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Gov. Perry announces he will not be seeking another term

Texas Governor Rick Perry

Newscast Media SAN ANTONIO—Governor Rick Perry announced today that he would
not be seeking another term as governor, and will be focusing on completing the next
18 months of the governorship.

“The time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership, I’m announcing I will not
seek reelection as governor of Texas,” Perry announced to an audience in San Antonio
on July 8.

“After January of 2015, new chapters will be written. New leaders will write them, but
the focus must remain on the greatest state in the nation and opportunity for her
people,” Perry added.

When asked about whether he plans to make a bid for the White House in 2016, Perry
said, “Any future considerations I will announce in due time, and I will arrive at that
decision appropriately.”

Perry has never lost an election in his almost three decades as a politician in Texas.


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Gov. Perry to make big announcement on July 8 about his political future

Governor Rick Perry (center) hanging out with supporters —Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media SAN ANTONIO—Texas Governor Rick Perry will be making a big
announcement on Monday July 8, in San Antonio regarding the future of his political
career. In an email to “friends” Perry invited them to San Antonio concerning the
governor’s “future exciting plans.”

Gov. Perry is the longest-serving governor in U.S. history, who became governor in
2000 after George W. Bush resigned from office to run for the presidency.

Some speculate Perry might run for office again in Texas, while others believe he may
not run for governor but choose to run for president in 2016.

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has been playing an active role in Texas politics
so there might be an indication that either he or Texas attorney general Greg Abbott
might run for governor should Perry choose not to run again.

All statewide offices in Texas are currently controlled by Republicans, and in the
current controversial special session that will make abortion illegal after 20 weeks of
pregnancy, the Republicans expect to regain the upper hand and pass the bill into

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Gov. Perry to GOP: Be humble and courageous like Jesus

Texas Governor Rick Perry answering questions posed by Texans —Photo by Joseph Earnest

by Napp Nazworth

Newscast Media AUSTIN—To convince others of your ideas, Texas Governor Rick Perry told fellow conservatives on Saturday, one must be both humble and courageous.

“I’ve learned a little bit about humility, particularly on national television,” Perry said to laughter from the audience at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority 2013″ conference.

When Perry ran for president in the last election he was leading by some polls when several stumbles in national debates took him out of the race.

“But the fact is that God hasn’t called the perfect to go into the arena of public service,” Perry continued. “He’s called people just like you and just like me.”

Perry spoke about his own Christian faith and how God taught him to abandon his own selfish pride.

“Nothing less than the example of our savior inspires me as I speak to you today,” Perry said. He then read Philippians 2:5-8, in which Paul says that Christ set an example for his followers by humbling himself and became “obedient unto death, even death upon a cross.”

Perry also spoke about the example of Jesus’ disciple Peter, whom he called his favorite disciple. He described Peter as one “whose mouth sometimes ran faster than his brain.”

“Let me tell you, I can relate to Peter,” Perry joked. While Peter learned to be humble, Perry explained, that did not stop him from speaking forcefully. He learned to be courageous as well.

“Be a man or woman of humility, but be courageous, you stand by your principles,” Perry advised.

Perry described some of the things he accomplished as governor of Texas by standing by his principles. He mentioned removing state funding for Planned Parenthood, a parental consent law for minors to be able to have an abortion, and a law that allows schoolchildren to wish each other a “merry Christmas or happy Hanukah, or whatever that might be.”

Perry also advised his audience to be “happy warriors,” and used the example of Ronald Reagan.

“I fear with [Reagan's] passing,” Perry said, “we forgot that conversations should come with a smile. Love and joy ought to be our code. Our conviction and our passion should lead to compassion, not contempt or anger or fear mongering.”


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Texas Governor Rick Perry to sign Merry Christmas Bill

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry dancing the night away—Photo by Joseph Earnest

by Tyler O’Neil

Newscast Media AUSTIN—Texas’ “Merry Christmas Bill,” which is intended to defend free speech on the issue of “traditional holidays,” reached Governor Rick Perry’s desk on Wednesday, and he is expected to sign it despite critics saying that the bill violates the separation between church and state.

Russell Glasser, co-host of the Austin public-access TV show “The Atheist Experience,” in an interview with, contends the bill is an offensive tactic by Christians. “They use this as an excuse all the time to pass laws that basically codify Christianity and make sure that everybody hears about it as often as possible,” he said.

