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AUSTIN — Republican Gov. Greg Abbott began dismantling a flagship initiative of his predecessor Thursday, saying he will abolish Rick Perry’s pet program that gave $200 million in taxpayer dollars to Texas startups and was beset by bankruptcies and questionable claims of success.

The decision was not surprising. Abbott signaled throughout his campaign that the Texas Emerging Technology Fund troubled him ideologically, but problems with the decade-old program ran deeper than new Republican distaste for governments “picking winners and losers” in the private sector.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said on Wednesday that continuing legal charges would not affect his decision on whether to run for President in 2016, or not. A San Antonio judge has denied Perry’s attempt to have the felony abuse-of-power case against him thrown out.   

Perry had just addressed voters in the early primary state of South Carolina on Tuesday, when State Judge Bert Richardson announced his decision; he would not throw out the charges Perry faced. 

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Case Against Rick Perry

Jan 27, 2015

AUSTIN — A Texas judge on Tuesday refused to dismiss a felony abuse-of-power case against former Gov. Rick Perry on constitutional grounds.

He ruled that criminal charges against the possible 2016 Presidential candidate should stand.

District Judge Bert Richardson, who like Perry is a Republican, rejected calls from Perry’s defense team to toss the case, because its client was acting within his rights as chief executive of America’s second-most populous state when he publicly threatened, then carried out, a 2013 veto of state funding for public corruption prosecutors.

In news that will be carefully watched, it was reported over the weekend that Travis County prosecutors had decided not to follow up on a number of criminal cases involving the Texas state government, after outgoing Gov. Rick Perry vetoed state funding for their office. Officials at the Travis County DA’s public integrity unit allegedly dropped cases from tax fraud to insurance fraud to contracting issues, as they moved to prioritize “which cases to pursue.”

Rick Perry On A Second White House Run: 'I'm Ready'

Jan 18, 2015

CORONADO, Calif. (AP) — Conceding there was more “excitement than preparation” for his first presidential bid, Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Friday declared himself ready for a second White House run should he decide to enter the crowded 2016 Republican field.

“I don’t shy away from the fact that I have been preparing. Preparation’s done. I’m ready,” he said in an interview with The Associated Press. “But I will announce at the appropriate time my intentions.”

“Texas is a state where nothing is impossible. Where the sons and daughters of migrant workers can aspire to own their own farm. Where the children of factory workers can build new age manufacturing facilities. Where the son of a tenant farmer can become the governor of the greatest state in the nation.”

Governor Rick Perry paused at this moment, took in the applause that was his due from the group of men and women he had led for 14 years as Texas’ longest serving governor, and added, pointedly, “In Texas, it’s not where you come from that matters, it’s where you’re going.”


As the third Tuesday of January approaches--the day Governor-Elect Greg Abbott takes the oath of office--what will Texans remember about Gov. Rick Perry?

His unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2012's presidential race left him with his "Oops" moment.

The recent indictment on abuse of power charges and the recent disclosure of fast and loose monitoring at the Texas Enterprise Fund, all coming at the end of his 14-year tenure as Governor.

Ryan E. Poppe

In response to President Barack Obama’s recent executive order on immigration, Rick Perry has issued his own executive action, requiring that all state agencies verify the immigration status of all employees working for the state through private contractors.

Texas Governor Rick Perry today announced he’s mobilizing a special task force to respond to Ebola and other infectious diseases.  Dr. Brett Giroir of Texas A&M Health Science Center will oversee the 17 person task force which includes state officials from environmental, health, and public safety agencies.

Gov. Perry also called for the federal government to step up its screening of travelers coming from West Africa. He suggested using temperature monitors at airports and creating quarantine centers at ports of entry in the U.S.


A new poll shows a majority of Texans believe the criminal charges against Governor Rick Perry related to his indictment for coercion and abuse of power are strictly political. The poll also points out how the indictment has not changed how people view the governor.