(This is intended to be a running commentary on Rick Perry, complete with links at the bottom of the posting, Originally published on 8/14/2011 updated 8/15/2011,8/17/2011,8/23/2011, 9/1/2011)
The Republican field continues to swarm with ideology and mediocrity at best, full of rhetoric and little substance, enter Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
He has never lost an election, including an elementary school contest for “king” of the Paint Creek School Carnival. He secured that win by handing out pennies for votes. Perry started his career in Texas politics as a Democratic state legislator and was even the Texas chairman of Al Gore’s 1988 presidential campaign. Already a conservative Democrat, he switched to the GOP and in 1990 was urged by party figures in the state, including longtime Bush strategist Karl Rove, to run for state agriculture commissioner.
After two terms as agriculture commissioner, Perry was elected lieutenant governor in 1998, then took over two years later as the state’s chief executive after Bush was elected president.
Perry has been governor for over 11 years, under his leadership Texas can boast the following:
- A quarter of Texans lack health insurance coverage, the highest share in the country.
- Texas ranks 47th in the country for the level of state spending on schools. Texas state capitol in Austin saw thousands of protesters descend on the grounds for a rally against a proposed $10 billion—yes, billion—in education cuts to the state. Representatives from 300 school districts, students, teachers, parents, and others marched and called on Perry to use the state’s “rainy day fund” to cover the shortfall in schools rather than lay off a projected 189,000 education workers. The New York Times called Perry’s impending cuts “the largest cuts to public education since World War II.” Of course, the budget cuts are still coming. Aside from the impact such layoffs will have on the economy, since a good chunk of the new jobs Perry touts as part of his economic miracle were in schools, there’s the actual impact on the state’s students. It’s not just public schools that take a hit—universities will see their budgets slashed and financial aid eliminated for 43,000 students.
- Texas ranks highest in the country for the levels of toxic chemicals released into the water and carcinogens released into the air. BP spill was still churning oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Perry called it “just an act of God” and warned against any “knee-jerk reaction” that might include things like halting deepwater drilling until the dangers could be assessed. Unsurprisingly, Perry also got $129,890 from the oil and gas industry for his last reelection campaign.
- Under Gov. Perry Texas has had the most active death-penalty regime in the country – 232 people, more than any other governor in history. (The previous record, 152, was held by George W. Bush.) He remains embroiled in controversy over the 2004 execution of Cameron Todd Willingham. Perry removed three appointees from the Texas Forensic Science Commission just days before the board was going to investigate a flawed arson investigation in Willingham’s case. “Outside of Texas, the name Cameron Todd Willingham did not mean much to most people until the fall of 2009. In a 17-page article published by The New Yorker magazine, a curious and brave woman, a brilliant fire expert, and an investigative journalist re-opened the case against this man who was put to death for killing his children. The ‘classic arson case’ was picked apart, revealed to have been based on junk science and a misguided sense of expert intuition. Proof of the flawed fire investigation had been rushed to Rick Perry and the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole before the execution, to no avail. Five years later, the article uncovered new evidence to all but confirm what a number of people had suspected for years: That the state of Texas had executed an innocent man.” Just last month, he executed Humberto Leal Garcia Jr., a Mexican citizen, over the objections of the Mexican government, his own president, and the International Court of Justice. Even George W. Bush, in 2005, ordered all states to comply with the international law mandating consular access to officials from their home country for foreign nationals. Rick Perry was the only one not to comply.
- Texas now has among the most narrow Medicaid eligibility standards in the country.
- Texas has the fourth- highest poverty rate.
- Texas ranks the seventh-highest teenage birth rate.
- Texas has the lowest rate of people over 25 with a high school degree. Interestingly, Perry did not apply for federal “Race to the Top” education funds because he said it would force national standards upon Texas.
- Texas spends the least of any state on mental health care.
- Texas ranks second to last in the percentage of the population covered by employer health insurance.
- Under Gov. Perry’s direction, Texas has refused to enforce federal emissions rules for power plants and refineries.
- Texas has also faced a $27 billion budget shortfall this year for the 2012-13 biannual budget.
