1. "Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children. In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally." Texas Gov.Rick Perry

    5 outraged reactions to Obama’s gun proposals

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  2. On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry declared his state would fight President Obama’s health-care overhaul by refusing to expand Medicaid or set up one-stop insurance exchanges — calling them “brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.” He joined a growing group of outspoken Republican governors, including Rick Scott of Florida, Nikki Haley of South Carolina, and Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, who have vowed to resist the Affordable Care Act since the Supreme Court upheld it in late June. Will defying Obama’s reform effort pay off? Here, a look at why the GOP governors might end up regretting wading into this fight:  

    Texas will lose out on $70 billion in federal money over six years if it opts out of the Medicaid expansion, according to Texas Well and Healthy, a coalition of ObamaCare supporters. “Our economy would benefit from this infusion, and our stretched health-care system needs the boost,” Eileen Garcia, who participates in the coalition as chief executive of Texans Care for Children, tells The New York Times. Not only that, says Suzy Khimm at The Washington Post, but state and local governments have to shell out $10.5 billion for uncompensated care at hospitals each year, according to the Urban Institute. Expanding Medicaid would mean many of those bills for the uninsured would be covered, so it might “save states” that money.

    4 reasons Rick Perry may regret battling ObamaCare

     

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  4. …voters will long remember and Mitt will long regret his bet that reminded everyone of a candidate who seems rich, elite, and out of touch.
    — The Daily Beast’s Mark McKinnon on the $10,000 bet that will haunt Mitt Romney for a long time.
     

  5. dcdecoder:

    Want some comic relief during the debate tonight? Every time Rick Perry speaks, imagine him with Michele Bachmann’s coif (a close second goes to Rick Santorum with Herman Cain’s close-cut ‘do.)

    Follow DC Decoder’s liveblogging coverage of the “Tea Party debate,” sponsored by Tea Party Express and CNN, with the venerable Shortformblog. The action starts at 8 p.m. ET and can be found at Tumblr tag “Tea Party debate.”

    (Source: dcdecoder)

     

  6. The battle for the GOP nomination starts in earnest" on Wednesday night, in the debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. It’s the first debate to include the new GOP frontrunner, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and marks the first time in the race that Perry and former frontrunner Mitt Romney will share the stage. What’s in store for the night? Here, some predictions.

    Photo: REUTERS/Jim Young

     

  7. Up until 1989, Rick Perry was actually a Democrat. He was Al Gore’s Texas state chair in 1988 when the Tennessee Democrat ran for president the first time. And in 1987, Perry supported a $5.7 billion tax hike, which was opposed by most Republican lawmakers and “triggered the largest tax increase ever passed in modern Texas.” Oops.

     

  8. Sure, they’re both swaggering Texans with a plainspoken, shoot-from-the-hip style. but Rick Perry is no George W. Bush. Here, a look at how they differ.