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Rick Perry Seeks Obamacare Funding For Texans – While Continuing Attack On Obamacare

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry continues his strident attack on Obamacare as he seeks funding under the law for Texans. (Photo by Stewart F. House/Getty Images)

Ooops

The Huffington Post

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), a longstanding Obamacare critic, is negotiating a $100 million health care deal with the Obama administration, Politico reported on Tuesday.

The Community First Choice Program, aimed at improving the quality of health services for the elderly and disabled, was approved by the Texas legislature earlier this year. Perry health aides are now looking to the Obama administration for funding.

Perry has been a strident Obamacare critic from the beginning, but his spokesman explained that the funding pitch is about aiding people with disabilities, independent of a health insurance mandate.

“Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers,” Havens said in a statement. “The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to move forward with these policies because they are right for our citizens and our state, regardless of whatever funding schemes may be found in Obamacare.”

According to Politico, 12,000 Texans are expected to benefit from the program in its first year, beginning in September 2014.

 

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Rick Perry Veto To Be Reviewed By Special Prosecutor, Judge Says

I know Democrats have issues too, like yet another Anthony Weiner sex scandal.   Also, that Mayor in San Diego, Bob Filner has some serious political problems resulting from sexual harrassment toward many women,  the latest being his inappropriate behavior toward a great-grandmother.  

They don’t go unnoticed on this blog, it’s just that their stories are more personal than political.  Yes, they’re political figures but in my opinion, their stories are not as news worthy.

Now, on the other hand, the GOP 2016 hopefuls and others seem to be getting into political trouble.  Enter…Texas Governor Rick Perry:

The Huffington Post

A Texas judge said Thursday he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused the powers of his office and broke the law over a veto that cut funding for state public corruption investigators.

Judge Robert Richardson said he expects to select someone in the coming days to look at a two-page complaint filed by a watchdog group, Texans for Public Justice. The special prosecutor could quickly deem the complaint meritless or decide it warrants further investigation.

Perry’s office denies wrongdoing.

The complaint stems from the April drunken-driving arrest of Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, whose office houses the Public Integrity Unit that is the state’s criminal ethics arm. Its high-profile cases include the 2010 prosecution of former U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and an ongoing investigation into the state’s $3 billion cancer research agency.

Lehmberg pleaded guilty after her arrest and served half of a 45-day jail sentence. But she refused calls from Republicans to resign, including from Perry, who publicly said he would eliminate $3.7 million in annual state funding if she did not step down.

Lehmberg stayed in office, and Perry vetoed the money in June.

In a two-page complaint filed shortly after Perry’s veto, the head of Texans for Public Justice accused Perry of possibly violating laws regarding coercion of a public servant, bribery, abuse of official capacity and official oppression.

“Governor Perry violated the Texas Penal Code by communicating offers and threats under which he would exercise his official discretion to veto the appropriation,” wrote Craig McDonald, the group’s executive director, in the June 26 complaint.

Perry spokesman Josh Havens said Thursday he was not aware of any contact from investigators concerning the veto.

Havens said Perry “exercised his constitutional veto authority through line item vetoes in the budget” as he does each session. He went on to point to Perry’s statement following the veto of the prosecution unit dollars.

“Despite the otherwise good work the Public Integrity Unit’s employees, I cannot in good conscience support continued state funding for an office with statewide jurisdiction at a time when the person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence,” Perry said.

The appointment of a special prosecutor is less reflective of the allegations’ possible merits than the unique circumstances of the complaint.

The complaint from the Austin-based watchdog group was originally filed with Lehmberg’s office, where investigators would normally review the complaint and determine whether it was worth pursuing. But Lehmberg recused herself and the complaint eventually trickled to Richardson, a former state district judge, who is now finding his own prosecutor to review the complaint.

Following Perry’s v eto, Travis County commissioners originally voted to send layoff notices to nearly three dozen staff members in the public corruption office. They have since approved a reduced budget for the unit that trims the staff cuts to 10.

As part of the reduced budget, the unit will also drop at least 54 of its more than 400 active cases.