Eyebrow raising comments and actions from Gov. Perry –
Perry said last year that Texas could have the right to secede: “If Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we’re a pretty independent lot to boot.” He later clarified that he didn’t support secession.
Perry declared a a bill to require all women to have an ultrasound before they can get an abortion was the first major bill debated in the House, as an “emergency”. As Texas State Representative Carol Alvarado noted in that session, the bill’s author didn’t understand how intrusive his own bill was. She gave the legislature an in-depth description of a trans-vaginal sonogram, which would be required for women eight to 10 weeks pregnant. “This is not the jelly on the belly that most of you think, she said as she held up a vaginal probe. ‘This is government intrusion at its best.’” The bill has no provision for victims of rape or incest. It does, however, give Perry more social conservative credentials to trumpet on the campaign trail.
Perry recently said he wanted Roe v. Wade overturned so states could decide for themselves. But then he declared his support for a federal constitutional amendment that would overturn Roe and ban abortion nationwide.
Consistency doesn’t matter, apparently, when it comes to abortion or women’s bodies.
In 2007, campaigning in Iowa for former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, Perry said “George Bush was never a fiscal conservative — never was.” In his 2010 book “Fed Up!” Perry complains Bush “turned a blind eye to undisciplined domestic spending.’ In that book, Perry calls Social Security “a failure,” and proposes the adoption of a constitutional amendment to limit federal spending.
Eyebrow raising comments and actions from Gov. Perry he is going to have to explain to the right wing –
- Gov. Perry was in support of in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, saying those young people have lived in Texas for years, are on the path to citizenship, have studied hard and should be encouraged to get education or vocational training.
- Perry wrote a letter to Congress in 2008 urging it to pass a bill to save the national and global economy. But he contends that he didn’t necessarily mean the $700 bailout that Congress eventually approved.
- Perry’s core constituency is conservative evangelical Christians, but he has supported some measures that clashed with their beliefs. In 2007, he signed an executive order requiring all girls entering the sixth-grade to be vaccinated against a virus that can cause cervical cancer. The Legislature promptly blocked Perry’s order. Perry recently explained that on a call in talk show ““I’m one of the first to say we didn’t approach this issue right at all,” Perry told the caller who asked about the vaccine. “We shouldn’t have done it with an executive order. We should have worked with the legislature.” That might come as a surprise to the Texas legislators who have heard Perry insist he was right about the executive order as recently as September 2010.
- On August 6, Perry and right-wing evangelical leaders are sponsoring a a prayer rally in Houston’s Reliant Stadium dedicated to “the One True God through his Son Jesus Christ.” Perry’s message on the event’s website reads: “Right now, America is in crisis: we have been besieged by financial debt, terrorism, and a multitude of natural disasters. As a nation, we must come together and call upon Jesus to guide us through unprecedented struggles, and thank Him for the blessings of freedom we so richly enjoy.” Seems that Gov. Perry has forgotten there are other religions in the US besides Christianity….except that isn’t really true… Perry is a friend of the Aga Khan, the religious leader of the Ismailis, a sect of Shia Islam that claims a reported 15 to 20 million adherents worldwide. Sprouting from that friendship are at least two cooperation agreements between the state of Texas and Ismaili institutions, including a far-reaching program to educate Texas schoolchildren about Islam. Perry was quoted at the official Ismaili website as saying at the signing ceremony that “traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.”
- Perry has also ruffled feathers with social conservatives in recent days by saying that under 10th Amendment principles, gay marriage in New York didn’t bother him. After all, Perry endorsed former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 2008 presidential race, who is hardly considered a social conservative.
- Perry has also drawn criticism for his plans for the Trans-Texas Corridor, a failed cross-state toll road that drew criticism from rural property owners and immigration foes, because the plan involved a partnership with the Mexican government.
It’s the Economy Stupid
While Gov. Perry likes to boast about Texas’ low taxes, scant regulation and limited public services, the truth is Perry-jobs are really ‘jobettes,’ offering low pay, no benefits and no upward mobility. In fact, under Rickonomics, Texas has added more minimum wage jobs than all other states combined. Even as Texas added those “jobettes,” its unemployment rate magically increased to 8 percent from 7.7 percent—and 23 states have a better employment rate than the miraculous Texas.
