jerry patterson http://kut.org en Meet the Candidate: Jerry Patterson http://kut.org/post/meet-candidate-jerry-patterson <p>Who wants to be "number two"?&nbsp; LBJ was famously warned that the job of vice president’s not worth a warm bucket of spit. (Or something like that.)</p><p>But it’s a different thing being "number two" in Texas. Indeed the Lieutenant Governor in Texas wields enormous power in steering legislative policymaking. Right now four prominent Republicans are duking it out for the party’s nomination, including incumbent David Dewhurst, State Sen. Dan Patrick, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and – in the first of our conversations with the candidates in the major statewide races – Jerry Patterson, who’s hoping to trade his current job as Land Commissioner for a new role as Lt. Governor.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/136063124&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:03:00 +0000 David Brown 9828 at http://kut.org Meet the Candidate: Jerry Patterson Why Did Jerry Patterson Hire a Private Eye to Snoop on Dan Patrick? Two Words: Opposition Research http://kut.org/post/why-did-jerry-patterson-hire-private-eye-snoop-dan-patrick-two-words-opposition-research <p>State Senator and Republican Lieutenant Governor candidate&nbsp;<a href="http://www.danpatrick.org/home/">Dan Patrick</a> may have taken a political hit this week, when a story broke <a href="http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20140218-migrant-blasts-lieutenant-governor-candidate-patrick-on-immigration-stance.ece">accusing him of employing an undocumented worker</a> in the 1980s.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The story was reported by <em>The Dallas Morning News</em> and </span><a href="http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news/in_focus&amp;id=9436876">KTRK</a>&nbsp;Houston ABC, but<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> the two got wind of the story when another Lt. Governor candidate, Jerry Patterson, gave them the information - which he hired a private decective to gather .</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's called opposition research. And it's an age-old political tactic that often provides ammunition to candidates trying to gain the upper-hand against an opponent.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His mother may not like to hear this, but <a href="http://jasonstanford.org/">Jason Stanford</a> is an opposition researcher.</span></p><p>"Oh God, yes, my mom tells people I'm a used car dealer," Stanford jokes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135730214&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 23:49:38 +0000 Ben Philpott 9812 at http://kut.org Why Did Jerry Patterson Hire a Private Eye to Snoop on Dan Patrick? Two Words: Opposition Research Few Differences, Plenty of Attacks at GOP Lt. Governor's Debate http://kut.org/post/few-differences-plenty-attacks-gop-lt-governors-debate <p>The four Republican candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor met last night in a debate broadcast across the state. And, as it’s been through the months leading up to the March primaries, the hour-long event showed few differences among the candidates when it came to policy. But that didn’t stop them from attacking each other throughout the night.</p><p>As a three-term incumbent, Lt. Governor <a href="http://www.daviddewhurst.com/">David Dewhurst</a> has been the main punching bag of his three challengers throughout the campaign. With each highlighting what they consider missteps by Dewhurst as reason to give someone else a chance at the job.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/131881643&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 22:13:04 +0000 Ben Philpott 9663 at http://kut.org Few Differences, Plenty of Attacks at GOP Lt. Governor's Debate 3 out of 4 Lt. Gov. Candidates Agree: Teach Creationism in Texas Schools http://kut.org/post/3-out-4-lt-gov-candidates-agree-teach-creationism-texas-schools <p>The four major Republican candidates for Texas Lieutenant Governor met in the first televised debate of the race last night.</p><p>Current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faced off against the men who want his job: Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, State Sen. Dan Patrick and Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples.</p><p>Three of those candidates spoke out in support of teaching creationism in Texas public schools – a move that would be unconstitutional.</p><p>The debate on <a href="http://www.kcentv.com/category/274620/republican">Waco TV station KCEN</a> focused on border security, the role of the Tea Party in Texas politics and education.</p><p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 22:27:58 +0000 Laura Rice 9370 at http://kut.org 3 out of 4 Lt. Gov. Candidates Agree: Teach Creationism in Texas Schools Land Board to Transfer $300 Million to School Fund http://kut.org/post/land-board-transfer-300-million-school-fund <p></p><p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.glo.texas.gov/GLO/boards-and-commissions/school-land-board/index.html">School Land Board</a>&nbsp;voted Tuesday to release $300 million into the Available School Fund for public schools.</p><p>The money will be released in two $150 million installments, one in February and the other on June.&nbsp;The funds had been caught in a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.texastribune.org/2012/07/25/board-vote-means-300-million-less-texas-schools/">standoff</a>&nbsp;between the Legislature and the School Land Board, which operates out of the General Land Office and&nbsp;oversees the state’s public school land.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:18:09 +0000 Morgan Smith, Texas Tribune 6102 at http://kut.org Land Board to Transfer $300 Million to School Fund Patterson Calls For Investigation Into Combs' F1 Deal http://kut.org/post/patterson-calls-investigation-combs-f1-deal <p>Texas Land Commissioner <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/jerry-patterson/">Jerry Patterson</a> wants the Attorney General&rsquo;s office to investigate whether Comptroller <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/susan-combs/">Susan Combs</a> has the authority to commit taxpayer money to the Formula One races that could still come to Austin next year. &nbsp;</p><p>Race organizers were hoping to get $250 million over ten years from the state&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.texasahead.org/tax_programs/event_fund/metf.html">Major Events Trust Fund</a>.</p><p>Patterson, never one to mince words, called the deal a &ldquo;real turkey&rdquo; in <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/268699-jerry-patterson-news-release.html">a news release</a>.</p><p> Wed, 23 Nov 2011 21:09:10 +0000 Nathan Bernier 3057 at http://kut.org Patterson Calls For Investigation Into Combs' F1 Deal Texas Land Commissioner Jokes About Shooting Opponent (Again) http://kut.org/post/texas-land-commissioner-jokes-about-shooting-opponent-again <p>Gun-toting incumbent land commish Jerry Patterson is once again having a laugh over the idea of shooting his political opponents.&nbsp; This time, the target is Democratic candidate for agriculture commissioner, Hank Gilbert.</p><p>Dallas Morning News reporter Christy Hoppe <a href="http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/10/land-commissioner-jerry-patter.html">reports</a> how Patterson &quot;shoots from the lip.&quot;</p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 20:25:20 +0000 Nathan Bernier 77 at http://kut.org Texas Land Commissioner Jokes About Shooting Opponent (Again)