Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott of Texas is more popular among female voters than his Democratic opponent, state senator Wendy Davis, according to a new poll from PPP. The Democratic polling firm found 51 percent of Texas voters support Abbott while 37 percent support Davis. That's not surprising, since Texas is a solidly Republican state.
But Davis, who rose to fame last year by filibustering a bill in the Texas legislature that would restrict late-term abortions, isn't just losing among voters overall. Just 41 percent of women voters say they support Davis, with 49 percent saying they support Abbott. Abbott also has positive favorability among women voters (35 percent favorable, 27 percent unfavorable) while Davis is underwater on that metric with women (32 percent favorable, 46 percent unfavorable).
Texas voters also disapprove of Barack Obama's job as president, with 58 percent saying they disapprove and just 36 percent saying they approve. The numbers aren't much better for Obama with women voters (56 percent and 38 percent, respectively).
Abbott mostly ignores his opponent. In his primary night victory party in San Antonio, he doesn’t mention Davis at all. With some coaxing in our interview, he simply notes that she’s too liberal for Texas.
“After Senator Davis got into the race, she realized, wait a second, Texas is a little bit different than the narrow focus that she had,” he says. “As a conservative who has been involved in running the state of Texas for more than a decade, I know where Texans stand on issues. Where they stand is where I stand on issues.”
Texas governor Rick Perry told late-night host Jimmy Kimmel that "America is a great place for second chances" when asked about running for president in 2016. Perry, appearing on Kimmel's show Tuesday night while on location in Austin, teased the idea of running again after his failed 2012 bid.
"Are you going to run for president again?" Kimmel asked, adding, "Obviously, maybe this isn't the place you want to announce it."
"It's probably not the place I want to announce," said Perry. "This is not the crowd I want to make the announcement to."
Austin Rick Perry is in a good mood, and it’s not just because it’s his 64th birthday. Tuesday is primary day in Texas, and for the first time in what seems like forever, his name’s not on the ballot. The office he’s made his own—with paintings of the Texas landscapes and framed photos of recent war heroes from Texas—for the last 13 years will belong to someone else next January. But Perry doesn’t sound wistful in the twilight of his term.
A question: Are Texas and all its agencies and local governments breaking the law? The answer is that they probably are, according to the Obama administration and its Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. But the Texas attorney general, Greg Abbott, isn’t waiting for the EEOC to investigate and bring charges. Last month, in a preemptive strike, he sued the commission. The case is Texas v. EEOC.
If “stealing jobs” were as bad as – and essentially no different than – stealing cars or stealing horses, Texas Gov. Rick Perry might expect to wind up at the end of a rope – the traditional fate in cowboy movies for horse thieves and cattle rustlers in the Lone Star state.
Texas governor Rick Perry goes where governors have never gone before. He’s been descending on blue states for months now, infuriating their Democratic governors with his pitch to CEOs to relocate their companies in business-friendly Texas. Now he’s going national. He aims to stir a debate over whose economic policies are better for jobs and growth, red states’ or blue states’.
Several times a day, especially if he’s out travelin’ and talkin’ to folks, as he always is when the U.S. Senate isn’t in session, Ted Cruz will stand before an audience and reflect, seemingly for the first time, about the generational shift taking place in the Republican party.
Wendy Davis, the abortion cheerleader from Texas who's considering a run for governor, held a fundraiser yesterday at a popular restaurant across from the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Perhaps the highest-profile attendee was former speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was caught on video leaving the event:
Local Ci Ci's pizza franchise owner Bob Westbrook had to sell off part of his business due to Obamacare:
"Bob Westbrook, franchise owner, tells us: The Affordable Health Care Act is the reason why he sold some of his stores, because it would cost him 30-thousand dollars more out of his payroll," an East Texas affiliate reports.
How do you succeed in wooing Hispanics without really trying? Rick Perry may have the answer. In 2010, running for his third full term, the Republican governor won the support of more than 400,000 Hispanic voters in Texas, his best performance to date. Perry didn’t need to win that many—Texas is still deep red, and he had won his last two elections pretty easily. But even had he needed the votes, it isn’t Perry’s style to make an explicitly ethnic pitch to a minority group.