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TX Poll: Greg Abbott More Popular Than Wendy Davis Among Women

2:02 PM, Apr 15, 2014

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.

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The Next Governor of Texas?

On the campaign trail with Greg Abbott
Apr 14, 2014

Edinburg, Texas

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Podcast: The Next Governor of Texas?

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:20 PM, Apr 07, 2014

THE WEEKLY STANDARD Podcast with staff writer Michael Warren on his recent story "The Next Governor of Texas?"

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Perry: 'America's a Great Place for Second Chances'

7:47 AM, Mar 12, 2014

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."

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Rick Perry Polishes His Legacy

Remains open to 2016 presidential run.
7:00 AM, Mar 05, 2014

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.

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Equality for Convicts?

Another case of federal overreach.
Dec 16, 2013

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.

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If Wendy Davis Is ‘Pro-Life,’ I Am ‘Pro-Choice’

7:21 PM, Nov 06, 2013

In a bid to confuse and/or deliberately mislead voters in her native Texas, gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis announced today that she is “pro-life.”

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Abortion Advocate Wendy Davis: 'I Am Pro-Life'

2:23 PM, Nov 06, 2013

Abortion advocate Wendy Davis has a strange claim. She now says that she's "pro-life," a term usually associated with those who are against abortion.

The Huffington Post reports:

“I am pro-life,” Davis said during a campaign stop at the University of Texas at Brownsville, according to the Valley Morning Star.

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Who Owns Your Job?

No one, including you.
2:04 PM, Oct 10, 2013

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.

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Rick Perry’s Second Act

The Texas governor’s new national campaign.
Oct 07, 2013


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’.

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Washington Builds a Bugaboo

How does Senator Ted Cruz tick off liberals? Let us count the ways.
Sep 23, 2013

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. 

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Nancy Pelosi Attends Wendy Davis Fundraiser in Washington

10:44 AM, Jul 26, 2013

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:

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Getting to Sí

For some Republicans, the Hispanic vote is less elusive than for others.
Jul 22, 2013

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.

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Texas Business Owner Faces Million Dollar Obamacare Bill

8:15 AM, Jul 18, 2013

KSAT in San Antonio reports that a local businessman faces a $1 million Obamacare bill:

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Local Entrepreneur Sells Part of Business Due to Obamacare

7:42 PM, Jul 15, 2013

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. 

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Rick Perry Sets His Course

5:30 PM, Jul 08, 2013

Now that he’s not seeking another term as Texas governor, Rick Perry says he has a year to decide whether to run for president in 2016.  And he’ll be highly visible across the country while he’s making up his mind.

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Rick Perry Announces He Won't Seek Reelection

1:22 PM, Jul 08, 2013

Texas governor Rick Perry announced today that he will not seek reelection:

He'll serve out the remaining 18 months of his term.

As for what's next, Perry says, "Any future considerations I will announce in due time":

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Rick Perry to Make 'Important Announcement' Monday

4:39 PM, Jul 05, 2013

Rick Perry will make an "important announcement" Monday, a spokesman for the Texas governor said in an email Friday afternoon to the press.

The spokesman, a deputy press secretary for Governor Perry, declined to offer more details. "[I] would caution against trying to predict what he will announce," he said. 

The spokesman also said that "the details of the event (where, when) should be left for [the [press's] planning purposes only."

More details Monday!

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Houston Doctors to Close Doors Because of Obamacare

2:13 PM, Jul 02, 2013

An ABC 13 report from Houston, Texas on doctors who are closing their doors because of Obamacare:

"It's going to hurt me," says a Houston doctor of Obamacare. "But it's going to hurt the patients more."

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A Texan Takes Manhattan

With Gov. Rick Perry in New York.
Jul 01, 2013

New York City
"Look up the definition of poaching,” Rick Perry told his press secretary Josh Havens. Perry was annoyed at being accused, in headlines and news stories and by Democratic governors, of trying to “poach” companies from blue states and carry them off to Texas, where he is governor.

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As Court Winds Down, Justice Alito Winds Up

3:03 PM, Jun 20, 2013

While half the country is obsessed with the cases that the Supreme Court is about to decide—not to mention the cases that the Court may or may not take up next—Justice Alito left the Beltway this week for greener pastures. Specifically, he headed south to Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, and threw out yesterday's first pitch.

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Barnstorming for Jobs and Growth

Rick Perry promotes the Texas Miracle.
Jun 03, 2013

Austin, Texas 
When President Obama arrived in Austin three years ago, Texas governor Rick Perry greeted him with a four-page letter asking for help in securing the border with Mexico. “He was not particularly enthralled with my theatrics,” Perry says. The president didn’t bother to respond. Perry heard later from a White House aide.

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Senator: 'Culture of Intimidation' at IRS Targeted Texas Conservatives

10:04 AM, May 21, 2013

Texas senator John Cornyn has released this video, titled "A Culture of Intimidation," about the IRS's targeting of conservatives in his home state and across the nation:

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Against the Wind

Claudia Anderson revisits Texas
May 06, 2013

Garden City (“What a misnomer!” said cousin Betty, who’d been there) is the seat of Glasscock County, a rectangular piece of flat, dry West Texas with a population density of two per square mile. The population of the “city” fell as low as 100 early in the last century, but the 2010 census put it at an all-time high of 334.

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Obama Doesn't View West, Texas Damage from Ground

3:17 PM, Apr 25, 2013

Barack Obama is attending a memorial service for the victims of a massive fertilizer plant in West, Texas. But the president didn't visit the damage from the ground; instead, he opted only for a flyover.

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Obama Gracious to Bush at Presidential Library Opening

10:59 AM, Apr 25, 2013

President Barack Obama's remarks at the George W. Bush Presidential Library opening in Dallas, Texas:

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Bush Is Back

12:00 AM, Apr 25, 2013

Dallas, Texas
Former President George W. Bush is in the political wilderness no more. Not only is the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum being dedicated today—with President Barack Obama and ex-Presidents Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton in attendance. But Bush’s rehabilitation from years of unpopularity is beginning to take hold.

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Obama to Attend Memorial in West, Texas

11:52 AM, Apr 22, 2013

President Obama will attend a memorial in West, Texas for those killed in the explosion there last week, the press secretary announced today. Obama will be in Texas anyway for a Democratic fundraiser and the opening of President George W. Bush's library.


Pres Obama and First Lady to travel to Texas on Thurs for dedication of George W Bush Library and memorial for West, TX explosion victims

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Texas Senator Offers 'National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation'

9:23 AM, Apr 17, 2013

Texas senator John Cornyn announced this morning that he's offering "National Conceal-Carry Reciprocity Legislation" in the Senate, according to a press release from his office.

"U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced an amendment to S. 649 which would guarantee the rights of gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines and within other states that also have conceal-carry laws," the press release from his office reads.

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