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January 19, 2012 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who parachuted into the 2012 Republican presidential contest on a surge of upbeat expectations, is expected to exit the contest Thursday, two days before a South Carolina primary in which he was trailing far behind the leaders. Perry will hold a press conference in North Charleston at 11 a.m. ET, when he'll suspend his candidacy. Perry almost quit the race after a weak fifth-place finish in Iowa's leadoff caucuses.  But urged on by his wife and supporters, he decided to press ahead, skipping the New Hampshire primary and putting all of his emphasis on South Carolina.
March 15, 2014
Here's a response to Rick Perry for his latest attempt to woo California businesses to Texas that the Lone Star State governor might understand: Bring it on. Perry, whose state just poached L.A.-based Occidental Petroleum Corp., plans another swing through Southern California next week backed by an ad blitz touting Texas' business-friendly climate against California's supposedly commerce-hostile environment, according to a Times article on Thursday....
August 26, 2011 | By Matea Gold
As we reported this morning , Rick Perry's ability to raise money from Wall Street for his presidential bid could be hampered because of new Securities and Exchange Commission rules that limit donations from financial services employees to sitting governors. So where is Perry turning to for cash? California, not surprisingly, is a major target. The Texas governor plans a busy swing through the state on Sept. 8 and 9, packing in six fundraising functions from San Diego to East Palo Alto, according to an invitation being distributed to donors.
March 13, 2014 | By Shan Li
Rick Perry is coming back to town. The Texas governor will be in Los Angeles next week to try to persuade local corporations to relocate to the Lone Star State. This is his third swing through the Southland since last year, and Texas this time around comes armed with a $300,000 advertising blitz. He returns with a big victory under his belt: Occidental Petroleum Corp. The Los Angeles oil giant, whose roots in the region go back nearly a century, announced last month it is relocating to Houston.
February 12, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
Not every Texan is cheering on Rick Perry as he travels to California in hopes of bringing tax-weary businesses back to his home state. The Lone Star Project, a Democratic organization, aired its own radio advertisement in Sacramento on Tuesday calling the Texan governor's trip a publicity stunt. "Hello, California, this is Texas," drawled a narrator. "Well, it looks like Rick Perry got out again. " The advertisement praises Texas but criticizes Perry, whose image took a hit following a gaffe-filled presidential campaign.
October 28, 2012 | By Dan Turner
Gov. Rick Perry is the kind of politician many Texans seem to like: straight-talking, rigidly Christian, a bedrock conservative. His Lone Star State popularity apparently deluded him into believing he'd have a shot at national glory, yet when the rest of the country got a close look at him during his run for the GOP presidential nomination, it became clear that all wasn't quite right with the leather-faced former cotton farmer. It wasn't just his frequent gaffes and memory lapses; it was that at key times he didn't seem quite all there mentally, such as during a debate in Orlando, Fla., when his speech was so slurred that pundits questioned whether he had suffered a stroke or had been drinking beforehand.
January 20, 2012
Texas Gov. Rick Perry is frequently compared to George W. Bush, a fellow Republican Texas governor who went on to serve two undistinguished terms as president of the United States. But that's a grave insult to Bush. Perry, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race Thursday, is far more divisive, inarticulate, insular and insensitive than Bush ever was, which is why his departure from the national political scene is good news for everybody but late-night comedians. But it's better for one man than anybody else: Newt Gingrich.
August 14, 2011 | By Seema Mehta
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, in his first visit to Iowa since announcing his presidential bid, said on Sunday that he felt compelled to run because no one in the Republican field had caught fire with the public. “This wasn't something I felt compelled to do six months ago or even three months ago,” Perry said. He was hopeful that “one of the people in our group would explode out and take off and everybody in American could get behind them. That hasn't happened. My wife basically said, 'Listen, our country is in trouble and you need to do your duty.' And that was a pretty clarion call for me.” Perry and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
January 15, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been campaigning furiously in South Carolina in an effort to revive his sputtering presidential campaign, said Sunday morning that the Obama administration has gone “over the top” in criticizing Marines who were videotaped urinating on Afghan corpses. “Obviously, 18, 19-year-olds make stupid mistakes all too often,” Perry said in an appearance on CNN's “State of the Union.” “... What's really disturbing to me is just, kind of, the over-the-top-rhetoric from this administration and their disdain for the military.” The Marines have not been charged with any crimes, but the Geneva Conventions forbid desecration of the dead.
