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What the Hell Just Happened in Texas,
and Why Was Rick Perry Just Indicted?

Daily Beast, by Olivia Nuzzi

Original Article

Posted By:StormCnter, 8/16/2014 5:01:43 AM

The scandal that erupted Friday night involved millions of dollars, statehouse power plays—oh yeah, and alcohol, police, and masks. Texas Governor Rick Perry was indicted Friday on charges of abuse of power—a first degree felony—and coercion—a third degree felony. The charges stem from a 2013 scandal that has been quietly rumbling in the Lone Star State as Perry has been floated as a viable contender for the Republican nomination in 2016. This is a complex case, which might be why it has not made national headlines the way other recent, state-level scandals (like Bridgegate, in New Jersey) have. Below, I have outlined

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Pretty fair recount. Beware of quotes from the Texas Observer and Texas Tribune, however.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: mws50, 8/16/2014 5:26:30 AM     (No. 9967842)

Typical libtard response...
District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg, a democrat, was drunk as a skunk ans arrested for drunk driving. She demanded special treatment, didn´t get it, pled guilty, and refused to resign her position. The Texas Public Integrity Unit does not need to be controlled by a drunk and obnoxious driver. Governor Perry used his constitutionally granted authority to defund that Public Integrity Unit. The democrats whined like little babies and got these trumped up charges past a grand jury, so they can try to do to Perry what they did do to Tom Delay. As an FYI, all 28 indictments against Tom Delay have been dismissed except one and that should be dismissed this year.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 8/16/2014 5:39:13 AM     (No. 9967850)

Thank you, #1, for that well-put synopsis of this case. The Texas Democrats cleverly chose Austin, the liberal chancre on the face of Texas, as the venue for this grand jury, knowing that

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Reply 3 - Posted by: wetenschapper, 8/16/2014 5:41:25 AM     (No. 9967852)

Oops, somehow my reply got sent before I finished.

..knowing that the typical Austinite would indict a ham sandwich for felony jaywalking if somebody told them it was a Republican.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: steveW, 8/16/2014 6:04:23 AM     (No. 9967860)

What happened? The Clinton campaign.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: pursuitoftruth, 8/16/2014 6:06:07 AM     (No. 9967861)

Personally, I think the Dems. jumped the shark. It will be seen as a way of getting at Perry for the border resistance by many as that is what he has been in the news for recently, though I believe it is more personal. Not going to work but is going to give him more face time.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lil dotty, 8/16/2014 6:44:07 AM     (No. 9967876)

First two thoughts..

Perry´s payback for NG on the Texas border.

It worked on Tom Delay, why not try it on Rick Perry.

Shocked! The rats will do anything to keep the power they have accumulated. Chances are, when it gets down to the bone, bow-boy and the Clintons have their fingers in this pile.

Though not a full fledged fan, to see how he was worked over by the wrecking crew infuriates the heck out of me. It only goes to show how desperate the socialist party has become.



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Reply 7 - Posted by: Edgelady, 8/16/2014 6:54:28 AM     (No. 9967885)

Austin Democrats are a vile and vengeful bunch that lack moral compass. I´m a native Austinite that left and this was just one of the reasons I left.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 8/16/2014 6:56:40 AM     (No. 9967886)

This is not a fair account at all. The ´quick´ synopsis at the beginning doesn´t even mention the DA´s DUI, and as #2 points out, her intimidating language to the sheriff´s office employees. In the ´comprehensive´ account, her blood alcohol content isn´t even listed.

So the average Daily Beast reader thinks that Perry is a power hungry politician, intent on making this poor woman quit, so he can appoint a Republican.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: nonsense, 8/16/2014 7:02:36 AM     (No. 9967891)

The Demonrats will destroy every Republican candidate except for the one they choose. I shudder to think that Jeb Bush is their chosen one.


