Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perry’
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Budget Wars

Will the legislature cut taxes or fund schools or leave local governments holding the bag or … ?
BY DAVE McNEELY
The battles over budget priorities that the Texas Legislature goes through every two years are already well under way, on many fronts. Some, including Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick the Senate’s new presiding officer, say ta...


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Goodhair Moves On

DAVE MCNEELY
Over the 26 years he was Texas agriculture commissioner, John C. White developed a saying: At a political funeral, it’s better to be a pallbearer than a corpse. White died in 1995, but he’d have been intrigued to see the su...



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Lives and Love on the Line

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Fort Worth cops are getting national notice for a public service announcement in which they, as TIME put it, “argue in favor of same-sex marriage.” No arguing actually occurs. Three police officers merely support a fourth ...


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Frost Bite

Perry’s frozen gas tax hurts transportation, schools.
DAVE MCNEELY
Outgoing Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s consistent response to calls to raise the state’s gas tax has truly been, “My way or the highway.” And “my way” prevailed over “the highway” — at least, if you’re for hi...



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TEXpress Yourself

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Motorists driving along NE Loop 820 have plenty to think about, what with all the construction, barricades, heavy equipment, temporary entrances and exits, and enough signage to block out the sun. Now they’re faced with sudde...


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Ducking the Questions

Republicans turn shy over debates and editorial board meetings.
DAVE MCNEELY
It’s not all that unusual for front-runners in political contests to duck debates. That’s part of political gamesmanship. The front-runner may want to avoid giving opponents an opportunity to raise questions he or she might...



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General Rick’s Hospital

The governor’s refusal to expand Medicaid coverage in Texas is costing lives and — even closer to his heart — jobs.
PETER GORMAN
Patters Barnes works two jobs, running the register at a retail store and cooking at a fast-food restaurant in Dallas. Neither employer provides her with health insurance, but they do influence her healthcare choices: Combined,...


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It’s Not Rocket Science

Being a higher education leader under Perry is tougher than that.
DAVE McNEELY
Which is more challenging: performing a liver transplant on a small child or navigating the political rapids of public higher education during the reign of Gov. Rick Perry? Dr. Francisco Cigarroa, who will leave his job as chan...



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Did Putin Poison Our Water, Too?

Fort Worth Weekly
Austin wants desperately to be weird, but the line between weird and delusional gets blurry when politicians are involved. First, Gov. Rick Perry practically accuses President Barack Obama of personally piggybacking all those i...


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Put Up or Shut Up

Obama suggests Perry use his influence to get help on the border.
DAVE McNEELY
President Barack Obama visited Texas last week for some fundraisers and a speech at Austin’s Paramount Theater. Gov. Rick Perry, apparently making another run for the GOP presidential nomination, pointedly turned down the ide...