November 3, 2011 | By James Oliphant
Rick Perry says he was just being himself when he gave a speech in New Hampshire last week that became a web sensation, and that he wasn't under the influence. In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, Perry was asked about the speech, which featured a wilder-and-crazier governor than national audiences have seen. He said the talk was "pretty typical" for him. "I've probably given 1,000 speeches," the Texas governor told the Chronicle. "There are some that have been probably boring, some that have been animated, some that have been in between," he said.
December 16, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
The 2016 presidential field is a long way from sorting out. In fact, as of now there is no officially declared field, just a small platoon of wannabes and talked-about possibilities. As this story notes , the prospects include an unusually large number of lawmakers hailing from just a handful of states: two apiece from Texas, Florida, Wisconsin and  New York.  It is an unusual confluence of geography and ambition that is without precedent in modern times, and possibly goes back to the country's founding.
October 4, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Just for the record, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said midway through a 27-minute criticism of California, he wasn't in Anaheim to criticize California. That might have come off a tad hollow, given that Perry had already asserted that the state comes in a distant second to his by almost every measure imaginable -- tax rates, poverty levels, business growth, even freedom, by the governor's sights. “The purpose of my visit is not to bash California,” he said on the first day of the state Republican Party convention.
August 13, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
We are smack dab in the middle of what is traditionally the slowest news month of the year, with Congress in recess and seemingly the rest of the world on vacation.  While this seasonal news drought can lead to some very dull headlines , as “The Daily Show” proved Monday night, it can also pay off in unexpected ways. That's when John Oliver turned his attention to the land down under, where he was delighted to discover that despite an accelerated campaign cycle, Australian politics are every bit as absurd as our own.   Oliver began by highlighting the positive aspects of Australian democracy - namely, that citizens are required by law to vote.
July 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed the nation's toughest set of abortion restrictions into law Thursday, declaring a major victory for abortion opponents after weeks of divisive political debate.        The bill passed over the strong protests of Democrats and abortion-rights supporters.  Abortion-rights activists and clinic operators say the measure will force the closure of all but five of the state's 42 abortion providers. In a signing ceremony at the state Capitol in Austin attended by more than 100 Republican lawmakers, the Republican governor praised the measure as a landmark in protecting unborn children and women's health.
July 8, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday that he would step down at the end of his current term, a move that will end his reign as the longest-serving chief executive in state history even as he left open the possibility of another run for president in 2016. Quoting from the Book of  Ecclesiastes, Perry said there was a time for everything in life and, for him, "the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. " Perry's decision, which was not unexpected, ensures the biggest shakeup in Texas politics in well over a decade, though the fresh faces are likely to be Republican and not Democratic.
June 18, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Six months after a lone gunman invaded a Connecticut elementary school and shot 20 children and six adults to death, the massacre in Newtown remains the symbol most often used by gun control advocates to push for tougher laws. But for some, like Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former and likely future presidential candidate, it may also be a business opportunity. Perry this week toured gun manufacturers in Connecticut as part of a five-day swing through the Northeast touting his state's pro-business tax and regulatory policies in the hope of wooing jobs down to the Lone Star State.
January 13, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
A Virginia judge has rejected an attempt by Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other Republican presidential hopefuls to challenge the constitutionality of the state's rules governing ballot access, citing the timeliness of the case. In a suit filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia last month, Perry's camp had argued that state rules "unconstitutionally restrict the rights of candidates and voters by severely restricting access to the ballot. " At issue is state law that requires a candidate to get 10,000 petition signatures statewide, including a certain number in each of the state's congressional districts.
October 5, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
For whatever troubles dog his run for the White House, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will have the resources in the short term to fight back. His campaign announced Wednesday morning that it raised $17 million in the third quarter fundraising period, a total likely to lead the pack of GOP contenders. A statement from Perry's campaign pointed out that because Perry only declared his candidacy on Aug. 13, that cash haul was accumulated in 49 of the 92 days in the period. The campaign said it received donations from all 50 states and that more than half the donors were from outside Texas.
May 30, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
AUSTIN, Texas - For nearly 30 years, Rick Perry enjoyed an unbroken record of campaign success, winning 10 straight elections. Then, in 2012, the Texas governor waged a spectacularly unsuccessful bid for president. It was not just that Perry fell short of the Republican nomination; more than half a dozen contestants, of varying plausibility, waged equally unavailing efforts. Rather, it was the nature of Perry's free fall that did the real damage. In just a few months, he went from national front-runner to the brain-frozen bumbler who couldn't remember all three points in his own government-reduction plan, an episode that turned a sheepish "oops!"
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