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 ...

GOP Guvs Plead the Tenth

The Republican Governors’ Association has come to Texas for its annual conference. They’re upbeat from its fresh wins in Virginia and New Jersey. And the group wants to build on those wins heading into the 2010 elections.

Math Anxiety

Will there be enough money to cover the current state budget? "Fortunately, it's too early to tell," jokes House Speaker Joe Straus. He and other state leaders are well aware of the numbers, and although they think it's not yet time to act, they're focused on the big question.

Working Overtime

Kay Bailey Hutchison used to like term limits. And then she didn't. And then she did. Not surprisingly, her rivals are quick to point out the contradiction.

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

HuTube: The Transportation Funding Quagmire

Governor Rick Perry admits the state needs more money to pay for new roads. But he doesn't agree with the Texas Senate Transportation Committee Chairman on how to pay for them.

The Brief: November 17, 2009

Two unrelated notes for this Tuesday morning: The National Weather Service says that cool — even freezing — temperatures are expected throughout the state and former Vice President Dick Cheney is in town.

Shapleigh Ever After

The longtime El Paso state senator, who said last month that he would not run for reelection, hasn’t revealed his statewide ambitions, but his public and private remarks leave little doubt that he's seriously considering a gubernatorial bid.

TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

KBH resigns herself to staying in the Senate, Grissom investigates the broken border, Ramshaw outs IT contractors who make gigabucks from state agencies, Hu gives Hutchison and Perry the Stump Interrupted treatment, the new head of the Foresenic Science Commission faces his critics, Stiles posts a searchable database of fines levied by the state ethics commission, and Hamilton discovers the consequences of party switching (none): The best of the best from November 9 to 13, 2009.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, appearing at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin.
U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, appearing at the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum in Austin.

KBH won't resign to run

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Kay Bailey Hutchison won't resign from the Senate to run for governor. Hutchison and her aides began calling other Republicans Friday afternoon to tell them to make other plans.

Campaign finance: Mark Miner

Rick Perry's campaign spokesman says the governor opposes limits on contributions and thinks the solution is transparency, so that voters know who's backing whom.

Broken Border, Part Five: Safer?

In some places, the governor's border security efforts have led to a reduction in crime — in rural counties, for instance, where there aren't many people and there wasn't much crime to begin with. But in large urban counties like El Paso and Webb, it's a different story.

Stump Interrupted: Rick Perry

Governor Rick Perry is the subject of the latest video in our Stump Interrupted series, which marries trivia bubbles with purposely newsless stump speeches. In this installment, Perry's late-October address to the Lake Travis Republican Women's Club gets, well, interrupted.

The Brief: November 10, 2009

If Williamson County DA John Bradley is sick of the spotlight, then he got appointed to the wrong commission.  Of course, many people would argue that regardless.