Gov. Rick Perry

2012 Presidential Election
10:40 am
Mon May 30, 2011

Perry Presidential Speculation Heats Up Over Long Weekend

Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

A new name is figuring more prominently in the national discussion over who might seek the Republican presidential nomination. Governor Rick Perry last week said he would “think about it” after the state legislature adjourned. That propelled his name into the headlines over the long weekend.

Newsweek tried to explain the “sudden conservative crush” on our Texas governor.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:51 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Gov. Perry Says He Will Consider White House Run [VIDEO]

Photo by Chris Kosho for KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry says he will consider running for the White House after the legislature adjourns. Our political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, says Perry was at a signing ceremony for a controversial voter ID law when he made his boldest remarks yet on the issue.

"I'm going to think about it," Perry said. He quickly added, "I think about a lot of things."

Perry, the longest serving governor in the United States, was speaking to reporters after a signing ceremony marking the passage of a bill requiring Texans to show photo ID before voting. A reporter noted that Hispanic Republicans in the Legislature were urging him to run and had already endorsed him. Perry repeated his most recent mantra that he wouldn't be distracted by presidential talk while the legislative session is ongoing.

Political analyst Harvey Kronberg of the Quorom Report told KUT News that Perry has been running a “non-campaign campaign” for at least a year now.

“As soon as he formally announces, he has to lawyer up, create organization and start complying with federal law,” Kronberg said. “Right now, he’s in the absolute perfect position to shoot from the sidelines, and be seduced into running. But as soon as he declares, all of the sudden he’s subject to scrutiny that he’s not subject to now.”

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3:29 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

For Clients of Perry's Advisers, a Troubling Budget

Photo by KUT

Gov. Rick Perry has delivered his fiscal message loud and clear: Balance the cash-strapped state budget with cuts, not with the Rainy Day Fund or new taxes. Yet in a legislative session that’s almost all budget, all the time, some of Perry’s most loyal advisers, past and future, find themselves representing clients beating a very different drum.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:44 pm
Tue May 24, 2011

Perry Won't Rule Out 2012 Run For White House

Photo via the Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Rick Perry just can’t seem to shut the door on a 2012 presidential run.

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2012 Presidential Election
10:14 am
Fri May 20, 2011

Why Doesn't Anyone Believe Rick Perry When He Says He's Not Running?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry visits with House members to discuss the state budget issues at the back railing on May 19, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

It’s Rick Perry versus the nincompoops. That’s not a slap at the rest of the Republican field, but at the political chatterers who just can’t or won’t believe the Texas governor when he says he doesn’t want to run for president.

Nobody believes him, which makes it easier for some to contend that he is making a grab at the highest political office in the land.

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2012 Presidential Election
4:30 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Perry Says White House Talk Won't Distract Him

Gov. Rick Perry makes a playful salute to the son of State Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, as he walked through the House chamber on his way to a meeting with House Speaker Joe Straus at noon on May 19, 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Most people around the Texas Capitol are taking bets on whether there will be a special session this summer to dig out from the wreckage of a budgetary train wreck. But the chattering class — the political pundits who make a living talking rather than passing (or killing) bills — are eager to make bets on something else: whether Gov. Rick Perry is going to run for president.

Never mind that Perry has said repeatedly, and pretty darn emphatically, that he won’t mount a White House bid next year. He's enjoying another little boomlet lately, what with fomer U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s troubles and the somewhat surprising exit from the race by former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, who might have courted some of the same folks Perry could rally.

Talk show host Rush Limbaugh is the latest to jump on the Perry-should-run bandwagon, dedicating 20 minutes of his mega-ditto air time to extol the virtues of the longest serving governor in the United States.

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2012 Presidential Election
12:53 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Report: Gov. Perry Moving Into Presidential Race

Real Clear Politics cites three unnamed sources who say Governor Perry is quietly wading into the race for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Photo by KUT News

It’s a perennial rumor that refuses to go away, and now Real Clear Politics is fanning the flames of speculation citing three unnamed sources who say Texas Governor Rick Perry’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination is gathering momentum.

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4:16 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Perry, White House Point Fingers Over Refusal To Meet

Governor Rick Perry won't be meeting with President Obama during his Austin visit today.
Photo by Jeff Heimsath for KUT.

Governor Perry and President Obama aren't meeting during Obama's visit to Texas today. And, perhaps not surprisingly, each side is blaming the other. 

The White House says Perry refused to meet the President in El Paso earlier today.

The Associated Press reports Perry's office said Obama declined an invitation to tour areas of the state scorched by wildfire or to meet in Austin. 

3:41 pm
Fri May 6, 2011

This Week In Texas Politics

In case you couldn't keep up, our buddies at KUT's political reporting partner, the Texas Tribune, have got you covered.