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Reply 10 - Posted by: StormCnter, 8/16/2014 7:04:46 AM     (No. 9967892)

Governor Perry will be on Fox News Sunday.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Keekng, 8/16/2014 7:19:25 AM     (No. 9967910)

Olivia, in all fairness to the Republicans you are attempting to smear, you should have said, "alleged scandals as charged by a corrupt District Attorney".

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Reply 12 - Posted by: yo-yo, 8/16/2014 7:45:27 AM     (No. 9967934)

Something tells me there is NOT a Mr. Lehmberg, but Miss Lehmberg is enough to keep Austin weird.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 8/16/2014 8:06:52 AM     (No. 9967964)

See the article ´´Before You Pass Judgment On Rick Perry…´´ posted several articles down and watch the videos. ´´Do you know who I am?´´ Arrogant pig.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/16/2014 8:21:36 AM     (No. 9967976)

This may be the best thing to ever happen to Rick Perry. Who doesn´t see this for what it is? Depending on how he responds to this, his stature could go way up.


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Reply 15 - Posted by: Udanja99, 8/16/2014 8:50:30 AM     (No. 9968016)

The left will always blatantly let you know who they fear the most. Just ask Sarah Palin.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: bamboozle, 8/16/2014 9:14:05 AM     (No. 9968049)

It´s the same load of stuff the Democrat prosecutors in Milwaukee tried unsuccessfully to drop on Scott Walker until their never ending John Doe witch hunt was shutdown by a federal judge. I suspect we will see this template applied more and more to the candidates the liberals fear the most as we approach 2016.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: bugboy, 8/16/2014 9:22:05 AM     (No. 9968059)

Travis county is a hell hole of liberalism. For the most part Texas goes one why Travis County the other. They have done everything possible to stop gun shows, This judge is a criminal in that she was arrested for DWI.

I´m not surprised the Democrat liberals went after Perry with this BS indictment.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/16/2014 9:45:59 AM     (No. 9968078)

Ronnie Earle, the DA for Travis County has a long record of hunting for Republican scalps. His first attempt was Kay Bailey Hutchison, the Senator whose retirement in 2012 led to the election of Ted Cruz. He went after her for some piddling improper use of office case. On the opening day of the trial he attempted to withdraw the case. The Judge demanded the case be tried so Kay Bailey would get a not guilty verdict and Ronnie would be prevented from bringing the case back before another judge. All but one of the counts against Tom Delay have been overturned on legal grounds. Texas was once uniformly Democrat. Ronnie Earle will continue to bring indictments against Republicans until he retires. If the grand jury fails to indict he will wait and bring the same indictment to the next grand jury. In the case against Tom Delay, it took 3 grand juries. And the last of the convictions is about to be overturned. So who is doing the people´s business and who is engaged in politics using taxpayer money? You decide.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lancer12, 8/16/2014 9:51:16 AM     (No. 9968083)

(R) not (D). Case closed.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: oh-heck, 8/16/2014 9:55:29 AM     (No. 9968090)

Sorry for second post. Rosemary Lehmberg took over the DA´s office when Ronnie Earle retired. She is apparently continuing the scalp hunt.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: CzndCitzen, 8/16/2014 10:03:57 AM     (No. 9968104)

#1 is correct. Rosemary Lehmberg will live to regret this. Now everyone will know what an obnoxious drunk she is and how she threatened the police and was screaming "Do you know who I am". What a freaking pig. Fits right in with the Austin Crazies...

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Reply 22 - Posted by: RancherJack, 8/16/2014 10:09:18 AM     (No. 9968111)

This says Perry is unfavored by the RNC. Why?

They had no walls in place to protect a potential winner in 2016 and let the proven maliciousness of Travis County roam wild.

If the RNC considered Perry to be a real candidate he´d already have protection.

This tells me the RNC already has its favored boy ..

