in retaliation for the national retailers' efforts to quash a bill that would have strengthened the state's wage discrimination law.<p>The bill was vetoed in June after winning bipartisan approval in the legislature. Its sponsors included state Sen. Fri, 09 Aug 2013 22:51:12 +0000 Bill Chappell, NPR 8475 at http://kut.org Texans Call For Boycott Of Retailers That Fought Wage Bill Gov. Perry Blasts Health Secretary Sebelius' Visit http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-blasts-health-secretary-sebelius-visit <p>In case you didn't know, Gov. Rick Perry doesn't think much of the <a href="https://www.healthcare.gov/">Affordable Care Act</a> - aka Obamacare.</p><p>He lead the charge to make sure Texas didn't participate in the voluntary expansion of people eligible for Medicaid coverage. And he was an early -- and often vocal opponent -- of the state creating a healthcare exchange under the ACA.</p><p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 16:15:50 +0000 Ben Philpott 8468 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Blasts Health Secretary Sebelius' Visit Gov. Perry Calls Third Special Session of Texas Legislature http://kut.org/post/gov-perry-calls-third-special-session-texas-legislature <p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">Just over an hour after lawmakers ended their second 30-day special session of the year, Gov.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/rick-perry/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/rick-perry/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Rick Perry</a>&nbsp;called lawmakers back for a third one, with transportation funding the only issue on the agenda.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">"When it comes to transportation, the stakes facing our state could not be higher, and a failure to act now could take years — if not most of a decade — to correct, as traffic congestion increases and harms our quality of life," Perry said in a statement announcing the call.</span></p><p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:23:43 +0000 The Texas Tribune 8435 at http://kut.org Gov. Perry Calls Third Special Session of Texas Legislature