July 20, 2012 To make insurance more affordable, the federal health law requires every state to conduct a special review whenever a health insurer wants to raise premiums more than 10 percent. The Texas insurance department hasn't completed a reviews of any of the nine qualifying rate increases. So the companies' rate increases have taken effect.
July 9, 2012 Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry called the federal health overhaul law a "power grab" and rejected an expansion of Medicaid in the state to cover more people with low incomes. The recent Supreme Court ruling on the administration's health law makes participation in the expansion optional.
January 6, 2012 The first significant poll of South Carolina voters following his narrow Iowa caucuses win has Mitt Romney bursting into a surprisingly strong lead, suggesting that the race for the Republican presidential nomination could be over sooner rather than later. Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich's support in the state has fallen out of bed.
December 28, 2011 The Texas governor asked a federal court to stop Virginia from printing its March 6 GOP primary ballots while it considers a legal challenge to the ballot qualification measures, which would leave only two candidates on the official Republican ballot. Newt Gingrich also is considering action.
December 19, 2011 Forget the Newt Gingrich surge in Iowa. That's yesterday's news. We really should be focusing on Rep. Ron Paul having the Big Mo as in momentum, at least according a new Iowa poll and a national poll.
December 9, 2011 Perry told the journalists that he would declare a "day of national prayer in a time of crisis" according to a post by Jason Clayworth on the Register's 2012 Iowa Caucuses blog. Here's the question — what would Madison do? The historic evidence argues strongly that the fourth president wouldn't call a day of prayer. Just the opposite, in fact.
December 7, 2011 In the latest reminder that he's still in the race (if apparently not in the hunt) for the Republican presidential nomination, Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a new TV ad in Iowa in which he makes a naked appeal to the state's religious conservatives who are expected to play an important role in the upcoming caucuses.
November 23, 2011 If the U.S. continues to be the Great Satan in eyes of many Iranian officials, capable of inspiring over-the-top rhetoric in Teheran, Iran appears to have a similar affect on U.S. politicians, propelling them to flights of excess.
November 23, 2011 The big theme out of Tuesday night's Republican presidential debate in Washington was Newt Gingrich's compassionate tolerance toward illegal immigrants who have put down deep roots in the U.S. That position conflicted with the more hardline views of many conservative voters.
November 17, 2011 That Rick Perry would want to debate anyone given his own acknowledgement that he's a weak debater suggests he didn't expect Pelosi to take the bait. And he was right. Although he did give Pelosi a chance to get in a dig at his expense.
November 17, 2011 In a classic case of taking a political opponent's comments out of context, some of the presidents Republican opponents are attacking President Obama for a remark in which he said U.S. policymakers have been "lazy" in recent decades for not creating the best environment to attract foreign direct investment to the U.S.
November 16, 2011 A Texas law signed by Gov. Rick Perry made it mandatory for health insurers to reimburse patients up to $200 for CT scans and ultrasound tests to look for heart trouble. Texas, it turns out, is No. 4 in the nation when it comes health insurance mandates.
November 11, 2011 On David Letterman, the Texas governor had some fun at his own expense. Excuse No. 10: ""There were three reasons why I messed up last night: 1) The nerves 2) The headache and 3) Um...Uh...Oops."
November 10, 2011 He wants to eliminate three federal agencies, the Republican presidential candidate said during Wednesday's debate. But he could only remember two. Today, he's saying that just underscores how many agencies there are "that I'd like to forget."