Jeb Bush explores White House bid — unconventionally

By Carrie Levine

Instead of traditional presidential exploratory committee, potential GOP candidate GOP to create a leadership PAC.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… d indirectly help a person’s eventual presidential campaign. Like Bush, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has also publicly declared interest in running for preside …"

Health worries pervade North Texas fracking zone

By Jamie Smith Hopkins

Some residents of the heavily fracked Barnett Shale in North Texas blame their health problems on toxic oil and gas emissions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "mayor":

"… lved and went away,” said co-founder Calvin Tillman, who stepped down as mayor of the tiny Barnett town of Dish in 2011 so he could move his family off t …"

Fired: Texas regulators say they tried to enforce rules, lost jobs

By David Hasemyer

Two former inspectors with the Texas Railroad Commission say they were fired for being too strict with the oil and gas industry.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… rding to data from the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Gov. Rick Perry collected a little less than $11.5 million in campaign contributions from …"

Non-candidate spending increases in state elections

By Rachel Baye, Reity O'Brien, Kytja Weir and Ben Wieder

TV ad spending in state elections since 2010 is down, but the portion ponied up by political nonprofits and state-level super PACs rises.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jon Bruning":

"… y favorite Pete Ricketts ahead of establishment candidate Attorney General Jon Bruning to win the GOP nomination for governor in the May primary. “Nebraska ha …"

Donors, friends of governors often get state supreme court nod

By Rachel Baye

Judicial elections are often criticized for corrupting influence, but appointment process has problems too.

Excerpts from this story referencing "general counsel":

"… was brought on to offer some advice. Five years later, he became Perry’s general counsel, eight months after that, his chief of staff, and a little over a year aft …"

Casinos and offshore companies battle for billions in online gambling push

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Congress, states and a rich mix of characters argue over regulation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… tice Department’s initial interpretation of the Wire Act; in March, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas and Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina sent their own letters — …"

As drilling ravages Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale, residents 'living in a Petri dish’

By Jim Morris, Lisa Song and David Hasemyer

In partnership with InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel, Center examines oil industry exploitation of Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Petroleum":

"… n Depth, a research, education and public-relations arm of the Independent Petroleum Association of America. A former aide to Newt Gingrich, he’s a polished, …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "member":

"… port from the House Energy Resources Committee, of which Tom Craddick is a member, it has beaten back attempts at reform. Other members of the Texas legisl …"

"… ch Tom Craddick is a member, it has beaten back attempts at reform. Other members of the Texas legislature also benefit from the oil and gas industry’s l …"

"… from the oil and gas industry’s largesse. Forty-two of the body’s 181 members or their spouses own stock or receive royalties from companies active in …"

"… state capital] has any real concern about,” said Larry Soward, a former member of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Soward is now president …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "John McCain":

"… z.; Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas; Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.; and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., among others. He also gave $3 million to Swift Boat Veterans for …"

A year after Newtown, searching for answers in the nation’s schools

By Nicholas Kusnetz

A year after Newtown, communities searching for answers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "South Dakota":

"… er requiring that schools update emergency plans annually. In March, South Dakota became the first state to pass a law explicitly allowing schools to author …"

State pro-business organizations are publicly funded, but privately controlled

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Unelected business authorities operate on state funds, but disclose little.

Excerpts from this story referencing "George W. Bush":

"… nd has run the U.S.A. national basketball program. In 2006, President George W. Bush named him to the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation. …"

Wendy Davis kicks fundraising into top gear

By Adam Wollner

State senator from Texas raising profile — and big money — in D.C. as she mulls gubernatorial bid.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Patty Murray":

"… irsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii; Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Patty Murray, D-Wash.; and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H. The cost to attend was $500. Ticket …"

Embattled McDonnell benefactor also boosted RGA

By Alan Suderman

Republican Governors Association got cash from embattled donor to Bob McDonnell.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mitt Romney":

"… ance in New York City and a campaign event with GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. ------------------------- Don’t miss a single Center for Public Integr …"

"… 12, McDonnell appeared at a campaign event with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and nine other Republican governors in Aspen Colorado, where the RGA was h …"

"… ts Democratic counterpart, the Democratic Governors Association. In 2005, Mitt Romney, who was governor of Massachusetts at the time, drew criticism for a priva …"

IMPACT: 'Dentists' probe leads to new Texas law

By David Heath

Center's 'Dollars and Dentists' investigation brings about new Texas law.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicaid":

"… led a pattern of questionable practices by Kool Smiles, a chain focused on Medicaid-provided dental care for children. The spokesman also credited independent …"

"… spokesman also credited independent reporting by Dallas station WFAA-TV on Medicaid fraud. The joint investigation by the Center and Frontline, titled “Dol …"

"… tatement. Kolkhorst said only one dentist had has his license revoked for Medicaid fraud or patient complaints in the past two years. “That’s just not ac …"

Texas passes ethics bill, but many proposed reforms are left on the cutting room floor

