Lots of liberal pundits, including me, say the criminal case against Rick Perry is pretty weak

Almost from the moment a  Texas grand jury handed down criminal indictments last week against Texas Gov. Rick Perry, scads of liberals, including yours truly, were scoffing at the case. But a question arises:  What would the right-wing noise machine say if a case as weak as the one against Perry were brought against a prominent Democratic politician? Simon Maloy ventures a guess...

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Why would Republicans abandon the one thing that saved them from Rick Perry in 2012?

The Republican Party establishment is on the verge of imposing new rules on the impending race for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. The results of this effort likely will include fewer debates and fewer candidates. John  Dickerson of Slate says the party “wants an orderly process so that their candidates can put their best foot forward” and “take control of the crazy” that dominated the 2012 GOP debates. But Ron Klain of Salon SEES all of this as perhaps misguided: What is crazy is changing the one thing that actually worked well...

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Satire: Rick Perry brags that the death penalty is alive and well in Texas

Andy Borowitz MOCKS the Lone Star State: Responding to the news that Washington Governor Jay Inslee had suspended the death penalty in his state, Texas Governor Rick Perry seized on the opportunity to urge Washington residents to “vote with your feet and move to Texas, where the death penalty is thriving.” At a hastily called press conference this afternoon, the Texas Governor made an emotional appeal to Washingtonians who might be disappointed by the sudden suspension of executions in their state: “Come to Texas. The death penalty is alive...

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If Ted Cruz doesn’t run for president in 2016, there’s always this other crazy guy from Texas

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who is rumored to be considering another bid for the Republican presidential nomination, said THIS during a campaign speech today for a fellow GOP politician in New Jersey: If this health care law is forced upon this country, the young men and women in this audience are the ones who are really going to pay the price. And that, I will suggest to you, reaches to the point of being a felony toward them and their future. That is a criminal act, from my perspective, to put that type of burden on them, to mortgage their...

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Rick Perry, anti-regulation zealot, shirks blame for deadly explosion at Texas fertilizer plant

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who likes to boast that his state doesn’t bother much with pesky regulations on industry, takes great umbrage at any suggestion that attitudes like his are at least indirectly responsible for a recent deadly explosion at a plant in the tiny hamlet of West. To be fair, state and federal agencies alike could be faulted for regulatory laxness at the plant in question, as we see HERE. But the fact remains that Perry is especially eager to sell his state as one that imposes relatively little regulation on industry....

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