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Playing Politics: Only DA Rick Perry Called on to Resign After a DWI was the One Investigating Him

by: Katie Singh

Tue Aug 19, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Since being indicted for abusing his office last Friday, one of Rick Perry's main defenses has been that the indictment is nothing more than a political witch hunt against him. It's an unsurprising defense, especially given Perry's lofty political ambitions.

But the truth is, if there's anyone playing politics, it's Rick Perry.

The judge and special prosecutor responsible for the indictment are both Republicans, not Democrats. What's more, Perry's record very clearly shows that he's the one who has tried to abuse his office for political gain.

During Perry's time in office, three District Attorneys have been found guilty of drunk driving. Of those, the only one he threatened if they didn't resign was Rosemary Lehmberg, the only Democrat and the one who just happened to be investigating him.

There have also been several state legislators on both sides of the aisle who have been arrested for drunk driving on Perry's watch, and none of them have been publicly asked to resign, or had a veto threat on their bills either. Suddenly, Perry's claim that he was simply taking a stance against Lehmberg's drunk driving conviction doesn't really seem that valid.

The hypocrisy is so bad that even Rick Perry's own lawyer had no defense for his client's actions.

Watch Rick Perry's lawyer fail to defend Perry's hypocrisy and learn more after the jump.

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Republican Pollster Thinks Rick Perry's Glasses Will Save Him

by: Emily Cadik

Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

Rick Perry's new glasses might just save his presidential ambitions, according to Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson.

On ABC News this Sunday, Anderson remarked that "the second incarnation of Rick Perry - hipster glasses Rick Perry, instead of cowboy Rick Perry" has helped him get a "second look" from Republican activists after his disastrous 2012 presidential run.

Asked if he still has a shot despite his recent indictment, Anderson said, "Yes, he does. As does anyone on his side who throws his hat in the ring. I mean, the polls consistently show all of these guys hovering somewhere between 5 and 10 percent depending on which day it is."

See how Donna Brazile called her out - and why his glasses won't cut it - after the jump.

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Left In Texas Podcast: Gov. Rick Perry Indicted, Vows Payback

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM CDT

This is Episode 32 for the week of August 11th.

Normally we discuss several top news stories from around the state and even some national news, but today we completely focus on the 2 felony counts of abuse of power against Governor Rick Perry and his response.

The Texas Democratic Party and some elected officials are calling for his resignation, but the GOP is starting to line up behind their man and Perry has vowed payback saying those responsible for this "farce...will be held accountable."

Listen to the entire episode and see the latest breaking news 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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Rick Perry Chose To Bypass Legislative Approval In Sending Troops To Border

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

On Tuesday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing where they hotly debated the strategy and funding of Governor Perry's troop surge along the border.

It turns out Perry has what is essentially a blank check via a budget rider that gives the Governor enormous leeway to use at his own discretion.

In his 14th year in office Perry is challenging the notion that Texas has a weak Governorship by enacting his own de facto foreign policy.

See Perry's latest attack ad and the text of the ryder below 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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Rick Perry Calls for Rebellion Against "Power-Hungry, Oppressive" President at RedState

by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Aug 09, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Rick Perry is sounding more and more like a legitimate candidate for the 2016 GOP nomination.

He's got a new a look, a new campaign manager, a new PAC and a tough new stance on immigration that is timely and very attractive to the Tea Party.  It says this: Rick Perry doesn't just know business -- he means business.

But still, there are still a few problems he must solve before the American people at large will even get a chance to consider him a serious contender for the White House.

In 2012 Rick Perry announced his Presidential campaign at RedState, but we all know how it ended.

See what he said this year, and what could be his next big hurdle below the jump...

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Rick Perry Launches Federal PAC, Brings Himself One Step Closer to Presidential Campaign

by: Katie Singh

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

By now it's pretty clear that Rick Perry is going to run for president again. He's gone to Iowa so much that the Des Moines Register is reporting on it, his uninformed comments are a fixture on Sunday news shows, and of course, he's got new glasses. And last week, he took yet another step towards a 2016 campaign--he formed a federal PAC, called RickPAC, to help elect Republicans nationwide.

Luckily for Perry, he's not the one responsible for counting the money himself. Joining Perry's all-star team as RickPAC's treasurer is another veteran from an unsuccessful 2012 presidential bid, Stefan Passantino, who served as counsel to Newt Gingrich's campaign.

According to a Perry spokesman, the PAC's goal is to, "elect Republicans to office who share the governor's philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation." However, it's pretty clear that forming the PAC is a step that conveniently happens to line up with Perry's own personal advancement.

Read more about Rick Perry's presidential ambitions after the jump.

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Left In Texas: Trains, Planes and Machine Gun Boats

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 03, 2014 at 05:04 PM CDT

We're back after our most popular episode so far! Thanks for joining us for a wrap up of Texas politics for the week of July 30th.

In episode 30 Imad and I discuss the proposals for urban rail in Austin and a high speed bullet train from Houston to Dallas.

We cover the continuously unfolding situation on the Texas-Mexico border, and far beyond.

You'll also get to find out which Texas state rep.'s now infamous faux pas, made in reference to our neighbors to the east, has him under threat of a lawsuit.

Listen to the full episode below the jump!

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