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August 20, 2015
WITH DONALD TRUMP showing staying power, Republican powers are anxious; like in a dentist's chair facing a drill without Novocain. For, despite predictions Trump can't last or will implode, he's holding a lead. He leads nationally. He leads in early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. And he isn't going away. Ed Rollins, former political adviser to President Reagan, this week wrote an op-ed for Reuters saying Trump can win the nomination. Imagine.
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June 15, 2011 | Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry flirted again Tuesday with the idea of running for president, saying he still had time to think about joining a crowded field seeking the Republican nomination. The three-term governor told Fox News he needed to go through "a thought process" before making a decision about whether to run. "I'm not sure you have to make a decision in a month," he said. Perry would bring conservative bona fides, a proven fundraising record, and a fresh voice to a field in which many conservatives are looking for an alternative to front-runner Mitt Romney.
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September 28, 2011 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
Texas Gov. Rick Perry made his first fund-raising trip to Philadelphia on Tuesday with a noontime stop at the Four Seasons, where he spoke to about 110 donors. The event, which was closed to reporters, was held by Philadelphia businessman and insurance broker Manuel Stamatakis, who asked for donations of $1,000 to $50,000. Stamatakis compared Perry to Ronald Reagan - another conservative big-state governor - and said he was inspired after reading Perry's book, Fed Up!
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December 18, 2011 | By Chris Tomlinson, Associated Press
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a double-dipper, collecting a salary and retirement benefits simultaneously, according to a personal financial disclosure form made public Friday. The report filed with the Federal Election Commission shows that Perry is collecting his $7,700 monthly state pension in addition to his nearly $133,000 annual salary as governor. State law allows any employee to begin collecting retirement benefits if their years of military and state service plus their age adds up to more than 80. To qualify, Perry, 61, counted his five years in the Air Force and 24 years in public service in Texas, including as a part-time legislator, agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor, and governor.
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April 25, 2013 | By Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known. Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week's blast and some don't yet know what happened to their homes. They're struggling to replace missing medications and documents. Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they'll get for repairs.
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August 2, 2012 | By Tom Raum, Associated Press
The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an antiestablishment frustration among voters, especially grassroots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment - including Gov. Rick Perry - had backed Dewhurst.
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May 31, 2011
Former Texas Gov. Bill Clements, 94, who in 1979 became the state's first Republican elected governor since Reconstruction, died Sunday after what his family said was a brief stay at a Dallas-area hospital. Family members said he had been ill for several months and grieving the death of his son, who was shot and killed by a neighbor last year. Gov. Clements' belief that state government should operate like a big business helped change the face of Texas politics. "Texans and Americans have lost a leader whose leadership, service, and patriotism were unparalleled," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said.
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January 20, 2012
Dump Biden for Clinton If President Obama really wants a second term, Hillary Clinton needs to be on the ticket. Joe Biden was Jon Corzine's biggest supporter, pushing hard for Corzine to get Timothy Geithner's job. Do you really think our Treasury secretary should be somebody who "doesn't know and doesn't remember" what happened to billions of dollars? Joe Biden did. When Biden was Delaware's senator, he blocked all attempts at tougher financial consumer protection laws.
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June 18, 2011 | By Thomas Fitzgerald, INQUIRER POLITICS WRITER
NEW ORLEANS - As soon as Texas Gov. Rick Perry uttered the last phrase of his blistering attack on President Obama at the Republican Leadership Conference on Saturday, the chant began: "Run, Rick, run!" Perry, 61, did not tell the crowd of nearly 2,000 conservative activists that he will run for president - that decision is pending - but he looked and sounded like a candidate. A favorite of the tea-party movement, Perry is a strong proponent of states' rights and an object of yearning for some Republicans unmoved by the current crop of contenders.
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NEWS
August 20, 2015
WITH DONALD TRUMP showing staying power, Republican powers are anxious; like in a dentist's chair facing a drill without Novocain. For, despite predictions Trump can't last or will implode, he's holding a lead. He leads nationally. He leads in early caucus and primary states: Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina. And he isn't going away. Ed Rollins, former political adviser to President Reagan, this week wrote an op-ed for Reuters saying Trump can win the nomination. Imagine.
