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Everything Everyone Thinks You Need To Know About Rick Perry

by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 10:20 AM CDT

Rick Perry has officially tossed his hair in the ring for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. This came as no real surprise, since he basically pseudo-announced several times before his big speech to a group of salivating right-wing bloggers. We all saw this coming, much like Texas' massive budgetary shortfall that Perry refused to discuss or admit while he was on the campaign trail in 2010.

As Rick Perry's campaign ramps up, the media is starting to take a much, much closer look at Perry. To help you keep a handle on it, here's an index of archives, articles, microsites, and more. We'll keep adding as his campaign goes on.  

There's a lot below the jump. Click to go to...

Got a link you think needs to be included? Post it in the comments.

Perry Media Archives
Kudos to many of our Texas media and research outlets, who have already compiled all of their work on Perry over the last two decades into handy and thorough lists. Amateur oppo researchers will need a stay-cation to dig through it all. Perry Trap, Trove or Trail, there's a lot of really good stuff here, so when you're trying to find an article past or present from an actual news source backing up your assertions that Rick Perry is really actually not OK, this is a great place to start.
  • Austin American-Statesman -- The Perry Files
    Extensive coverage of controversies, issues, and op-eds throughout Perry's time as Governor.
  • The Austin Chronicle -- The Perry Trap
    Extremely thorough, organized thematically by issue and past offices held.
  • Dallas Morning News -- Perry Watch
    Archive of news stories and photos, plus Twitter aggregator. Kind of difficult to navigate.
  • Politifact Texas -- Rick Perry's File
    Guess who leads the state in False and Pants on Fire ratings?
  • Texans for Public Justice -- The Rick Perry Primer
    Mega-bundlers, pay-to-play political appointees, ethical lapses and more from the non-profit that tracks corruption in Texas politics.
  • Texas Monthly -- The Perry Trove
    Links to worldwide Perry news, all Perry-related tweets, and every article they've ever written on him.
  • The Texas Observer -- The Perry Trail
    Contemporary coverage, plus articles covering major scandals of the past 5 years.
  • The Texas Tribune -- Perrypedia
    Exhaustive page of news, videos, donor history, links, everything.

Perry-Specific Microsites
So much failure, so many ways to arrange it in easy-to-share websites. There is zero doubt in my mind that the list of creative, clever Perry microsites will only grow. Does his hair have its own webpage yet?

Perry Important Reads
Good/important/investigative/in-depth articles you might specifically want to refer to again and again.
  • Rick Perry's Crony Capitalism Problem, Charles Dameron, The Wall Street Journal, August 13, 2011
    How the Emerging Technology Fund seems to end up in the pockets of Perry's biggest donors.
  • Rick Perry and the Myth of the 'Texas Miracle', Merrill Goozner, The Fiscal Times, August 12, 2011
    The truth behind those economic statistics Perry keeps touting, and why the worst is yet to come in Texas.
  • Should Perry get credit for Texas economy?, Laylan Copelin, Austin American-Statesman, July 17, 2011
    If you have to ask... Tight homeowner regulations and the energy industry played a big role, but now things are forecast to get much worse.
  • The Business of Governing, Dallas Morning News, January 17, 2011
    On the eve of Perry's third elected term as governor, DMN looks at how Texas is "open for business" for Perry's political allies.
  • Trial By Fire, David Grann, The New Yorker, September 7, 2009
    Lengthy article on the Cameron Todd Willingham case, aka the time Rick Perry may have executed an innocent man.
  • Reluctant governor yields on HPV shots, Janet Elliott, Houston Chronicle, May 9, 2007
    Perry says "look women in the eyes" and tell them about his political connections to the vaccine manufacturer.
  • Rick Perry's Ties With Merck Run Deep, KBTX TV, February 2007
    Merck doubled its lobbying budget; Perry's order could generate millions in revenue for the pharmaceutical corporation.
  • Vaccine Meeting, Merck Donation Coincide, Liz Austin Peterson, AP, February 21, 2007
    Deirdre Delisi, then-Perry chief of staff, had a policy meeting on HPV the same day Merck shoveled $10K into Republican coffers.

Perry Facts, in List Form
Some of the Type A's out there might prefer all of this Perry information organized in a list. Here they are. Not to be confused with @rickperryfacts.

Perry's Major Speeches
All in one handy place. We'll add campaign speeches as they occur, as well as any important other addresses or statements he made during the last decade.

Presidential Campaign

State of the State Addresses

Inaugural Addresses


  • All of Rick Perry's speeches in his capacity as Governor: Link
  • All Press Releases from the Office of the Governor: Link

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I first met Rick Perry in 1985. He was a Democratic freshman state rep, straight off the ranch in Haskell, Texas. He wore his jeans so tight, and, umm, adjusted himself so often that my fellow young legislative aides and I used to call him Crotch. Even among state representatives, even among Texas Aggies (graduates of this cute remedial school we have in Texas), Perry stood out for his modest intellectual gifts. Hell, he got a C in animal breeding. I have goats who got an A in that subject. But lack of brains has never been a hindrance in politics.


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Now what we need to do this all this... (0.00 / 0)
good information is write letters to the editor of newspapers in battleground states so their readers can learn what we already know, Rick Perry is bad for Texas and worse for the country.

As long as corporations are people and money is speech, then democracy is a farce.

First list (0.00 / 0)
I may be one of the first people to have posted a "debunking" of Perry's "Texas Miracle" way back in June, which some may find interesting:


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