POLITICS: Elections

In Iowa, Voters Size Up Perry's Shot at Redemption

Former Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowans Monday in Sioux Center. The stop at a Pizza Ranch came during a five-day swing through the Hawkeye State for Perry.
Former Gov. Rick Perry greets Iowans Monday in Sioux Center. The stop at a Pizza Ranch came during a five-day swing through the Hawkeye State for Perry.

Iowans got one last chance this week to size up former Gov. Rick Perry's shot at redemption before a likely June 4 presidential announcement. In nearly a dozen events across the state, Perry gave them plenty of reasons not to count him out.

Citing Garland Shooting, Perry Touts Surveillance

Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.
Governor Rick Perry reflects on his 30 years of public service to Texas in his final speech to a joint session of the Legislature on Jan. 15, 2015.

Wrapping up a swing through Iowa, former Gov. Rick Perry cited the Garland shooting to defend federal surveillance programs, and told a national security forum that enhanced interrogation is okay, though rectal feeding may be over the line.

 

In Iowa, Perry Seeks Footing on Trade Deal

Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.
Former Gov. Rick Perry addresses Iowans on Monday in Le Mars. The stop came during a five-day swing through the critical early-voting state as Perry ramps up for a 2016 presidential bid.

Former Gov. Rick Perry is making it clear he supports free trade in theory, but isn't wild about having the Obama administration negotiating the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership. 

Perry Says He Would Not Have Ordered Invasion of Iraq

Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.
Former Gov. Rick Perry meets with Iowans on May 18, 2015, in Sioux Center. Perry, who's expected to announce his 2016 presidential campaign in June, spent the day traveling across the northwest part of the state.

Former Gov. Rick Perry on Monday said he would not have invaded Iraq knowing what he knows now. It's a question that has animated the GOP's 2016 presidential field in recent days.

Analysis: Should Judges Exit Fundraising Business?

Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.
Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals justices listen to Chief Justice Nathan Hecht's State of the Judiciary speech to legislators on Feb. 18, 2015.

The U.S. Supreme Court says it's okay for states to bar judges from raising their own campaign cash. A lot of judges (and lawyers, too) think that's a pretty good idea that Texas might want to consider.

In Texas, Clinton Campaign Revs Up

Organizers handed out a Texas-specific signs at a meeting for Hillary Clinton supporters Tuesday in Llano. They learned how they could get involved in the former secretary of state's 2016 presidential campaign.
Organizers handed out a Texas-specific signs at a meeting for Hillary Clinton supporters Tuesday in Llano. They learned how they could get involved in the former secretary of state's 2016 presidential campaign.

Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign is revving up in ruby-red Texas, where donors and volunteers are beginning to organize.

In Houston, Mike Huckabee Details Energy Plan

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks with a reporter after delivering a speech on energy policy in Houston. The Republican presidential candidate spoke about reducing the United States' dependence on foreign sources of energy.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee speaks with a reporter after delivering a speech on energy policy in Houston. The Republican presidential candidate spoke about reducing the United States' dependence on foreign sources of energy.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, the latest Republican to jump into the 2016 presidential race, took to Texas' oil capital Monday to flesh out his energy plan.

Perry Enjoys Warm Welcome in Return to South Carolina

Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, South Carolina on Friday, May 8, 2015.
Rick Perry speaks at a question-and-answer forum in Taylors, South Carolina on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Rick Perry was very much in his element Friday during a town hall event in South Carolina. Speaking about the federal deficit and fiscal morality, the likely presidential candidate drew plenty of applause. He hopes to build momentum off of such events.