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April 25, 2013 | By Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - From money, food and clothing to new appliances and crews armed with chain saws, help is pouring into the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded. As the donations come in, how long and how much it will take for West to come back aren't yet known. Residents have just started burying the 14 people who died in last week's blast and some don't yet know what happened to their homes. They're struggling to replace missing medications and documents. Others are just starting to work with insurance companies to figure out how much money they'll get for repairs.
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April 20, 2013 | By Christopher Sherman and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press
WEST, Texas - Buck Uptmor didn't have to go to West Fertilizer Co. when the fire started. He wasn't a firefighter like his brother and cousin, who raced toward the plant. But a ranch of horses next to the flames needed to be moved to safety. "He went to help a friend," said Joyce Marek, Uptmor's aunt. "And then it blew. " Two days after the fertilizer facility exploded in a blinding fireball, authorities announced Friday that they had recovered 14 bodies, confirming for the first time an exact number of people killed.
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October 25, 2012 | By Karen Heller, Inquirer Columnist
Really, is that all there is? With two weeks to go, is it all over but the voting? (OK, based on the ferocity of robocalls and solicitations for non-super PAC funds that my household is receiving, maybe not.) Perhaps, like me, you are experiencing some form of debate withdrawal, not quite delirium tremens but close. Folks, there were 27 primary debates! True, I am prone to exaggeration, but here I do not. There were so many oratorical rumbles that K-Tel could produce a Debatin' to the Oldies Collection, Volumes I and II. It would include Rick Perry's crowd-pleasing, campaign-demolishing moment from Nov. 9, 2011 (nearing its one-year anniversary!
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August 2, 2012 | By Tom Raum, Associated Press
The easy victory of Houston lawyer Ted Cruz in the Republican U.S. Senate runoff in Texas shows the tea party movement remains a potent force in American politics. It also highlights an antiestablishment frustration among voters, especially grassroots conservative activists, which could influence national elections in November. Cruz, a tea party favorite, defeated Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by 13 points Tuesday, even though most of the Texas GOP establishment - including Gov. Rick Perry - had backed Dewhurst.
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July 15, 2012 | Wires
As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda By Gail Collins Liveright. 288 pp. $25.95 Reviewed by Jean Marie Brown Gail Collins examines the trends and conditions of American society and national politics, charter schools, the economy, the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, and finds a common thread: Texas. In As Texas Goes ... How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, Collins makes the case that Texas is leading the rest of the nation down a rabbit hole.
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January 20, 2012 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The race for the Republican presidential nomination is veering toward South Carolina- surreal. Mitt Romney was stripped of his Iowa caucus victory yesterday, then was stung by Texas Gov. Rick Perry's withdrawal and endorsement of Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who was stunningly accused in turn by an ex-wife of seeking an open marriage so he could keep his mistress. Perry abruptly quit the race shortly before an evening debate and fewer than 48 hours before the polls open in Saturday's first-in-the-South primary.
NEWS
January 20, 2012
Dump Biden for Clinton If President Obama really wants a second term, Hillary Clinton needs to be on the ticket. Joe Biden was Jon Corzine's biggest supporter, pushing hard for Corzine to get Timothy Geithner's job. Do you really think our Treasury secretary should be somebody who "doesn't know and doesn't remember" what happened to billions of dollars? Joe Biden did. When Biden was Delaware's senator, he blocked all attempts at tougher financial consumer protection laws.
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January 13, 2012 | By Michael Smerconish
It was as if Oliver Stone had written a Mitt Romney sound bite when this week the candidate was quoted as saying, "I like firing people. " After all, Stone directed Michael Douglas, as Gordon Gekko, saying similar things in the 1987 movie classic Wall Street . Men in their 40s and 50s still quote Gekko: "Lunch is for wimps"; "I create nothing. I own"; "What's worth doing is worth doing for money"; "If you're not inside, you're outside"; and of course, "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
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January 11, 2012 | By Laura Olson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
LEESVILLE, S.C. - The retail politicking for this state's Jan. 21 Republican primary begins Wednesday in earnest. And some here are predicting a battle at least as bruising as past South Carolina contests. For the last week, Rick Perry could savor having this state's voters to himself. But as New Hampshire's votes were being counted, his rivals were preparing to fly south and a multimillion-dollar TV advertising blitz was already under way. "We've seen the nice biographical ads so far, with their families and sunsets," said David Woodard, a Clemson University political science professor.
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