“It’s not about freedom of expression,” he argued, “because kids can go around and wish each other ‘Merry Christmas’ all they want.” Instead, this issue centers on “the separation of church and state,” he asserts.

But State Representative Dwayne Bohac of Houston (R, 138), the bill’s original sponsor, told The Christian Post regarding Glassner’s statement, “I think that’s a very stilted overreaction.”

“The bill received the full support of every Democrat and every Republican in the Senate,” and a very large majority in the house.

“It’s freedom of speech,” he explained, “and it’s a religious liberty issue as well.”

The “Merry Christmas Bill,” complete with its own website,, passed the Texas State House of Representatives on May 8 and the State Senate last Friday. The bill is intended “to protect school districts from frivolous lawsuits and teachers and administrators from punishment for calling a Christmas tree a Christmas tree,” Bohac explained.

“This politically correct culture is absurd and it’s absurd that we need this bill.” Nevertheless, he admitted that “it is much needed in order to bring common sense.”

Dave Muscato, public relations director at American Atheists, defined what his group believes are acceptable and unacceptable expressions of religion. “If the school is officially promoting it, that’s unacceptable,” he told CP. “If a student or teacher wants to promote it privately there’s no problem.”

Nevertheless, Muscato feared that the passage of this bill would be seen as a public victory for religion over what he calls equality. “In practice this will probably play out as Christian administrators putting up Christmas trees and nativity scenes at taxpayer expense in public schools with the result of pressuring children into viewing Christianity as an officially sponsored and endorsed practice,” he said.

Seeing no “legitimate secular purpose for this” bill, he opposed it because it might imply “government endorsement and unnecessarily entangles government and religion.”

Despite the atheists’ concerns, Rep. Bohac defended the “Merry Christmas Bill,” saying “it’s permissive – it doesn’t mandate anything.”

Texas Governor Rick Perry told The Christian Post through his spokesperson Josh Havens, “Texas children should not be shielded from religious expression, nor be exposed solely to secularism in our schools.”

“This is a bill that affirms the constitutional notion of freedom of religion – not freedom from religion – and I am happy to support this bill with my signature”.


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Gov. Rick Perry proposes returning excess funds to taxpayers

Texas Governor Rick Perry —Photo by Joseph Earnest

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Governor Rick Perry gave his seventh State of the State address to the 83rd Legislature, in which he talked about developing a mechanism that allows the state to return unused funds to Texas taxpayers. The Texas rainy day fund has about $8.2 billion that has not been tapped. This emergency fund will soon have $12 billion.

“We’ve never bought into the notion that if you collect more, you need to spend more. Today, I’m calling for a mechanism to be put in place so when we do bring in more than we need, we’ll have the option of returning tax money directly to the people who paid it. Currently, that’s not something our constitution allows. We need to fix that,” Perry said.

“While Washington, D.C., can sometimes seem entirely non-responsive and is increasing the tax burden on Americans, and other states are scrambling to grab every tax dollar they can, I’m proud that in Texas, we’re talking about the best way to give money back,” Perry added.

Below is the video of Gov. Perry’s address:


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Texas Governor Rick Perry on why Obamacare will fail

Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas—Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi had an assignment to accomplish in the first four years, which was to thrust Obamacare upon Americans. To accomplish the assignment, she did, but many states have no plans of implementing it, since most are run by Republican governors—the most vocal critic of Obamacare being Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The governor has already made it clear that Texas will not participate in the health care law, and in a defiant letter to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, sent three weeks ago, Perry pretty much, euphemistically, told Sebelius where to shove Obamacare.

Perry ended the brief letter by saying: “Our state will not be party to helping facilitate the Taxation of millions of Texans, at an unknown cost, to implement bad public policy.” Click here to read or download Rick Perry’s letter.

Remember, the key to facilitating a log with private information of all Americans is through a centralized database. The insurance companies that wrote Obamacare, suggested a health care database. That is Obama’s assignment for his second term by the globalists who financed his campaign.

The ultimate end game is to usher in a system containing everyone’s private information, that can be stored on a card containing a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip.

In his USA Today article, Stephen T. Parente is a finance professor at the University of Minnesota writes: “Similar information is collected when you apply for a mortgage. But when the constantly updated information is combined in a central data hub, the potential for abuse is staggering. For one thing, the hub will have all the details needed to steal identities and fraudulently access credit.”

