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 "Rick Perry":

"… ix years. But of the nine justices currently on the court, Republican Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six whose predecessors stepped down before election time. I …"

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 "judge":

"… sold for $1,500 to $2,000 acre now brings 10 or 20 times as much. Oil, the judge said, is “a natural resource that’s given by God to allow us to functi …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… illion, according to a conservative estimate based on the 2012 data. Gov. Rick Perry, who signed SB1134 soon after it landed on his desk, has collected more th …"

Top GOP donor Harold Simmons dead at 82

By Dave Levinthal

Texas billionaire ranked among top donors to Republicans.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… und (pro-David Dewhurst) $1 million to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry), all from Contran Corp. $500,000 to Conservative Renewal (pro-Dewhurst) …"

"… $100,000 to Restoring Prosperity Fund (pro-Perry, formerly Americans for Rick Perry) $50,000 to Strong Utah (pro-Orrin Hatch) $25,000 to Women Speak Out PAC …"

"… sp;it was influenced by Simmons’ donations to groups that supported Gov. Rick Perry. Although Simmons' has given tens of millions of dollars to conservative …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… was about school safety. Within weeks of the shooting at Sandy Hook, Gov. Rick Perry indicated his support for allowing more guns in schools. Lt. Gov. David De …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… ose arrangements have drawn their own scrutiny. Two funds under Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s control have spread hundreds of millions of dollars to corporations ov …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… Current Texas Lt. Gov. Greg Abbot — the favorite to take over for Gov. Rick Perry, who is not seeking re-election — brought in nearly $4.8 million du …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… rman of the RGA in November 2010 and took over as chairman from Texas Gov. Rick Perry in August 2011 when Perry launched a presidential campaign. McDonnell’s …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… . Currently, the state maintains no information about dental chains. Gov. Rick Perry signed the bill last week. It takes effect on Jan. 1.     …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… for governor. The state’s Democratic Party, whose candidate lost to Gov. Rick Perry in the race, sued unsuccessfully to keep the Green candidate off the ballo …"

Rick Perry zings fellow Republicans on national stage

Former presidential candidate blames some Republicans for Medicaid expansion.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… 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 "Rick Perry":

"… to Make Us Great Again, a short-lived super PAC that supported Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential bid. Simmons’ seemingly contradictory giving patterns …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… ion in 1997 by Carney, who himself has maintained close ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It also shares Alexandria, Va., office space with Crossroads Media, whic …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… sin totaling $340,000. In Texas, the RGA gave $3 million directly to Gov. Rick Perry, according to the CRP data. The donation was routed through its PAC in Mic …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… Mayor Bill White’s unsuccessful gubernatorial run against Gov. Rick Perry (2010) Notable state-level contributions: (see here) $1.36 mil …"

"… backer of laws to lessen jury awards — donated $1.5 million to Gov. Rick Perry’s successful bid. This year, Steve Mostyn gave $3 million alone to Prio …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… be fooled by Republican governors like Florida’s Rick Scott and Texas’ Rick Perry, who are saying they’ll opt out of the Medicaid expansion now that the S …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… omlinson contributed to this report from Austin.  …"

"… oman Rebecca Acuna called Perry's announcement "both cruel and negligent.""Rick Perry's Texas solution is to let Texans stay ill and uninsured," Acuna said. "Th …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… nbsp;The super PAC is run by Rob Johnson, former campaign manager for Gov. Rick Perry’s failed GOP presidential bid.Another pro-Dewhurst super PAC, Conservati …"

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 "Rick Perry":

"… und (pro-David Dewhurst) $1 million to Make Us Great Again (pro-Rick Perry), all from Contran Corp. $500,000 to Conservative Renewal (pro-Dewhurst) …"

"… $100,000 to Restoring Prosperity Fund (pro-Perry, formerly Americans for Rick Perry) $50,000 to Strong Utah (pro-Orrin Hatch) $25,000 to Women Speak Out PAC …"

"… t. Gov. David Dewhurst, plus more than $1 million to Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry over the course of his political career. Corporate ownership: Contran Co …"

"… sp;it was influenced by Simmons’ donations to groups that supported Gov. Rick Perry. Although Simmons' has given tens of millions of dollars to conservative …"

Beer and wine wholesalers behind legislators pushing controversial voter ID laws

By Paul Abowd

Wholesalers among those behind legislators pushing controversial new election rules.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… set up education programs for underage consumers of alcohol.In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry decried the Justice Department’s decision to block a voter ID law introd …"

Santorum’s withdrawal leaves super PAC without a candidate

By Michael Beckel

Red, White and Blue Fund super PAC backed Santorum, vows to back conservatives.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… g down" expenses for his campaign or keep it and run again.When Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the GOP presidential race, he went so far as to ask the FEC …"

FACT CHECK: Latest attacks from Santorum evoke deja vu

By FactCheck.Org

Santorum campaign ad attacking Mitt Romney makes false claims, again

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… dealt with this issue when Texas governor and then-presidential candidate Rick Perry said in a September debate that the Massachusetts health care law killed 1 …"

Rick Santorum hopes to sweeten campaign pot with Jelly Belly visit

By Aaron Mehta and Michael Beckel

Rick Santorum's cash-strapped campaign seeks boost from maker of Ronald Reagan's favorite confection.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Rick Perry":

"… race, giving to a number of candidates. He gave $2,500 both to Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who dropped out of the race, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, t …"

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