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  • Greg Cannon
    Message 1 of 2 , Apr 2 7:07 AM
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      --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:

      > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
      > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
      > Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 12:33:10 -0000
      > Subject: [utepprogressives] Be afraid. Be very
      > afraid.
      >
      > The headline in today's El Paso Times was:
      >
      > Interest Grows in Perry for '08 White House Race
      >
      > The headline that seemed to run elsewhere was:
      >
      > GOVERNOR PERRY IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
      > 04/01/2006
      >
      > AUSTIN (AP) - As he runs for re-election, Texas Gov.
      > Rick Perry talks
      > taxes in Tyler and transportation in Lubbock.
      >
      > But the Republican who replaced George W. Bush at
      > the Austin capitol
      > also visits Washington D.C., the U.S.-Mexico border
      > and even Iraq.
      >
      > He demanded more hurricane relief money for Texas at
      > a congressional
      > hearing in March. He urged the Bush administration
      > to increase
      > security along the border, and repeated in February
      > that he would ask
      > the Texas Legislature to expand the state's
      > wiretapping authority to
      > help curb border violence. He visited soldiers in
      > Iraq in January on a
      > clandestine trip with three other governors that was
      > later splashed
      > across national news shows.
      >
      > Perhaps Perry is trying to stay above the political
      > fray at home as
      > his opponents criticize him for everything from
      > failing to reform how
      > the state pays for public education to building too
      > many toll roads.
      >
      > But he's also raising his profile before the 2008
      > presidential election.
      >
      > Potential GOP presidential candidates Rudy Guiliani
      > and Sen. John
      > McCain have written fundraising letters for Perry.
      > Senate Majority
      > Leader Bill Frist and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
      > Romney, also possible
      > contenders, have met with Perry or appeared at
      > events with him.
      > Virginia Sen. George Allen's aides have contacted
      > Perry's staff.
      >
      > Political operatives from both parties say much of
      > that attention
      > comes because Perry, if re-elected, could help the
      > Republican
      > presidential nominee win a big state in a year in
      > which Texas could
      > swing to either party after Bush's reign.
      >
      > "The governor, whether it be a Democrat or a
      > Republican, will play an
      > enormous role in the presidential election year
      > campaign," said Bill
      > Lauderback, executive vice president of the American
      > Conservative
      > Union, based in Alexandria, Va.
      >
      > It's also possible would-be presidential nominees
      > are sizing up Perry
      > as a possible vice presidential pick.
      >
      > "I think people at the national level are looking at
      > Governor Perry
      > and the state of Texas," Perry campaign spokesman
      > Robert Black said.
      > "He is equally comfortable in front of a national
      > audience or in front
      > of a very small town audience talking about what he
      > believes."
      >
      > Those core issues, Black said, are job creation,
      > improvements to
      > public education and transportation and civil
      > lawsuit limits, which
      > supporters refer to as tort reform. Black said
      > there's an effort to
      > emulate Texas' tort reform laws at the federal
      > level.
      >
      > But Austin-based Democratic consultant Kelly Fero
      > said Perry's aides
      > are just doing what every campaign tries to do
      > during an election season.
      >
      > It's "just political jockeying and positioning.
      > Everybody does it,"
      > Fero said. "It makes them look like part of a team
      > that's going places."
      >
      > Yet, Perry gave such an impressive speech in
      > February to the
      > Conservative Political Action Conference in
      > Washington - he talked
      > about the need to limit spending and limit the size
      > of government -
      > that it started some vice presidential buzz in the
      > room, Lauderback said.
      >
      > "Most of the people in the audience had never seen
      > or heard of Rick
      > Perry," Lauderback said. "He got their attention, no
      > question."
      >
      > It's not likely Perry would be tapped for the 2008
      > ticket unless he
      > started campaigning for the spot in earnest,
      > Lauderback said. He said
      > Perry's immediate job is getting re-elected.
      >
      > A former Democrat, Perry, 56, is running his eighth
      > campaign. He's
      > never lost an election, having risen from the state
      > House of
      > Representatives to agriculture commissioner to
      > lieutenant governor. He
      > moved into the governorship when Bush resigned to
      > become president in
      > December 2000, then Perry won the office outright in
      > 2002.
      >
      > This year he faces Houston Democrat Chris Bell, who
      > gained notice as a
      > freshman congressman for filing a House ethics
      > complaint against
      > former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He made the
      > complaint shortly
      > after the Texas redistricting map - engineered by
      > DeLay and backed by
      > Perry - caused Bell to lose his 2004 re-election bid
      > after one term.
