Texas Governor Rick Perry Will Not Seek Re-Election, opens the door to a presidential bid in 2016

  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2013 7:05 PM GMT
    Texas Governor Rick Perry Will Not Seek Re-Election

    http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/?p=70720
  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2013 7:06 PM GMT
    Perry says 2016 an 'option'

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/politico-live/2013/07/perry-an-option-167689.html

    Will Rick Perry announce 2016 White House bid?
    Rick Perry's announcement Monday in San Antonio may settle whether he'll run for a fourth term as governor – or open the door to a presidential bid in 2016. But as his 'oops' moment in 2012 signals, he's not predictable.

    http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2013/0708/Will-Rick-Perry-announce-2016-White-House-bid
  • metta

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    Jul 08, 2013 10:02 PM GMT
    Nine Things We Won’t Miss About Rick Perry


    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/07/08/2266881/miss-rick-perry/

    1. He allowed Texas to become the nation’s worst polluter. Texas under Perry has led the nation in carbon dioxide emissions and is home to five of the ten worst mercury emitting power plants in the country. Rather than try to do something about this, Perry sued the federal government to try to avoid complying an EPA ruling that the state was in violation of the Clean Air Act. A proud climate change denier, Perry called the 2010 BP oil spill an “act of God” while speaking at a trade association funded by BP. And his solution to the nation’s economic ills in 2011: more oil drilling.

    2. He executed a likely innocent man and impeded an investigation into the matter. In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Huntsville, Texas after being convicted of arson and the murder of his three children. Despite significant evidence that arson had not caused the fire (thus exonerating Willingham), Perry refused to grant a stay of execution. Five years after Willingham was executed, a report from a Texas Forensic Science Commission investigator found that the fire could not have been arson. As the commission prepared to hear testimony from the investigator in October 2009, Perry fired and replaced three of its members, forcing an indefinite delay in the process. With a record of executing juveniles and mentally disabled, Perry said in a 2011 GOP presidential debate that he had “never struggled” at all with his decisions to administer the death penalty to more than 230 people.

    3. He actively sought to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Perry argued that Texas and other states should be able to opt out of federal entitlements like Medicaid and Social Security — even though such a move would actually cost his own state’s economy billions of dollars. Despite their popularity and success, he called these programs and Medicare “Ponzi schemes,” and suggested they are actually unconstitutional.

    4. He consistently backed legislation to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Perry has made news in recent weeks for his embarrassing attacks on State Senator Wendy Davis (D) and his efforts to ram through a likely unconstitutional bill to shut down the vast majority of Texas clinics that provide abortion. But his attacks on women’s reproductive choice are nothing new; in 2011 he pushed for and signed “emergency legislation” to require women to have unnecessary sonograms prior to abortions.

    5. He demonized LGBT Texans and worked to increase legal discrimination against them. Perry was staunch defender of Texas’ unconstitutional anti-sodomy law which criminalized the private consensual sexual behavior of adults. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, Perry called ban “appropriate,” and blasted the Court decision as the result of “nine oligarchs in robes.” As a presidential candidate, he ran a shockingly anti-gay ad, blasting open service by gay and lesbian members of the Armed Services as part of President Obama’s “war on religion.” He vocally opposed the Boy Scouts of America’s half-measure allowing openly gay Scouts but not leaders, claiming the tiny step “contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness.” Even in his speech Monday, he proudly boasted that Texas had defended “the sanctity of marriage” by writing discrimination into the state’s constitution.

    6. He backed nullification of federal laws and even raised the prospect of secession. Perry rose to national prominence in 2009 when he threatened to have Texas secede from the United States. “If Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that,” Perry told reporters after a Tea Party event. He also signed nullification legislation — a state law that portends to undo federal law, despite the Constitution’s clear guarantee of federal supremacy — as governor, the likes of which were used by secessionists in the 19th Century.

    7. He refused to let the federal government provide healthcare for low-income Texans, despite the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country. Health care in Texas is abysmal. More than 25 percent of Texans — 6,234,900 people and growing — lack health coverage, the highest of any state in the country. However, when Obamacare was passed and offered millions of dollars in federal money to expand Medicaid and cover poor Texans, Perry rejected the offer even though it wouldn’t cost Texas a dime for at least three years. Despite his state’s awful track record on covering low-income residents, Perry claimed that Texas has the “best health care in the country.”

