Texas Court Just Gave Former Gov. Rick Perry This HUGE News He’d Been Waiting For

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was cleared of wrongdoing by the state’s highest criminal court Wednesday. The charge related to a veto that he issued in 2013.

“The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals dismissed the abuse-of-power charge, which was filed after Perry threatened — and then carried out — a veto of state funding for a group of public corruption prosecutors after the Democratic head of the unit refused to resign,” the Associated Press reported

“The constitution does not purport to impose any restriction on the veto power based on the reason for the veto, and it does not purport to allow any other substantive limitations to be placed on the use of a veto,” said the 6-2 opinion by presiding Judge Sharon Keller. 

Perry was indicted by a Travis County jury in August of 2014 after he vetoed funding for some of the county’s prosecutors in an attempt to force District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg from office. Lehmberg was arrested in 2013 for drunk driving with a blood alcohol level of .239.

Daschcam and police station videos, which went viral shortly after her arrest, showed Lehmberg lashing out at police and threatening to use her power as district attorney to punish them for arresting her. Police were eventually forced to restrain her and fit her with a Hannibal Lecter-style face mask,” the Federalist reported

Public outrage followed, with Perry then calling for her resignation. Lehmberg refused. At the time, the prosecutor oversaw the Public Accountability Office (PAO), which is charged with rooting out corrupt government officials.

Perry then vetoed $7.5 million in state funding for the PAO. “The person charged with ultimate responsibility of that unit has lost the public’s confidence,” the then-governor said

After being indicted for his threat and then veto of PAO funding, Perry dismissed the charges brought against him in Travis County (which encompasses liberal Austin) as a “political witch hunt.”

The Texas Criminal Court of Appeals found the case against Perry did not pass legal muster. “The governor’s power to exercise a veto may not be circumscribed by the Legislature, by the courts, or by district attorneys,” Judge Keller wrote in her opinion. “When the only act that is being prosecuted is a veto, then the prosecution itself violates separation of powers.”

Tony Buzbee, Perry’s lead lawyer, was pleased with the ruling.

“It was a long time coming. This case should have never be brought, and I’m glad the court put its foot down and ended it,” Buzbee said at Statesman.com. “It is troubling when a non-elected ‘special prosecutor’ can obtain an indictment and then pursue it in front of the very judge that appointed him. I said all along this case was foolishness and would be dismissed.”

h/t: Red State

Rick Perry Just Announced His Official Endorsement Of A BIG Name Candidate

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced his endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz for president on Sunday.

Perry told Politico that he believes the race for the GOP nomination has now come down to the Texas senator and Donald Trump. “Of those individuals who have a chance to win the Republican primary, at this juncture, from my perspective, Ted Cruz is by far the most consistent conservative in that crowd,” Perry said. 

The former three-term governor dismissed the argument that Cruz would not be able to get along with Congress if he were elected Chief Executive. “Perry, recalling his own experience vetoing a long list of bills early in his gubernatorial tenure, said his actions resulted in others viewing him as a ‘man of principle,’ and insisted that Cruz would similarly be able to get things done as president, despite his current reputation among fellow senators for being a bomb-thrower,” Politico reported. 

“You’ll have with Ted Cruz that same result of, senators and others in the Washington establishment that are mad at him, find him to be hard to work with, they will find a way to work with him because they know he means what he says he means,” Perry said.

The Air Force veteran also believes that Cruz passes the commander-in-chief test. “[Ted] knows he’s going to surround himself with people who do have that experience, and I’m very satisfied that on Day 1, he will be ready to be commander-in-chief,” Perry said

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The former governor, who dropped his own bid for the presidency last September, noted that the electorate is not looking for a traditional candidate this cycle. “Gov. Scott Walker, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Jeb’s barely making an impact out there — those are very skilled, very successful, very experienced governors,” the Texan said. “But the electorate doesn’t want that. That’s why we have elections, why we democratically select leaders.”

Perry, while still a candidate for president last summer, did not have kind words for Donald Trump. In a speech last July, he said:

Let no one be mistaken – Donald Trump’s candidacy is a cancer on conservatism, and it must be clearly diagnosed, excised and discarded.

It cannot be pacified or ignored, for it will destroy a set of principles that has lifted more people out of poverty than any force in the history of the civilized world – the cause of conservatism.

I feel so strongly about this because I believe conservatism is the only way forward for this country.

Perry’s announcement comes following former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s backing of Trump last week, followed by conservative media personality Glenn Beck’s endorsment of Cruz over the weekend.

h/t: Breitbart

BREAKING: One Well-Known GOP Candidate Just Did Something BIG That Could Signal A Shakeup

The first real test of electoral support among the crowded GOP presidential field doesn’t come for more than five months — the Iowa caucuses are set for January 18, 2016. But already those far-off gatherings of Iowa voters are becoming potential make-or-break events for at least one Republican hopeful whose campaign is said to be running critically short of cash.

The Washington Post reports that Rick Perry’s presidential campaign is so cash-strapped that it has stopped paying its staff. But while the former Texas governor is reportedly having a hard time with fundraising, the super PAC supporting his candidacy has millions in the bank.

Perry, who has struggled to gain traction in his second presidential run, has stopped paying his staff at the national headquarters in Austin as well as in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, according to a Republican familiar with the Perry campaign who demanded anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

While he was given generally good marks for his debate performance in the early round last Thursday on Fox News, Perry failed to break out of the seven-person pack with the kind of rising-star status that Carly Fiorina has enjoyed. The latest Real Clear Politics average of polls finds the former governor stuck in lackluster land with a 1.8 percent standing that puts him behind John Kasich and just ahead of Rick Santorum.

