Politics

2012 Presidential Election
8:57 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Joe Allbaugh at Center of Perry Campaign Drama

Gov. Rick Perry praying at The Response, a two-hour evangelical gathering in Greenville, S.C., on Jan. 17, 2012, resembling the massive prayer event of the same name Perry hosted in August 2011.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

When Joe Allbaugh walked into his first staff meeting at the headquarters of the Rick Perry presidential campaign on Oct. 24, the governor of Texas had already blown his once formidable lead in the polls.

But there was still hope that he could rise again, and campaign manager Rob Johnson introduced the physically imposing Allbaugh, former head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as a key part of the rescue effort.

“I’m just here to help,” several senior Perry advisers remember Allbaugh saying.

A few days later, at a subsequent gathering, it was a different story.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:36 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Back in Texas, Rick Perry Has Relationships to Repair

Gov. Rick Perry waits to go on stage at the 7 Flags Events Center in Clive, Iowa, on Jan. 3, 2012. Perry placed fifth in the Iowa caucuses.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

When Gov. Rick Perry suspended his presidential bid, he said it was because there was no “viable path forward.” But is there a viable path back?

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2012 Presidential Election
9:11 am
Sun January 22, 2012

South Carolina GOP Bets Its Winning Streak On A Long Shot

Newt Gingrich along with his wife, Callista, addresses supporters at the Hilton Hotel in Columbia, S.C. following his primary victory. South Carolina voters have chosen the GOP nominee since 1980.
JEFF SINER MCT /Landov

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 11:49 pm

By embracing Newt Gingrich in its primary, the South Carolina GOP has risked its remarkable record of success at picking the party's eventual nominee for president.

It's been quite a run. Beginning with its primary in 1980, when it chose Ronald Reagan, South Carolina has voted first among Southern states. And the Palmetto State's choice has gone on to dominate the other Southern states and lock up the nomination in short order. That happened eight times in a row, counting incumbent renominations.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:09 am
Sun January 22, 2012

Herman Cain Beats Rick Perry in South Carolina

Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain waves at a rally the College of Charleston on January 20, 2012. Comedian Stephen Colbert held the event with Cain, titled "Rock Me Like a Herman Cain South Cain-olina Primary Rally", as part of his pseudo-run for president of "The United States of South Carolina."
Richard Ellis Getty Images

Originally published on Mon January 23, 2012 2:01 pm

Herman Cain suspended his bid for the GOP presidential nominee back in December, but that's not stopping him from picking up votes in South Carolina's primary.

Could his mini surge of one percent of the vote be thanks to a late-breaking endorsement by Comedy Central comedian Stephen Colbert?

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2012 Presidential Election
7:01 pm
Sat January 21, 2012

Upset: Gingrich Win In S.C. Upends GOP Race

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and his wife, Callista, celebrate after Gingrich was declared the winner of South Carolina's primary Saturday.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:05 am

Newt Gingrich has beaten Mitt Romney in South Carolina. The question now becomes whether he can pull off that trick enough times in enough states to deny Romney the Republican presidential nomination.

It was a big win for Gingrich, the former House speaker, who took 40 percent of the vote, compared to 28 percent for Romney, a former Massachusetts governor.

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Politics
9:23 am
Sat January 21, 2012

Texas AG To San Antonio Court: Hurry Up and Draw Maps

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday rejected electoral boundary maps drawn by a panel of federal judges in San Antonio. The nation's highest court said the panel, in trying to preserve the voting influence of federally protected  minority groups, veered too far from the redistricting maps created by the Republican-dominated state legislature. 

Now that panel of federal judges in San Antonio must create new maps. And it set a hearing on the issue for February 1. The maps create new boundaries for Texas House, Texas Senate and U.S. Congressional districts across Texas.