    8. He vetoed bipartisan Equal Pay legislation to protect Texas women. Though women, on average, continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar men make, Perry vetoed legislation that would have helped women fight discrimination. The bill, HB 950, which passed the Republican-held Texas legislature, would have built on the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act. Perry, worrying that the bill would lead to regulations, vetoed the measure.

    9. He called for repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, to end popular election of Senators and the federal income tax. In his book Fed Up!, Perry said that both the 16th and 17th Amendments were “mistaken” and should be repealed. The 16th Amendment allows the federal government to collect income taxes and accounts for 45 percent of all revenue, while the 17th Amendment allows voters, rather than state legislatures, to choose their U.S. senators. Perry opposed both amendments, saying they were merely passed in “a fit of populist rage.”
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    Jul 08, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    I can't quote you here, it's broken. Not sure why, perhaps a temporary glitch.

    But the list you provide of Perry's official actions portrays one of the most evil men in the United States. Not only an enemy of gays, but of women, minorities, and basically anyone who isn't an extreme Right Winger and Christian fundamentalist.

    It's good he won't be Governor of Texas anymore, but I have no expectation he'll be replaced with anyone better in Republicanland.
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    Jul 08, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    Mark my words, Perry will run as vice president in 2016, with Sarah Palin as president. This team will easily win the republican nomination, then they will get all the teabagger votes and very few others, lose every state and continue to bitch and complain as if their empty hate ever had a place in modern society.
  • Webster666

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    Jul 09, 2013 2:42 AM GMT
    A presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?
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    Jul 09, 2013 3:08 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Which is why he might do well in the Republican primaries. I'm not aware of a Republican frontrunner who could outshine him at this point.

    Christie is glib, in a New Jersey way (I should know), but the Republican base would reject him. Jeb Bush is saddled with a toxic name. Perry would appeal to Teabaggers, Southerners, Conservatives and Christian fundamentalists, enough to win the nomination.

    Of course when he had to face his Democratic challenger, hopefully Hillary Clinton, he'd get ripped to shreds. But that's a good thing. So yeah, Perry would be even a better candidate from a Democratic perspective than even Romney was, or Palin, or Huckabee, or any of the other Republican wackos vying at this point.
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    Jul 09, 2013 4:14 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Do they have any of those in the republican party?icon_surprised.gif
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    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Which is why he might do well in the Republican primaries. I'm not aware of a Republican frontrunner who could outshine him at this point.

    Christie is glib, in a New Jersey way (I should know), but the Republican base would reject him. Jeb Bush is saddled with a toxic name. Perry would appeal to Teabaggers, Southerners, Conservatives and Christian fundamentalists, enough to win the nomination.

    Which leaves Rubio .... fine by me.

    Of course when he had to face his Democratic challenger, hopefully Hillary Clinton, he'd get ripped to shreds. But that's a good thing. So yeah, Perry would be even a better candidate from a Democratic perspective than even Romney was, or Palin, or Huckabee, or any of the other Republican wackos vying at this point.


    Who are the wackos in Wiltons Manners going to vote for?
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    ART_DECO said
    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Which is why he might do well in the Republican primaries. I'm not aware of a Republican frontrunner who could outshine him at this point.

    Christie is glib, in a New Jersey way (I should know), but the Republican base would reject him. Jeb Bush is saddled with a toxic name. Perry would appeal to Teabaggers, Southerners, Conservatives and Christian fundamentalists, enough to win the nomination.

    Of course when he had to face his Democratic challenger, hopefully Hillary Clinton, he'd get ripped to shreds. But that's a good thing. So yeah, Perry would be even a better candidate from a Democratic perspective than even Romney was, or Palin, or Huckabee, or any of the other Republican wackos vying at this point.


    But truth be told you know they more than likely want Chris Christie to take it. He is their only hope or maybe Marco Rubio if they want to make it ethnic. However he's about as sanitized of a Latino you can get. The Republicans do not have a lot of options but hey three years is a long time. The Democrats have:

    Hillary Clinton
    Corey Booker
    Kirsten Gillibrand
    Julian Castro
    Joaquin Castro
    Deval Patrick
    Wendy Davis
    Tammy Baldwin
    Elizabeth Warren

    And the list goes on....
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    ART_DECO said
    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Which is why he might do well in the Republican primaries. I'm not aware of a Republican frontrunner who could outshine him at this point.

