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Another Texas Politician Calls for Secession

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Texas Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, who is running to be the next state Attorney General, is preparing his state to secede and become an “independent nation.”

In an interview with WND, a right-wing hub, Smitherman argued that Texas can survive without the rest of the country and is taking steps to prepare for that day. “Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation,” he declared. “I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity.”

From the interview:

We are uniquely situated because we have energy resources, fossil and otherwise, and our own independent electrical grid. Generally speaking, we have made great progress in becoming an independent nation, an ‘island nation’ if you will, and I think we want to continue down that path so that if the rest of the country falls apart, Texas can operate as a stand-alone entity with energy, food, water and roads as if we were a closed-loop system.”

Smitherman said he feels Texas officials must do what they can to prepare the state.

“This was one of my goals at the Utility Commission and it is one my goals currently as chairman of the Railroad Commission. That’s why I stress so vehemently oil and gas production, permitting turnaround times, and everything that enables the industry to produce as much as it can, as quickly as it can,” he said.

As Railroad Commissioner, Smitherman is charge of regulating the state’s energy industry, including oil, gas, and coal. (The Railroad Commission no longer regulates Texas’ railroads.)

In 2009, Gov. Rick Perry (R), told reporters that Texas may have to secede “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people.”

Texas and a handful of other states tried secession once before. It didn’t end well.

Via TP.

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Davis Thinking of Running for Texas Governor

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Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who earned national attention with an eleven-hour filibuster against restricting abortion rights, announced on Monday that she was considering a run for governor.

“I can say with absolute certainty that I will run for one of two offices: either my State Senate seat or the governor,”  Davis said after a speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The trip was Davis’s second to Washington in two weeks. During that time, she has met with the Democratic Governors Association, attended fundraisers, and met with EMILY’s List.

She spoke like a polished candidate, taking swipes at long-serving Republican Governor Rick Perry for trying to lure businesses to Texas while ignoring the needs of the people in the state.

During the last two weeks of June, Davis raised nearly a million dollars, much of it in small contributions after her filibuster.

Via NYT.

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Pop Five: Comments Left by Women on Rick Perry’s Facebook Wall

During the birth control debate, many non-uterus-having, non-medical-doctorate-having politicians have shown that they have intimate knowledge of the female body. In response, dozens of women have gone to menstruation expert and Texas Governor Rick Perry (via Facebook) asking for medical advice.

The questions have been deleted from Gov. Perry’s Facebook page, and Gov. Perry’s people have barred anyone from posting to the wall, but many websites captured the comments before they were deleted.

Here are some of the best/most pressing questions women pitched to Gov. Perry.

5. “Hi there, Rick. I was wondering if you had any advice about what to do about mid-cycle cramping. Since my healthcare decisions are OBVIOUSLY better understood by politicians, I thought maybe I could get your advice. Thanks bunches!”

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Mirena IntraUterine System Deutsch: Mirena Hormonspirale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

4. “I need help quickly and I heard you are a better expert on women’s health than an OB/GYN. Since I don’t have medical insurance I can’t afford a doctor so I’m really grateful that you’ve taken on this additional task, even though I am sure you are busy running the state of Texas. Please get back to me immediately; I had an IUD inserted and now I have an ugly bloody discharge with mucous and I’m running a fever and am shaky. I have no insurance. What should I do and where should I go?”

3. “Hey rick – I was wondering if you could recommend a tampon brand for me since you seem to know so much about female necessities?”

2. “Rick, since you seem so concerned about my nether regions, I kindly request that you remove your head from my uterus. I don’t think your wife would approve!!”

1. “I had a tubal ligation when my husband was in the military at a military hospital. I’m not realizing that tax payers shouldn’t have paid for my birth control. Should I have the procedure reversed or find a way to pay back the tax-payers? Please advise.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/women-ask-rick-perry-about-sexual-health-2012-3#hi-there-rick-i-was-wondering-if-you-had-any-advice-about-what-to-do-about-mid-cycle-cramping-1#ixzz1pmQQpRQr

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BREAKING: Perry Dropping Out

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Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid Thursday for the Republican Presidential nomination.

The Texas governor will make the announcement before the CNN debate in South Carolina.

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Republicans Attack Romney in South Carolina

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A day after Mitt Romney’s victory in New Hampshire, he was greeted in South Carolina by attacks on his business record, his past support for abortion rights, and his character.

Newt Gingrich, Governor Rick Perry, and their allies sought to portray Mr. Romney as insufficiently steadfast in his conservatism, threatening a scorched-earth approach to the primary to be held here on January 21.

Mr. Gingrich said he would not back off. Mr. Perry kept up his critique of what he has called Mr. Romney’s “vulture capitalism.”

It was Day One of what a ten-day test of whether conservatives can marshal the arguments, tactics, and unity to slow Mr. Romney and rally around a single alternative.

Mr. Romney used his campaign to create a backlash against the attacks on his record at Bain. His Boston headquarters held conference calls with his endorsers, sent talking points to supporters, and enlisted go-betweens to tell leaders of the pro-Gingrich group Winning Our Future that they were harming the party with the attacks.

Mr. Romney’s team made headway in casting his opponents as abandoning their own party’s support for the free market. It received backing Wednesday from two political voices that have had the respect of the Tea Party movement: Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina and Senator Jim DeMint.

In the morning, Mr. Romney had declared the attacks against his business background a failure.

Via The New York Times.

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Romney Leads the Pack in New Poll

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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is extending his lead over the rest of the GOP field vying for their party’s presidential nomination.

Mr. Romney, who won the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday and the Iowa caucuses last week, garnered 34% support in a recent national poll, up from 28% in December.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was second, with 18%. Representative Ron Paul and former Senator Rick Santorum were tied at 15%, while Texas Gov. Rick Perry came in at 9% and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman had 4% support.

The sampling error for the poll, conducted January 11-12, was +/- 4.5%.

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Romney’s Rivals Attack Him in South Carolina

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A day after Mr. Romney’s victory in New Hampshire left his rivals running out of time to block his path to the nomination, he was greeted by a wave of attacks on his business record, his past support for abortion rights, and his character.

With little left to lose, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, and their allies sought to portray Mr. Romney as insufficiently conservative, threatening a scorched-earth approach to the primary to be held here on January 21.

A growing chorus of Republicans criticized the attacks on Mr. Romney’s earlier career buying and selling companies as Democratic talking points.

Mr. Gingrich said he would not back off Mr. Romney’s work at Bain.

Mr. Perry kept up his critique of what he has called Mr. Romney’s “vulture capitalism.”

It was Day One of a ten-day test of whether conservatives can slow Mr. Romney and rally around an alternative — and of whether Mr. Romney can stamp out the opposition.

Mr. Romney used his campaign machinery to create a backlash against the attacks on his record at Bain. His Boston headquarters held conference calls with his endorsers, sent talking points to supporters, and enlisted go-betweens to tell leaders of the pro-Gingrich group Winning Our Future that they were harming the party with the attacks.

Mr. Romney’s team made headway in casting his opponents as abandoning their party’s support for the free market. It received backing Wednesday from two political voices that have the respect of the Tea Party: Gov. Nikki R. Haley of South Carolina and Senator Jim DeMint.

Mr. Romney’s past positions in favor of abortion, and his Mormon religion, could tilt South Carolina evangelical voters against him. Mr. Romney seemed to try to get out ahead of the possibility that evangelical voters might spurn him based on his Mormonism, saying that he was not running for “pastor in chief” and emphasizing the economy and national security. Those comments came as national evangelical leaders prepared to meet in Texas this weekend to consider backing one of Mr. Romney’s rivals.

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