Will Perry's "Pre-Veto" Work This Time?

Gov. Rick Perry has been very successful using something you could call the pre-veto — telling lawmakers not to even bother sending him something that would be doomed on arrival at his desk.

Except he doesn’t say he will veto it. He just says, very publicly, that he doesn’t think it will ever reach his desk.

Governors, like lawmakers, have a million ways to kill legislation. An ancient axiom around the Capitol holds that the legislative process is built not to make new laws, but to kill bad ideas — not to pass things, but to smother them.

Odds are ...

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