But the Texas Attorney General says he just wants them to get on with it because he's worried about delaying the Texas primary elections. The state's primaries have already been pushed back to April 3 and may now be delayed further.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:03 am
Sat January 21, 2012

With Perry Out, South Carolina Republicans Vote Today

Originally published on Sat January 21, 2012 8:32 am

The race for the 2012 Republican presidential campaign has been anything but predictable.

It's been the first contest in memory, for instance, with a candidate, Mitt Romney, who was reputedly the inevitable nominee but so suspect in many Republicans' eyes that they kept searching for an alternative. That has led to nearly every candidate in the crowded field, at one time or another, challenging for frontrunner status.

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Politics
9:02 am
Sat January 21, 2012

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Graphic by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

KUT is a reporting partner with the Texas Tribune. Here's the best of the Trib's reporting from this very busy week.

Gov. Rick Perry’s legendary winning streak came to its inglorious end Thursday. Standing in a plain conference room, the governor who had only ever known political victory admitted defeat.

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Politics
4:12 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

SOPA Hits the Skids, For Now

Rep. Lamar Smith's photo is featured in a rapidly proliferating meme attacking his SOPA sponsorship.
Photo courtesy of Rep. Smith's website

The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has been pulled by its sponsor, Texas Rep. Lamar Smith.

Smith issued a statement today in response to the news that SOPA’s companion bill in the Senate, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, had been pulled from by majority leader Sen. Harry Reid. Smith writes:

“I have heard from the critics and I take seriously their concerns regarding proposed legislation to address the problem of online piracy. It is clear that we need to revisit the approach on how best to address the problem of foreign thieves that steal and sell American inventions and products. …  

The House Judiciary Committee will postpone consideration of the legislation until there is wider agreement on a solution.”

Smith’s announcement will likely due little to stem the vitriol directed his way in a stream of memes that started in the wake of the SOPA blackout.

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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
11:10 am
Fri January 20, 2012

How 'Reasonable' is the Supreme Court’s Redistricting Decision?

This map drawn by a San Antonio court needs to more closely resemble one passed by the Texas Legislature last year, the Supreme Court says.

It’s back to the drawing board for a San Antonio court that reworked Texas’ most recent redistricting plan.

This morning, the Supreme Court offered an opinion in a lawsuit brought by Gov. Rick Perry, representing the State of Texas, against members of a three-person San Antonio court. The San Antonio justices had rejected the Texas Legislature’s 2011 overhaul of congressional districts, drafting their own map of new districts.

At issue was Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. Enforced in southern states including Texas, the act requires the Department of Justice to “preclear” election changes with the Department of Justice to ensure changes don’t adversely affect the ability of ethnic minorities to elect the candidates of their choice. The San Antonio court felt that with 2010 census numbers confirming explosive growth in Texas’ Hispanic and Latino population, the new map drawn by the Texas Legislature in 2011 wouldn’t meet preclearance standards.

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Politics
9:29 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Supreme Court Throws Out Redrawn District Maps

This morning, the Supreme Court asked a San Antonio court to create new electoral plans.
Photo courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:350z33

The Associated Press reports the Supreme Court has dismissed the map of Texas electoral districts redrawn by a court in San Antonio. The districts were reworked by the San Antonio court amid complaints an earlier map drawn by the Texas Legislature in 2011 created gerrymandered districts and didn’t allow minority voters the opportunity to elect the candidate of their choice.

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Politics
9:04 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Senate Vote Delayed On PIPA, Its Anti-Piracy Bill

Originally published on Fri January 20, 2012 8:55 am

Saying that "recent events" have raised questions, but that "there is no reason that the legitimate issues raised by many about this bill cannot be resolved," Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has announced that there won't be a vote in his chamber next Tuesday on the Protect IP Act (PIPA).

That's the Senate's version of controversial legislation that supporters say would cut down on Internet piracy — but that opponents say would amount to censorship.

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2012 Presidential Election
5:07 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

A Frosty Moment for Perry

Perry staffers take down the governor's signage following a fateful decision announced over fast-food .
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Was Rick Perry ‘eating his feelings’ when he abandoned his presidential bid today?

