Tribpedia: Rick Perry

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 ...

Democrats Question Perry's Whereabouts, Priorities

Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010
Texas Gov. Rick Perry departs a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport during a campaign stop on November 1, 2010

House Democrats — stirred up in a day of partisan battles over windstorm insurance and a health care compact — took the opportunity to question the whereabouts of the man who called them back for a special session. 

State Rep. John Smithee (c), R-Amarillo, listens to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r) on the House floor on May 28, 2011.
State Rep. John Smithee (c), R-Amarillo, listens to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (r) on the House floor on May 28, 2011.

House Tentatively Passes Windstorm Insurance Bill

The bill has pitted Republican Gov. Rick Perry and trial lawyer Steve Mostyn, the largest Democratic donor in Texas, against one another, and it is a key reason that lawmakers are in a special legislative session.

Quiz: Who Said What About Higher Ed?

The current controversy dominating the higher education headlines in Texas is nothing if not nuanced. It's hard for anyone to disagree with the broad buzzwords used by both sides: accountability, productivity, excellence, accessibility, transparency, etc. But, the devil's in the details. See if you can read between the lines and figure out who said what about higher ed in our latest quiz.

Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.
Demonstrators stand in front of the Texas Capitol on Feb. 22, 2011 to show their opposition to immigration legislation.

Sanctuary Cities Bill Clears Texas Senate

Texas peace officers will be allowed to inquire into the immigration status of any person arrested or legally detained under legislation passed by the Texas Senate early Wednesday morning.

Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry outside the House chamber on May 28, 2011.

Perry Slaps Obama, Acts Like GOP Hopeful, in NYC

Gov. Rick Perry, moving closer to a run for the White House, took his anti-Washington message to New York Tuesday, telling a gathering of GOP donors that the Obama administration had “promised jobs and … delivered economic misery.” In his highly anticipated speech, Perry gave the crowd the kind of angry populism he wielded against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 primary.

Gov. Rick Perry answers a reporter's question about his presidential aspirations during a bill signing on May 27, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry answers a reporter's question about his presidential aspirations during a bill signing on May 27, 2011.

Arkansas Lawmakers Hop on "Draft Perry" Bandwagon

Twenty GOP members of the Arkansas House of Representatives announced the formation of "Arkansans for Rick Perry," joining a contingent of Republican lawmakers in California who earlier launched an effort to draft the Texas governor into the 2012 presidential race.

Texas Governor Rick Perry carries his bags off a private plane at  the San Antonio International Airport on November 1, 2010.
Texas Governor Rick Perry carries his bags off a private plane at the San Antonio International Airport on November 1, 2010.

Rick Perry Says Voters Want More Options in GOP Field

Gov. Rick Perry, in New York for a speech that’s fueling speculation about a possible run for the White House, said today that voters seem hungry for more candidates to pick from in the presidential contest. Perry, in an interview with the Tribune, also said there is still time to get in the race, if he decides to go for it. “There is some I guess drop dead time that you have to be in,” Perry said. “I don’t think it’s [arrived] yet.”

 

Regent Alex M. Cranberg at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on May 12, 2011.
Regent Alex M. Cranberg at the University of Texas Board of Regents meeting on May 12, 2011.

Controversial UT Regent Hopes to "Push a Reset Button"

Of the new University of Texas System regents, none has received more scrutiny than Alex Cranberg. The 56-year-old chairman of Aspect Holdings, a lucrative energy company based in Denver, said the time has come to “push a reset button” on the relationship between the regents and the leadership at UT. “If I read some of the stuff about me that I read in the paper, I’d be against me,” said Cranberg, who called the media portrayal of him a “caricature.”

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 6/6/11

Aguilar on a newly exposed rift in the GOP, Dehn on what summer overtime for lawmakers costs taxpayers, Galbraith on one bright spot for environmentalists this session, Grissom on reports of abuse shrouding a death row case, Hamilton on the long slog toward higher education reform, Ramsey on where the Big Three stand, Ramshaw on the filibuster-induced rise of a state senator, Root on Perry's jump into the culture wars, M. Smith on a new wrinkle in the school finance battle and Tan on the "pansexual" debate that nearly killed the crucial fiscal matters bill: The best of our best content from June 6 to June 10, 2011.

Perry Rejects "Obamacare," but State Agency Pushes On

Despite Gov. Rick Perry's vehement opposition to federal health reform, the state has accepted a $1 million federal grant to plan for a key element of it: a Travelocity-like state insurance marketplace. “We’ve been going full speed ahead on implementation ... so that we can be on time with what the law says,” said John Greeley, a spokesman for the Texas Insurance Agency. 

Left: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Right: G.O.P. strategist Dave Carney.
Left: Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich. Right: G.O.P. strategist Dave Carney.

Gingrich Defections Fuel More Talk of Perry Run

Newt Gingrich lost his presidential campaign staff Thursday, adding to rampant speculation that Gov. Rick Perry will scoop them up to launch his own White House bid. Two of the aides, Gingrich campaign manager Rob Johnson and consultant Dave Carney, have extensive links to Perry.

American Family Association President Tim Wildmon
American Family Association President Tim Wildmon

Christian Leader Explains Views on Heaven and Hell

Are non-Christians bound for the gates of hell? The topic has generated heated discussion since the president of the American Family Association, Tim Wildmon, told the Tribune that he believed only Christians could escape eternal damnation. Gov. Rick Perry has tapped the AFA to sponsor his Aug. 6 prayer meeting aimed at seeking divine intervention for America’s ills.

Texplainer: Can a Veto Be Overturned After Sine Die?

Hey Texplainer: Can the Lege override the governor's veto of legislation passed in the regular session — once the regular session is over? The governor says no, and he's probably correct. But it's murky. Two expert opinions offer somewhat conflicting views. What they do agree on this: Should lawmakers override the governor's recent veto of the online tax bill, the issue would almost certainly end up in court. 

Protesters with signs and American flags line the hallway outside the Senate chamber on sanctuary cities bill HB12 on May 25, 2011.
Protesters with signs and American flags line the hallway outside the Senate chamber on sanctuary cities bill HB12 on May 25, 2011.

Sanctuary Cities Added to Special Session Call

Gov. Rick Perry has added controversial immigration and homeland security measures to the agenda for the special legislative session that began last week. “Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs,” he said in a statement.

Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry on May 30th, 2011

Perry Releases Proclamation on Prayer and Fasting

Gov. Rick Perry, who’s eying a run for the White House, released a proclamation Monday declaring Aug. 6 a “Day of Prayer and Fasting for our Nation’s Challenges." Perry plans to give up food on the day of the event, which is being paid for by the American Family Association. Guests who register for the event are asked if they would be willing to set aside the whole week leading up to the social conservative extravaganza.

Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Raymund Paredes sits in the Senate gallery awaiting the end of the session on May 30, 2011.
Commissioner of Higher Education Dr. Raymund Paredes sits in the Senate gallery awaiting the end of the session on May 30, 2011.

Switch to Outcomes-Based Higher Ed Funding Taking Time

During the regular session, Gov. Rick Perry’s top legislative priority for higher education was the implementation of a new financing system that rewards universities for graduating more students, not just for getting students into classes. But policy makers have struggled to agree on which outcomes to measure, how to encourage them and if they should alter the funding formulas while budgets are being slashed.