Perry says he is the best job creator in the race and that low-tax, low-regulation Texas created about 40 percent of all the new jobs generated in the United States over the past two years. Here’s the truth: Texas has benefited from the federal government’s expansion of the military and also from the expansion of the oil industry, which was due to international and national factors, not Perry’s policies.
Here are the numbers, which come from the federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics: Between the beginning of 2008 and the end of 2010 (the latest data available), Texas created about 75,000 jobs. That makes it one of the few states with any job creation at all over that time. But federal, state and local government hiring accounted for 115,000 new jobs in Texas, while private industry shed about 40,000 jobs. Perry and his state have also benefited significantly from the kind of federal spending he’s now trashing as a presidential candidate hoping to appeal to conservative Republicans. Federal spending in Texas amounts to more than $200 billion per year, according to the New York Times, on account of several big Army bases, a heavy NASA presence, and other federal installations. That’s about 5.2 percent of all federal spending. Texas also accepted $6.4 billion in federal funds from the unpopular 2009 stimulus program championed by President Obama, according to the Washington Post. In the past two years, according to the Austin American-Statesman, almost half of the state’s job growth came in the education, health care, and government sectors. Notice a pattern? These are all sectors that depend, at least in part, on government support. And Perry has taken full advantage of public spending—he managed to fill in Texas’ previous budget shortfall by taking $6.4 billion in Obama stimulus money, more than all but two governors. But that’s all coming to a close: After facing a projected $27 billion deficit for 2012-2013, and with no further stimulus in sight, Perry and Republicans in Austin resorted to sweeping cuts to Medicaid and education in their most recent budget.
The state’s unemployment rate of 8 percent compares favorably with the national rate of 9.2 percent, but Texas’ rate has stubbornly stuck at or above that level since September 2009. In May, some 985,656 Texans were unemployed, virtually unchanged from a year ago, according to the Texas Workforce Commission. Texas accounted for about 1 of every 14 jobless Americans in May. And Perry’s critics question the kind of jobs being created in the state. Texas and Mississippi are tied, at 9.5 percent, for the highest proportion of hourly workers earning at or less than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 550,000 Texans earned no more than the minimum wage in 2010, and the number of Texas workers earning the federal minimum wage or less was greater than the totals for California, Florida and Illinois combined.
Lori Taylor, associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, cited these reasons for Texas’ lower wages: a younger, less educated workforce and a lower cost of living.
The state’s workforce will age, but the proportion of adults without a high school degree is projected to increase from 12 percent today to 30 percent in 2040 if current trends continue, according to the state comptroller’s TexasWorks study in 2008. That study of the state’s future workforce predicts another 30 percent of the 2040 labor force will have only a high school diploma and no training for a high-tech economy. But keep in mind…education has been cut and will continue to be cut under Gov. Perry.
Attacking the Fed – Perry’s Ignorance of MonetaryPolicy
Perry’s first pronouncement on the Federal Reserve as a presidential candidate was a convoluted mouthful of economically illiterate posturing. When asked his opinion of the Fed, Perry said of chairman Ben Bernanke, “If this guy prints more money between now and the election … we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous—or treasonous.” To Tea Partyers and government-bashers, Perry’s jabs at the Fed might sound like a welcome challenge to an omnipotent federal agency that routinely manipulates the economy. But if Perry wants to be taken seriously by business leaders and investors—who control a wee bit of the campaign money he’ll no doubt be asking for—he might want to take a crash course on the Fed and monetary policy. Most economists feel that the Fed’s aggressive intervention in the economy since 2008 has been a necessary evil that helped prevent a financial panic and a full-blown depression. The Fed is also the only part of the government that seems capable of doing anything at all to help the economy, since every other part of Washington is paralyzed by political dysfunction.
Even Republicans are having a hard time swallowing Perry’s rhetoric..
Karl Rove, a Fox News commentator and formerly Bush’s chief political adviser, said Perry was wrong to separate himself from Bush because he should be trying to expand his support as widely as possible. Rove also took issue with Perry’s comment that Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who was appointed by Bush, was developing economic policies that were almost “treasonous.”
