Ryan Murphy, Texas Tribune

Politics
1:06 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Two Texas Counties Didn't Hold Runoff Elections

Amy Qualls-McClure via Texas Tribune

More than 1 million Texas voters participated in Tuesday's primary runoff elections, but none of them were from Sterling and Oldham counties. County clerks with both rural counties confirmed that they did not hold primary runoffs.

"Our Republican chairman had moved out of the county, so he was unable to do it and he was unable to find somebody to take his place in time," said Sterling County Clerk Susan Wyatt said, who added that the Democratic Party chair decided not to hold a runoff as well.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:53 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Rick Perry's Fundraising Dived in Fourth Quarter

Illustration by Bob Daemmrich/Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Gov. Rick Perry has filed his year-end campaign finance totals with the Federal Election Commission. And it's not pretty.

Poor debate performances and controversial ad campaigns appear to have done Perry no favors in the fundraising department. Perry collected only $2.9 million in the fourth quarter after having the strongest performance of the field in the third quarter, when he received $17.2 million in contributions and outraised all of his Republican opponents.

The campaign spent $14.2 million in the run-up to the Iowa caucuses, where Perry's fifth-place finish with only 10 percent of the vote threw the campaign into a tailspin. Of that $14.2 million, $5.7 million was spent on media alone.

Although Perry ended 2011 with $3.7 million on hand, it is still unclear how much money Perry's federal war chest has left after his final January push before bowing out on Jan. 19. At that time, Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said the campaign had spent "the bulk of [its] funds."

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2012 Presidential Election
12:50 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Perry Exits, And So Does His Once-Hefty War Chest

Image by Todd Wiseman, Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Gov. Rick Perry took his fundraising muscle with him Thursday when he bowed out of the Republican presidential race. His exit freed not only what was left in his federal campaign coffers, but also the support of the political action committee that had spent $3.8 million in Perry’s favor.

The next filing deadline for federal campaign committees is Jan. 31, making it difficult to know how much money Perry’s campaign has left. But it does not appear to be very much.

“We have spent the bulk of our funds,” said Ray Sullivan, a spokesman for Perry. “So South Carolina was a final flag in the ground."

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Politics
5:30 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

Federal Judges Propose Maps for Texas Legislative Races

The Court's proposed House map

A panel of federal judges in San Antonio proposed new redistricting maps for the Texas Senate and the Texas House late this afternoon.

The three-judge panel proposed one map for the Texas Senate, and two for the Texas House, one from the court and another from Judge Jerry Smith, who's on the panel and is a member of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Click on the image above to cycle through the proposed maps. 

2012 Presidential Election
11:23 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Perry Has Modest Wealth, But Questions Remain

Photo illustration by Bob Daemmrich/Todd Wiseman

Gov. Rick Perry once scooped up valuable tracts of land in Central Texas, and he scored big when he sold them. But new financial disclosures suggest Perry gave up much of the profits on Wall Street and no longer directly owns any land or even a house.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:59 pm
Tue August 16, 2011

Perry Makes Presidential Campaign Official, Files with FEC

Texas Governor Rick Perry smiles as he enters the Electric Park Ballroom in Waterloo Iowa for a three-day campaign swing through the Hawkeye State on August 14, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Gov. Rick Perry's made his presidential campaign legal on Monday, filing a statement of candidacy and a statement of organization for RickPerry.org, Inc., his principal campaign committee. Both are posted on the Federal Election Commission's website.

Both documents were prepared on August 13, the same day as the RedState Gathering where Perry formally announced his entry into the 2012 presidential race.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:41 pm
Tue June 21, 2011

Texas Tribune Tracks Perry's Travels

Photo illustration by Ben Hasson, Texas Tribune

Over the last several months, amid great presidential speculation, Gov. Rick Perry has had a much larger presence in national GOP politics.

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