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VICE: Rick Perry's Current Defense Attorney Previously Wanted Him Investigated By The FBI

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 23, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but if someone tries to sic the FBI after you -- put them on the payroll.

A new in depth report by VICE investigative reporter Murray Waas reveals that the attorney now defending Governor Rick Perry during a grand jury investigation over possible coercion and bribery of a public official, also once tried to prompt an FBI investigation against him.

He may have worked against the governor in the past, but Perry recognized that David Botsford, at $450 an hour, just happens to be one of the best criminal defense attorneys in Travis County, according to his peers.

See what brought these strange bedfellows together and how much it's costing the taxpayers below the jump...

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Rick Perry's Criminal Defense Has Cost Texas Taxpayers Thousands, And the Bill Keeps Growing

by: Katie Singh

Sat Jul 19, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Last week, the San Antonio Express-News reported that Texas taxpayers "have picked up a tab topping $40,000 so far for the defense lawyer hired to represent Gov. Rick Perry in a grand jury investigation over whether he misused his power with a veto threat."

Rick Perry is currently under investigation for potential bribery, coercion, and abuse of office. What's being investigated is his attempt to force Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg to resign after her DUI last year.

When the grand jury investigation began, Perry hired the former president of the Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, David Botsford, to defend him. Botsford charges $450 an hour--luckily for Perry, he's not the one paying the bill. Instead, that has fallen to Texas taxpayers.

That's right, taxpayers are the ones responsible for footing the $450 an hour bill to defend Rick Perry from possible corruption charges.

Read more about Rick Perry's criminal investigation after the jump.

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Rick Perry Signed Reduced Budget On DPS Border Security, Wants GOP To Kill Bill Addressing Crisis

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 13, 2014 at 04:06 PM CDT

Perry's biggest "oops" moment may not be that he couldn't remember the 3rd federal agency he'd like to nix as president, but that he signed a budget in 2013 that reduced the amount of state money allocated for border security to the DPS.

Today Rick Perry made the rounds on national TV to berate the White House over its handling of the border situation, but he also told Britt Hume of Fox News that he does not support Congress appropriating the $3.7 billion that President Obama has suggested to address the problem.

More on Perry's current budget cuts to border security below the jump...

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Rick Perry Blames President Obama for Refugee Crisis, But GOP House Won't Pass Immigration Reform

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM CDT

As the GOP's anti-immigration fervor reaches a fever pitch they are making even Glenn Beck seem like a candidate for the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Governor Perry has now called for the federal government to immediately deport all unaccompanied minors while also demanding that aid to their home countries be cut off until they stop appearing at the US border.

Beck told The Blaze of his plans to bring soccer balls, teddy bears and water to the border, "I've never taken a position more deadly to my career than this - and I have never, ever taken a position that is more right than this." It is enough to make you wonder where all the supposed pro-life politicians in GOP have gone.

The harsh rhetoric coming from the Texas GOP Congressional delegation might explain why Beck fears for his career -- see what they're saying below the jump...

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Rick Perry Snubs Obama, Refuses to Greet Him When President Lands in Texas

by: Katie Singh

Wed Jul 09, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Governor Rick Perry, who has been leading the charge to blame President Obama for the current border crisis, has extended his petty behavior to the President's upcoming trip to Texas this week.

President Obama invited Perry to greet him upon his arrival at the Austin airport on Wednesday--but Perry refused. Said Perry:

"I appreciate the offer to greet you at Austin-Bergstrom Airport, but a quick handshake on the tarmac will not allow for a thoughtful discussion regarding the humanitarian and national security crises enveloping the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas. I would instead offer to meet with you at any time during your visit to Texas for a substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue."

The Obama administration has not been taking Rick Perry's concerns very seriously, with good reason, since most are just political talking points without substance. It seems like Perry thought the administration would continue to ignore him, and he could score political points with future 2016 primary voters by making a fuss about refusing to shake hands with Obama.

Instead, the Obama administration called his bluff.

Read how the President called out Rick Perry after the jump.