    Christie is glib, in a New Jersey way (I should know), but the Republican base would reject him. Jeb Bush is saddled with a toxic name. Perry would appeal to Teabaggers, Southerners, Conservatives and Christian fundamentalists, enough to win the nomination.

    Which leaves Rubio .... fine by me.

    Of course when he had to face his Democratic challenger, hopefully Hillary Clinton, he'd get ripped to shreds. But that's a good thing. So yeah, Perry would be even a better candidate from a Democratic perspective than even Romney was, or Palin, or Huckabee, or any of the other Republican wackos vying at this point.

    Who are the wackos in Wiltons Manners going to vote for?

    I don't know; if I see any Republicans I'll ask them.
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    Jul 09, 2013 11:54 AM GMT
    HottJoe said
    Webster666 saidA presidential bid ?!
    Yeh, he did so well last time, stumbling and bumbling through the debates. If he couldn't survive with the bar that low, debating a bunch of clowns, what chance would he have going up against an intelligent, competent candidate ?

    Do they have any of those in the republican party?icon_surprised.gif




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    Jul 09, 2013 10:10 PM GMT
    I'm keeping my popcorn warm and buttered icon_biggrin.gif
  • DalTX

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    Jul 10, 2013 2:05 PM GMT
    By all means, please run Gov Oops.
    I have complete confidence that you will make even more of ass out of yourself the next go around.

    Perry/Bachmann 2016!
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
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    Perry had this man executed even though evidence that he had not committed the crime was presented before his execution. Not only that, but Perry squashed an investigation that was looking into the case to see if there were any wrong-doing. This creature is a real piece of shit and deserves to be executed for what he did to this man.
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    Perry had this man executed even though evidence that he had not committed the crime was presented before his execution. Not only that, but Perry squashed an investigation that was looking into the case to see if there were any wrong-doing. This creature is a real piece of shit and deserves to be executed for what he did to this man.


    This is my big problem with Perry and frankly was with George Bush too, and exactly why I'm anti death penalty in the vast majority of cases.
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    Jul 10, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    Bah. Perry's career is sooo finished. He's just posturing.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 10, 2013 8:20 PM GMT
    Oops.
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    Jul 12, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
    David Dewhurst to run I'm sure - recall he was the GOP party favorite (as Lt Gov) and lost in an upset to newcomer Ted Cruz.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Jul 12, 2013 5:39 AM GMT
    I think he should run, and I hope he wins the Republican nomination.

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  • DalTX

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    Jul 12, 2013 4:35 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidI think he should run, and I hope he wins the Republican nomination.

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    I second that.
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    Jul 12, 2013 7:09 PM GMT
    TroyAthlete saidI think he should run, and I hope he wins the Republican nomination.

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    I see NO better alternative; Dem or GOP.
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    If he kept his social opinions out of the Texas Chamber he would have been a great governor. Too bad he wanted to overreach and control Texans lives.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 26, 2013 9:27 PM GMT
    metta8 saidNine Things We Won’t Miss About Rick Perry


    http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2013/07/08/2266881/miss-rick-perry/

    1. He allowed Texas to become the nation’s worst polluter. Texas under Perry has led the nation in carbon dioxide emissions and is home to five of the ten worst mercury emitting power plants in the country. Rather than try to do something about this, Perry sued the federal government to try to avoid complying an EPA ruling that the state was in violation of the Clean Air Act. A proud climate change denier, Perry called the 2010 BP oil spill an “act of God” while speaking at a trade association funded by BP. And his solution to the nation’s economic ills in 2011: more oil drilling.

    2. He executed a likely innocent man and impeded an investigation into the matter. In 2004, Cameron Todd Willingham was executed in Huntsville, Texas after being convicted of arson and the murder of his three children. Despite significant evidence that arson had not caused the fire (thus exonerating Willingham), Perry refused to grant a stay of execution. Five years after Willingham was executed, a report from a Texas Forensic Science Commission investigator found that the fire could not have been arson. As the commission prepared to hear testimony from the investigator in October 2009, Perry fired and replaced three of its members, forcing an indefinite delay in the process. With a record of executing juveniles and mentally disabled, Perry said in a 2011 GOP presidential debate that he had “never struggled” at all with his decisions to administer the death penalty to more than 230 people.

