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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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Austin Could Be First Texas City To Make All Single-Person Public Restrooms "Gender Free"

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Aug 21, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

On August 28th the Austin City Council will consider a resolution to make all single occupancy restrooms "gender free." In practice this means goodbye to the traditional gender binary signage on restrooms intended for individuals -- no changes will be made for restrooms with multiple stalls.

Austin would be the first major city in Texas to make the change that has already made its way on to some Texas University campuses including the University of Texas.

See what this means for the transgender community and small businesses below 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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Austin Could Get Roads Without Urban Rail But That Won't Reduce Traffic

by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Aug 15, 2014 at 01:30 PM CDT

Correction: This post had said the bond would be for $1.4 Billion, it will be $1 Billion and has been corrected.

In November Austin voters will decide whether to fund a $1 billion transportation bond proposal that will include about $400 million for road projects.

Personally as someone lucky enough to still live in central Austin I'd be happy to just remove I-35 altogether between Ben White to 183, but city planners have other ideas.

The picture to the right is what East Ave., now I-35, looked like sometime in the 1950s before it was one of the most congested portions of Interstate in the country.

Click below the jump to see why my ultimate wish to bury I-35 may not be so far fetched, and what Project Connect proposes we do in the meantime through this bond package...

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Dan Patrick Curiously Missing During Border Security Debate At Senate Finance Hearing

by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 04:00 PM CDT

Dan Patrick based his primary campaign around getting tough on border security and immigration. He even had his signs depict a fence with a padlock on it with the words "Secure Our Border" emblazoned across the top, and referred to an "illegal invasion."

But, since his primary victory Dan Patrick has been noticeably less visible, and even though he sits on the Senate Finance Committee he was not engaged during the border debate that took place at the hearing.

It's not the first time Patrick hasn't jumped at the opportunity to debate. See more on that below 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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Glenn Hegar Said He Was "Proud" Legislature Didn't Reinstate Funds Cut To Public Education

by: Joe Deshotel

Mon Aug 11, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

Democrat for Comptroller Mike Collier released an ad of his opponent saying that he was "proud" the legislature didn't increase funds for public education.

"Some people were saying, oh, we've put more money in education. No, we didn't. There's no way you could spend that. No, we didn't. But I was not ashamed to say we didn't. I was proud that we did not." - Glenn Hegar

See the video and Hegar's response below the jump...

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Left in Texas: Rick Perry Soft Launches 2016 Bid & Wendy Davis Slams Greg Abbott With 1st TV Ad

by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

For the week of August 4th, Imad and I discuss the biggest news in Texas politics.

There is Wendy's new explosive ad that kick started the official campaign season a bit early, Abbott's response and how it all fits into the bigger picture of the narrative so far. Will it be enough to derail his campaign or can it help her chip away at his lead?

We also talk about Rick Perry's presidential campaign soft launch at RedState this year and why he is still getting attacked from the right for his position on immigration.

Watch Wendy's new ad and listen to the full podcast below the jump!...

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