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Gov. Rick Perry's Idea On How To Fix Refugee Crisis: Threaten And Bully Latin American Countries

by: Omar Araiza

Mon Jul 07, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

Over the years, Republicans have proposed some seriously bad ideas on how to fix immigration. From building a second border wall to "self-deportation," it was only a matter of time before Gov. Rick Perry proposed an idea that made even less sense than his fellow Republicans.

In order to stop the influx of refugee children from coming to the U.S., Perry proposed threatening to cut off all foreign aid to Mexico and Central American countries. This, Perry says, is a boycott he would support.

Democrats are calling Perry's idea his "gun slinging foreign policy."

Statements by Perry and Texas Democrats below the jump.

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Gov. Rick Perry On ABC News: Influx Of Refugee Children Are An Obama Border Conspiracy

by: Omar Araiza

Sun Jul 06, 2014 at 07:00 PM CDT

Gov. Rick Perry went on ABC News this weekend to share with the rest of the country several things they may not yet know about him. But, what ended up truly catching people's attention was his senseless rant about the Obama administration. The rant was so ridiculous that ABC's This Week host Martha Raddatz had to cut off Perry at the end.

Because according to Perry, there's more than meets the eye when it comes to the recent influx of refugee children on the border. And, surely, the Obama administration must be behind it all.

Video and transcript below the jump.

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Why a Special Session Would Be Awkward For Rick Perry

by: Joe Deshotel

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 07:18 PM CDT

It seems unlikely that Senator Wendy Davis and Tea Party Republican Jonathan Stickland would agree on something but the humanitarian crisis of thousands of unaccompanied children flooding across the Texas border has prompted them both to implore Governor Rick Perry to call a special session to address the issue.

So far Perry has not heeded that call, and it would probably not be good news for the Texas GOP or Perry's presidential aspirations if he did.

For starters, Perry is just finishing a round of cringe worthy appearances on national TV trying to explain his comparison of homosexuality to alcoholism, and his party's addition of "gay conversion therapy" to its platform. So, the last thing the Texas GOP needs right now is a deep examination of its immigration policy, which would surely be dominated by the most extreme and conservative members of the Tea Party.

See reason number 2 why Perry won't want to call a special session that could affect his run for the White House...

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Texas Medical Association Calls on Rick Perry to Give Medical Aid for Border Refugees

by: Katie Singh

Tue Jun 24, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

As the humanitarian crisis along the Texas-Mexico border worsens, public health is becoming an increasingly important concern. Many refugees may not be immunized against infectious diseases, and as they move beyond detention centers into Texas and beyond, there is a risk of spreading contagious diseases like pertussis and measles. Because detention centers are currently so overwhelmed, many are unable to provide the medical care these refugees need.

It's a real public health concern, and the Texas Medical Association is speaking up to address it. In a statement released yesterday, TMA called on Governor Rick Perry and President Obama to provide medical aid to the refugees currently at the border.

In case you missed it, Governor Perry has responded to the crisis by blaming Obama and upping DPS border security. There has been no action to address the overcrowded, unsanitary conditions immigrants are facing at detention centers, or to provide them with medical care.

Read what TMA's request to Rick Perry after the jump.

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Rick Perry and Texas GOP Now Answering for a Decade of War on the LGBTQ-munity

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jun 22, 2014 at 01:14 PM CDT

This week a national group of conservatives met at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority to address what they see as a  "War on Christianity." It was attended by some of the top names floating around for the GOP's 2016 nomination, including Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.  

For more than a decade Republicans have used the emotional charge of social issues to fire up their base and win at the ballot box. They never banked on it backfiring the way it has with the Tea Party turning its sights on "moderate" GOP politicians instead of focusing on liberals and Democrats as it was intended.

Now as America becomes more tolerant and Texas follows, Governor Rick Perry and state GOP Chair Steve Munisteri have had the awkward pleasure of explaining why the state GOP platform includes things like gay conversion therapy. They have the monumental task of trying not to seem like they are giving ground to the "mainstream media" or trampling conservative values while not turning off contemporary voters by such puritanical views.

Perry's answer? See below the jump...

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