      >
      > The governor's race could become a four-way if
      > Perry's nemesis Carole
      > Keeton Strayhorn and colorful author and musician
      > Kinky Friedman get
      > enough petition signatures by May 11 to get on the
      > November ballot.
      > Strayhorn, the state comptroller who verbally
      > attacks Perry at almost
      > every opportunity, is Republican, but is running as
      > an independent.
      >
      > The race could hinge on whether Perry and the
      > Republican-controlled
      > Legislature achieve a new school funding plan before
      > the election.
      > Perry has called a 30-day special legislative to
      > begin April 17. It's
      > the fourth special session on the issue since Perry
      > took office.
      >
      > Lawmakers have been unable to agree on what taxes to
      > raise or create
      > to fund education while still lowering the property
      > taxes that largely
      > fund Texas public schools. The state is under a
      > court mandate to
      > devise a new funding plan by June 1 or public
      > schools won't receive
      > any more state money until a plan is made.
      >
      > Perry won't talk about political plans beyond
      > November. He says only
      > that he's concentrating on getting re-elected to a
      > four-year term and
      > governing the state. Any other speculation, he said,
      > "is a waste of
      > people's time."
      >
      > The fact that Perry's attracting national attention
      > is partly because
      > of his own doing and partly because of events beyond
      > his control.
      >
      > In many ways Perry was the face of Texas last year
      > as thousands of
      > Hurricane Katrina evacuees from Louisiana were
      > welcomed into the
      > state, just weeks before Hurricane Rita threatened
      > the Texas coast and
      > caused massive traffic jams in Houston before
      > roaring through the
      > piney woods of East Texas.
      >
      > On March 7, the day of the Texas primary election,
      > Perry, who had
      > little GOP opposition, spent some of the day in
      > Washington D.C.
      > telling Congress that the federal government had
      > turned its back on
      > Texas and that the state needs more money for
      > hurricane costs.
      >
      > Just a couple of months earlier, Perry and three
      > other governors
      > visited soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. The trip
      > started out as
      > top-secret for security reasons, but soon Perry was
      > giving interviews
      > on national television, talking about the American
      > soldiers he'd met.
      >
      > Perry's out-of-state travel time will likely decline
      > now that the
      > legislative session is approaching. He has no
      > official out-of-state
      > trips planned, his aides say.
      >
      > Those who pound him for failing so far to deliver an
      > education funding
      > plan say Perry ought to put all his energy into
      > business at the Texas
      > Capitol, if he wants to keep his job.
      >
      > "If he's paying attention and he's serious, he won't
      > leave the state,"
      > Fero said. "There is one issue in Texas today, and
      > that is public
      > schools."
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
    • THOMAS JOHNSON
      My guess is that the writer got mixed up and wrote this as an April s Fool prank on the wrong day... ... === message truncated ===
      Message 2 of 2 , Apr 2 9:13 AM
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        My guess is that the writer got mixed up and wrote
        this as an April's Fool prank on the wrong day...

        --- Greg Cannon <gregcannon1@...> wrote:

        >
        >
        > --- Julie Keller <jakeller@...> wrote:
        >
        > > To: utepprogressives@yahoogroups.com
        > > From: "Julie Keller" <jakeller@...>
        > > Date: Sun, 02 Apr 2006 12:33:10 -0000
        > > Subject: [utepprogressives] Be afraid. Be very
        > > afraid.
        > >
        > > The headline in today's El Paso Times was:
        > >
        > > Interest Grows in Perry for '08 White House Race
        > >
        > > The headline that seemed to run elsewhere was:
        > >
        > > GOVERNOR PERRY IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
        > > 04/01/2006
        > >
        > > AUSTIN (AP) - As he runs for re-election, Texas
        > Gov.
        > > Rick Perry talks
        > > taxes in Tyler and transportation in Lubbock.
        > >
        > > But the Republican who replaced George W. Bush at
        > > the Austin capitol
        > > also visits Washington D.C., the U.S.-Mexico
        > border
        > > and even Iraq.
        > >
        > > He demanded more hurricane relief money for Texas
        > at
        > > a congressional
        > > hearing in March. He urged the Bush administration
        > > to increase
        > > security along the border, and repeated in
        > February
        > > that he would ask
        > > the Texas Legislature to expand the state's
        > > wiretapping authority to
        > > help curb border violence. He visited soldiers in
        > > Iraq in January on a
        > > clandestine trip with three other governors that
        > was
        > > later splashed
        > > across national news shows.