In his most recent interview with Forbes, Gov. Perry said about Obamacare, “Well, I’m not sure Obamacare is going to be successful. And one of the reasons I’m not sure it’s going to be successful is because the exchanges are not going to work. And the exchanges are not going to work because states are wise enough not to go into a relationship when you don’t know what the rules are…so on its face, Obamacare may fail because they don’t have the expertise nor the money.”

As a hint that a second presidential bid in 2016 has not been ruled out, Rick Perry concluded the interview by saying, “So I think that the message in 2016 is going to be, “Look at what people who truly have the responsibility for delivering services, whether it’s education or transportation infrastructure, or power, or health care. Who are the people that are really doing it? And who are the people that are being successful?” And the message in 2016 is going to be, “It’s Republican governors that are truly making America work better, health care being in one of those areas.”


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Texas Governor Rick Perry – The Little Engine That Could

Gov. Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — As many speculated what Rick Perry’s next move would be when he said he was going back to Texas to reassess his campaign, within less than 24 hours of that statement, he made it clear that he is in it for the long run and is not going anywhere. Even media practitioners who had written Perry off have been taken by surprise that he plans to stay in the race. Remember, he was the one who filed the lawsuit in Virginia to have his name included on the ballot.

What many may not know is that on July 1, 2011, Perry had back surgery that’s why he appeared fatigued in the initial debates. Standing for two hours during a debate after back surgery is no easy undertaking. It therefore makes sense that Perry is now taking a much needed break in time for the remaining primaries.

Rick Santorum had a very good performance at the Iowa caucuses, mainly because he hasn’t been under scrutiny by the media since he was running in last place. Now that he has gained visibility by finishing in second place in Iowa, the same kind of scrutiny that all the other candidates have faced will be channeled to Santorum.

Michele Bachmann announced that she was dropping out of the race after all, perhaps due to the low polling numbers she received on Tuesday night in Iowa.

“Last night, the people of Iowa spoke with a very clear voice, and so I have decided to stand aside,” she said, as she announced the suspension of her campaign.

Gingrich is focusing his attacks on Mitt Romney because the former Massachusetts governor spent millions in attack ads, that derailed Gingrich’s campaign. The media had artificially inflated Gingrich’s numbers, yet he finished fourth in Iowa, because the ad campaign launched against him by his opponents was something that not even the media could not manipulate.

With Bachmann out of the race, there is now more room for Perry and Santorum to pick up votes in South Carolina. The next round of voting takes place next Tuesday in New Hampshire on January 10, 2011.


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Perry Challenges Virginia State Board of Elections In Federal Court

Gov. Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, Texas — In a move to prove he is in it for the long run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry sued the Virginia State Board of Elections in federal court for eliminating his name from the ballot, due to insufficient signatures from registered voters. The suit challenges the constitutional validity of the Virginia statute which appears to infringe upon voters’ rights to participate in an election, and candidates’ rights to stand for election.

The case will likely go all the way to the Supreme Court if it is not resolved in the lower courts. As a sign that Perry is ready to take this to the nation’s highest court, using case law supporting his argument that the Constitution’s First amendment was being violated, Perry cited Buckley v American Constitutional Law Foundation in which the Supreme Court held that a Colorado law requiring all petition circulators to be registered Colorado voters, violated the Constitution’s First Amendment.

Remember, the purpose of the US Constitution is to prevent government from violating your rights. Perry lives outside the “Matrix” and knows that he has an inherent right, to speak freely and associate without hindrance. He also knows that he need not seek those rights from the government, because the US Constitution protects those God-given rights. This is something most Americans (who live in the “Matrix”) do not understand. They falsely believe they get their rights from a document, that’s why it is not unusual to hear someone say: “So and so violated my constitutional rights.” Lawyers and judges get a kick out of such statements.

If you look at paragraph three of the lawsuit, Perry makes it very clear that these are his rights, and the purpose of the Constitution is to protect them. He writes:

“3. Virginia’s requirement petition circulators to be either eligible or registered qualified voters violates Plaintiff’s freedom of speech and association protected by the First and Fourth Amendments of the United States Constitution.”

Notice he did not say freedom of speech and association provided by the US Constitution, he said freedom of speech and association “protected” by the US Constitution. Perry knows he does not need the government to give him what already belongs to him. It would be like going into your kitchen when you are hungry, then asking your neighbor for permission if you can eat food from your own fridge, yet the food is already yours. Of course your neighbor will be tickled by such a request, since you already have the right to access what’s yours.

