For some time conservative Texans, especially constitutionalists, have raised eyebrows at Rick Perry’s Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF). The Texas Governor’s website calls the fund a “development tool” providing the state’s leaders with a “deal closing fund,” but its administration is questionable and its existence unconstitutional.
As Democrat-turned-Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry continues to tease Americans with “will he or won’t he?” run for President, many Lone Star State voters are taking a closer look at his record — particularly on the issue of immigration.
Texans around the state, and other Americans who have followed the travails of passing an anti-TSA groping bill in Texas this year, were stunned and disheartened when the Lone Star State’s special session ended early Tuesday without passing the popular Travelers' Dignity measure.
Texans in support of the exceedingly popular anti-TSA groping bill, which garnered national attention, experienced yet another harried ascent on the roller-coaster that has been the bill’s life in this legislative session. After being stomped by Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus last week, passage appeared all but lost in the special session, but the House yesterday managed to pass a weakened version. It was sent to the Senate and a surprise move by Senator Dan Patrick restored some teeth to the bill, which had been so watered down it had even lost support from some grassroots movements. Passage by the Senate sent the bill back to the House today, and it appears victory may be snatched from the jaws of defeat.
Those paying attention to recent events in the Texas Legislature know that a battle royal has been raging for weeks over the Travelers' Dignity Act, the anti-TSA groping bill sponsored by state Representative David Simpson. The bill would make Transportation Security Administration agents liable for sexual assault when groping passengers without probable cause in their invasive airport searches.
Texas Governor Rick Perry agreed on Monday to add the wildly popular anti-TSA groping bill to the special session of the Texas Legislature. His decision to call up the bill followed almost a month of intense and unrelenting pressure from his constituents.
In his book, Fed Up, Texas Governor Rick Perry observed, “It’s not enough to be fed up. We must act.” Yet at a signing for his tome in New Orleans over the weekend, Wesley Strackbein of TSA Tyranny.org asked Perry (left) to do just that — act, and see that the wildly popular anti-TSA groping bill is presented in the special session of the Texas Legislature that convened after the regular session ended in May. The Governor refused. (See the video below of an exchange between Perry and Strackbein at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans.)
On Tuesday, May 24, federal agents from the TSA visited the Texas legislature threatening to end air travel in Texas if the hugely favored anti-TSA bill, H.B. 1937, passed. The backlash from Texans and even members of the press stung Texas state Senators, but not enough to prevent the lawmakers from tucking tail and running. The support the measure lost as a result of federal bullying wasn’t regained in time to resurrect it for passage.
Late Friday afternoon, May 13, the Texas House of Representatives unanimously passed 138-0 H.B. 1937, which would ban "intrusive touching of persons seeking access to public buildings and transportation." According to a press release issued by the office of state Rep. David Simpson, the bill's author, H.B. 1937 is "the first bill in the country that would actively restrict the TSA's [Transportation Security Administration's] intrusive screening practices to pass a legislative vote."
Britain's Daily Mail reported on November 21 that 13-year-old Lucy Hinks has been left debilitated, likely from injections of the Cervarix cervical cancer vaccine, GlaxoSmithKline’s version of Gardasil, which is manufactured by Merck. She was vaccinated along with her classmates at Wigton's Nelson Thomlinson School in Cumbria.