Governor Rick Perry http://kut.org en Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment http://kut.org/post/governor-perry-facing-possible-grand-jury-indictment <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Travis County grand jury is considering whether or not to indict Gov. Rick Perry over his veto of funding for the county's Public Integrity Unit.</span></p><p>Gov. Perry could be charged with several offenses, including bribery, coercion of a public servant, and abuse of power after vetoing more than $3 million in state money for the unit that investigates political corruption.</p><p>Perry's veto came as the result of an ultimatum given by Perry to Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last April, </span>Lehmberg<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> was arrested for drunk driving. She </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/travis-county-da-lehmberg-pleads-guilty-gets-45-jail-days-0" style="line-height: 1.5;">pleaded guilty</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and served jail time, but </span><a href="http://kut.org/post/judge-allows-lehmberg-stay-district-attorney" style="line-height: 1.5;">refused to step down</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:48:58 +0000 Ben Philpott & Kelly Krupa 10282 at http://kut.org Governor Perry Facing Possible Grand Jury Indictment 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 Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain http://kut.org/post/beyond-perry-future-deal-closing-fund-uncertain <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;"><span style="box-sizing: border-box;">When 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;steps down at the end of this year, he will have awarded more than $508 million&nbsp;<span style="box-sizing: border-box;">from the taxpayer-financed Texas Enterprise Fund&nbsp;</span>to businesses looking to relocate to the state or expand existing operations here.</span></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;">But the future of the fund, which critics call corporate welfare, is unclear. The two front-runners to replace Perry, Republican Attorney General&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/greg-abbott/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/greg-abbott/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Greg Abbott</a>&nbsp;and Democratic state Sen.&nbsp;<a data-tooltip="/directory/wendy-davis/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/wendy-davis/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);">Wendy Davis</a>, have offered mixed messages on the economic development fund in the past, leaving questions about whether it will extend beyond Perry's tenure.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 02 Jan 2014 16:29:12 +0000 Alexa Ura, Texas Tribune 9471 at http://kut.org Beyond Perry, Future of Deal-Closing Fund Uncertain Audio: Filibuster Fallout and Gov. Perry's Exciting Future Plans http://kut.org/post/audio-filibuster-fallout-and-gov-perrys-exciting-future-plans <p><object height="81" width="100%"><param name="movie" value="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99550015&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true"><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"><embed allowscriptaccess="always" height="81" src="https://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F99550015&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_playcount=true&amp;show_comments=true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="100%"></object><span><a href="http://soundcloud.com/kutnews/tribcast-filibuster-fallout">TribCast: Filibuster Fallout and Exciting Future Plans</a> by <a href="http://soundcloud.com/kutnews">KUT News</a></span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 18.18181800842285px;">On this week's Texas Tribune Tribcast, Reeve Hamilton, Evan Smith, Ross Ramsey and KUT's Ben Philpott discuss the fallout from last week's filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), the Voting Rights Act, the effort to impeach a university regent, and Governor Rick Perry's coming announcement of "exciting future plans."</span></p><p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 15:00:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 8280 at http://kut.org Audio: Filibuster Fallout and Gov. Perry's Exciting Future Plans Travis County Looks at Funding Options for Public Integrity Unit http://kut.org/post/travis-county-looks-funding-options-public-integrity-unit <p class="p1">The future of the <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/tribpedia/public-integrity-unit/">Public Integrity Unit</a>&nbsp;- an arm of the Travis County's District Attorney's Office with about 600 statewide fraud cases open that was recently defunded by Gov. Rick Perry - is anything but certain.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">Today, the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/commissioners_court/">Travis County Commissioners Court</a>&nbsp; looked at some alternatives to fund the office, which could shutter its doors on Sept. 30 and leave 31 employees jobless.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 23:38:26 +0000 Joy Diaz 8272 at http://kut.org Travis County Looks at Funding Options for Public Integrity Unit Live Blog: Following the Protests at the Texas Capitol http://kut.org/post/live-blog-following-protests-texas-capitol <p>To keep you up-to-date on all the action going on at the Capitol today, we've created a Storify to monitor the protests on the first day of the special session. Click below to see the timeline.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 19:58:43 +0000 KUT Staff 8257 at http://kut.org Live Blog: Following the Protests at the Texas Capitol After Perry Kills Funding, What’s Next for Austin Corruption Unit? http://kut.org/post/after-perry-kills-funding-what-s-next-austin-corruption-unit <p>A member of the <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us">Texas House of Representatives</a> is calling on his fellow lawmakers to look for&nbsp;ways to pay for the Public Integrity Unit of the <a href="http://www.co.travis.tx.us/district_attorney/">Travis County District Attorney’s Office</a>.</p><p>Governor Rick Perry used a <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/perry-vetoes-more-two-dozen-bills">line-item veto</a> to cut off the Unit’s state funding, citing D.A. Rosemary <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/da-lehmberg-seeking-treatment-following-dwi-jail-release">Lehmberg’s DWI conviction</a>.