Perry’s emphasis is that those rights he was born with are protected by the US Constitution, which prevents government from infringing upon them. People who live outside the Matrix see things that ordinary people ignore or laugh at, yet it makes a difference to speak a certain kind of language that only those outside the Matrix understand. You may read or download the entire lawsuit here.

Related articles:

Part I -The Matrix and how it functions in society

Part II -The Matrix and what you need to know


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Rick Perry needs surrogates to help him close the deal in 10 weeks

Cain, Romney and Perry

Newscast Media, AUSTIN, Texas — As the candidates undertake the last quarter of the year, former front-runner Rick Perry has slipped to third place while Mitt Romney and Herman Cain are leading the GOP field. Cain came from obscurity and continues to grow his support, while Mitt Romney is relatively stable and has not slipped or risen considerably in the polls. What some analysts wonder is why Rick Perry isn’t recovering in the polls.

The Washington Times wrote this article attributing Perry’s falling numbers to not using surrogates.

The analysis is accurate, and if Perry wants to turn this around he has October, November and December to do so, and he is going to not only start thinking outside the box, but to also tear it up. If Perry cannot turn this around by Christmas, Mitt Romney will waltz his way into the nomination. The article asks why Perry hasn’t put Bobby Jindal to use the way Mitt Romney has Chris Christie.

One may also ask, “Where is Haley Barbour, Sarah Palin and all the college students? Where are the soccer moms and the factory workers?” Perry needs these surrogates in order to succeed. Bachmann will end up endorsing Romney and might go as far as telling her supporters to vote for the former Massachusetts governor, just like Mike Huckabee told his supporters to vote for McCain and was able to keep Romney from getting the nomination.

Perry and his staff have to realize they cannot win this on their own, and only have a short window to flip the script. Mitt Romney doesn’t really have to worry about surrogates because Romney’s surrogates are members of the media as I first reported on December 6, 2010 last year, and is evident in the video below:

Herman Cain, at some point will trip himself because he is already making some serious gaffes and is having to take his words back. Romney remains the warm steady glow rather than the wild fire that dies out quickly. Without deep pockets like Romney, Cain will have problems raising money to match Romney. Cain is currently on a book tour and is not campaigning or fundraising, which is a symbol of either false hope or overconfidence. The Obama camp anticipates a Romney nomination and is preparing ammunition to use against him

Yet one would ask how Perry could put someone like Sarah Palin to use if she hasn’t endorsed him. Gingrich has recently confessed that he could use a Palin endorsement to boost his campaign. Gingrich is aggressively trying to reach her, but is still unable to do so. Perry cannot just sit and wait for the endorsements to come his way, he has to be proactive in getting these endorsements just like Romney actively sought Christie’s endorsement and succeeded in getting it.

The only problem with Sarah Palin is that she might string the candidates along just like she did her supporters knowing from the very beginning she wasn’t going to run. Palin has a job in showbiz and may want to play it safe by not endorsing anyone, in order to keep a sense of neutrality, yet that even makes her more irrelevant as a politician. Any candidate who wins the GOP nomination will not need her endorsement to make it to the finish line because all polls show that Romney/Cain/Perry can beat Obama in the general. Now would be the time for Palin to be effective, while the candidates are on their last stretch.

When Donald Trump was in the race, everyone was quick to put his or her stamp of approval on him, yet it was obvious he was planted by Obama to extinguish the issue of the birth certificate and put it to rest. After he played his role, he announced he wouldn’t run. Right now every GOP candidate has to kiss Trump’s ring and seek his blessing, even though Trump has absolutely no grassroots organization or ground game to put him in the position of kingmaker. But hey, if the candidates are giving him all that attention, why not bask in it?

Should Romney win the nomination, I suspect he may choose a southerner like Cain to help him capture the South. If Perry were to win, he would probably choose Newt Gingrich who has experience, as his running-mate. My best bet is that if Cain were to win he would choose Romney. Because Perry disagrees Romney’s healthcare plan and Romney disagrees with Perry’s in-state tuition for illegals, it is hard to envision one choosing the other as a running-mate.

Perry only has 10 weeks to turn this around, so if I’m him, knowing what I’m up against, I’d be calling in surrogates like Palin, Jindal, mobilizing Tea Party members and other less known political and community figures to help re-energize the campaign, in order to recover from the recent setbacks.


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After GOP presidential debate will Perry keep his staying power?