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Reply 23 - Posted by: starboard, 8/16/2014 10:14:13 AM     (No. 9968119)

Didn´t I read that Hillary is considering that Castro guy as a possible running mate?
Food for thought.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Tusker, 8/16/2014 10:15:57 AM     (No. 9968122)

Rick secures the border, the next morning he gets indicted.

Strange us it not?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: mc squared, 8/16/2014 10:39:55 AM     (No. 9968148)

In a nutshell, all you need to know is this TV spot:

"(picture of Perry with prison bars over his face) voice-over: This man has been charged with abuse and coercion. Do you want him in the White House? Vote Hillary"

Sorry folks but that´s what will happen no matter.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: planetgeo, 8/16/2014 10:57:05 AM     (No. 9968176)

It´s not for nothing that Austin is called "Bat City".

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Reply 27 - Posted by: MDMuskrat, 8/16/2014 11:27:58 AM     (No. 9968200)

This is "a pretty fair recount (sic)"?! FTA: Lehmberg pleaded guilty and spent a couple of days in jail. That "couple of days" totaled 45. [I wonder if Ms, Nuzzi would like to hang by her thumbs for "a couple of days"?] This whole article is an attempt to justify a dirty political trick.

Ted Cruz is still my first choice, but this kind of rotten leftist politics puts Rick Perry a close second.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Penney, 8/16/2014 1:43:59 PM     (No. 9968338)

npr is giddy over the Travis dem pols´ blatantly bogus charge. ...Time to defund the dems´ npr!

dem pols have no shame & transparent timing

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Reply 29 - Posted by: marthaville, 8/16/2014 6:36:03 PM     (No. 9968530)

Travis County (Austin, TX) district attorney Rosemary Lemberg is a protege of Ronnie Earle, the former DA. Earle is a left wing ideologue who continues to influence the work done by his minions in the current District Attorney´s office. Their specialty is hounding Republican office holders and attempting to stop corporate money flowing into elections. Ronnie Earle liked to make deals where the offending party would make contributions to his favorite program at UCLA.

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Safari Man, 8/17/2014 11:05:50 AM     (No. 9969059)

#26 please, the bats are the good guys compared to the ´rats. At least the bats are good for something. All we get from the ´rats is guano.


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Reply 31 - Posted by: snowcloud, 8/17/2014 11:13:07 AM     (No. 9969066)

Knowing Rick Perry I see a very good possibility that this will backfire big time on the dems. Governor Perry is a fighter, first and foremost, not a wallflower that will fade into the background and cower in the corner waiting for this "storm" to pass. Don´t mess with Rick Perry OR Texas.

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Meghan McCain joined the dog pile on the Secret Service this week, saying she’s had “nothing but horrible experiences" with the agency and likening the agents to “glorified mall cops.” The 29-year-old author and television personality, who is also the daughter of former GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), opened up on Pivot’s “TakePart Live” about some of her interactions with the Secret Service. "I have nothing but horrible experiences with the Secret Service,” McCain said. “One of my friends called them glorified mall cops and I don´t think that´s terribly far off. I found them cliquey. I hated

Some Blacks See Secret Service
as Flawed Shield for the President

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New York Times, by Peter Baker    Original Article
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WASHINGTON — Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland was at the grocery store the other day when he ran into an elderly black woman who expressed growing concern about President Obama’s safety. Why, she asked, wasn’t he being better protected by his Secret Service agents? The furor that led to this week’s resignation of the director of the Secret Service resonated deeply among blacks, outraged that those supposed to be guarding the first black president were somehow falling down on the job — and suspicious even without evidence that it may be deliberate. “It is something that is widespread in

White House says it has
Ebola virus under control

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The Hill [Washington, DC], by Sarah Ferris    Original Article
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Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which was first diagnosed in the U.S. on Tuesday. Top White House officials on Friday worked to reassure the American public that the national response to Ebola is under control. Leaders of the country’s health, defense and military branches stressed that they are taking the right steps to contain the spread of the deadly virus, which


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