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Good-government groups lament what's left out

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… the reauthorization bill in case of a veto of the stand-alone bill by Gov. Rick Perry, who opposed the effort. But lawmakers removed the amendment Friday night, …"

"… ts Perry to sign the bill. Update: (June 17, 11:33 a.m.): On Jun 14, Gov. Rick Perry vetoed the bill. Perry said he supported some components of the …"

Pro-Rand Paul super PAC's name may violate law

By Michael Beckel

Federal regulators could crack down on independent groups using politicos' monikers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… during the 2012 GOP presidential primaries, the super PAC “Americans for Rick Perry” ran afoul of the rule and changed its name to “Restoring Prosperity F …"

GOP super donor Bob Perry dead at 80

By Dave Levinthal

Texas homebuilder among most prominent contributors ever to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… k; pro-Allen West)   $100,000 to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry)   $15,000 to Maverick PAC USA (pro-Republican) Perry also financ …"

"… n season to Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who Bob Perry has long backed at the state level. (The two men are not re …"

Governors’ groups rely increasingly on 'dark money' affiliates

By Paul Abowd

Powerful state governors' associations are pumping more funds into nonprofit arms.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Democratic Party":

"… to place a Green Party candidate on the ballot for governor. The state’s Democratic Party, whose candidate lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the race, sued unsuccessfully …"

Rick Perry zings fellow Republicans on national stage

Former presidential candidate blames some Republicans for Medicaid expansion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Dave Levinthal":

"… To read the full story, co-reported by the Center for Public Integrity's Dave Levinthal and the Texas Tribune's Emily Ramshaw, click here.     …"

GOP super donor's foundation leans left

By Paul Abowd and Dave Levinthal

Billionaire Republican super donor Harold Simmons chairs a foundation that backs liberal causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "campaign finance violations":

"… bulent, fraught with divorces, lawsuits and allegations of criminality and campaign finance violations. His relationships with his four daughters are nothing if not complex. Du …"

Non-political nonprofit's spending spikes in election years

By Dave Levinthal

Law says groups like Americans for Job Security cannot make politics its primary purpose.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… . Art Hackney, a political consultant in Alaska, and Nicholas Terzulli, a New York-based political operative, are listed at Americans for Job Security’s di …"

Donor profile: Republican Governors Association

By Alexandra Duszak and John Dunbar

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… $6 million to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (2010)$3 million to Texas Gov. Rick Perry (2010)Background:The Republican Governors Association’s appearance on a …"

"… names in the Republican Party: former President Ronald Reagan, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.Over the past few months, the Ce …"

Pennsylvania governor benefited from untraceable $1.5 million donation

By Paul Abowd and Alexandra Duszak

How Pennsylvania's governor benefited from an untraceable $1.5 million donation.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Anne":

"… l Singer of New York, Steven Cohen of Connecticut and Ken Griffin and wife Anne from Chicago. Texas home builder Bob Perry gave $500,000. Those donations …"

Transparency in Texas: Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

By Kelley Shannon

Dallas suburbs lead in attempts to deny public information requests

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… ntonio Express-News sued for access to the detailed travel records of Gov. Rick Perry’s taxpayer-funded security officers after Abbott’s office said summari …"

Donor profile: Steve and Amber Mostyn

By Reity O'Brien

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Internal Revenue Service":

"… uper donor. **2010 election cycle, source: Federal Election Commission; Internal Revenue Service   …"

OPINION: Why insurers want ObamaCare's Medicaid business

By Wendell Potter

Pay no attention to GOP governors; health insurers want that new Medicaid business.

Excerpts from this story referencing "giant insurance":

"… very profitable indeed for some of the GOP’s biggest benefactors — the giant insurance companies. …"

US Senate Race: Can passion push Cruz to victory?

By The Associated Press

Grassroots fervor carried Cruz to US Senate runoff; can it topple mainstream choice Dewhurst?

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… e." Among those helping Dewhurst is Texas' popular governor, Rick Perry, who has produced television and web spots for Dewhurst and sang his prais …"

Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid

By The Associated Press

Gov. Perry tells feds Texas won't expand Medicaid, set up online service to shop for insurance

Excerpts from this story referencing "writer":

"… om Sebelius' office was not immediately returned Monday.__Associated Press writer Chris Tomlinson contributed to this report from Austin.  …"

Tea party spends big in Texas Senate primary showdown

By Rachael Marcus and Michael Beckel

Texas GOP primary to test tea party's influence.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Indiana":

"… its candidate, Richard Mourdock, defeated long-time Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s hotly contested Republican primary in early May.Anti-tax super PAC Clu …"

Donor profile: Harold Simmons

By Alexandra Duszak and Dave Levinthal

Quick stats on the biggest financial backers of Election 2012.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Scheryle Patigian":

"… , real estate and land use, trade Family: Wife Annette Simmons, daughters Scheryle Patigian, Lisa Epstein, Andrea Swanson and Serena Connelly, two other children Bio …"

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