This morning, as part of his public relations spin campaign, Rick Perry’s high-dollar legal team held a press conference to discuss the role the Travis County Public Integrity Unit had in the investigation of the Cancer Prevention Research Institute, or CPRIT. Their shameless attempt to quash legitimate news coverage connecting Rick Perry to the cancer research fund scandal, however, fell flat.
Rick Perry is defending his attempt to coerce Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg out of office—an attempt which resulted in not one, but two indictment charges—by claiming that he was taking a stance against her drunk driving conviction. However, a look at the Governor's history with Republican officials charged with drunk driving undermines his case.
While it's true that Rosemary Lehmberg drove drunk, and that her actions following the arrest are indefensible, it's also true that she went through the legal process, saw a judge, and served time. But this wasn't good enough for Rick Perry as he sought to force her from office. Continue reading this post »
Today Rick Perry responded to felony indictments against him. In his speech, he talked about vetoes, but the reality of the case is one he didn’t address: using the powers of office as leverage to make threats.
“He can sugarcoat it all he wants, but the fact remains that Rick Perry used the powers of his office to leverage a threat against a public official,” said Ed Espinoza, executive director of Progress Texas.
Perry said “those responsible will be held accountable,” which is another threat, which is exactly how he got into this mess in the first place. Oops.
And in calling this a partisan attack, the Governor is choosing to ignore that special prosecutor Mike McCrumb is a Republican and served as assistant US Attorney under President George W. Bush. Continue reading this post »
Governor Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury today on two criminal charges, coercion and abuse of power, after a four-month investigation by a Republican special prosecutor.
The indictment is the result of Rick Perry attempting to use the Office of Governor and taxpayer money to bribe an elected official to quit office. Perry has since billed taxpayers for his legal defense at a rate of $450 an hour, so far totaling more than $40,000.
A Travis County grand jury is continuing to investigate Governor Rick Perry on charges of bribery. Perry is accused of abusing the power of his office in an attempt to force the resignation of a District Attorney.
The ongoing grand jury investigation into a criminal complaint against Rick Perry saw two of the governor's aides brought in to court last week.
Anne Wiley, the governor's scheduler, and Ken Armbrister, Perry's legislative liaison, were seen entering the area of the grand jury last week, as reported by the Dallas Morning News.
The investigation was spurred by a complaint alleging Perry attempted to use the power of his office to force the resignation of an elected official overseeing an investigation into one of his signature political projects. Continue reading this post »
Rick Perry has put an awful lot of effort into rebuilding his image over the years. Starting with his Agriculture Commissioner days as a ringer for the Marlboro Man, to his coyote-shooting trail runner days, up to his current eye glass wearing "divorced-dad-getting-back-out-there" look.
It’s a Texas story about bribes, cancer funds, and corruption. We’ve got ya covered with everything you need to know as of this moment. Texas politics is no stranger to corruption under Rick Perry and Greg Abbott – read this list of 10 facts and decide for yourself if it’s time for a change in Austin. Continue reading this post »
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) was supposed to provide funding for cancer research. But soon after its implementation, the multi-billion dollar entity was awarding grants to donors of Rick Perry and Greg Abbott without the proper review. Scientists resigned in protest, and an investigation into the activities of the fund has since resulted in a felony indictment.