Wonkblog: Rick Perry

Wendy Davis and the Texas-sized filibuster: What exactly happened last night?

In the wee hours of last night, an anti-abortion bill in the Texas legislature was defeated, almost single-handedly, by a state senator named Wendy Davis. You might be wondering:

Where did this bill come from? Gov. Rick Perry (R) had asked for abortion to be added to a special session of the Texas legislature (which only meets for 140 days every two years). Last week, Republican lawmakers introduced companion bills in the House and Senate, passing them over the objections of crowds of protesters.

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Rick Perry loves science. Political science.

Rick Perry loves science. Political science.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry doesn’t have a reputation as the most scientifically inclined of candidates. On the campaign trail, he told a child that Texas schools teach both evolution and creationism because kids are “smart enough to figure out which one is right.”

It’s an interesting approach to education: Ever tried to figure out if the periodic table is accurate? Ever tried it before you turned 12?

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Rick Perry through the ages

Rick Perry’s campaign has posted a compilation of his ads throughout the years:

Time’s Michael Scherer is impressed. “Sometimes he is the Marlboro Man,” writes Scherer. “Sometimes he is right out of Little House on the Prairie. Sometimes he is a doting teacher. Sometimes he is the corporate executive...should Perry win the nomination, one thing is certain. He won’t struggle to come across well on television.”