Tribpedia: Rick Perry

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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 ...

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Control Eluded State Leaders in Ebola Crisis

Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference on Oct. 17, 2014, discussing the state's Ebola prevention efforts.
Gov. Rick Perry at a press conference on Oct. 17, 2014, discussing the state's Ebola prevention efforts.

Gov. Rick Perry and other Texas officials are pointing fingers at the Obama administration for botching the Ebola response. But the state did not fully use its own power to restrict travel, quarantine health care workers and limit possible spread of the deadly virus.

Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.
Gov. Rick Perry visiting soldiers at Fort Hood on Oct. 9, 2014. The 36th Engineering Brigade is preparing to deploy to Liberia to assist in the effort to control the Ebola outbreak.

The Brief: What More Could Texas Have Done About Ebola?

Criticism by state leaders of the Obama administration for failures in the response to the Ebola virus omits mention of the tools at the state's disposal that were not used.

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.
Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person in the United States diagnosed with the Ebola virus, died in Dallas, Texas on Oct. 8, 2014.

The Brief: A Somber Milestone in the Texas Ebola Story

A sad chapter was marked Wednesday in the story of Ebola in Texas with the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who flew to Dallas to join family only to be diagnosed with the deadly disease after arriving.

A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.
A day after a federal appeals court allowed Texas to begin enforcing new abortion restrictions, a group protested the ruling on the South Steps of the Texas Capitol building.

The Brief: An Unanticipated Consequence of New Abortion Law

New abortion restrictions passed by the Legislature could lead to one unexpected result: more abortions performed in doctors' offices as the number of abortion clinics in the state drops to single digits.

Texas Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Monday announcing creation of a Texas infectious disease task force.
Texas Sen. Dr. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry at a Capitol press conference on Monday announcing creation of a Texas infectious disease task force.

Perry Says Feds Should Screen for Ebola

Gov. Rick Perry is calling on the federal government to screen people for Ebola and set up "quarantine stations" at U.S. points of entry. Saying "there were mistakes made" in the handling of the first U.S. Ebola patient, Perry also announced the creation of a state task force to better prepare for infectious disease outbreaks. 

Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.
Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey on WFAA-TV's "Inside Texas Politics" on Oct. 5, 2014.

Inside Texas Politics: Ebola

This week's edition of WFAA-TV's Inside Texas Politics with host Jason Wheeler, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Bud Kennedy and Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey is dominated by talk of the first appearance of the Ebola virus in the U.S. 

Where $507 Million in Texas Enterprise Funds Went

The Texas Enterprise Fund, an economic development program touted by Gov. Rick Perry as key to the state's success, has become the target of harsh criticism since the release of a report by the Texas State Auditor describing the program as weak on oversight. Here's a look at where the money went — and what jobs were actually created.  

 

Gov. Rick Perry adjusts his glasses during his appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 21.
Gov. Rick Perry adjusts his glasses during his appearance at the Texas Tribune Festival on Sept. 21.

Analysis: An Acid Test for a Teflon Governor

As Gov. Rick Perry enters the last months of his 14 years in the state's top job, his troubles are piling up and the allies and colleagues who have often rallied to his side are turning their attention to other things. But maybe he has just a little of his political Teflon left.

Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.
Texas Governor Rick Perry attends groundbreaking ceremony for Teletón USA CRIT children's rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, on August 6th, 2013.

Video: Perry Admits "Arrogance" Ahead of 2012 Run

During a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Gov. Rick Perry said he would be better prepared than he was in 2012 if he decides to run for president again in 2016. He said his poor health contributed to his poor performance. 

State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.

The Brief: Abbott and Davis to Clash Once More, With Feeling

The major party nominees for governor — Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis — hold their second and final debate tonight in Dallas. The smart money is on an encounter similar to the first one held 11 days ago in Edinburg.