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What choice does the right have in 2016?

12/11/14
The Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin
The most conservative candidates are, with the exception of 1964, invariably the bridesmaid and never the bride in the GOP presidential primary. (In 1980, there were candidates such as Rep. Phil Crane of Illinois to Ronald Reagan’s right.) Part of the explanation is that the most conservative voters divide their support among candidates, leaving a path for a more moderate figure to coast to victory.

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If the marquee names don’t run

12/11/14
The Washington Post
Jennifer Rubin
In the speculation about the GOP donor class’s intentions, most commentators have assumed that either (or both) former Florida governor Jeb Bush or New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run for president in 2016. But what if neither does, or one or both runs and then falters? This is entirely plausible.

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Rick Perry video aims to attract presidential donors, supporters

12/11/14
Dallas Morning News
Christy Hoppe
Gov. Rick Perry’s political team has put together a three-minute video being showcased at a series of Governor Mansion receptions for GOP money-bundlers and key operatives.

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‘Rick Perry in 2016’ building momentum

12/10/14
Austin American-Statesman
Chuck Lindell
The carefully orchestrated rollout of the new and improved Rick Perry — more pensive, less mistake-prone and ready for redemption with another presidential run — is kicking into a higher gear.

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ADP estimate: Texas regains lead in number of new jobs generated in November

12/10/14
Dallas Morning News
Sheryl Jean
Texas regained its lead in the number of new jobs generated by a state in November — even though the number was less than the previous month, according to estimates released today by payroll processor ADP.

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Rick Perry, hungry for redemption, says he’s a ‘substantially different’ candidate

12/09/14
The Washington Post
Philip Rucker
AUSTIN — The man who could be president is ambling through the Texas governor’s mansion on his own, whistling “Frosty the Snowman” as he approaches the parlor room to greet a reporter.

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Who’s schooling Rick Perry on policy issues in preparation for 2016?

12/09/14
The Washington Post
Philip Rucker
AUSTIN -- Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) is undergoing exhaustive preparations to run for president in 2016, with dozens of think tank experts flying into Austin this month for daylong briefings and tutorial sessions with the governor.

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Rick Perry’s no-frills airline

12/06/14
The Economist
David Rennie
COWBOY swagger can be a great look—until the strutting hero trips and falls flat on his face. Governor Rick Perry of Texas learned that in 2011. For a heady moment he led the field of Republicans seeking the presidential nomination. Then came the fall. An ill-prepared Mr Perry was stunned when rivals attacked him from the right, denouncing his (admirable) policy of offering subsidised university places to Texas residents, regardless of immigration status, in the interests of a skilled workforce. The end came with an “Oops” heard around the world, uttered during a TV debate in which—flustered and battling severe back-pain—Mr Perry forgot which federal departments he wanted to abolish.

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Best state in America: Texas, where both crime and incarceration rates are falling

12/05/14
The Washington Post
Reid Wilson
In the 1990s and 2000s, states pursued the expensive goal of being tough on crime. Now, with budgets strained near breaking points, those states are trying to cut costs by being smart on crime. Reducing crime rates, recidivism and prison populations isn’t just good for society, after all, it’s good for a state’s bottom line.

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Weighing a second presidential bid, Perry picks up pace on 2016 prep

12/04/14
Houston Chronicle
Patrick Svitek
As his 14 years in office come to a close, Gov. Rick Perry is dramatically stepping up his outreach to those who could influence a 2016 presidential campaign that he has insisted would be the antithesis of his ill-fated bid three years ago.

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