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  • 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 1 of 2 , Apr 2, 2006
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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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