Archive for November, 2011

UT student investigated for tweets about bullets that hit White House

Earlier this afternoon, Lauren E. Pierce tweeted “Y’all as tempting as it may be, don’t shoot Obama. We need him to go down in history as the WORST president we’ve EVER had!”

Pierce is president of the University of Texas’ College Republicans.

According to ABC news, Pierce said the tweet "was a ‘joke’ and that the ‘whole [shooting incident] was stupid." ABC News reports Pierce was giggling, as she said that an attempted assassination would "only make the situation worse.’"

Cassie Wright, vice president of the UT College Republicans told ABC News “Insofar as she’s a representative [of the College Republicans], maybe it shouldn’t be said, but she made a positive statement in a way. I don’t really see anything wrong with it. It’s just a personal comment, not representative of any group. Just freedom of speech, you know?"

Pierce has already deleted the tweet from her feed but now she’s apologizing on the same account.

Ron Paul picks up another straw poll win

Ron Paul is having a good week. He won two straw polls, one in South Carolina, one in San Diego. In South Carolina he came in first with 38 percent of the vote. Newt Gingrich came in second with 28 percent. In San Diego, Paul had 30 percent of the ballots cast. Gingrich was behind him in that poll as well, with 22.6 percent of the vote.

Perhaps more importantly, he’s surging ahead in Iowa. With the Iowa Caucuses just seven weeks away, a Bloomberg News poll shows a four-way tie in the primary state.

Herman Cain at 20 percent, Ron Paul with 19 percent, Mitt Romney with 18 percent, and Newt Gingrich, with 17 are all neck and neck. The margin of error is ± 4.4 so it is anyone’s game.

Perry’s favorability takes a hit in new Gallup poll

Voters aren’t just saying they won’t vote for Gov. Perry for president, they are saying they just don’t like him.

A new "Positive Intensity" poll from Gallup shows Gov. Perry’s positive intensity–a percentage of voter’s strong favorable opinion of him–is zero. When Perry’s campaign launched in August he was at 21 and peaked with a score of 25 in September.

The polls shows Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain tied at 17. Cain is down 29 points since news broke of sexual harassment allegations against him. Texas Congressman Ron Paul scored a 4, two points above his low mark.

But, it could be worse for Rick Perry. Jon Huntsman’s positive intensity score is a -1.

Capital Tonight sneak peek: Combs responds to F1 stall

This week on "Capital Tonight," anchor Paul Brown will sit down with State Comptroller Susan Combs. Combs is at the center of the fight over Formula 1 racing in Texas. Construction was halted indefinitely Tuesday by contractors.

A lawsuit on behalf of some Travis County citizens claims Combs illegally reached a deal with race promoters regarding state funding for the event.

Monday, Combs said she has yet to receive an application from F1 officials for state funding for the event. “I am concerned with reports that have come out over the weekend regarding possible problems with the Texas race even taking place," Combs said.

Minority Leader, Perry trade barbs over ‘overhaul’ Washington plan

Gov. Perry fired back at House Minority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) on the Sean Hannity radio show Tuesday, after Hoyer said his "Uproot and Overhaul Washington" plan was just pandering to the Tea Party.

"Is this a serious proposal he is making for a country that has very high unemployment, whose budget deficit is larger than it has ever been in history, where we have two wars that we are confronting and trying to bring to a conclusion?" Hoyer said. "If this is what he thinks is pandering to the tea party, it is not in my opinion speaking to the issues that the American people feel are very, very critical to them."

On the Sean Hannity Radio show Tuesday afternoon, Gov. Perry said he wasn’t surprised Hoyer didn’t like his plan.

"It’s not a surprise to me when I laid out this fundamental reform that I talk about and ask the American people to consider a part-time citizen Congress, that career politicians like Steny Hoyer don’t like my plan to overhaul Washington. They’re making a great living up there."

You can listen to the audio of Perry on the Sean Hannity Radio show below.

The Associate Press contributed to this report.

Dewhurst announces his own conservative Christian endorsement

Texas Right to Life PAC, the state’s “largest pro-life” organization is backing Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s U.S. Senate bid. The PAC is also endorsing four other state lawmakers’ campaigns.