Rove said, “Governor Perry is going to have to fight the impression that he’s a cowboy from Texas. This simply added to it.” Peter Wehner, another former Bush adviser in the White House, said in a Commentary essay that Perry’s remark about Bernanke was “the kind of blustering, unthinking comment that Perry’s critics expect of him.”
Asked by Ben Smith whether Social Security should be replaced with state-based benefit programs, as Perry once suggested in a Newsweek interview, the governor hedged. “I’m for having a conversation with the country about how we find some solutions,” he said at the Iowa state fair. “Having the states doing it is one of the ways.”
The Chinese Connection – Perry Doing Business with the Enemy?
Perry announced that telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies would base its U.S. operations in Plano in Oct. of 2010. Perry made time for a dinner with Huawei’s chief executive, Ren, according to a news release. The Chinese executive is a former leader in the People’s Liberation Army who helped oversee the Chinese military’s telecom intelligence in the 1980s, according to a Rand report. Huawei disputes this, saying he helped lead an engineering department of the PLA. His company had grown rapidly to become the world’s third-largest telecom equipment provider, with about 1,100 jobs in North America. It opened its first research office in Texas in 2001.Perry praised the company’s “really strong worldwide reputation” and its chairman, Ren Zhengfei, whose straight talk he said reminded him fondly of West Texans. That’s nice but I don’t think the average West Texan has had both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations had concluded that the global telecom giant poses a potential cyber-security risk to the U.S. military and businesses.
- Three times since 2008, a U.S. government security panel has blocked Huawei from acquiring or partnering with U.S. companies because of concerns that secrets could be leaked to China’s government or military.
- In 2005, a Rand report questioned Huawei’s “deep ties with the Chinese military, which serves a multi-faceted role as an important customer, as well as Huawei’s political patron and research and development partner.”
- In 2008, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a multi-agency government panel, blocked Huawei’s plan to buy 3Com.
- In late 2009, The Post reported, the National Security Agency privately urged senior executives of AT&T not to purchase Huawei equipment for a planned phone network. The article reported that U.S. officials feared that Chinese intelligence agencies could insert “digital trapdoors” into Huawei’s technology to serve as secret listening posts in the U.S. communications network.” AT&T did not discuss the warning but later announced it had chosen other providers.
- In August 2010, eight Republican senators, including Jon Kyl of Arizona and Richard Shelby of Alabama, urged the Obama administration to investigate Huawei’s effort to sell equipment to upgrade Sprint Nextel’s mobile network. They argued that Huawei’s involvement “could create substantial risk for U.S. companies and possibly undermine U.S. national security.” The Committee on Foreign Investment rejected Huawei’s partnership with Sprint later that year.
Perry has made international recruiting a centerpiece of his economic policy, and more than two dozen Chinese companies now have a Texas presence. China is the state’s third-largest export-import partner.
Yet, when asked several times about China – US relations on the Laura Ingram show, the Governor came up short with concrete answers…
Laura: Is a rising China good for the United States? And if not, what are you going to do about it?
Perry: We’re going to have to deal with China. We’re going to have to trade with them. China disregarded the world for millennium. They lived in their own little world. We can’t afford to do that. We’re going to have to deal with China—
Laura: What does that mean?
Perry: We’re going to have to find ways diplomatically and financially, economically—
Laura: What does that mean? Those are broad generalities. I need specifics on this show….People are concerned that they’re going to surpass us militarily, probably economically if we don’t turn things around. As President of the United States how would you take a different path from George Bush and this president on China?
Perry: Well one of the ways we do it is by getting the economy going. Because the fact of the matter is if you don’t have a strong economy your foreign policy means nothing.
Perry: China needs to hear from us ‘listen, we will do trade with you, we will be a partner in trade with you, but you cannot steal our intellectual property.’
Laura: Do you think our trade policies have been working for the American family, vis-à-vis China, or many of the other countries that are growing their economies incredibly fast right now?Perry: I don’t think our trade policy has been working for years, frankly, from the standpoint of being in the best interest of our families. Do we need to trade? Absolutely. Am I a free trader? Yes. But I am a fair trader.