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Texas Clarifies That It Discriminates Against Democratic Voters — Not Minorities

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Get real Texas…

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The state of Texas has a pretty amusing response to Attorney General Eric Holder’s claims that the state’s redistricting plans discriminate against minority voters

DOJ’s accusations of racial discrimination are baseless. In 2011, both houses of the Texas Legislature were controlled by large Republican majorities, and their redistricting decisions were designed to increase the Republican Party’s electoral prospects at the expense of the Democrats. It is perfectly constitutional for a Republican-controlled legislature to make partisan districting decisions, even if there are incidental effects on minority voters who support Democratic candidates.

Election law expert Rick Hasen posted this paragraph from Texas’ 54-page response filed in Texas federal court on his blog with the comment “Only in America.”

Holder has asked the court to force Texas to get permission from the Justice Department before it makes any changes to its election laws. Texas has intentionally redrawn its Congressional districts to dilute the Hispanic vote, according to the Justice Department.

Holder’s move to stop the redistricting comes after the Supreme Court struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act, which automatically required Texas and eight other states to get that permission.

The Supreme Court struck down Section 4, which determined the “coverage formula” that specified which states are subject to so-called pre-clearance requirements. Holder is suing under a lesser-known provision of the VRA that lets courts step in and subject a state to pre-clearance requirements if it discriminated against minority voters on purpose.

Holder’s “bold move” to use that provision could backfire by angering Republicans and destroying any chance that Congress will step in to come up with a new coverage formula to give the VRA its teeth back, Hasen wrote in The National Law Journal.

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Gov Rick Perry Claims No One Was Insulted By His Wendy Davis Comments

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This guy is definitely delusional…

PoliticusUSA

Governor Rick Perry explained to John Roberts, host of Fox News Sunday, that he was complimenting state Senator Wendy Davis on her life, and the only reason people took it the wrong way is because “this” (aka, allowing women to have medical rights over their bodies; aka, abortion) is a volatile issue and they wanted to avoid discussing it.

Perry said, “You know, I think this is a volatile issue that people are grasping on to anything that they can criticize and not focusing on what’s really at hand here and, uh, the taking of life after twenty weeks, is what this is about. The killing of babies that are viable outside uh their mom’s bodies after twenty weeks is what this is about. A lot of folks really don’t like to talk about that, they would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say ‘we support that process.’”

Perry then assured everyone that his goal is to make sure women get the healthcare they “deserve”.

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John Roberts, host of Fox News Sunday, explained to a very smug Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) that many people were offended by his previous comments about state Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), in which he used her personal life against her stance on the issue of choice.

Roberts pointed out that Texas House Speaker Joe Straus expressed concern that Perry should have left her personal life out of his remarks. Roberts worried that Perry’s comments would hurt him with independent women, should he decide to run for President again in 2016.

Governor Rick Perry didn’t hear that alarm bell at all. See, he was “complimenting” Wendy Davis by showing what she had accomplished when she did what Rick Perry wants all women to do.

Perry mansplained why this won’t be an issue for him, “Actually, those comments were meant to be a compliment to her for what she had accomplished in her life. You think about where she came from, what she’s accomplished. And as a matter of fact, I would think that she’s very proud of that as well. My point was that saving a life and letting that life come to its fulfillment and all the good things that happened that you never know who’s going to be considered an extraordinary individual who’s going to make that real impact and life. And that was our point that we were making, and nothing else, nothing more.” (Yes, Perry is another who refers to himself as the royal “we”.)

Roberts pressed on, “Why do you think it was seen so differently by so many people?”

Perry had an answer for that one, too. It’s not that women/people were insulted when he used Davis’ personal life against her cause in an effort to get her to be quiet, it’s that — harkening back to the women are hysterical days, “You know, I think this is a volatile issue that people are grasping on to anything that they can criticize and not focusing on what’s really at hand here and, uh, the taking of life after twenty weeks, is what this is about. The killing of babies that are viable outside uh their mom’s bodies after twenty weeks is what this is about. A lot of folks really don’t like to talk about that, they would like to focus on practically anything rather than to say ‘we support that process.’”

Well, heavens yes, it’s not as if those people who “Stand with Wendy” could have a point worth listening to about letting women and their families make their own medical decisions. And while we might say that Rick Perry wants to discuss anything but using his power as a Government official to forcibly take away what should be personal medical decisions from citizens in order to impose his religious beliefs upon taxpayers, you can see how if he accuses everyone else of “killing babies” he doesn’t have to have a real discussion let alone debate on the issue. Toss that bomb, Rick!

