Gov. Rick Perry
Jul 20, 2012 — To make insurance more affordable, the federal health law requires every state to conduct a special review whenever a health insurer wants to raise premiums more than 10 percent. The Texas insurance department hasn't completed a reviews of any of the nine qualifying rate increases. So the companies' rate increases have taken effect.
Jul 11, 2012 — As governors weigh whether to participate in an expansion of Medicaid under the federal health law, some worry the change could attract people who don't qualify for a special subsidy. Adding them to Medicaid rolls could strain states' budgets.
Jul 9, 2012 — Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry called the federal health overhaul law a "power grab" and rejected an expansion of Medicaid in the state to cover more people with low incomes. The recent Supreme Court ruling on the administration's health law makes participation in the expansion optional.
Jan 6, 2012 — The first significant poll of South Carolina voters following his narrow Iowa caucuses win has Mitt Romney bursting into a surprisingly strong lead, suggesting that the race for the Republican presidential nomination could be over sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich's support in the state has fallen out of bed.
Dec 28, 2011 — The Texas governor asked a federal court to stop Virginia from printing its March 6 GOP primary ballots while it considers a legal challenge to the ballot qualification measures, which would leave only two candidates on the official Republican ballot. Newt Gingrich also is considering action.
Dec 19, 2011 — Forget the Newt Gingrich surge in Iowa. That's yesterday's news. We really should be focusing on Rep. Ron Paul having the Big Mo as in momentum, at least according a new Iowa poll and a national poll.
Dec 9, 2011 — Perry told the journalists that he would declare a "day of national prayer in a time of crisis" according to a post by Jason Clayworth on the Register's 2012 Iowa Caucuses blog. Here's the question — what would Madison do? The historic evidence argues strongly that the fourth president wouldn't call a day of prayer. Just the opposite, in fact.
Dec 7, 2011 — In the latest reminder that he's still in the race (if apparently not in the hunt) for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a new TV ad in Iowa in which he makes a naked appeal to the state's religious conservatives who are expected to play an important role in the upcoming caucuses.
Nov 23, 2011 — If the U.S. continues to be the Great Satan in eyes of many Iranian officials, capable of inspiring over-the-top rhetoric in Teheran, Iran appears to have a similar affect on U.S. politicians, propelling them to flights of excess.
Nov 23, 2011 — The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate tolerance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S. That position conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.