        > >
        > > Perhaps Perry is trying to stay above the
        > political
        > > fray at home as
        > > his opponents criticize him for everything from
        > > failing to reform how
        > > the state pays for public education to building
        > too
        > > many toll roads.
        > >
        > > But he's also raising his profile before the 2008
        > > presidential election.
        > >
        > > Potential GOP presidential candidates Rudy
        > Guiliani
        > > and Sen. John
        > > McCain have written fundraising letters for Perry.
        > > Senate Majority
        > > Leader Bill Frist and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt
        > > Romney, also possible
        > > contenders, have met with Perry or appeared at
        > > events with him.
        > > Virginia Sen. George Allen's aides have contacted
        > > Perry's staff.
        > >
        > > Political operatives from both parties say much of
        > > that attention
        > > comes because Perry, if re-elected, could help the
        > > Republican
        > > presidential nominee win a big state in a year in
        > > which Texas could
        > > swing to either party after Bush's reign.
        > >
        > > "The governor, whether it be a Democrat or a
        > > Republican, will play an
        > > enormous role in the presidential election year
        > > campaign," said Bill
        > > Lauderback, executive vice president of the
        > American
        > > Conservative
        > > Union, based in Alexandria, Va.
        > >
        > > It's also possible would-be presidential nominees
        > > are sizing up Perry
        > > as a possible vice presidential pick.
        > >
        > > "I think people at the national level are looking
        > at
        > > Governor Perry
        > > and the state of Texas," Perry campaign spokesman
        > > Robert Black said.
        > > "He is equally comfortable in front of a national
        > > audience or in front
        > > of a very small town audience talking about what
        > he
        > > believes."
        > >
        > > Those core issues, Black said, are job creation,
        > > improvements to
        > > public education and transportation and civil
        > > lawsuit limits, which
        > > supporters refer to as tort reform. Black said
        > > there's an effort to
        > > emulate Texas' tort reform laws at the federal
        > > level.
        > >
        > > But Austin-based Democratic consultant Kelly Fero
        > > said Perry's aides
        > > are just doing what every campaign tries to do
        > > during an election season.
        > >
        > > It's "just political jockeying and positioning.
        > > Everybody does it,"
        > > Fero said. "It makes them look like part of a team
        > > that's going places."
        > >
        > > Yet, Perry gave such an impressive speech in
        > > February to the
        > > Conservative Political Action Conference in
        > > Washington - he talked
        > > about the need to limit spending and limit the
        > size
        > > of government -
        > > that it started some vice presidential buzz in the
        > > room, Lauderback said.
        > >
        > > "Most of the people in the audience had never seen
        > > or heard of Rick
        > > Perry," Lauderback said. "He got their attention,
        > no
        > > question."
        > >
        > > It's not likely Perry would be tapped for the 2008
        > > ticket unless he
        > > started campaigning for the spot in earnest,
        > > Lauderback said. He said
        > > Perry's immediate job is getting re-elected.
        > >
        > > A former Democrat, Perry, 56, is running his
        > eighth
        > > campaign. He's
        > > never lost an election, having risen from the
        > state
        > > House of
        > > Representatives to agriculture commissioner to
        > > lieutenant governor. He
        > > moved into the governorship when Bush resigned to
        > > become president in
        > > December 2000, then Perry won the office outright
        > in
        > > 2002.
        > >
        > > This year he faces Houston Democrat Chris Bell,
        > who
        > > gained notice as a
        > > freshman congressman for filing a House ethics
        > > complaint against
        > > former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay. He made
        > the
        > > complaint shortly
        > > after the Texas redistricting map - engineered by
        > > DeLay and backed by
        > > Perry - caused Bell to lose his 2004 re-election
        > bid
        > > after one term.
        > >
        > > The governor's race could become a four-way if
        > > Perry's nemesis Carole
        > > Keeton Strayhorn and colorful author and musician
        > > Kinky Friedman get
        > > enough petition signatures by May 11 to get on the
        > > November ballot.
        > > Strayhorn, the state comptroller who verbally
        > > attacks Perry at almost
        > > every opportunity, is Republican, but is running
        > as
        > > an independent.
        > >
        > > The race could hinge on whether Perry and the
        > > Republican-controlled
        > > Legislature achieve a new school funding plan
        > before
        > > the election.
        > > Perry has called a 30-day special legislative to
        > > begin April 17. It's
        > > the fourth special session on the issue since
        > Perry
        > > took office.
        > >
        > > Lawmakers have been unable to agree on what taxes
        > to
        > > raise or create
        > > to fund education while still lowering the
        > property
        > > taxes that largely
        >
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