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A special prosecutor says he does not plan to call Texas Gov. Rick Perry to testify before a grand jury investigating whether he abused his power with a veto.

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U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky says he and Texas counterpart Ted Cruz will be "friendly competitors" should both run for president in 2016.

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Gov. Rick Perry was the first of three likely presidential candidates to address Texas Republican delegates who opened their state convention in Fort Worth on Thursday.

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Gov. Rick Perry has kicked of his unofficial farewell tour to Texas politics by bashing Washington during a well-received speech at the state Republican convention in Fort Worth.

In Letter, Perry Faults Obama's Energy Policies

May 19, 2014
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Gov. Rick Perry has reminded President Obama – again – that he is no fan of his energy policies.

In a letter sent to the president Friday, Perry accused Obama of “waging a war on coal; kicking the can down the road on the Keystone XL pipeline and creating obstacles to onshore and offshore oil and gas production.”

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Before he launched his bid for the presidency three years ago, Gov. Rick Perry drew thousands of worshipers to an air-conditioned stadium in Houston, where Christian conservative activists prayed for the nation and the soon-to-announce candidate proclaimed his faith in God. 

Perry is still said to have his eyes on the White House, but the religious event he staged last month was nothing like the flashy “prayerpalooza” at Reliant Stadium in 2011.

With only close friends and family looking on, the born-again Christian governor was baptized outdoors, in the spring waters once used to wash the sins off Sam Houston, the first elected president of the Republic of Texas and one of the most colorful political figures in American history.

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Gov. Rick Perry continued his New York adventure Thursday with an appearance on “CBS This Morning.” He’s in the Empire State to try to lure businesses back to Texas. He talked about why he’s challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate over economic policy, his failed 2012 presidential bid, and the simmering dispute over cattle in Nevada.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Season three of the "Dallas" reboot starts tonight; did you catch Vanilla Ice over the weekend?; Rick Perry isn’t ruling out a 2016 presidential bid; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Brr! It's cold out there; Rick Perry says states have a right to legalize marijuana; Skinny the cat isn't so fat; and more.

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Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday morning that states have the right to decide whether to legalize marijuana.

Perry spoke as part of a high-profile panel about drugs at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Other panelists included Kofi Annan, the former United Nations secretary general, and Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia.

States should be able to set their own policies on abortion, same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, he said, "then people will decide where they want to live,” according to U.S. News and World Report.

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Gov. Rick Perry will travel to the small North Texas town of Farmersville to present a state honor to World War II hero Audie Murphy.

Perry will be in the Collin County town on Tuesday afternoon to bestow the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor posthumously on Murphy.

Murphy was one of the most decorated soldiers in U.S. history, and his portrait hangs in the Texas House of Representatives chamber.

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Update, 7:52 p.m. Monday: A federal judge has ruled that new abortion restrictions passed by the Texas Legislature are unconstitutional and should not take effect as planned on Tuesday. Texas officials immediately appealed the ruling, and the case could eventually head to the U.S. Supreme Court.

District Judge Lee Yeakel blocked one part of the restriction, while allowing another provision to stand.

Yeakel ruled that a state provision that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility "places a substantial obstacle in the path of a woman seeking an abortion of a nonviable fetus."

The fight over abortion in Texas is being played out in federal court, where abortion rights activists are challenging a new state law.

The measure bans abortions at 20 weeks, adds building requirements for clinics and places more rules on doctors who perform abortions. Some clinics have shut down, saying they can't comply with the law set to go into effect Oct. 29.

Texas Governor Rick Perry is nearing the end of a 10-day international economic opportunity tour with stops in London and Israel.

Perry took the opportunity to highlight the opening of a  Texas A & M University in Israel and looked to highlight Texas' financial successes, as well as recent resource and energy conservation solutions.

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Even with Obamacare, more than one million people in Texas are in health care limbo. Since the state didn't expand Medicaid, low-income people people like Sheila Anderson won’t have access to government assistance or health insurance subsidies on the marketplace.

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Texas A&M University plans to create an A&M branch in Israel.

The announcement was made Wednesday in Israel at the Jerusalem residence of Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Gov. Rick Perry and Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp are traveling in Israel this week. Sharp says that A&M will open a "peace university" in Nazareth, Israel's largest city.

Gov. Rick Perry inspected the water levels at Lake Travis and then urged voters to approve proposition 6, the water project funding program that would pay for the next 50 years of water projects in the state that is up for a vote on this November's ballot.

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Speaking to an audience in New Jersey yesterday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called the opening of the Obamacare health insurance marketplaces a “felony” against young people.

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A Texas judge says he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused his office when he vetoed state funding for the Travis County District Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit.

The complaint stems from an allegation that Perry said he would veto millions in funding for the office if Democratic D.A. Rosemary Lehmberg did not step down.  Lehmberg was arrested for drunken-driving in April but did not quit her job.

Governor Rick Perry is doing little to welcome U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’ to Texas.

Sebelius is scheduled to meet today with officials in Austin and San Antonio to talk about how local communities can take advantage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) program as it rolls out later this year.

In a statement emailed to the media Perry said the program, which he calls Obamacare, is “increasingly convoluted”. 

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Update, 7 a.m. Wednesday: Gov. Rick Perry didn't take long. An hour after the Legislature ended its second special session without a transportation deal, the governor called a third 30-day session. Both houses quickly started the session and then adjourned until Monday.

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The U.S. Attorney General took aim at the Lone Star State yesterday, and his Texas counterpart reacted. Eric Holder and Greg Abbott strongly disagree over the Voting Rights Act.

          

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Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying little about his plans to run for governor- even though he became the perceived front-runner in next year’s campaign when Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he won’t seek a fourth term. 

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Texas Republicans are holding their collective breath. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce whether or not he'll seek a fourth consecutive term at 1 p.m.

Will he or won't he?

The Texas political class has been abuzz this week about more than just Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis' abortion bill filibuster-heard-round-the-nation.

The other occupying parlor game: Whether three-term Republican Gov. Rick Perry intends to seek an unprecedented fourth full term.

CNN and other news organizations reported Tuesday afternoon that Perry, a failed 2012 GOP presidential candidate, plans an announcement Monday about his "exciting future plans."

The governor plans an announcement for San Antonio. Here's how the Texas Tribune breaks it down: "It's looking increasingly unlikely that Perry will seek a fourth term ... his gubernatorial campaign team has largely been disassembled and his fundraising pales in comparison to that of his likely successor, Attorney General Greg Abbott."

Gov. Rick Perry is blaming an unruly "mob" and a senator's filibuster for killing a bill this week that would have further restricted Texas abortions. 

The governor found a receptive audience for his message Thursday at the  National Right to Life Convention in Dallas. 

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