AUSTIN, TX – <a href="/about">Texas Governor Rick Perry</a> today announced that Roy Bailey, Jim Lee and Gene Powell will lead his finance team in his campaign for re-election in the 2010 race for governor. The three will lead a rapidly growing team of more than 500 supporters devoted to fundraising across the state.
A NEW poll from the Texas Lyceum shows Rick Perry pulling ahead of Kay Bailey Hutchison by a 12-point margin—33% to 21%, with 40% of potential Republican-primary voters undecided. Paul Burka thinks this doesn't look good for Mr Perry: everyone in Texas has had plenty of time to form an opinion of the governor, and if the plurality goes to "undecided", what does that say? But I see it in the opposite way: Mr Perry has had plenty of time to alienate everyone in the state over roads or schools or "Choose Life" licence plates, and heaven knows he hasn't shied away from controversy. What else is he going to do at this point to push people over the edge?
Ms Hutchison has the motive to get out. She may well rather be a governor than a senator—who wouldn't? But a safe Senate seat is assured. In contrast, the road to the governor's mansion will be watered with tears and potentially unpassable. If she's already trailing in the polls before the first "Kay Bailout Hutchison" ad goes up, that doesn't bode well. And she has an opportunity: she could simply announce that given the extraordinarily liberal wave in Washington, and the rate of attrition amongst Republican senators, she's realised that they need all hands on deck to defend the moderate Republican line. And they do, don't they?
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said federal regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions would be "absolutely economically disastrous" for energy-rich Texas, one of the few parts of the country still adding jobs.
The Republican's views are increasingly at odds with those of the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, whose energy and environment appointees favor using the power of the federal government to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, so called because they trap the sun's heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken an increasingly public stance opposing federal greenhouse-gas regulation.
"If you put that type of regulation in place in America, it will stifle innovation and strangle the American economy," Gov. Perry said during an interview in his office, where his cowboy hat sits on a bust of George Washington.
As he stakes out his role as a high-profile dissenter on carbon legislation, Gov. Perry is leading a state that is changing. His opposition to federal cap-and-trade legislation to limit emissions plays well with Texas' traditional business community and many large campaign contributors; Texas is far and away the top carbon-dioxide-emitting state and largest coal consumer.
But the state also has a growing renewable-energy industry. Texas has almost twice as much electrical generating capacity from wind turbines as second-place state, California, and far more than others.
Some statehouse observers see in Gov. Perry's opposition to Washington regulations a shrewd political calculation. He is positioning himself as an outside-the-Beltway voice as he prepares for an anticipated, bruising political challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. She is widely expected to run for the governor's mansion in 2010. Her spokesman declined to comment.