    3. He actively sought to dismantle Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Perry argued that Texas and other states should be able to opt out of federal entitlements like Medicaid and Social Security — even though such a move would actually cost his own state’s economy billions of dollars. Despite their popularity and success, he called these programs and Medicare “Ponzi schemes,” and suggested they are actually unconstitutional.

    4. He consistently backed legislation to restrict women’s reproductive rights. Perry has made news in recent weeks for his embarrassing attacks on State Senator Wendy Davis (D) and his efforts to ram through a likely unconstitutional bill to shut down the vast majority of Texas clinics that provide abortion. But his attacks on women’s reproductive choice are nothing new; in 2011 he pushed for and signed “emergency legislation” to require women to have unnecessary sonograms prior to abortions.

    5. He demonized LGBT Texans and worked to increase legal discrimination against them. Perry was staunch defender of Texas’ unconstitutional anti-sodomy law which criminalized the private consensual sexual behavior of adults. After the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2003 ruling in Lawrence v. Texas, Perry called ban “appropriate,” and blasted the Court decision as the result of “nine oligarchs in robes.” As a presidential candidate, he ran a shockingly anti-gay ad, blasting open service by gay and lesbian members of the Armed Services as part of President Obama’s “war on religion.” He vocally opposed the Boy Scouts of America’s half-measure allowing openly gay Scouts but not leaders, claiming the tiny step “contradicts generations of tradition in the name of political correctness.” Even in his speech Monday, he proudly boasted that Texas had defended “the sanctity of marriage” by writing discrimination into the state’s constitution.

    6. He backed nullification of federal laws and even raised the prospect of secession. Perry rose to national prominence in 2009 when he threatened to have Texas secede from the United States. “If Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that,” Perry told reporters after a Tea Party event. He also signed nullification legislation — a state law that portends to undo federal law, despite the Constitution’s clear guarantee of federal supremacy — as governor, the likes of which were used by secessionists in the 19th Century.

    7. He refused to let the federal government provide healthcare for low-income Texans, despite the highest rate of uninsured residents in the country. Health care in Texas is abysmal. More than 25 percent of Texans — 6,234,900 people and growing — lack health coverage, the highest of any state in the country. However, when Obamacare was passed and offered millions of dollars in federal money to expand Medicaid and cover poor Texans, Perry rejected the offer even though it wouldn’t cost Texas a dime for at least three years. Despite his state’s awful track record on covering low-income residents, Perry claimed that Texas has the “best health care in the country.”

    8. He vetoed bipartisan Equal Pay legislation to protect Texas women. Though women, on average, continue to earn 77 cents for every dollar men make, Perry vetoed legislation that would have helped women fight discrimination. The bill, HB 950, which passed the Republican-held Texas legislature, would have built on the federal Lilly Ledbetter Act. Perry, worrying that the bill would lead to regulations, vetoed the measure.

    9. He called for repeal of the 16th and 17th Amendments to the U.S. Constitution, to end popular election of Senators and the federal income tax. In his book Fed Up!, Perry said that both the 16th and 17th Amendments were “mistaken” and should be repealed. The 16th Amendment allows the federal government to collect income taxes and accounts for 45 percent of all revenue, while the 17th Amendment allows voters, rather than state legislatures, to choose their U.S. senators. Perry opposed both amendments, saying they were merely passed in “a fit of populist rage.”
    Sad to say but most Texans support Rick Perry on these issues which is why a right wing, conservative will most likely get elected into the governor's chair in Austin. Texas will never change despite the rapidly growing Hispanic population. Texas Hispanics are more religious and conservative than Hispanics from other parts of the US. Guys on here like msuNdc keep having these unrealistic pipedreams that Texas will eventually become a blue, democratic state but they refuse to accept the harsh truth is that Texas will always be a conservative red republican state where guns, pickup trucks, cowboy hats, religion, and traditional family values will always reign supreme.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jul 27, 2013 2:20 PM GMT
    msuNdc saidYay icon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gificon_smile.gif

    If he kept his social opinions out of the Texas Chamber he would have been a great governor. Too bad he wanted to overreach and control Texans lives.
    Most Texans strongly agree with Rick Perry's social opinions. It is just the radical feminists along with both the ultraliberal and democratic minorities that are making mountains out of molehills. It is time for you to get out of your fantasyland and face the harsh truth that Texas will always be a red, republican state despite its changing demographics.