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Collateral Damage of Gov. Rick Perry's Veto of PIU Funds Includes 400 Felony Investigations


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Governor Rick Perry's name isn't on the ballot in 2014, but you wouldn't know that judging by the news coverage alone.  And, you could forgive any Texans who might still make that mistake given that most have grown accustomed to "candidate Perry" during a non-presidential election year.

The resurgence of media mentions and a budding presidential re-run began with his unilateral decision to bring 1000 National Guard troops to the border, but is now consumed by another unilateral move -- attempting to force an elected official from office.

The collateral damage for Rick Perry's political maneuvers is stacking up, see what could but the worst of unintended consequences below the jump...

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Left in Texas Podcast: Rick Perry Mugshots, Merch, & Mockery


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM CDT

This is Episode 33 for the week of August 18th.

For the second week in a row we spend nearly an entire episode catching you up to the latest news surrounding the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry.

The Texas media has been fixated on this subject and for good reason, Gov. Perry has thumbed his nose at the prosecution, the grand jury and Texas taxpayers. And, despite his serious legal troubles he's not skipping any stops on the road to seeking the 2016 GOP nomination for President.

Perry did however give at least one giant (and surprising) reprieve to opponents and taxpayers -- find out what it is, and hear the full episode below the jump!...

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Gov. Rick Perry Still Owes Texans $80,000 In Legal Fees After Agreeing To Pay Future Costs


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 03:00 PM CDT

When Texans found out they were footing the bill for Gov. Perry's high dollar legal defense they started asking questions. Then the Texas Tribune reported that this may be the first time a Texas Governor has ever charged taxpayers for attorney's fees.

Now Gov. Perry, who we rarely see retreat has bowed to public pressure and agreed to pay his "future" bills with privately raised funds. But what about the $80,000 he has billed so far?

It seems odd that the Governor would feel the heat and not move to put out the fire completely.

See what his spokesperson said below the jump...

 

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VIDEO: Rick Perry Breaks Silence On Felony Indictments


by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Aug 16, 2014 at 02:15 PM CDT

On Friday Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a Travis County grand jury on 2 felony counts of abuse of power and today he broke his silence.

The first count charges him with "abuse of official capacity" which is a 1st degree, and the second charges him with "coercion of a public servant" a 3rd degree felony.

The Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum said that next week Perry will be arraigned and have to take a mug shot.

See Gov. Perry's response below the jump...

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Rick Perry Indicted on Two Counts: Abuse of Office, Coercion


by: Joseph Vogas

Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 06:02 PM CDT

On Friday evening, the special prosecutor and grand jury looking into whether Governor Rick Perry acted inappropriately when he withheld $7.5 million owed to the public integrity unit of the Travis County District Attorney's office completed their investigation. Perry stated he would veto the funding if Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg did not resign after being convicted of drunk driving. When she refused, Perry followed through with his veto which drew an ethics complaint.

The grand jury indicted Governor Rick Perry on two counts. Abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public official. These are first and third degree felonies respectively. If convected on both counts, Governor Perry can face between 5 and 99 years in jail.

Governor Perry is expected to have a mug shot taken following these indictments.

The full indictment can be read here.

The Texas Democratic Party has called for Rick Perry's resignation.

Their statement, video of the Special Prosecutor issuing the indictment, and more can be found after the jump.

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Texas Border Sheriff Says Rick Perry Throwing Region "Under the Bus for His Own Political Gain"


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

In a video interview conducted by a citizen journalist, Interim Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. "Eddie" Guerra said that Gov. Perry sending National Guard troops to the border was not helpful to local law enforcement.

He also said that the appearance of a militarization of the border sent the wrong message to the community, and created a false characterization that "rampant" crime was occurring.

The Sheriff also spoke about his past positive experiences with the National Guard in South Texas, the continuing humanitarian crisis and the request that border sheriffs made to the Governor.

Read more and watch the interview below the jump...

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Abbott Proposes New "Gold Standard" Mandates, But No Universal Full Day Pre-K


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Mar 31, 2014 at 07:06 PM CDT

Today Greg Abbott unveiled the Pre-K - 3rd grade portion of his "Educating Texans" policy proposal. Likening our education system to a house cracking from a faulty foundation, he proposed creating new state standards based on performance before expanding full day Pre-K access to more students. To do otherwise he said would be "an act of negligence and waste."

His plan centered around a "Gold Standard" that would have to be adopted by School Districts in order to qualify for an additional $1,500 per student.

Public education is something his Gubernatorial opponent Senator Wendy Davis sees as a her strong suit and a major issue for November voters, and this proposal is also one of Abbott's first major policy plans after being criticized throughout the primary campaign for being mum on many issues.

More plus Wendy Davis' reaction below the jump...

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Ted Nugent: "I'm A Black Guitarist From Detroit," The Obama Administration Acts Like Nazis


by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Feb 25, 2014 at 00:40 PM CST

Ted Nugent, the Motor City Madman and Texas transplant, just can't stay out of the headlines. Only a few days after his "apology" for using Nazi propaganda rhetoric to describe the President, calling him a "subhuman mongrel," the Nuge goes on Dennis Miller to explain how it is actually the Obama Administration that is destroying America by using Nazi techniques. Basically he turns the tables and says, 'who's the Nazi now?'  

He told Miller that Obama was using an incrementalism that mirrored "people like jack-booted thugs, like the Brownshirts," and that he was exploiting "the power struggle between the different races" with his policies towards the IRS and under Obamacare.

See what happened when Nugent visited CNN last night below the jump...

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Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott In 2 of 3 Filing Periods


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:44 PM CST

Wendy Davis reports raising $2.85 million in the period between January 24th and February 22nd while Greg Abbott showed he raised 2.5 million in the same timeframe. That puts Davis' total current cash on hand at $11.3 million and Abbott at just under $30 million.

When Greg Abbott announced his intentions to run for Governor he already had nearly $21 million in the bank and since that time Davis has managed to out raise him again in the last filing period before each becomes their party's official nominee.

See more details below the jump...

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Wendy Davis Outraises Greg Abbott In 2 of 3 Filing Periods


by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Feb 24, 2014 at 06:44 PM CST

Wendy Davis reports raising $2.85 million in the period between January 24th and February 22nd while Greg Abbott showed he raised 2.5 million in the same timeframe. That puts Davis' total current cash on hand at $11.3 million and Abbott at just under $30 million.

When Greg Abbott announced his intentions to run for Governor he already had nearly $21 million in the bank and since that time Davis has managed to out raise him again in the last filing period before each becomes their party's official nominee.

See more details below the jump...

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