See, if Perry leaves important decisions up to you girls, you just mess things up. This way, Republican Rick Perry, who cares about the unborn — just not the born — is in charge of all of you ladies’ bodies.

Perry said he was a big believer in state’s rights, especially since the outcome he wanted takes so long through a Constitutional amendment. And, whoopee, “We’re going to protect life in Texas.” Amended statement should read, “We’re going to protect all non-female and unborn ‘life’ in Texas.” State Senator Wendy Davis called Perry out on his bullying of women last week.

Perry tried to get out of talking about his political future and said his job was to be focused on getting things done in Texas, “To make sure women get the healthcare they deserve” and that it’s “safe”. Always check your back when a Republican lawmaker or Governor starts talking about giving you the healthcare you “deserve” (see their “repeal and replace” lie).

A reality check for Fox and Perry: A Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll of Texans on the issue found that the majority do not think the Governor or the legislature should be making these choices for individuals. “Support for a woman’s ability to make decisions on abortion for herself is both broad and deep, including among Independents (76 percent) and Republicans (61 percent).”

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Rick Perry says he was “Praising” Wendy Davis

Sure you were, Governor Perry.  With that snark in your tone, you acted more like a gossiping teenager, spreading rumors.

TMPLivewire

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Friday explained that he was simply “praising” state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) when he said it was “unfortunate” that she didn’t view abortions unfavorably based on her own experience as a teenage mother.

In a statement to the New York Daily News, the governor’s office explained that he was “praising Sen. Davis for her success despite coming from difficult circumstances.”

Davis, who led a 13-hour filibuster earlier this week to block passage of a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks, responded on Thursday, chiding Perry for using “small words” that tarnished Lone Star state values.

“They are small words that reflect a dark and negative point of view,” she said in a statement. “Our governor should reflect our Texas values. Sadly, Gov. Perry fails that test.”

In his remarks at the National Right to Life conference in Dallas, Texas, Perry invoked Davis as someone who was born into hard circumstances but ultimately became a successful Harvard educated lawyer.

“Who are we to say that children born into the worst of circumstances can’t grow to live successful lives?” he asked. “She was the daughter of as single woman, she was a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve in the Texas senate. It is just unfortunate that she hasn’t learned from her own example that every life must be given a chance to realize its full potential and that every life matters.”

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry: Americans have no right to freedom from religion

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I actually did a double take when I first saw the above headline on a political blog.

The Raw Story

During an announcement of the signing of the so-called “Merry Christmas Bill,” Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) said Thursday that freedom from religion was not included in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

“I’m proud we are standing up for religious freedom in our state,” Perry said. “Freedom of religion doesn’t mean freedom from religion.”

The new law states that students and school officials have the right to use religious greetings like “Merry Christmas” and display various religious holiday symbols on school grounds.

“I think it was Thomas Jefferson who said the price of liberty is eternal vigilance,” Nichols remarked. “One of those freedoms is the freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and as the governor was saying the Constitution refers to the freedom of religion, not the freedom from religion.”

“So, challenges to these freedoms that we enjoy can come in a lot of different ways,” the state senator continued. “They can come in very large ways like the war on terror or our freedoms can be taken away in small ways like the removal of a Christmas tree from a classroom.”

Watch video, uploaded to YouTube, below:

 

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Perry ‘proudly’ refuses health care to 1.2 million low-income Texans

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R). Photo: Christopher Halloran / Shutterstock.com.

Between Governor Rick Scott of Florida and Governor Rick Perry of Texas, their governing is quite questionable to any reasonable person.

The Raw Story

In a statement published Monday morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) “proudly” declared that he will decline to implement key tenets of the Affordable Care Act — a move that will see his state forgo an estimated $164 billion dollars in federal aid and leave over 1.2 million low-income Texans, who would have finally been eligible for health care, helpless and uninsured.

“This is a fiscally stupid decision on the part of Rick Perry,” Texas Democratic Party spokesperson Rebecca Acuña told Raw Story. “Texas would be one of the states that gets the most money from the federal government and the Medicaid expansion would have provided health care to more than a million Texans. It’s… It’s very sad that Rick Perry is willing to play politics with the health of Texans, and that’s exactly what this decision is.”

WATCH: Perry says Medicaid expansion like ‘adding 1,000 people to the Titanic’

With his announcement, Perry becomes the sixth governor to refuse implementing a key aspect of the Affordable Care Act: the Medicaid expansion and the state-based health care exchanges. Republican governors in Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Wisconsin have made similar decisions, but Texas is by far the biggest.

