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 ...

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.

Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.
Texas' three leaders (l to r), House Speaker Joe Straus, Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst appear at the Texas Capitol for their traditional post-session press conference on May 31, 2011.

For Texas' Big Three, Session Ends as it Started

If you wanted to know where the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House would stand at the end of the legislative session, you could have seen it all months ago. David Dewhurst would like to get on with his political plans. So, for that matter, would the governor. The speaker wants legislators to go home soon, and who can blame him?

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.

Filibuster Propels Wendy Davis Into Spotlight

Sen. Wendy Davis' controversial decision to torpedo the legislative session with a filibuster has catapulted the Fort Worth Democrat into the spotlight. She's seized it to try to mobilize outnumbered Democrats and to take jabs a Gov. Rick Perry’s rumored presidential aspirations.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 5/30/11

Aaronson and Grissom on a freshman lawmaker who didn't mind making waves, Aguilar on E-Verify's new lease on life, Galbraith on the state's plodding progress toward solar power, Hamilton on Warren Chisum's exit, Philpott on the remapping of Lloyd Doggett's district, Ramsey on a proposed change to ethics laws for Texas pols, Ramshaw on efforts by the state to take control of Medicaid and Medicare, Root on why a Perry presidential bid shouldn't be underestimated, M. Smith on the unraveling of school finance legislation and Tan and Dehn on the highs and lows of the 82nd Legislative Session: The best of our best content from May 30 to June 3, 2011.

State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, leaving the Senate chamber with colleagues Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, after a press conference on May 30, 2011.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, leaving the Senate chamber with colleagues Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, after a press conference on May 30, 2011.

In the Lege, Unfinished Business, and Then Some

Texas lawmakers are back for a special session that started the day after their 140-day regular session. That’s something like sprinting to the finish of a long race and having your coach yell, just as you break the tape, “One more lap.”

Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Students on the University of Texas at Austin campus.

A Second Chance for Campus Construction Projects?

In the early days of the 82nd regular legislative session, there was a great deal of talk about how, with the economy causing a dip in interest rates and construction costs, the time was right to invest in new campus facilities. But a bill to issue tuition revenue bonds to get projects off the ground never managed to do so itself. Could universities awaiting bonds for new facilities get another chance in the special session?