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 23:11:59 +0000 Trey Shaar & Andres Araiza 8150 at http://kut.org After Perry Kills Funding, What’s Next for Austin Corruption Unit? UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President http://kut.org/post/uttt-poll-texans-favor-cruz-over-perry-president <article><h1><span style="font-size: 13.63636302947998px; line-height: 1.5;">U.S. Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:53:05 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 8145 at http://kut.org UT/TT Poll: Texans Favor Cruz Over Perry for President PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? http://kut.org/post/politifact-how-many-schools-offer-10000-degrees <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95453739&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false&amp;color=1ab9ff" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Since 2011, Governor Rick Perry challenged lawmakers to provide “a bold, Texas-style solution” to the challenge of affordable higher education: a $10,000 degree for Texas students.</p><p>In a recent press release challenging Texas schools to initiate the low-cost degree, Perry said that <a href="http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/18529/">13 schools in Texas</a> already offer or are planning to offer such a degree.</p><p>We talked to Gardner Selby of the<em> Austin American-Statesman</em>’s PolitiFact Texas to check the accuracy of the claim. Listen to our conversation using the player above and <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/article/2013/jun/04/rick-perrys-count-10000-college-degrees/">read the fact check online.</a></p><p> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 10:45:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7991 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: How Many Schools Offer $10,000 Degrees? Agenda Texas: The Post Session Horse Race Begins http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-post-session-horse-race-begins <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F94843316" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The end of a legislative session usually triggers the beginning of the next election cycle. But before anyone could throw his or her hat in the ring, we had an incumbent exit the arena.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7953 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: The Post Session Horse Race Begins Politifact TX on KUT is Two Years Old! (And a Fact Check, Too) http://kut.org/post/politifact-tx-kut-two-years-old-and-fact-check-too <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In today’s </span><a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/" style="line-height: 1.5;">PolitiFact Texas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we celebrate the two-year anniversary of the partnership between </span>KUT’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Emily Donahue and the </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Austin American-Statesman</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">’s Gardner Selby!</span></p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Emily Donahue 7913 at http://kut.org Politifact TX on KUT is Two Years Old! (And a Fact Check, Too) Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas http://kut.org/post/latinos-may-need-more-miracle-prosper-texas <p></p><p>President Obama brought a message of economic recovery when <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/presidents-austin-jobs-tour" target="_blank">he visited Austin</a> yesterday, the <a href="http://kutnews.org/post/manor-new-tech-example-nation-obama-says-photos" target="_blank">first stop</a> in his “<a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/08/president-obama-headed-austin-heres-why" target="_blank">Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity Tour</a>.” Latinos in the U.S., however, are trailing behind the national average in unemployment. So how are&nbsp;they’re doing when it comes to finding work in the home of the “Texas miracle?"</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 12:11:18 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 7695 at http://kut.org Latinos May Need More Than a 'Miracle' to Prosper in Texas Perry Attends DA's Funeral With Eye on Border Security http://kut.org/post/perry-attends-das-funeral-eye-border-security <p>Gov. Rick Perry attended today’s memorial service for <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/texas-high-alert-following-district-attorneys-killing">a North Texas district attorney and his wife</a> who were shot to death in their home over the weekend.</p><p>The death of District Attorney Michael McClelland comes about two months after the killing of another prosecutor in that county.</p><p>In an interview today with Fox News Channel, Perry tied the killings to border security.</p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 20:38:35 +0000 Trey Shaar 7229 at http://kut.org Perry Attends DA's Funeral With Eye on Border Security Policy Group Supports Perry on Medicaid Expansion http://kut.org/post/policy-group-supports-perry-medicaid-expansion <p>A <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/center/health-care/reports/save-texas-medicaid">report released today</a> by the <a href="http://www.texaspolicy.com/">Texas Public Policy Foundation</a> criticizes the state’s Medicaid program, calling its access to healthcare providers “inadequate” and its health outcomes “poor.”</p><p>Gov. Rick Perry has refused to accept federal money to expand access to Medicaid, citing much the same reasons.</p><p>Perry says he would prefer a “block grant” of the federal money, allowing Texas to decide how best to spend it.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 21:33:44 +0000 Trey Shaar 7022 at http://kut.org Policy Group Supports Perry on Medicaid Expansion Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry http://kut.org/post/texas-needs-more-career-and-technical-progams-says-perry <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Perry called for more career and technical programs—in addition to expanding charter schools and implementing a tax-credit scholarship program—during his address to the State Board of Education and its eight newly elected members this morning.</span></p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 22:59:56 +0000 Marissa Barnett 6440 at http://kut.org Texas Needs More Career and Technical Progams, Says Perry