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Gov. Perry Wins Unprecedented Third Term in Texas

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Republican Rick Perry, Texas’ longest-serving governor, won an unprecedented third term Tuesday night.

His Democratic opponent, Bill White, the former mayor of Houston, gave Perry a strong challenge. It was the first election loss for White since beginning his political career in 2003.

Perry watched the election results at Texas Disposal Systems’ Exotic Game Ranch in Buda, a small town outside Austin.

Like Republicans all across the country, Perry used widespread anti-Washington sentiment to defeat his opponent. White said in interviews leading into Tuesday’s election that Perry rehashed GOP talking points and used President’s Obama slipping popularity to nationalize the race instead of defending his own record. Perry seldom mentioned White, who worked as the deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration in the 1990s.
While White, a lawyer, earned endorsements in the The Dallas Morning News and the The Houston Chronicle, he had an uphill climb. The Morning News wrote that Perry had done “relatively little during a decade at the helm of state government.”
Perry became governor in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned from office to seek the presidency. He has since run twice, fending off a long line of challengers. Earlier this year, he defeated Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and businesswoman Debra Medina in the Republican primary.
In 2006, Perry faced Democrat Chris Bell as well as author and comedian Kinky Friedman. In 2002, Democrat and businessman Tony Sanchez spent $75 million on the race but won just 40 percent of the vote.
Perry seized the tea party movement early, pondering Texas’ secession from the union at a tea party rally last year. At the time, he said, “My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, will pay attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and a pretty independent lot to boot.”
When asked about the secession comment, Perry told Politics Daily’s Matt Lewis, “I totally understand how distressed people across this country are at Washington and Washington’s disdain for people’s personal freedom.” He said he tipped his hat to the tea party for “getting people to go back and read the Constitution.”
White ran on his record as Houston mayor. He received the endorsements of environmental groups for pushing practical measures to reduce America’s dependence on foreign oil with more production of domestic natural gas and greater reliance on other renewable domestic resources. He also touted Houston’s job growth under his leadership.
As late as Monday, White lobbed attacks on Perry. His campaign sent out a press release hinting that the governor might leave office early to run for president in 2012 and is just prepping himself for the national stage. The release also said that Perry was planning a tour for his upcoming book, “Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America From Washington,” soon after the election. Another potential candidate in 2012, Newt Gingrich, wrote the book’s foreword.
According to The Associated Press, Perry says in the book that he is fed up with “prohibition of school prayer, the redefinition of marriage, the nationalization of health care, the proliferation of federal criminal laws, interference with local education, the increased regulation of food — [Washington] even telling us what kind of light bulb we can use.”
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March 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

EMILY’s List Takes Swipe at Sarah Palin’s ‘Mama Grizzlies’

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Sarah Palin has made “Mama Grizzlies” a campaign theme, but a Democratic women’s group is growling back.

EMILY’s List, a national organization dedicated to electing pro-choice Democratic women to office, announced a new campaign, “Sarah Doesn’t Speak for Me,” on Monday. Its mission: To fight back against Palin’s “radical agenda” and her endorsed candidates.

In a press release, the group said: “Sarah Palin has predicted a rising tide of mothers and women voters will support her so-called ‘Mama Grizzly’ candidates. Today, we call upon women — and men! — to let their voices be heard and to reject Palin’s reactionary candidates and backward-looking agenda. We’re asking Democrats, Independents, and moderate Republicans who have no home — to join us in our new campaign, Sarah Doesn’t Speak for Me.”

The group planned to announce more details of the campaign Tuesday in Washington, and launched a new website for the campaign.

“We wanted to respond to Sarah Palin and her candidates’ assertions that they were speaking for all women with a community of women who are speaking for themselves,” Jes McIntosh of EMILY’s List told Politics Daily. “It’s a place for them to connect and respond, meet their neighbors and tell what they want out of their government.”

Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser responded Tuesday, saying, “EMILY’s List is running scared — and it shows. Clearly, in this ‘Year of the Pro-Life Woman,’ which Sarah Palin helped make possible, women have found their political voices. Pro-life ‘Mama Grizzlies’ represent the majority of women across the country.”
She added, “We are looking for women leaders who affirm the best in women — who seek to include rather than exclude the rest of humanity as we find our fulfillment. EMILY’s List is busy perpetuating what it purports to abhor: using women candidates with whom they disagree as punching bags.”

Palin, one of the most polarizing figures in politics, has spent a large portion of this year traveling the country in support of female GOP candidates, or as she calls them “Mama Grizzlies.” Through her Sarah PAC, Palin has endorsed a host of female candidates including South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley and Susana Martinez in the New Mexico governor’s race. Both won. Both are the first GOP women in their states to win their party’s nomination.

Palin has also had some losses in her endorsements, including Karen Handel, who lost Georgia’s gubernatorial nomination earlier this month.

In Tuesday’s Wyoming primary, Palin endorsed Rita Meyer for governor. On her Facebook page, Palin wrote on July 29: “She may not have millions of dollars to campaign with, but she has enough volunteer human resources and is running her campaign the old fashion way — grassroots and gritty! Voters know that Rita has a unique blend of steel magnolia and mama grizzly.”

In July, Sarah PAC released “Mama Grizzlies,” a video that consists mostly of audio clips from a speech Palin gave to the anti-abortion rights group, Susan B. Anthony List.

The new president of EMILY’s List, Stephanie Schriock, spoke in Boston last month about Palin. The Boston Globe reported that Schriock said Palin “represents a set of values that are way out of the mainstream and arguably out of the mainstream of the Republican Party.”

Schriock replaced EMILY’s List founder, Ellen Malcolm, earlier this year. The group, which was founded 25 years ago, is trying to lure younger women who may have no memory of life before Roe v. Wade to its pro-choice cause. Palin is now the poster girl for it.

So far, Palin hasn’t addressed the EMILY’s List campaign against her.

On Monday afternoon, she told her Facebook followers she would appear that evening on Greta Van Susteren’s show on Fox News to discuss energy resources in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, among other topics.

“I’m traveling with Greta Van Susteren to Alaska’s North Slope and ANWR to discuss how developing our resources can contribute to America’s energy independence, security, job growth, and economic stability,” Palin wrote. “You’ll see what the remote 20 million acres of ANWR with its vast oil and gas reserves really looks like (unlike the extreme environmentalists’ fundraising pics).”

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March 7, 2011 at 5:33 pm