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Left In Texas: Rick Perry in Freefall, Greg Abbott In Retreat

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

This is Episode 33 for the week of August 24th.

It's been a huge week for Texas politics folks! Imad and I review the latest news on Gov. Rick Perry's indictment and the unraveling of his 2016 bid before our very eyes.

We discuss why Greg Abbott backed out of a TV debate with Wendy Davis, and his 2 epic court loses that came back to back. The first was the school finance decision ruling current funding unconstitutional, and the second was that parts of HB2, the bill that Wendy Davis was made famous for filibustering, was also ruled unconstitutional.

That has to be pretty awkward for a guying running for Governor as as the current Attorney General. He seems to have issues with what is and is not constitutional -- but still always finds his way on the opposite side of the people.

The heat from the press and voters has him on the run, and his response has been to hunker down and try and ride the GOP advantage past the finish line.

Oh, and we also talk about some great and not so great advances in environmental policy.

Listen to the full episode below the jump!

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At Least 50 Troops Relying On Food Bank After Gov. Perry Sent Them To Border Without Pay

by: Joe Deshotel

Sat Aug 30, 2014 at 10:00 AM CDT

After Governor Rick Perry's controversial move to send National Guard troops to the border, new broke that many were not paid and at least 50 were relying on a local food bank to eat.

It's not the kind of news the Governor needs after a long two weeks that included 2 felony indictments and a mugshot, but his reckless policies and refusal of accountability is starting to catch up at warp speed.

The Governor has been out visiting early primary states as he flirts with the idea of another run at the White House, but back at home along the border his highly politicized and extremely costly moves are beginning to unravel any chance that he may have had.

See more below the jump.

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Texas Ethics Commission Sidelines Greg Abbott; Puts AG Back in Perry Indictment Spotlight

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Aug 28, 2014 at 02:30 PM CDT

The Texas Ethics Commission is seeking $150,000 for outside council in a lawsuit against the unelected Tea Party leader Michael Quinn Sullivan because it doesn't trust Attorney General Greg Abbott to hold his close friend accountable.

The Attorney General is tasked to represent state agencies, but the Ethics Commission seems to think the relationship between MQS and the Attorney General's office is a little too close for comfort, and I mean, they are the state's ethical watchdog.

See more on the MQS connection and why the Commission is right in be concerned below the jump...

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Rick Perry's PAC Fundraising Off Felony Indictment

by: Katherine Haenschen

Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

I'm not surprised that Rick Perry is fundraising off of his two indictments. He's trying his damnedest to make the case sound like a farce despite the very serious nature of the charges.

I am, however, surprised to see another sitting Republican Governor actually coming to the defense of the once and future failed Presidential candidate.

To date, Perry's RickPAC has sent at least three fundraising emails to gin up funds for his "leadership PAC" that he will in turn contribute to other candidates who cannot count to three.

Read who's supporting Rick Perry's self-serving fundraising below the jump.

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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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Unsurprisingly, District Judge Must Warn Rick Perry Not To Threaten Grand Jury

by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Of course Rick Perry's trying to throw shade on the grand jury that returned an indictment for his efforts to coerce Travis County DA Rosemary Lehmberg to resign.

This week a state district judge warned Perry not to threaten the jury or anyone else.

It's no surprise that Perry holds such little respect for the legal process that currently surrounds him that he's trying to make a farce of it all, using it to fundraise for RickPAC and malign the head of the Public Integrity Unit.

Below the jump, find out why a State Judge found it necessary to warn Perry.

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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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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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