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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.

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).”

Red-state women will transform America

Red-state women will transform America

Wendy Davis, Alison Grimes (Credit: AP/Harry Cabluck/AP/John Flavell)

I’ve been watching with a great deal of anticipation and enthusiasm, the latest activities from political women in red states.  This could indeed be the beginning of change in America…

Salon

Forget what cynical pundits say. Democrats need to win states like Texas and Kentucky, and fed-up women are the key

Public Policy Polling is out with a new survey showing that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has actually increased his lead over state Sen. Wendy Davis in the wake of her nationally heralded filibuster against SB 5, the draconian antiabortion legislation Perry’s trying to pass in a second special section. It should be noted that Davis isn’t even a candidate for governor at this point, so this is a theoretical matchup absent any kind of campaign.

Still, the poll numbers are likely to bolster the already strong cynicism of Texas political observers about the chance that Davis could beat Perry if she fulfilled the dream of many liberal women nationwide and ran against him next year. Similarly, most journalists dismiss the chance that Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lunderman Grimes can knock off Sen. Mitch McConnell. But the rise of these red-state women is good news for Democrats, even if pundits say they can’t beat right-wing veterans (and national villains among liberals) like McConnell and Perry next year (and I’m not conceding that here). In most red states, the best hope for Democrats is a rising coalition of Latinos, black people, Asians, young voters and white women. Davis and Grimes could accelerate the future.

I’ve been struck by even liberal Texas reporters minimizing Davis’ chances, and suggesting that the national groundswell of support will hurt her in her home state. Writing in the New York Times, Texas Tribune reporter Jay Root reports that it “puzzles” Matthew Dowd, a former George W. Bush strategist, that Davis and her backers “are allying themselves with Hollywood actresses and handing Mr. Perry the ideological battle he so desperately needs to revive his standing — at least with the right,” Root writes.

“The best thing to do with Rick Perry is to make people laugh at him,” Dowd told Root. “If you get into a sort of ideological thing, and into a back and forth, that’s how Rick Perry survives.”

Another Texas Tribune writer, Ross Ramsey, wrote a piece headlined “For Davis, Opportunity Knocks at Inopportune Time,” arguing that the Fort Worth Democrat is little known outside her district and the state party is poorly organized to give her a statewide lift. “It’s her bad luck that she’s the fastest runner on a team that can’t seem to find its way to the track,” he writes. But then he concludes his piece by seeming to contradict it, claiming that if Davis doesn’t run now, “she’ll never have a better shot.” That’s puzzling – to follow his logic, she’d have a better shot if Democrats were better organized in a few years. So I’m not convinced anyone knows for sure that Davis can’t beat Perry.

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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.”

Rick Perry ‘Disgusted’ By Cartoon Linking Deregulation To Fertilizer Plant Explosion

Cartoon of Texas Governor Rick Perry saying “Business is booming” next to the exploding fertilizer plant

Gov. Rick Perry has been going around the country trying to recruit corporations and manufacturers to Texas.  His selling point has been that Texas has weak regulation rules for Businesses and Manufacturers.

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When Jack Ohman, a cartoonist for The Sacramento (CA) Bee and his editor, Stuart Leavenworth, ran the above cartoon in Sunday’s paper, they must have felt like a couple of kids who’d just set off a stink bomb on their mean and ornery neighbor’s porch, and run somewhere to hide, snigger up their sleeves, and wait for the fun to begin. The cartoon shows Texas Governor Rick Perry bragging about his state’s low taxes and lax business regulations (“Business is BOOMING in Texas!”) while something – presumably the fertilizer plant that exploded in West, TX on April 18 — goes “BOOM!”

Sure enough, Perry took the bait and fumed in a letter to the editor:

It was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your recent cartoon. While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won’t stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans.

Leavenworth sharply retorted:

Jack Ohman’s cartoon of April 25 made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry’s disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas as a place where industries can thrive with few regulations. It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful of the victims of this tragedy. As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the plant. What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with the lives of families by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations.Perry’s letter is an attempt to distract people from that message.

Um, HELLO? Nobody’s mocking the 15 people — mostly firefighters and other emergency responders — who died fighting flames from the atom bomb-like blasts. We’re mocking YOU, Governor Perry, for being a callous, uncaring jerk who cares more about the well-being of your state’s businesses than about the people who live there. When the West Fertilizer Plant exploded, it leveled a four block radius, and witnesses reported that the blast was “like a tornado” or “like a nuclear bomb went off.” Yet, this could have been prevented: The plant was cited for a serious violation back in 2006, after receiving complaints about “a strong ammonia smell.” The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality investigated, but apparently nobody followed up. Furthermore, Theodoric Meyer from Salon reports that plant failed a partial inspection in 2011, and hadn’t had a full inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration since 1985. Nor did anyone from the facility bother to tell the Department of Homeland Security — as required — about all that potentially explosive fertilizer.