Republican presidential candidates - 2012

******************************* UPDATE*****************************

Debate speaking turns: Perry-18, Romney-11, Bachmann-10, Huntsman-8, Paul-8, Santorum-6, Cain-6, Gingrich-6.

After the GOP debate, it is obvious the Republicans are determined to fight as a single impenetrable unit to defeat Obama. The best part of the debate was when Newt Gingrich called out John Harris of Politico and the media for trying to cause Republicans to fight each other. Gingrich stopped short of calling media practitioners “disinformation agents.”

Brian Williams then attempted to play the race card about Whites having more money than Blacks, but Perry put him back in check and reminded him that regardless of race, it is important to create jobs and let people use the money they earn, the way they want.

There is an old Chinese saying that goes: “Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for life.”

Overall, the debate was dominated by Perry and Romney who were given more airtime than any of the other candidates. The media’s dislike for Ron Paul was obvious, who was at one time cut off but insisted he finish just like everybody else. Still trying to figure out Cain’s 999 plan.


Newscast Media HOUSTON, Texas — As each Republican presidential candidate attempts to convince voters that he or she should be nominated and eventually elected president, all eyes will be on Texas Gov. Rick Perry who only recently joined the race and is the current frontrunner. Perry has survived the barrage of attacks from conservative detractors and disinformation agents, yet at the presidential debate, he faces seven candidates who will attempt to poke holes into his plans for America.

Leading the pack is America’s CEO, Mitt Romney, as he likes to refer to himself. Romney is very strong in New Hampshire, while Perry is solid in South Carolina. Perry argues he has a 10-year track record of being number one in facilitating job creation in his state, while Romney argues his track record of creating jobs in the corporate world by building businesses, spans over two decades.

Romney has explained that he will lower the current corporate tax cuts from 35 percent to 25 percent, and will eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains for people making less than $200,000 a year. As he continues to unveil his plan across America, Romney believes that his overall plan would lead to 4 percent annual growth in the U.S. economy, and create over 10 million new jobs during his first term, if elected president.

Rick Perry’s argument is simple. Perry argues he has helped build the nation’s strongest economy, and since 2009, more than 40 percent of all net new jobs in America have been created in Texas. His mantra is: “Don’t spend all the money. Keep taxes low and regulations fair. Finally, invest aggressively in job creation.”

Participating in the September 7, 2011 debate at the Reagan Library will be: Rick Perry, Ron Paul, Jon Huntsman, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain.


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Republican Leadership Conference kicks off in New Orleans June 16th-18th, 2011

(L-R: George P. Bush, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum)

Newscast Media — Republicans will begin their road to the White House in New Orleans at the Republican Leadership Conference between June 16-18 2011. Among the confirmed speakers are: Mike Huckabee, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, George P. Bush and many others. This is certainly be a perfect platform for George P. Bush since it already seems that he has a high affinity for politics.

Bush, a Texas attorney, real estate developer and U.S. Naval Reserves officer, is the son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush and grandson of former President George H.W. Bush. He has previously campaigned for Republican candidates across America and has addressed Republican National Conventions beginning in 1988.

Mike Huckabee recently announced that he wouldn’t be running in the 2012 race but he still plays a vital role in the GOP. Ron Paul, the Tea Party Godfather, is another heavyweight who has always challenged the Washington establishment and is certain to cause a stir once again in his 2012 run for the presidency.

Bachmann and Santorium have been visible in the media, but it remains to be seen if they stand a chance against Mitt Romney or Sarah Palin should they decide to run. Below is the itenerary of the event:

Thursday, June 16

1:00 pm: Registration Opens
1:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Opens
3:00 pm: Special Session with Major Speakers (Tenative; check back for details)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: VIP Reception (VIP Registrants only)
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Opening Session (Major Speakers)
8:30 pm: Registration Ends
8:30 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes

Friday, June 17

8:30 am: Registration Opens
8:30 am: Exhibit Hall Opens
10:00 am – 11:30 am: New Orleans Jazz Brunch
Noon – 4:00 pm: General Session (Major Speakers)
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Grand Old Party (VIP Registrants only)
7:00 pm: Registration Ends
7:00 pm: Exhibit Hall Closes
Dinner On Your Own

Saturday, June 18

9:00 am: Registration Opens
9:00 am: Exhibit Hall Opens
10:00 am – 11:30 am: Morning in America Brunch Celebration
11:30 am – Noon: VIP Reception (VIP Registrants only)
Noon – 4:00 pm: General Session (Major Speakers)
1:00 pm: Registration Concludes
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm: Ronald Reagan Centennial Gala


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Gov. Rick Perry inauguration set for Jan. 18, 2011

Gov. Rick Perry

Newscast Media AUSTIN, TX — After winning his third term for office, Gov. Rick Perry will be sworn in together with Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, in Austin, Texas on January 18, 2011 on the South Steps of the State Capitol.