For all the conspiracy loving theorist out there..this little item will wet your appetite..
He said he was invited to the Bilderberg meeting and attended out of curiosity. “I found it to be an interesting group of people. I have yet to find out why they want to keep it a secret,” he said. “I haven’t been invited back and that was 5 years ago, so I guess I didn’t impress them.” The caller focused on the Amero, a supposed Euro-like common currency for the Nafta countries. Perry said, “I agree with you, that doesn’t appeal to me at all either.”
Foreign Policy “My faith requires me to support Israel”
His faith may require him to support Israel, but he had better understand the consequences. The middle east is literally teetering, and a misguided foreign policy would have consequences felt around the world. Mr. Perry had better revisit the 1967 borders and have a come to Jesus meeting that these were the original borders of Israel. Such a simplistic statement I am assuming means he has absolutely no working knowledge of the middle east and Israel aside from the fact that Israel has one of the fattest wallets in the lobbying community.
I could not end this post without addressing financing..follow the money
Nearly half of the $102.8 million that Perry raised from 2001 through 2010 came from 204 “mega-donors” who contributed $100,000 or more, according to Texans for Public Justice, a watchdog organization that monitors state political contributions. His biggest contributors include Houston home builder Bob Perry, who made national headlines by helping finance a political attack on former Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, and Harold Simmons, a Dallas multibillionaire who is developing a controversial nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas. Keep your eyes on the money..more to come.
***UPDATE*** Following the Money
Who donates to Gov. Perry? and Why?
- Let’s talk a little bit more about that nuclear waste site which Mr. Simmons stands to profit from…do you know what happens to folks who get in the way of a business deal in Texas? Bobby Gregory was one of two people on the eight-member panel known to oppose allowing out of state imports. Gov. Perry offered him a prestigious appointment as a regent of a state university to get him out of the way. Under Texas law, Gregory could not hold two state-appointed positions requiring Senate approval at the same time, and so taking the regent job would have required him to leave the waste commission. He declined the offer, and his term expired Aug. 31, 2011.
- John McHale, an entrepreneur from Austin, Tex wrote a check to Gov. Perry for $50,000 – ironically n May 2010 an economic development fund administered by the governor’s office handed $3 million to G-Con, a pharmaceutical start-up that Mr. McHale helped get off the ground. At least two other executives with connections to the firm had also given Mr. Perry tens of thousands of dollars like David M. Shanahan, who also has a significant ownership stake in the company. He is also the founder and president of Gradalis, a biotech firm based in Dallas that received a separate $1.75 million grant from the state’s technology fund in February 2009. Campaign finance records show that Mr. Shanahan contributed $5,000 in 2007 and then $10,000 to the governor in November 2009. Then there is James R. Leininger, a San Antonio businessman who has given more than $230,000 to Mr. Perry, he has an interest in Gradalis.
- Mr. Perry has raised at least $17 million from more than 900 appointees or their spouses, roughly one dollar out of every five that he has raised as governor.
- Appointees of the State Parks and Wildlife Commission and the board of regents of Texas A&M, Mr. Perry’s alma mater have donated more than $4 million to his campaigns for governor.
- Need help from Gov. Perry’s signature projects like the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Technology Fund? The enterprise fund, which is intended to be a deal-closing tool for the state as it competes for jobs, has dispensed $435 million in grants to businesses since 2003. The technology fund, which has doled out nearly $200 million to companies since 2005, has a similar job creation mandate. More than a quarter of the companies that have received grants from the enterprise fund in the most recent fiscal year, or their chief executives, made contributions to either Mr. Perry’s campaign dating back to 2001 or to the Republican Governors Association since 2008, when Mr. Perry became its chairman.
- Need a job, want an appointee position? Then donate! Te Teacher Retirement System, a $110 billion pension fund that is among the nation’s largest have at least four top donors or fund-raisers serving on the board. Mr. Perry’s trustees leaned on the fund to invest more money with hedge funds and private equity firms. In 2009 an investment manager at the fund, Michael Green, wrote to a board trustee saying that the fund’s chief investment officer had pressed him and other employees to set aside their objections to such investments, including allocations to two firms whose partners and former partners have donated more than $1 million to Mr. Perry’s campaigns. Mr. Green’s boss, he wrote to the trustee, told him: “This is the way business is done.”
