A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.
A defiant Texas Governor Rick Perry speaks to supporters after his booking at the Travis County Courthouse on August 19, 2014.

Perry Will Tap Campaign Account to Pay Attorneys

UPDATED: Gov. Rick Perry, who has been using taxpayer dollars to pay the defense lawyers fighting his felony indictments, will tap campaign funds from now on, his spokesman said Wednesday night. "This is an assault on the Constitution," the spokesman said. "We don't want it to be an assault on the taxpayers as well."

 
An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.
An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.

Perry's Court Signature Differs From Official One

Gov. Rick Perry's unusual signature — long a source of fascination — looks strikingly different in the legal documents he had to sign related to his recent indictment.

Perry's Court Signature Differs From Official One

An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.
An example of how Gov. Rick Perry's signature appears on hundreds of state documents, left, compared to his signature on court documents filed this week related to his indictment.

Gov. Rick Perry's unusual signature — long a source of fascination — looks strikingly different in the legal documents he had to sign related to his recent indictment.

 

Letters Highlight Local Tension Over Increased Border Security

A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.
A Customs and Border Protection vehicle patrols on the Texas border near the Rio Grande, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Mission, Texas. Texas is spending $1.3 million a week for a bigger DPS presence along the border.

A coalition of ranchers and business owners from South Texas is pushing back against border officials who have criticized the build-up of law enforcement on the Rio Grande.

At Booking, Perry Reiterates Defense of Veto

Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.
Governor Rick Perry is led into the booking area of the Travis County Courthouse for fingerprints and photographs on August 19, 2014.

After being booked on two felony counts — a process that took less than 10 minutes — Gov. Rick Perry again stood by his veto of public integrity unit funding and called his indictment "a chilling restraint on the right of free speech."

 

Regents "Strongly Disagree" With Moody's Report

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa and Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster as UT Regents study tuition increases on May 14, 2014.

UPDATED: Two members of the UT System Board of Regents on Tuesday said they were "disappointed" with a Moody's Investors Service analysis that determined recent conflicts within the system were "credit negative." 

 

UT System Regents Consider Campus Budget Relief

UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.
UT System Chancellor Dr. Francisco Cigarroa listens to Board of Regents Chairman Paul L. Foster at the meeting on May 14, 2014.

The UT System Board of Regents will spend the next two days hammering out the details on several key initiatives — including how to keep tuition flat and find a new president for the flagship university. 

Texas' Nuclear Waste Dump Gets Wiggle Room

John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste.
John Ward, operations project task manager at Waste Control Specialists' facility near Andrews, Texas, walks over to inspect concrete canisters that will house drums of nuclear waste.

UPDATED: Texas’ only radioactive waste site has permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.

 

 

Abbott's Business Tax Remarks Spark Confusion

GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.
GOP gubernatorial nominee Greg Abbott speaking at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth, Texas on August 9, 2014.

Attorney General Greg Abbott spoke this month at a conservative conference about how Texas could attract more jobs if it didn't have a business franchise tax. But Abbott isn't proposing a repeal of the tax, according to his campaign.

The Brief: Aug. 20, 2014

Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.
Mugshot of Governor Rick Perry, booked on two felony counts at the Blackwell-Thurman Criminal Justice Center in Austin, Texas on Tuesday, August 19, 2014.

Call it the frozen custard heard round the world. Gov. Rick Perry and his booking on two felony counts late Tuesday afternoon captured national attention — on social media, most of all.

Lawmakers Ready to Push Again for "Texas Solution" to Obamacare

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State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Simonton, lays out SB7 in the House on June 27, 2011. The measure passed, 96-48.

Two key state lawmakers from opposing parties said on Monday at a Texas Tribune event that they haven’t given up on crafting a plan that would allow Texas to collect billions of federal Medicaid dollars tied to the Affordable Care Act.

Analysis: For Perry, a Fight in Two Arenas

Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.
Rick Perry speaks at the RedState Gathering in Fort Worth on Aug. 8, 2014.

Gov. Rick Perry, who faces an indictment related to how he has used his political powers, is defending himself on two fronts: the legal one, where he has assembled an all-star team of lawyers, and the political one, where his storyline seems to be taking hold. 

The Brief: Aug. 19, 2014

Governor Rick Perry's legal team includes, l to r, David Botsford, Tony Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg and Bobby Birchfield.  Not pictured is former Chief Justice Tom Phillips.
Governor Rick Perry's legal team includes, l to r, David Botsford, Tony Buzbee, Ben Ginsberg and Bobby Birchfield. Not pictured is former Chief Justice Tom Phillips.

The day began with video cameras lined up to take pictures of Gov. Rick Perry being arraigned. That'll now have to wait until Friday.