4:28 pm
Tue March 1, 2011

Capitol Press Corps Twitter-pated Over Governor Perry's Block

Gov. Perry celebrates on Election Night
Picture by KUT News

Here's a story that's been around the world and back again in just a couple of days.  

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1:16 pm
Wed February 2, 2011

Statement From Governor Perry On Rolling Power Outages

The Governor speaking at an event last year.
Image by KUT

Gov. Rick Perry's office sent us this statement:

"Because of winter weather conditions that have created an unprecedented demand on the state's energy grid, many Texans across our state are experiencing power outages today," Gov. Perry said. "Texas power and emergency management experts are working very closely with ERCOT and various utility providers to ensure power is restored as quickly as possible. Until that happens, I urge businesses and residents to conserve electricity to minimize the impact of this event."

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Anti-Abortion Rally
5:40 pm
Sat January 22, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry Announces New Emergency Legislation at Anti-Abortion Rally

Volunteers gather on the Capitol steps behind Gov. Rick Perry at the 2011 Texas Rally for Life on Saturday.
Photo by Torrie Hardcastle for KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry designated pre-abortion sonograms as emergency legislation today at the annual Rally for Life. The rally marks the 38th anniversary of what Perry calls the “tragic” Roe v. Wade court decision, which gave women the legal right to abortion.

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2:38 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Gov. Perry Announces Two More Emergency Items

Governor Perry added two more items to the Legislature's "emergency" list today.
Photo by Chris Kosho/KUT.

Gov. Rick Perry has declared two more emergency items for the 2011 legislative session. The new emergency items include legislation that would require voters to show identification at the ballot box, and a bill calling for a new balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Fiscal discipline, balanced budgets and the integrity of the ballot box are critical to the people of Texas,”  Perry said in a press release today.  “Under this emergency declaration, Texas lawmakers will be able to address these priority issues more quickly.”

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News Brief
5:24 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Top Morning Stories January 18, 2011

Governor Rick Perry will be sworn-in to a third full term in office Tuesday.
Photo by KUT News

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11:17 am
Thu December 2, 2010

Gov. Perry Will Make Chuck Norris An Honorary Texas Ranger

Chuck Norris at a Mike Huckabee campaign rally in 2008. Gov. Perry will name Norris an honorary Texas Ranger this afternoon.
Image courtesy Aaron Webb

For years, Chuck Norris played a Texas Ranger in the TV series Walker, Texas Ranger.

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1:03 pm
Tue November 9, 2010

Analysis of Gov. Perry's Appearance on The Daily Show

Governor Perry sent out this tweet last night after his appearance on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

George W. Bush isn't the only high profile Texas Republican on a book tour. Texas Governor Rick Perry, fresh off his reelection victory last week, is touring the East Coast in support of his new critique of the federal government, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington.

Last night he appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Here's the segment.

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Rick Perry
12:26 pm
Fri November 5, 2010

Media from Perry's FED UP! Tour

Perry has gone to FoxNews, Glenn Beck, the Today Show, NPR, and will appear on "The Daily Show" on Monday.
Photo by KUT News

As recently re-elected Governor Perry continues his promotional tour for his new book FED UP! Our Fight to Save America From Washington, we here at KUT thought it’d be a good idea to see how the third-termer was faring out there in the non-Texas states.

First, a NPR interview with the man himself:

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News Brief
6:06 am
Fri November 5, 2010

Top Morning Stories November 4, 2010

Soldiers at a memorial in 2009 following the November 5th mass shooting at Fort Hood. Ceremonies will be held on post Friday to mark the one year anniversary of the shootings.
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Fort Hood Marks Anniversary of Shootings

Fort Hood is holding ceremonies today to mark the one-year anniversary of the shootings on post last year.  A private award ceremony will start at 10:00 a.m. to recognize soldiers and civilians who Army commanders say went above and beyond the call of duty that day. 

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2010 midterm elections
4:36 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Bill White Channels Mr. October, Swings for the Fences

Bill White held a press conferance in front of the Teacher Retirement System in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille KUT News

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White lobbed more allegations of cronyism and corruption at incumbent Republican Governor Rick Perry. On Tuesday, Mayor White launched what his campaign dubbed their “October Surprise.”

The former Houston mayor spoke on the steps of the Teacher Retirement System building. TRS is the largest pension fund in the State, valued at over 100 billion dollars.

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2010 midterm elections
3:26 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

White Accuses Perry of Funneling Teacher Retirement Funds to Political Donors

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White delivered his campaign's "October surprise" from the front steps of the Teacher Retirment Systems building in downtown Austin.
Photo by Ian Dille for KUT News.

Today, in an event trumpeted by his campaign as its "October surprise," Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White held a press conferance on the front steps of the Teacher Retirement Systems (TRS) building in downtown Austin. The TRS manages a trust fund valued at over $100 billion on behalf of 1.3 million current and former Texas teachers.

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