Texas drops fight against American-US Airways merger

DALLAS, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Texas has pulled out of a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit seeking to block the planned American Airlines-US Airways merger, the state's attorney general said.

Planned Parenthood sues to block Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Planned Parenthood is suing the state of Texas over a new abortion law the group says would close a third of abortion clinics in the state.

Texas Sen. Davis expected to announce campaign intention this week

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Even though she isn't a formal gubernatorial candidate, Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis says she's already getting smeared by the opposition.

Wendy Davis expected to announce bid for governor

HOUSTON, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who gained prominence for filibustering a bill restricting abortion in the state, has told supporters she will run for governor.

Texas Chief Justice Jefferson to resign

AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, will resign at the end of September, the court announced Tuesday.

Texas' Davis close to deciding which office she'll seek

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who created a national buzz by filibustering a bill restricting abortion, says she will run for one of two offices next year.
Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Politics 2014: Paul-Christie dialogue signals start of 2016 season

Winter, spring, summer or fall ... it's a long way to 2016. The Paul/Christie feud means one thing: The presidential campaign is upon us.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Obama reverses decision to limit aid to Texas town destroyed by blast

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, in an about-face, has declared as a major disaster a small Texas town devastated by a fertilizer plant explosion.

Gov. Perry signs strict new Texas abortion bill

AUSTIN, Texas, July 18 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Perry signed Texas' strict new abortion law Thursday, saying it shows the state's "continuing commitment to protect life."
Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Politics 2014: Supreme Court DOMA ruling affects campaigns

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, campaign finance guidelines for gay candidates and their spouses could vary from state to state.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International

Restrictive Texas abortion bill expected to be challenged in court

AUSTIN, Texas, July 13 (UPI) -- A hotly contested bill passed by the Texas Senate that contains some of the nation's most restrictive abortion rules will be challenged in court, opponents say.

Abortion bill passes Texas House; goes to Senate

AUSTIN, Texas, July 10 (UPI) -- The Texas House, with opponents shouting from the gallery, overwhelmingly passed a bill Wednesday that would place new limits on abortion.

Sen. Boxer asks OSHA, EPA, governors to prevent chemical explosions

WASHINGTON, July 9 (UPI) -- Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., after a hearing on April's Texas' fertilizer plant explosion, called on governors Tuesday to ensure safe storage of chemicals.
Rick Perry won't seek fourth term as Texas governor

Rick Perry won't seek fourth term as Texas governor

SAN ANTONIO, July 8 (UPI) -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who sought the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, announced Monday he won't seek re-election to a fourth term in 2014.

The Issue: Texas in the spotlight; other states enact abortion laws

While the eyes of the nation were on Texas' abortion debate and filibuster, laws affecting abortion access went into effect without much national hoopla.
NICOLE DEBEVEC, United Press International
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Rick Perry
Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry encourages his supporters at a campaign rally on January 2, 2012 in Perry, Iowa. Iowa holds their first-in-the-nation caucus for the 2012 election on Tuesday. UPI/Brian Kersey

James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current Governor of Texas. A Republican, Perry was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when then-governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full gubernatorial terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010. With a tenure in office to date of &1000000000000001000000010 years, &10000000000000271000000271 days, Perry is the longest continuously serving current U.S. governor, and the second longest serving current U.S. governor after Terry Branstad of Iowa.

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia) and again in 2011. Perry is the longest serving governor in Texas state history. As a result, he is the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every eligible state office, board, or commission position (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court).

Perry won the Texas 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina. In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won a third term by defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass. On August 13, 2011, Perry announced in South Carolina that he was running for the Republican nomination for President of the United States in the 2012 presidential election.

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