Perry would seem to be inviting a political free-for-all thanks to the relative size and power of the Texas hospital industry, which absorbed more than $4.6 billion in unpaid emergency medical costs in 2010. While not seeing it as a cure-all, Texas hospitals largely praised the Affordable Care Act for dramatically expanding health care options for poor people, who are ultimately paid for by others who carry their own insurance. Nearly 25 percent of Texans — 6.5 million people — do not have health insurance, including more than 1.2 million children, and the state’s health care system ranks last in the nation overall.

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Texas taking health care away from 130,000 poor women to punish Planned Parenthood

This entire attack on women, poor or otherwise, is just plain insanity!

Daily Kos

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s imagined war with the federal government unfortunately has real casualties—poor women (as usual). In this instance, the Texas government has decide to write Planned Parenthood out of the state’s Women’s Health Program, a Medicaid-waiver program providing basic health and family planning services to low-income and uninsured women who would not otherwise be eligible for Medicaid unless pregnant.

The Department of Health and Human Services warned the state that this rule would not meet requirements for funding, because it violates the Social Security Act. They informed the state that some $40 million in funding would be pulled if Planned Parenthood, which provides 44 percent of the program’s services, was blacklisted. putting $40 million in federal funding at risk.

The rule, signed by Commissioner Tom Suehs on Thursday, takes effect March 14. Unless some last-minute agreement is brokered, the program, which receives $9 in federal funds for every $1 in state funds, will be either phased out or cut off by the end of March. At least 130,000 poor Texas women will lose access to cancer screenings, well-woman exams and contraception.“No one’s politics should interfere with a woman’s access to health care,” said Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast President and CEO Peter J. Durkin. “It is shameful that Governor Perry and Commissioner Suehs continue to politicize lifesaving breast cancer screenings and birth control access for low-income women.”

Perry, of course, is couching this as fighting back against the overreaching Obama administration, with his spokeswoman justifying cutting these women off of basic health services by putting it on the White House and saying, “This boils down to the rule of law—which the state of Texas respects and the Obama administration does not.” The state of Texas apparently doesn’t believe in the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause.

And the GOP establishment is worried about their image because they think the presidential debates are starting to make them look bad. Are they paying any attention to the actual policies Republicans in office are creating?

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Finally.

“I have come to the conclusion that this is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign,” said Rick Perry. “Therefore I am suspending my campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich for president of the United States.”

In the end we learned that early comparisons between Perry and Bush were not out of line.  If anything, George W. Bush might be a notch or two up on Perry on the intellect scale.

So while Perry might be gone, his wisdom lives on.

Evolution.

“It’s a theory that’s out there. It’s got some gaps in it. In Texas we teach both Creationism and evolution.”

“I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”

BP oil spill…God’s fault.

“From time to time there are going to be things that occur that are acts of God that cannot be prevented.”

On the possibility of Texas seceding from the union – just what you want to hear from a presidential hopeful.

“There’s a lot of different scenarios. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.”

Proving that even bigots and liars can aspire to great things.

“But you don‘t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know that there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military, but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas and pray in school.”

Birds of a feather…

“George W. Bush did a incredible job in the presidency, defending us from freedom.”

Oops.

“I will tell you: It’s three agencies of government, when I get there, that are gone: Commerce, Education and the — what’s the third one there? Let’s see. … OK. So Commerce, Education and the — … The third agency of government I would — I would do away with the Education, the … Commerce and — let’s see — I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”

The saddest part of Perry’s failed presidential run?  We’ll never get to see this…

Thanks Rick.  It was a blast.

 

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Rick Perry’s Elusive Search For a Brain

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Rick Perry wins the Idiot Quote of the Week award.

“Every barrel of oil that comes out of those sands in Canada is a barrel of oil that we don’t have to buy from a foreign source.”

The fact that anyone could take this dumbass to be a serious presidential candidate is a reflection of how low the bar has been set for politicians in the Republican party.  You can thank George W. and his enablers in the conservative media for that one.

Scarecrow: I haven’t got a brain… only straw.
Dorothy: How can you talk if you haven’t got a brain?
Scarecrow: I don’t know… But some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… don’t they?
Dorothy: Yes, I guess you’re right.

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