- In 2005, when the TXU Corporation, a utility based in Dallas, sought permits to build coal-fired power plants, Mr. Perry issued an executive order for a review panel to fast-track the application. In the months that followed, current and retired TXU executives, as well as the company’s political action committee, sent Mr. Perry more than $100,000 in donations, including one check dated the same day as Mr. Perry’s order. Mr. Perry’s office said at the time that the order was unrelated to the contributions. A state judge later blocked the order, ruling that Mr. Perry had overstepped his authority.
- In 2003, after a rash of mold-related lawsuits against home construction companies, Perry created a state board, the Texas Residential Construction Commission. The most generous contributor? Bob Perry(not related), a homebuilder who has contributed more than $2 million to the governor over his career. The legislation creating the board also sharply limited the rights of homeowners to sue contractors for faulty construction, shunting most disputes to the commission. After its passage, Bob Perry and his wife sent two $50,000 checks to the governor’s campaign. Three weeks later, the governor appointed an executive of Perry Homes, Bob Perry’s company, to the commission, which was abolished in 2009.
- Perry’s top 50 donors, who collectively gave more than $21 million to Perry, and found that 34 received some benefit from Perry’s administration or the state, including grants, contracts and appointments. The donor list was compiled by the nonprofit Texans For Public Justice.
- Twenty-three donors won Perry’s appointment to state boards, often the boards of regents at the University of Texas or Texas A&M.
- Roughly one in three of the top Perry donors had business interests that secured grants, tax subsidies or project approvals under his administration, the Post review found.
- Five donors gained both an appointment and a state boost to their specific company or interests.
- Holt, who owns the nation’s largest Caterpillar dealership, urged Perry to lure a Caterpillar manufacturing plant to Texas, and a company official told reporters in an interview last year that such a plant would help the dealership get equipment. Perry’s office agreed in 2008 to award an $8.5 million incentive grant for a proposed new Caterpillar factory promising 1,714 jobs. Holt said in an e-mail that the plant’s move to Texas would not directly benefit his dealership. That’s a little hard to believe.
- In 2005, the governor tapped the Texas Enterprise Fund — an economic development fund he created — for its largest grant to date: $50 million to a joint research venture between Texas A&M University and a fledgling biotech company, Lexicon, that promised to create 1,616 jobs. Lexicon got $35 million of the grant. The company’s investors included a Texas congressman and two others who were among Perry’s top donors. One was Robert McNair, an investor and former energy executive, who has given $330,000 to Perry. McNair controlled 9.3 percent of Lexicon’s stock at the time of the state grant. Recently, Lexicon backed off on its jobs promise. The Texas media reported last year that Perry had renegotiated the deal with Lexicon so that Texas A&M took responsibility for creating more of the promised jobs over a longer time period.
- Americans For Rick Perry reported raising $193,000 over eight days in June, according to its filing with the Federal Election Commission. Most of the money came from reliable Perry donor Harold Simmons of Dallas, who gave $100,000. Simmons won state approval under Perry’s administration to build a nuclear waste disposal site in West Texas that experts say could eventually be worth billions of dollars to Simmons. Other contributors to Americans for Rick Perry include $50,000 from Universal Computer Systems, which is headed by major Perry donor Bob Brockman of Houston and $25,000 from Withers Energy Corp., headed by blue-chip Perry backer John Speer of Cypress, Texas. Americans for Rick Perry is promoting Perry’s candidacy for president.
- Texas business legends Peter Holt, owner of the San Antonio Spurs, and Billy Joe “Red” McCombs, an auto and real estate magnate and former sports team owner, are typical of the large campaign donors who helped Perry raise more cash than any Texas governor. Together, these two men with diverse business interests personally donated more than $936,000 to Perry’s campaigns, in a state that does not limit the amount individuals can donate to local politicians.
- Mr. Perry has benefited not only politically in terms of financial contributions but also personally…take the time to read this: http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2012-presidential-election/perry-scored-land-deals/
Check back often, as I will update this blog as more information becomes available, it’s going to be an interesting political season.