Rick Perry Sends Texas National Guard Troops To Border

By: Tuesday July 22, 2014 7:50 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry, now sporting glasses perhaps to overcome questions concerning low intelligence, announced he will be sending 1000 Texas National Guard soldiers to help secure Texas’ border with Mexico as part of “Operation Strong Safety.” The move comes after 50,000 children arrived at the border from Central American countries seeking asylum from the [...]

Some Texas Counties Weigh Picking Up Medicaid Expansion Themselves

By: Monday August 27, 2012 6:58 am

When the Supreme Court removed the barriers to states opting out of the Medicaid expansion of the Affordable Care Act, one of the first states to say they would reject the extension of additional coverage was Texas. This would have an outsized effect on the reach of the expansion, since moving up the eligibility of [...]

Republicans Across the Board Pressured Over Ryan Budget

By: Tuesday August 14, 2012 6:15 am

If you want to know how the choice of Paul Ryan as the Republican Vice-Presidential candidate is playing around the country, you only have to look to how his House colleagues are reacting, especially those in difficult races. “Linda McMahon will never support a budget that cuts Medicare,” said Corry Bliss, a spokesman for the [...]

Texas Gov. Perry Uses Medicaid Expansion in Budget Assumption

By: Tuesday August 7, 2012 6:17 am

Think Progress came up with an excellent catch late yesterday. They obtained a letter from Texas Governor Rick Perry’s Administration, which projects the state health care budget by assuming the expansion of Medicaid to everyone below 133% of the poverty line by 2014: Greta Rymal, Deputy Executive Commissioner for Financial Services, has projected the fiscal [...]

New England Journal of Medicine Study Shows That States Which Expand Medicaid Save Lives

By: Thursday July 26, 2012 10:16 am

Of all the tips and tricks being trotted out by partisans and health care advocates to pressure Republican governors to accept the Medicaid expansion, this may be the most useful for moral purposes: Into the maelstrom of debate over whether Medicaid should cover more people comes a new study by Harvard researchers who found that [...]

Democratic Mainstream Still Resting on Laurels as Medicaid Expansion Imperiled

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 8:15 am

Texas Governor Rick Perry’s vow to not implement the Affordable Care Act, in particular the Medicaid expansion, makes him at least the sixth state governor to refuse, joining Wisconsin, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina. Even if it were only limited to these six states, this would make 3.89 million low-income Americans ineligible for Medicaid [...]

Perry to Drop Out, Endorse Gingrich

By: Thursday January 19, 2012 7:35 am

Rick Perry must have flipped through the schedule, saw another debate on the agenda for tonight, and just said “I can’t deal with talking in public again, let’s end this!” And so closes one of the most disastrous Presidential runs in modern history, up there with Phil Gramm, Rudy Giuliani and John Connally. Texas Gov. [...]

Looks Like Bachmann, Perry Out After Iowa

By: Wednesday January 4, 2012 6:55 am

I mostly agree with Jon Walker’s take on the Iowa caucus results, and the eight-vote victory for Mitt Romney. It’s not clear Rick Santorum, to this point completely un-vetted by conservative or traditional media, will have the staying power or the resources to hang with Romney. I thought of half a dozen things off the [...]

Will the Iowa Caucuses Get Determined By a Flawed Poll?

By: Monday January 2, 2012 11:12 am

Tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses are the big political story of the day, and try as I might to ignore them, it’s difficult. The latest polls show a three-way race between Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum. In political terms that’s great news for Romney, because the other two candidates in Iowa don’t have the funding [...]

It’s Official: All Republicans Must Support a Flat Tax to Be Supported

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 1:45 pm

This move toward flat taxes as a GOP litmus test is happening faster than I thought. The Republican field saw Herman Cain shoot to the top with his 9-9-9 business, and they’re rushing to copy him. Rick Perry introduced his flat tax plan today. Newt Gingrich, weather vane that he is, expressed support: Newt Gingrich [...]

Perry Scraps Tax Code By Keeping Around the Tax Code

By: Tuesday October 25, 2011 7:32 am

The tax code is riddled with loopholes, all of which we’re going to keep, in case people opt for the old system. It’s unsustainable, and here to stay. It’s too long, so we’re going to add pages to it with this flat tax option.

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