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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Texas Legislature Tries to Avoid Tax Increases

Every candidate vying for a legislative seat knows what lies ahead in 2011: a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, probably higher, and state agency cuts to save as much of that amount as possible. But new revenue is a possibility as well, even if lawmakers are expert at the old sleight of hand, employing creative accounting and semantic trickery to avoid stepping on that political third rail, the tax hike.

Cuts Could Mean Longer Wait for Mental Health Beds

The wait to get into one of Texas' 10 state mental hospitals — already long — may be about to get longer. Last month, as part of its attempt to comply with Gov. Rick Perry’s request that each state agency reduce its budget by 5 percent, the Department of State Health Services proposed eliminating 50 beds from four of the state's 10 mental hospitals: San Antonio, Rusk, Terrell and North Texas Wichita. The state's mental hospitals are already almost at full capacity, with nearly 2,500 self-admitted patients and allegedly criminal patients awaiting treatment so they can stand trial.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison finally ended the will-she-or-won't-she drama, saying she's staying put through the end of her term in 2012. But ever since she first announced she'd resign, she's been shifting positions. We take a look back.

KBH Stays in Senate, Forcing Others to Stay Put

She said she would limit her time in the U.S. Senate to two terms and is currently serving a third. She said she would resign her federal office to run for governor and didn't. She said she would quit after the primary and hasn't. So who's to say she won't reconsider in two years and run for a fourth term? And what of all those would-be successors?

March 31, 2010. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in San Antonio, announcing she will keep her Senate seat through 2012.
March 31, 2010. U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in San Antonio, announcing she will keep her Senate seat through 2012.

Hutchison Will Stay in Senate Through 2012

Surprising almost no one, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced in San Antonio that she will not resign her Senate seat. She'll stay through the end of her term in 2012.

Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance press conference in Dallas before departure for The March for America Immigration Rally.
Reform Immigration for Texas Alliance press conference in Dallas before departure for The March for America Immigration Rally.

Immigration Prospects Dim Despite Obama Promise

Lawmakers are reeling from the bruising political battle over health care reform and are loath to take on another divisive issue and additional risky votes. So the prospects remain dim for legislation that would improve border security, provide a pathway to citizenship for millions and crack down on unscrupulous employers — but that doesn't mean everyone's forgotten about it, as the hundreds of thousands of advocates who marched on Washington, D.C., last weekend can attest.

BIll White, Rick Perry at their Primary 2010 reception speeches.
BIll White, Rick Perry at their Primary 2010 reception speeches.

White Attacks Perry's Border Crime Claims

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White today called on GOP Gov. Rick Perry to remove claims on his public and campaign Web sites that crime on the Texas border has dropped 65 percent. Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner defended the claims. He said Perry's claim refers to temporary crime drops in discreet areas during so-called "border surge" operations.

International media gather around death penalty abolitionist Kiersten Saldano shortly after the Supreme Court announced a stay of Hank Skinner's execution.
International media gather around death penalty abolitionist Kiersten Saldano shortly after the Supreme Court announced a stay of Hank Skinner's execution.

Texas Death Row Inmate Skinner Gets Stay

Hank Skinner was set to die Wednesday for the 1993 murders of his live-in girlfriend and her two mentally disabled adult sons — a crime he insists he did not commit. About an hour before he was to have poison pushed through his veins, the U.S. Supreme Court spared his life.

How Much Will Health Care, Medicaid Cost Texas?

Behind the fiery health care rhetoric is a measure expected to dramatically expand Texas’ Medicaid program, adding up to 1 million adults to the state’s insurance roll — but at a steep cost. Texas will have to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars in new revenue to foot its share of the bill.

A screengrab from Perry's "Border" spot.
A screengrab from Perry's "Border" spot.

Border Leaders Blast Perry, Question Spillover

Leaders from one end of the Texas-Mexico border to the other want Gov. Rick Perry to tone down the scary rhetoric and get real about solving problems in their hometowns. And, by the way, they would like to be consulted about security plans that affect their communities. "We know what's going on on the border," says Laredo Mayor Raul Salinas. "Our needs were not taken into consideration."

Secretive Board Makes Death Row Decisions

Barring the intervention of the U.S. Supreme Court, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles is Hank Skinner’s last hope for reprieve from the poison-filled syringe he is set to meet on Wednesday. The board makes life-or-death decisions, recommending to the governor whether an execution should be delayed, called off or carried out, yet it’s one of the least transparent agencies in state government.

Former Houston mayor Bill White makes an appearance at the Austin Club as part of The Texas Tribune's bimonthly speaker series with host Evan Smith.  White is the Democratic nominee in the Texas governor's race.
Former Houston mayor Bill White makes an appearance at the Austin Club as part of The Texas Tribune's bimonthly speaker series with host Evan Smith. White is the Democratic nominee in the Texas governor's race.

White Weighs in on Border Security

I suppose if you're a Texas politician this week you just have to make hay out of the situation on the border. Today, it was Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White's turn.