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2012 Presidential Election
11:53 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Perry Sees 'No Viable Path Forward': The Fall Of A Once Promising Front-Runner

Perry prepares to speak with voters attending the West Des Moines caucus in Iowa on Jan. 3.
Jonathan Gibby Getty Images

Originally published on Thu January 19, 2012 1:40 pm

Like the saying goes in his home state, everything about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign was big.

From the start of his candidacy, when he garnered instant front-runner status in some polls, to his embarrassing debate performances and his slide to the back of the pack, Perry's bid for the Republican nomination seemed outsized. So, too, were the expectations.

On Thursday, Perry left the GOP race and strongly endorsed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, citing his "heart of a conservative reformer."

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2012 Presidential Election
11:13 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Listen to Rick Perry Drop Out of the Race

Gov. Rick Perry, flanked by wife Anita, at the announcement this morning.
Photo courtesy MSNBC

Perry Announces End to Campaign - Jan. 19, 2012 by KUT News

"As someone who’s always admired a great, if not the greatest Texas governor, Sam Houston, I know when it’s time to make a strategic retreat.”

So said Gov. Rick Perry moments ago, retreating not from Santa Anna’s armies, but instead from dim prospects for this Saturday’s Republican primary in South Carolina. 

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2012 Presidential Election
10:10 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Live Blogging Rick Perry's Announcement

Rick Perry, late last year in Iowa.
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Word that Gov. Rick Perry is bowing out of the GOP presidential primary will soon be confirmed by the man himself. Perry's team called a press conference in South Carolina for 10am Central Standard Time this morning, where he should confirm what aides told The Texas Tribune this morning: That Perry "is pulling out."

We'll be liveblogging the announcement from the KUT Newsroom in Austin, and via Ben Philpott's tweets on the ground in South Carolina.

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2012 Presidential Election
9:07 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

Gov. Rick Perry, on his "Faith, Jobs and Freedom" tour thorough Iowa last year.
Photo by Ben Philpott, KUT News

Texas Governor Rick Perry has called an 11 a.m. press conference this morning in South Carolina. According to The Texas Tribune, KUT's political reporting partner, and other media outlets, Perry will use the event to drop out of the GOP presidential race and endorse Newt Gingrich.

Rumors were swirling last night on Twitter, as various news outlets and blogs were saying the governor was calling it quits after he canceled an appearance at Bob Jones University Wednesday afternoon.

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2012 Presidential Election
7:34 am
Thu January 19, 2012

Amid Signs of Defeat, Perry is Undeterred

Rick Perry opens his wallet to buy some coffee in a downtown Greer, S.C. general store during a campaign walk on January 18, 2012.
Photo by Bob Daemmrich, Texas Tribune

Tiny crowds. Calls for surrender. Defections.

The signs of defeat are everywhere, but Gov.Rick Perry is still campaigning as if he had a fighting chance to win the crucial South Carolina primary and keep his presidential ambitions alive.

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Politics
5:03 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Texas Legislators Sound Off on SOPA Blackout

An image created by SOPA opponents, imagining how alleged illegal content might be seized if the bill were passed.
Image courtesy americancensorship.org

With the sponsor of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) hailing from Texas, and Austin being a high-tech hub, there’s been plenty of local reaction to the internet blackout in protest of SOPA and the accompanying Protect Intellectual Property Act. We have reactions from several Texas lawmakers on the bills:

  • Sen. John Cornyn writes on his Facebook page that “Texans have soundly rejected the ‘pass now, learn later’ approach that we saw with Obamacare, and the potential impact of this legislation is too far-reaching to ram it through Congress in such an abrupt way. Stealing content is theft, plain and simple, but concerns about the internet and free speech necessitate a more thoughtful, deliberative process.” This isn’t the first time Cornyn’s been pressed on the issue, as SOPA-opposed constituents met with his office earlier this week.

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