Tribpedia: 2012 Presidential Election

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President Barack Obama is up for reelection on Nov. 6, 2012. Presidential elections always bring larger numbers to the polls. Some Democrats think that Texas, a Republican bastion, may turn blue. 

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/14/12

Aaronson on why the latest Texas job gains are a mixed bag, Aguilar on the fight over an Eagle Pass coal mine, Batheja on nasty U.S. Senate race ads, Galbraith on El Paso's water woes, Grissom on John Bradley's tough primary, Hamilton and M. Smith on the controversial chairman of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, Murphy's cool higher ed stats interactive, Ramsey talks to Robert Draper about what's wrong with Congress, Ramshaw on Joe Barton vs. himself, Root on Perry's Mitt embrace and my exclusive sit-down with the chancellor of the UT System: The best of our best content from May 14-18, 2012.

Ron Paul speaking at a rally at the University of Texas at Austin on April 26, 2012.
Ron Paul speaking at a rally at the University of Texas at Austin on April 26, 2012.

Campaign Chatter

Texas Weekly

Rallies, speeches, endorsements, and that's just the presidential race. News from the campaigns around the state. 

Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012
Rick Perry at the Republican Party of Texas, Thursday March 8, 2012

Perry Votes for Romney, Predicts He Will Become President

Calling his primary campaign bashing of Mitt Romney water under the bridge, Gov. Rick Perry voted for the former Massachusetts governor Wednesday and predicted he would beat President Obama. But Perry hasn't endorsed a fellow Republican closer to home, House Speaker Joe Straus. The governor said he hadn't been asked.

Ron Paul speaks at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.
Ron Paul speaks at a Tea Party rally at the Texas Capitol on May 6, 2012.

Paul to Stop Actively Campaigning for Presidential Bid

Texas Congressman Ron Paul has announced he will stop actively campaigning for the Republican presidential nomination. Paul hadn't won a primary or caucus, but his delegate strategy aims to influence the party platform at the Republican National Convention.

News App: Search 30-Day Report Contributors by Filer

On April 30, which was 30 days ahead of Texas' May 29 primaries, participating candidates were required to file reports that represent all campaign-finance efforts leading up to the election. We have pulled all contribution data for filers between January 1 and April 30 and made it searchable here. Dig in.

U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol.  Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
U.S. Senate candidate Ted Cruz speaks at the Texas Tea party rally Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Texas Capitol. Cruz is trailing frontrunner David Dewhurst in the race to replace current Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

Ron Paul Backs Cruz, but Cruz Not Returning the Favor

While U.S. Rep. Ron Paul endorsed former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz on Sunday to be the next U.S. senator from Texas, Cruz isn't returning the favor and endorsing Paul's presidential bid.

Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent performs with his band during the May 1 concert in Hidalgo, Texas.

Video: Ted Nugent Unplugged

Ted Nugent unplugged: The rocker and Second Amendment defender weighs in on everything from Mitt Romney and the Trayvon Martin case to his theory that President Obama was raised by Communists. Viewer discretion advise

Ted Nugent at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.
Ted Nugent at the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo, Texas.

Ted Nugent: Bearing Arms, Cranking Up the Controversy

If you thought a little Secret Service investigation or a $10,000 bear hunting fine would tame the "Motor City Madman," well, you probably have never sat down for a chat with Ted Nugent. The Nuge talked to the Tribune about Mitt Romney, President Obama, sex, guns and, what else, himself.

Weekend Insider: Ted Nugent Talks

Rocker Ted Nugent is no stranger to controversy. He was recently investigated by the Secret Service over comments he made regarding President Obama. He has pleaded guilty to illegally shooting a black bear with a bow and arrow, and he has stirred controversy in the 2012 presidential race by saying Mitt Romney sought his endorsement. 

Reporter Jay Root sits down with the Nuge to get his take on these issues.

Find the full version of Jay's story and more in The New York Times and at texastribune.org.

Rick Perry Endorses Former Rival Romney for President

Hours after Newt Gingrich announced he would be ending his presidential campaign next week, Gov. Rick Perry threw his support behind former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. “Mitt's vision and record of private-sector success will put America back on the path of job creation, economic opportunity and limited government," Perry said in a statement.

Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.
Republican candidates, left to right, Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul say the Pledge of Allegiance at the CNN Charleston debates on January 19, 2012.

Losing Steam

Texas Weekly

What might have been a big turnout year has turned into a ho-hum affair, with the presidential race petering out before the Texas primary.

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TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/9/12

Aaronson maps Medicaid patients' access to pharmacies, Aguilar on Mexicans in exile, Batheja on an unlikely threat to a veteran lawmaker's re-election, Galbraith and Murphy interactively track reservoir levels around the state, Grissom on the ringleaders who rule the state's largest youth lockup, Hamilton on how much Texas professors are paid, Ramsey on who's conservative, Ramshaw and Tan on the latest Planned Parenthood kerfuffle, Root on what Santorum's exit means for the Texas primary, and parts 4 (by M. Smith) and 5 (by Tan and Dehn) of our series on school district closures: The best of our best content from April 9-13, 2012.

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, campaigning for the GOP presidential nomination, speaks at a town hall event at Texas A&M University on April 10, 2012.

Ron Paul Faces Long Odds, Large Crowds in Texas Tour

Ron Paul may not have a real shot at becoming the GOP's presidential nominee, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have something to gain by taking a swing through his home state. His stops this week in Texas will help rile up his loyal supporters and serve as a reminder to the Republican Party that the longtime lawmaker isn't going away quietly.

Tribweek Friday, April 6th.
Tribweek Friday, April 6th.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 4/2/12

The first two parts of M. Smith's series on failing school districts (plus Murphy and Seger's interactive on how districts' characteristics relate to ratings), Root on lagging GOP candidates for president trying to shore things up in Texas, Ramshaw on a "fiscal switcheroo" to get federal money for women's health programs, Galbraith talks to a West Texas farmer about crop insurance and climate change and Aguilar on the money behind a lawsuit on long rifle sales: The best of our best content from April 2 to 6, 2012.