Tribpedia: Griffin Perry

Griffin Perry is the son of Texas Gov. Rick Perry and a sometimes volunteer for his father's gubernatorial and presidential bids. The younger Perry worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank in Dallas until leaving to join his father on the presidential trail. Griffin's small-government parents blamed Federal Election Commission rules for the fact that he had to ...

Paul Burka, executive editor at Texas Monthly.
Paul Burka, executive editor at Texas Monthly.

BurkaBlocked

Why the dean of Texas political writers won't be asking questions when the GOP gubernatorial candidates debate next month.

The Brief: December 21, 2009

Just like Santa needs Rudolph et al. to get him through Christmas, Democrat Farouk Shami needs a good team to carry him to the March gubernatorial primary.

U.S. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison with a supporter after filing for Texas governor on Dec. 7, 2009
U.S. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison with a supporter after filing for Texas governor on Dec. 7, 2009

The Polling Center: KBH in the (Tumble) Weeds in Lubbock County

Not many local polls have been made public, but this one confirms the rumor mill: One, Rick Perry’s lead in conservative areas of the state is a few points above what the UT/Trib poll found statewide. And, two, the impression that, as of now, the Kay Bailey Hutchison campaign is floundering if it's really trying to peel conservative voters away from Perry in significant numbers.

A still image from Debra Medina's fall TV spot
A still image from Debra Medina's fall TV spot

Ads Infinitum: Topic of Debate

Say what you will about Republican gubernatorial candidate Debra Medina — she delivers (on commercials, at least).

It's Still the Economy, Stupid

Sales taxes are down and the recession in Texas hasn't bottomed, so financial concerns will almost certainly factor into the governor's race. Ben Philpott, covering that contest for KUT News and the Tribune, takes a look.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Stiles and Babalola's long-awaited red-light camera data app. Grissom's two-parter on a powerful Texan's quest to change the DPS report on the crash that killed his son. Ramshaw's two-parter on transitional medicine. Thevenot on the charter school queue. And a ton of political news: KBH filed (but our TribCasters wondered about her path to the GOP nod); Debra Medina filed (and Hamilton tried to sort out what effect she'll have on the race); Farouk Shami defiantly remained in the Democratic primary (but Hu couldn't find evidence that he'd voted very often, let alone like a Democrat); and Rick Perry sent personalized messages to every Tom, Dick, and fill-in-the-blank. The best of our best from December 7 to 11, 2009

Screengrab of Perry's staffer heading to block a KBH videographer from the sidewalk.
Screengrab of Perry's staffer heading to block a KBH videographer from the sidewalk.

HuTube: Shot Blocker

Gotta hand it to these young Republicans for not letting a bitter battle between their bosses get in the way of polite pleasantries on the street.

The Medina Effect

Debra Medina may yet have a role to play in the race for governor. Analysts say her potential effect ranges from negligible to potential spoiler.

U.S. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison with a supporter after filing for Texas governor on Dec. 7, 2009
U.S. Sen Kay Bailey Hutchison with a supporter after filing for Texas governor on Dec. 7, 2009

2010: The Pre-Debate

Kay Bailey Hutchison wants Debra Medina included in gubernatorial debates.

Caven's Quest, Part Two

In 2008, the file at DPS headquarters in Austin still said Scotty Caven III caused the August 2004 car crash that killed him and two others. Officials there had declined to reopen and investigate the case. But his father, UT System regent Scott Caven Jr., wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Governor Rick Perry's campaign using an innovative way to reach out to voters: a modern-day personal touch.

Rick Perry Gets Personal

The governor's campaign married politics with personalized marketing this fall when it sent out thousands of customized videos to supporters. Should politicians be sold this way?

Audio: Cap and Tirade

Rick Perry attacked the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision yesterday to declare carbon dioxide a public danger, arguing that the ruling lacks scientific evidence. The EPA's move could propel the cost of carbon reduction onto the list of issues in play in the governor’s race.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. Rick Perry.

HuTube: Dueling '12 Days' Vids

The warm spirit of the holidays is not deterring the Rick and Kay campaigns from their latest bitter back-and-forth: competing "12 Days of Christmas" riffs.