Perry loves talking about getting the government off our backs. In fact, Perry ran a series of radio advertisements throughout California back in February, sneering at the Golden State’s higher taxes and regulations, and urging business owners to move to the Lone Star State:

Building a business is tough, but I hear that building a business in California is next to impossible. This is Texas governor Rick Perry, and I’ve got a message for California businesses. Come check out Texas. There are plenty of reasons Texas has been named the best state for doing business for eight years running. Visit TexasWideOpenForBusiness.Com, and see why our low taxes, sensible regulation, and fair legal system are just the thing to get your business moving … to Texas.

Yet this hypocrite still has no problem with getting help from the Federal Government when it suits him. After cutting the state’s fire department funding by 75% in 2011 — causing unprecedented levels of fire destruction and loss of life — Perry asked for federal funds to combat wild fires back in 2011. Yep, everything’s cheaper in Texas. Maybe that’s because 33% of people there are uninsured; two of your counties — Cameron and Hidalgo — have the highest poverty rates in the United States (41%); and your legislature cut $5.4 billion from education two years ago (your House’s new budget proposal will barely make a dent in them). Apparently, pro-business folks have forgotten about the old adage, “It takes money to make money.”

Last Thursday, April 25, the president attended a memorial for victims of the explosion, gave a moving speech, and promised that the nation would help the town recover and rebuild. Strange, how you don’t hear Perry and his cohorts howling about government spending now.

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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Mario Piperni

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.

 

Gingrich’s Delusional Politics

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In the contest to determine the winner of the Far-Right Politics gold medal, rack up a few more points for Newt Gingrich.

English: Former Speaker of the House at CPAC in .

“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.”

Is there no extreme position these people are not willing to adopt to satisfy their rabid base?  And that includes positions which are in direct contravention of the law.

OSC [U.S. Office of Special Counsel] has the authority to investigate and, where appropriate, prosecute claims of “prohibited personnel practices.” There are twelve prohibited personnel practices…which are defined by law at § 2302(b) of title 5 of the United States Code (U.S.C.). […] Generally stated, § 2302(b) provides that a federal employee who has authority over personnel decisions may not:

(1) discriminate against an employee or applicant based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, or political affiliation;

Combine the above with Gingrich’s call to have U.S. marshals arrest certain (liberal) judges and force them to explain their decisions in front of Congress, and what you have is an out-of-control politician who has lost sight of the Constitution and its intent.  And he’s not alone in that regard.  Perry and Santorum also called for abolishing the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals for being too liberal.

Fortunately, Gingrich, Perry and Santorum will never have the opportunity to implement their proposals.  Romney has a lock on this race.  But the fact that such radical positions are being adopted and spoken openly by high profile Republicans is another clear sign that this party has completely lost its grip with reality.

Rick Perry’s Taxpayer-Funded Security Costs Rise

So, when is someone in Texas Governor Rick Perry’s camp going to be honest and tell him it’s time to pack it in and go home?

The Huffington Post

The Texas Tribune:

Aside from President Obama, Perry — the only sitting governor in the 2012 race — has the largest security contingent, and apparently the only one on the Republican side financed by taxpayers.

Read the whole story: The Texas Tribune

Perry Calls Wall Street Bailout “Biggest Theft In U.S. History”

Once again, poor Rick Perry gets the whole thing  backward.  It was the banks who performed the biggest heist in global history.

Rick Perry knows this, but since he’s a member of the 1% club, he blames it on the government…

News One

Seeking a late surge, Texas Gov. Rick Perry sought Monday to tar GOP presidential rivals Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney for supporting the $700 billion Wall Street bailout and said the billions loaned to banks and other financial institutions at the height of the 2008 financial crisis amounted to “the single biggest act of theft in American history.”

Most of the money has been paid back.

In the final weeks before the Iowa caucuses on Jan. 3, Perry stressed his credentials as a Washington outsider – someone who he says understands Main Street and is not beholden to the wealthy Wall Street set.

Perry said the values he learned growing up in rural Texas shaped his views.

“No one was going to bail out a dry-land cotton farmer” and no one should have bailed out Wall Street, Perry said in northeastern Iowa.

“This Wall Street bailout is the single biggest act of theft in American history,” he told voters at a pizza buffet. “And, you know, Newt and Mitt, they both were for it. That’s one of the reasons I say that if you really want an individual who is an outsider, someone who has not been engaged in part of that process, I hope you’ll take a look at me.”

Romney and Gingrich supported the Wall Street rescue that was shepherded into law in fall 2008 by Republican President George W. Bush. They have since become critics of the program, which conservative voters tend to loathe.

Perry joined the presidential contest in August to great fanfare but lost his luster following what was widely viewed as erratic behavior and lackluster performances in debates. He is hoping to achieve a comeback by pitching himself as “an outsider who truly believes that we’ve got more taxes and more regulation and more government than most Americans want.”

“We need to make the decision that we’re not going to support bailouts and these wasteful earmarks,” he said.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has remained steady in polling and also has a sizable campaign fund. Gingrich, the former House speaker, has surged in recent weeks as voters started watching the race more closely.

Perry is hoping to leapfrog them both by casting former business executive Romney as a Wall Street insider – although his venture capital firm was based in Massachusetts, not New York – and Gingrich as a Washington elite.

“If you’ll have my back on Jan. 3 at the caucuses here in Iowa,” he told voters. “I’ll have your back for the next four years in Washington, D.C.”