Perry’s Twitter feed highlights the time he has spent in Iowa before the debate and since. Perry retweeted a post from a political columnist for the Des Moines Register in which the Texan is said to have emphasized his interest in The Hawkeye State.

Image Credit: Twitter/Rick Perry

Image Credit: Twitter/Rick Perry

As for the Perry-promoting super PAC’s ability to keep the former governor in the race as a viable candidate, the organization cannot legally coordinate with the Perry campaign, but it can spend generously on keeping hope alive.

“Austin Barbour, senior adviser to the super PAC, said the group would step up ‘to aggressively support the governor in a number of different ways.’” says the Post article on Perry’s cash shortage.

“We’ve got plenty of money,” Barbour said. “That’s what I know. And we’re going to put that money to use in Iowa to make sure the governor is in the top three there. The super PAC is not going to let Rick Perry down.”

Meantime, the campaign workers in Iowa who had been on the Perry payroll have reportedly decided to stick with the governor on a volunteer basis, at least for now.

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Dumb As Trump

Trump can’t help being Trump.

He says outrageous or dumb things about immigrants or his fellow Republican primary candidates five times a day.

But no one — not even the liberals of the mainstream media — really takes Donald Trump or what he spews seriously.

No one thinks the billionaire’s mix of egotistical bloviating and off-the-cuff policy positions represents the Republican Party or conservatism.

Mike Huckebee and Rick Perry are a whole other story.

They’re not clowns. They’re ex-governors. They’re supposed to be serious candidates for the Republican nomination for president.

Yet last week, they each said something dumb as Trump.

Perry’s statement, at least, was made, more or less, in defense of the Second Amendment.

But in the wake of last week’s theater shooting in Lafayette, La., he said that the way to prevent future shootings would be to encourage moviegoers to take their guns into the theaters.

I’m a fervent Second Amendment guy. And I agree with Perry that gun-free zones are always a bad idea because they attract the well-armed crazies who want to commit mass murders.

But even I wouldn’t want to go into a movie theater where everyone was packing — especially a John Wayne or Clint Eastwood movie.

Especially in West Texas.

Gov. Perry should have held his Texas tongue. All he did was make himself — and by extension the GOP — look like he was exploiting a tragedy to make a political point about gun rights.

Then there’s Mike Huckabee.

What he said about the effect the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran was going to have on the state of Israel caused a national political hissy fit.

Huckabee was right on target when he charged that the president’s foreign policy “is the most feckless in American history” and that trusting the Iranians was “naive.”

Where he got himself in trouble was when he said the Iran deal was so bad it “will take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven.”

Huckabee’s Holocaust reference was not the real problem.

As the leaders of some Jewish American groups protested, the real problem was his premise that the state of Israel is a weakling that can’t defend itself from Iran.

Israel counts on our support, but it can take care of itself if it has to. It has a strong government, a strong leader and a strong military, not to mention lots of tanks, jet planes and scores of nukes.

Israel’s leaders also have something else — courage.

They’re not afraid to act decisively or preemptively when their nation is threatened, as they proved 35 years ago when their jets bombed Iraq’s nuclear research facility.

Huckabee’s Holocaust rhetoric was tut-tutted by some other Republican candidates who thought it was too strong.

Hillary Clinton and other phony Democrats, plus the usual liberal crybabies in the media, made faces and agreed that it was “offensive” and “out of line.”

What Huckabee said didn’t hurt his already slimmer-than-slim chances, but he hurt the GOP team.

He set up an easy layup for the Democrats so they could rise up in fake outrage and paint all the other Republicans as nuts as Trump.

Perry and Huckabee are desperately trying to boost their low poll numbers to qualify for next week’s “Top 10″ primary debate.

They tried to out-trump Trump. But all they did was cause trouble in their own ranks and give Democrats a boatload of fodder that will be used against the GOP next fall.

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

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BREAKING: Trump Just Made A HUGE Announcement About Where His Campaign Is Going

His fans on social media are eating it up — absolutely devouring the news Donald Trump just announced about where the GOP contender for the party’s 2016 nomination is personally going on Thursday. As of this writing, the brief Facebook post on Trump’s public figure page had been liked by more than 60,000 people in the course of a little more than two hours.

Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

So, you could say that Trump will be putting himself where his fiery rhetoric has been since he first made his candidacy official — at the border with Mexico and in the thick of the action concerning illegal immigration. As has been reported ad nauseam, Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants and Mexico’s supposed complicity in sending criminal aliens into America have lit a firestorm of controversy and brought the political pot of the presidential race to a high boil.

The billionaire businessman’s notice that he’s heading on Thursday to the country’s southern border — presumably to continue his high-profile criticism of the Obama administration’s border security and immigration enforcement policies — has drawn mixed reviews on both Facebook and Twitter.

What follows is a brief sampling of the positive and negatives reactions, quoted from a number of individual commenters on social media:

el chapo waiting

don’t come back

Please be careful. We need you!

This will be big. Looking forward to it.

This is why I love DONALD TRUMP!! Busy man, but not to busy to check the border. He is our hope to fix the mess that the USA is now in, GO DONALD TRUMP!!!

Finally someone who will make a difference in America. Go Trump!

I hope you’re going to the rio grande valley, it’s messed up as hell down there!

I am latino and I will vote for Donald Trump !

As he prepares to lead his campaign to the border tomorrow, reportedly making his appearance in Texas, Trump blasted out another social media message about the former Texas governor against whom he’s competing for the Republican nomination for president. It, too, has been well received by The Donald’s Facebook fans who obviously enjoy the candidate’s throwing a political punch or two.

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Image Credit: Facebook/Donald J. Trump

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