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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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Gov. Rick Perry had some harsh words Thursday for pro-choice protesters and state Sen. Wendy Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat whose 10-hour filibuster helped kill a bill restricting abortions.

KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports from the National Right to Life Convention in Dallas that Perry said the crowd at the Capitol “hijacked the democratic process.” Here's a video of his speech:

Texas Tribune

Those celebrating the legislative defeat of new abortion restrictions in Texas had a short-lived victory.  Governor Rick Perry has called a new, 30-day special session beginning Monday where legislators will likely vote again on the same measures.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

A victory for those opposing new abortion restrictions in Texas may be short-lived.

Gov. Rick Perry has asked state lawmakers to take up strict new abortion rules in a second special session to start Monday.

Gov. Rick Perry's outsized Texas swagger is coming to the heart of blue state America.

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At this hour Gov. Rick Perry is signing House Bill 4 which  creates a $2 billion state fund to finance new water projects.  Voters in November will have the final say on whether to approve the fund. 

Late yesterday Perry convened a special session of the legislature almost immediately after the regular session ended.  

He’s asking lawmakers to approved redistricting maps that have been tied up in the courts.

Governor Rick Perry says he won't sign legislation that expands access to Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. But news that Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas is looking into a third option to provide health care with federal assistance is making people wonder if Perry might follow his lead.

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Governor Rick Perry is calling his three-day, business-recruiting trip to California a success.  He says the traffic on his economic development website has increased 1,000 percent.

Texas Tribune

Two SMU political science professors disagree on whether Governor Rick Perry’s call for a tax cut will sail through the legislature. We asked professors Cal Jillson and Matthew Wilson to watch the governor’s state-of-the state speech yesterday and tell us what impressed them.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Governor Rick Perry will be thinking about his political future as well as his legislative priorities when he delivers his seventh state-of-the-state speech this morning.

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Education Commissioner Michael Williams is a big presence. His deep, hearty laugh and his 6-foot frame fill the room as he talks school policy with educators who came to hear him speak last week.

If voters had chosen differently, the 59-year old lawyer and former Texas railroad commissioner -- the first African-American elected to statewide office -- would be sitting in Congress. But he lost the Republican primary last year. Then his close friend, Gov. Rick Perry, appointed him education commissioner.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Gov. Rick Perry surprised some lawmakers Tuesday – and irritated others -- when he suggested a surplus in the state budget could be used to cut taxes.

Perry’s critics want to use available money to restore funding for schools, health care and other programs that were deeply slashed two years ago.

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Even before the bang of a gavel opens Texas’ 83rd legislative session around noon, lawmakers will have filed nearly 600 bills that would create or change state law.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Budget analysts are warning lawmakers not to get too carried away by the comptroller’s announcement today that Texas has an $8.8 billion budget surplus.

State Comptroller Susan Combs says the Legislature, which opens its session Tuesday, will have $101.4 billion for general spending over the next two years. That's 12 percent more money than it had for the two-year budget that ends in August .

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As the state legislature prepares to open its session Tuesday, lawmakers are hearing a word not spoken in the capitol for a long time. It’s ‘surplus.’ Unlike two years ago, when they faced a massive deficit and cut $15 billion from the budget, there’s talk of an increase in money for state programs and a growing Rainy Day fund. The state comptroller will release the official budget estimate this morning, but the debate over whether and how to spend the Rainy Day money has already begun.

State Senator Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, wants Governor Rick Perry to go further in cleaning up CPRIT, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Under Rick Perry, the state provides $19 billion a year, a New York Times analysis finds.

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With less than six weeks until the Texas legislature convenes, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst says that he wants to improve the state’s education system -- and that there may be additional money for public education.

The Texas Governor's short-lived presidential campaign wins a medal of (dis)honor from 'Washington Post' political blogger Chris Cillizza

Gov. Rick Perry has notified the federal government that Texas will not create its own insurance exchange as part of the new federal health care plan. Health insurance exchanges are required under the Affordable Care Act, sometimes referred to as Obamacare. Governor Perry’s decision means Washington will likely develop the guidelines for a federally-run exchange for Texas.

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If Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have their way hundreds of thousands of Texans would have to pass drug tests to get public assistance.

So that petition encouraging Texas to secede from the union, which has been signed by tens of thousands on the whitehouse.gov site? The press secretary for Texas Gov. Rick Perry has weighed in, and it sounds like the governor thinks the United States should stay united.

Texas put its new, state-funded Women’s Health Program on hold today, just hours before the retooled program was set to launch. And that means Planned Parenthood will continue getting state money to provide health care to women -- at least for the moment.

Planned Parenthood is hoping yesterday’s federal appeals court ruling on women’s health care in Indiana will persuade Texas officials to reconsider its ban on the organization.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Governor Rick Perry is putting new pressure on universities to contain tuition and graduate more students.

Governor Perry will be in Dallas Monday to promote his plan for making college more affordable. But some universities think his plan is a one way street.

Among ‘Best Cities,’ We’re No. … 41

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Dallas 41st in 50 best cities list, healthy food gets trashed in schools, and more.

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Governor Rick Perry says state spending should be constitutionally restricted.

BJ Austin / KERA News

Several hundred low-income, uninsured Texans want Governor Perry to change his mind and expand Medicaid, as called-for in the federal healthcare law. They’ve traveled to Austin today from Dallas, Houston and San Antonio to deliver petitions to the Governor.

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