Generous donations that have poured in will allow attendees to enjoy a FREE Texas sized BBQ that will feature live music and entertainment, right after the swearing in ceremony. The Inaugural Evening Celebration which is an invitation-only event, will then take place at the Palmer Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Perry started his campaign in a three-way race that included Kay Bailey Hutchinson (KBH), Debra Medina, and the governor. At the early stages of the primaries, KBH was ahead in the polls, followed by Rick Perry, with Debra Medina trailing. However, the first debate, Medina appealed to the Tea Party movement and started gaining traction in the polls.

Perry realized had a serious problem. He had to find a way to contain both candidates, at the same time he also had to be sensitive with the way he attacked them that way he wouldn’t come across as sexist or offensive to women voters. To neutralize KBH, Perry tied her to big government in Washington, and argued that Texas had the strongest economy in the entire country so we don’t want “Washington insiders” meddling with what’s already working. Perry didn’t have to mention KBH’s name, the voters got it.

As for Medina, Perry would brandish the most potent voice in the Tea Party movement — Sarah Palin.

After the Palin appearance, and being able to tie KBH to Washington, Perry would maintain his lead ahead of his competitors with only one message: If it aint broke, don’t fix it. The strength of the economy and the number of businesses moving into Texas afforded Perry those bragging rights.

As for the general, Perry would go head-to-head with Bill White. Remember, Perry is a very astute politician, he has a way of attacking his adversaries without making it seem like he is attacking them. He also doesn’t forget and often uses his opponent’s words against them, which renders them defenseless.

When Obama first ascended to the presidency, Bill White took out a billboard sized ad that said, “The Dream The Hope The Change.”

The ad that sank Bill White

The ad angered the black community because they felt Bill White was equating himself to Martin Luther King a civil rights activist, which they perceived as being presumptuous and opportunistic of White, since he has no record of being active in the civil rights movement.

The ad is something that would haunt Bill White for the rest of the campaign to a point where he refused to meet Obama on August 9, 2010 when he traveled to Texas. Knowing that Obama is unpopular in Texas, White distanced himself from the man he once associated himself with by saying, “I don’t use national figures as surrogates for me. I tend to campaign for myself.”

Perry saw an opening and just as he succeeded in tying KBH to Washington, Perry tied White to Obama and everything he stands for. There was absolutely no way White could get away from this, no matter how hard he tried. The image of the ad spoke for itself. The ad had been published in a black newspaper and Perry had cleverly clipped it, knowing he might need it someday. When the time was right, all Perry had to do was throw the ad back at Bill White and ask, “How do you like it now?”

White didn’t like it and was thrown off-balance — he literally spent almost his entire campaign trying to convince voters that he was not Barack Obama. To this very day, Bill White cannot understand how the longest serving governor in Texas was able to convince Texans that Bill White was the insider, and Perry was the outsider, yet White was only mayor. Bill White is also still baffled as to how Rick Perry was successful in convincing Texans that Bill White was Barack Obama despite Bill White being melanin-challenged. Perhaps the most troubling aspect of it all for White is that Texans actually believed that Bill White was Barack Obama and ended up dismissing him, voting 55 percent for Perry while 42 percent for White.

The biggest slap in the face for Bill White was when Perry refused to debate him. Rick Perry demanded that White release all his tax returns before any debate could occur. When White released only part of the returns, Perry said the debate would not happen unless White released everything. White then traveled throughout the state telling Texans that Rick Perry had denied them a debate on the issues that really mattered to them.

When word got to Perry that White was accusing him before Texans that Perry had denied them a debate, Perry applied the art of persuasion in convincing Texans that it was actually Bill White who had denied them a debate. Perry reasoned saying, if Bill White wanted a debate he would have released the returns, but the reason White was sitting on the returns was because he didn’t want the debate to happen. Perry wrote an open letter to Texans on April 3, 2010 saying, “For 54 days liberal trial lawyer Bill White has insulted Texans by refusing to release his income tax returns, making it impossible to know how he has profited from shady dealings during his years in public service. Now he is willing to deny Texans the opportunity to watch their candidates for governor debate one another by continuing to hide the truth about his personal finances. Bill White’s tax returns contain the truth about his career of shady business dealings, and if he has nothing to hide, he would match Gov. Perry’s standard of transparency and release his taxes, which Gov. Perry has done going back more than 20 years.”