Texas Right to Life said Dewhurst is a “strong advocate for the unborn, the elderly and the infirm and share the Texas Right to Life’s goals of defending the sanctity of innocent human life at all stages.”

Dewhurst’s challenger, Ted Cruz picked up an endorsement from Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson this week.

Ted Cruz picks up conservative Christian endorsement

U.S Senate candidate Ted Cruz has picked up the endorsement of Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson. Focus on the Family is an evangelical Christian organization based in Colorado.

Dobson released this statement about his endorsement, today:

“Ted Cruz stands out among conservative leaders across the country today. He has a consistent record of standing up for faith, family, and freedom, and winning values battles on a national level. Texas is the largest conservative state in the country. Open Senate seats don’t come along there every day. It would be an absolute travesty to squander this opportunity on another politician who compromises values to get votes. I urge all Texans who love life, family, faith, and freedom to not only vote for Ted Cruz, but to work hard for his campaign. This endorsement was made by me personally and not as a representative of any organization or non-profit entity.”

Cruz’s endorsement comes one day after his opponent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst released his first statewide television ad


Rep. Gabby Giffords talks to constituents in voice message on Facebook

Following Monday night’s emotional interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords released a message to her constituents Tuesday on Facebook. In it she says she misses home, and is getting stronger and better. Giffords said she looks forward to getting back to work.

"Hello this is Gabby Giffords. I miss you, I miss Tucson, the mountains, blue skies, even the heat. I’m getting stronger. I’m getting better. It has been a hard year – for all of us. Thinking of that day makes me sad. Six people died. Six innocent people. So many people hurt. There is a lot to say. I will speak better. I want to get back to work. Representing Arizona is my honor. My staff is there to help you. They keep me informed on your behalf. I miss you, I miss home. I will see you real soon."

You can listen to the message in Gabby’s words below.

A Message from Rep. Gabrielle Giffords by RepGiffords

Rep. Paul making moves in Iowa

Congressman Ron Paul is a top-tier candidate for voters likely to attend the Iowa caucus, according to a new Bloomberg News-Washington Post poll. The poll puts Paul in a four-way dead heat for first place with Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich.

Cain leads the pack with 20 percent with Paul right behind at 19 percent. Romney got 18 percent and Gingrich secured 17 percent. Those numbers are all well within the poll’s margin of error.

Despite a major ad campaign in Iowa, Gov. Rick Perry saw his support drop off to seven percent, putting him in fifth place. Rep. Michele Bachmann, who won the Iowa Straw Poll in August came in sixth, with five.

There is more good news for Paul, who seems to have a stronger base than his opponents. While six in ten people said they might change their mind before the election, 32 percent said Paul is their final choice.

Following the poll’s release, Ron Paul National Campaign Chairman Jesse Benton said, “The Bloomberg News poll reveals that Ron Paul is a top contender in the key early voting state of Iowa, which helps determine who will win the Republican nomination for the presidency.”

Perry vows to ‘overhaul’ Washington

Tuesday in Iowa, Gov. Perry conducted his third policy speech of his presidential campaign. In the speech he promised to overhaul Washington.

The speech was reminiscent of the Perry we saw during his Fed Up book tour, bashing Washington and calling for big changes to how things are run. Perry’s “Uproot and Overhaul Washington” plan would “establish a part-time Citizen Congress,” where the pay of congress members is cut in half, as well as their time spent in Washington. Perry then wants those lawmakers to work in their home districts, holding regular jobs.

"I believe that it’s time to create a part-time Congress, where their pay is cut in half, their office budgets are cut in half and their time in Washington is cut in half," Perry said. "And if they don’t develop and bring forward a budget by the year 2020, they need to cut that salary in half again."

Perry also wants to make “insider trading” by members of the U.S. Congress illegal. Allegations of insider trading were highlighted in a story on Sunday’s 60 minutes.

Sticking to past talking points, Perry also suggested ending government regulations and ending federal bailouts. He said all pending regulations should be stopped and an audit of “every regulation passed since 2008” should be ordered.

Gov. Perry said he would also end lifetime terms for Supreme Court justices and pass legislation requiring a two-thirds majority for any tax increase.

Perry’s “Uproot and Overhaul Washington” plan is outlined below.

Uproot and Overhaul Washington