James Richard "Rick" Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history, was sworn in as the state's 47th chief executive on Dec. 21, 2000, replacing then-Gov. George W. Bush upon his ascendancy to the White House. Perry was elected to a four-year term in 2002 and re-elected in 2006 and 2010. On July 8, 2013, Perry announced he would not ...
Gov. Rick Perry on Friday fired HHSC Inspector General Doug Wilson as fallout widened from the selection of a relatively unknown company for a $110 million Medicaid fraud software contract.Full Story
This week in the Roundup: With just a few weeks left in office, Gov. Rick Perry is planning an official farewell address to lawmakers, a Texas A&M proposal to honor Perry is pulled and the state is poised to weigh another sizable investment in mental health care.
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Is Texas in danger of recession next year because of the current swoon in oil prices? An economist with J.P. Morgan Chase is raising an early warning flag about that possibility.Full Story
This week in the Texas Weekly Newsreel: Will the regents at Texas A&M University rename a building after Gov. Rick Perry? The unofficial nose counting in the race for speaker of the Texas House looks to be in favor of Joe StrausFull Story
Texas' outgoing governor told Texas A&M graduates on Thursday evening that he needs a job too — preferably one with a big jet and travel to Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.Full Story
Just a few years ago, Texas was shipping millions of dollars in food and goods to Cuba The White House's decision to ease sanctions could reignite the state's once flourishing economic ties with the island nation.Full Story
The awarding of a no-bid Medicaid fraud detection contract to the 21CT company continues to draw scrutiny with three separate news reports published Wednesday evening.Full Story
The Houston Chronicle's Theodore Schleifer has the goods on next year's mayoral election in Houston.Full Story
The New York Times is reporting on efforts by GOP big donors and fundraisers "to clear the field" so that a single establishment candidate can compete for the 2016 presidential nomination.Full Story
This week in the Roundup: A Texas inmate with a history of schizophrenia receives a stay of execution; Gov.-elect and Attorney General Greg Abbott sues the Obama administration over the president's recent executive order on immigration; and with weeks left in office, Gov. Rick Perry issues his own executive order requiring state agencies to verify employees' work status.Full Story
This week in The Texas Weekly Newsreel: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is filing suit against the federal government over the president's executive order on immigration, Gov. Rick Perry has asked all state agencies to use the E-Verify system to check citizenship of workers and state budgeteers approve funding to keep state police deployed on the border with Mexico.Full Story
In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.Full Story
With two sentences, a federal appeals court in New Orleans stopped the execution planned for Wednesday night of Scott Panetti.Full Story
If he opts to run for president again, Gov. Rick Perry wants to ensure that his entry into the field bears little resemblance to 2011, when he jumped into the Republican presidential primaries with little preparation or forethought. That explains all the Iowans showing up for lunch at the Governor's Mansion.