Voters believed Rick Perry and on November 2, they handed him the victory.

Bill White’s numbers never changed from the beginning of the race because Perry forced White to spend his time during the entire campaign defending himself, while Perry spent his time focused on articulating his simple message which was: Create jobs; lower taxes; fight big government.




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Latest Rasmussen poll shows Gov. Rick Perry with solid lead

Gov. Rick Perry

Newscast Media — He has never lost an election. He has successfully painted his opponents as Washington insiders and used his power of persuasion to brand himself as a political outsider. His name is Gov. Rick Perry, and according to Rasmussen’s latest poll, he continues to maintain a solid lead. Perry polled beyond the 50 percent mark just two weeks ago, when he lead former Houston mayor by double digits polling in at 53 percent to White’s 42 percent.

Now only less than a week from November 2, Perry’s numbers are still solid with 51 percent of the vote, while White attracts 43 percent.

Perry however, is not taking any chances and continues to campaign vigorously. This Thursday the governor will be holding The Tenth Amendment Town Hall hosted by the Texas Conservative Coalition and Empower Texans. It will be a forum to explore solutions both to restoring the constitutional rights of the State of Texas and its people, and to rolling back the growing power and influence of the federal government.

The Town Hall will feature stirring keynote addresses from Judge Andrew Napolitano (author, Fox News contributor, and host of FREEDOMWATCH), Governor Rick Perry, and Attorney General Greg Abbott. Other participants will include conservative state legislators.

For some strange reason, Bill White seldom publicizes his appearances so it is difficult for his supporters to keep track of events held by the former mayor. One would think that since White lacks name recognition, he would bring awareness to the general public his events, but he seems to be satisfied with the way his
campaign is running.

Perry, who is seeking an unprecedented third full-term as governor, has led the race in each of 10 previous surveys dating back to early February. In all the polling, Perry’s support has stayed near the 50 percent mark, ranging from a low of 47 percent to a high of 53 percent. White’s support has been between 38 percent and 44 percent of the vote.

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Rick Perry and Bill White in a battle for Austin

Newscast Media — Governor Rick Perry and former mayor of Houston now face their final stretch in the race for the Texas governorship. Perry, who has never lost an election, is currently ahead in the polls. A new Rasmussen Poll showed Perry leading White, 50 percent to 41 percent. The new poll numbers are more favorable for Perry than a Public Policy Polling survey last month that showed White and Perry tied with 43 percent each.

Bill White, is facing the greatest challenge of his political career since Texans traditionally tend to vote for Republican governors. As a Democrat, since White lacks name recognition, he has to convince Texans that he is a different kind of Democrat willing to embrace bipartisanship, and not play party politics. People have to first know who he is before they decide to switch to a different administration, so as far as name recognition is concerned, Rick Perry has the odds in his favor.

Perry has successfully been able to tie White to Obama policies and says if White were elected, he’d implement Obama policies in an effort to please his fellow Democrats, and those same policies have put America in the position it finds itself in today. Perry’s argument is that since Texas is already thriving, there is no need for radical change in leadership, which might only do more harm than good to the Lonestar state.

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Green Party on ballot for now, Texas Supreme Court rules

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that the Green party can put its candidates on the Statewide ballots for the November election while it evaluates claims from Democratic opponents that the Green Party received dubious donations.

Friday was the deadline for the party to file for its candidates, Deb Shafto (governor), Herb Gonzales, Jr. (lieutenant governor), Ed Lindsay (comptroller) and Art Browning (railroad commission) with the secretary of state, to whom the Green Party already submitted 92,000 signatures.

Democrats argue that an outside group based in Missouri made donations of $532,000 that enabled the Green Party to gather as many signatures as they did. The other two candidates running for office are Rick Perry, who has been igovernor since 2000 and former Houston mayor Bill White.

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Bill White questions Rick Perry’s leadership as governor

Newscast Media — Former Houston mayor Bill White is questioning Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership as they both battle for Austin. White said, “I am more concerned about the well-being of Texas,” and accused the governor of focusing more on the next election. Bill White has been criticized for profiting from hurricane Rita construction contracts.

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