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Bill White fights his past membership in a New York based anti-gun group….

FILE - In this April 30, 2010 file photo, Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White responds to a reporters question following a news conference in Grand Prairie, Texas. The former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor's race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas' pro-gun culture. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

Houston Mayor Bill White is running against a Governor that made headlines shooting a coyote once while taking a run…..

In Texas belonging to a anti-gun group is certainly gonna cost you votes…..

As Al Gore….

He was the last Democrat to embrace that policy….

And it hurt him bad in the South and Western states..

So bad that NO….Nationa Democrat has touched the issue since…..

Look at Bill White’s problem with voters on the issue….

You can see why……

But this is Texas, where incumbent Rick Perry recently shot a coyote while out jogging and enjoys hunting deer with a bow and arrow. The love of weaponry is so ingrained in state culture that having a legal permit to carry a handgun will get you waved through the Texas Capitol security lines without going through a magnetometer.

Against that backdrop, the former Houston mayor heads into the 2010 governor’s race playing defense on a powerful political issue. The biggest liability for White is his past membership in a New York-based gun control group. White says he resigned after finding its positions too restrictive, but his participation in Mayors Against Illegal Guns riled up those who live to preserve Texas’ pro-gun culture.

“Anywhere in the civilized world you would be able to make the argument that everybody should be able to be against illegal guns. But we’re not in the civilized word. We’re in Texas,” said Southern Methodist University political scientist Cal Jillson.

White only needs to look a few years back to find candidates who have lost campaigns over the issue. The last Democrat who was elected governor, Ann Richards, lost her re-election bid in 1994 in part after opposing concealed handgun legislation and vetoingreferendum on it.

George W. Bush signed the bill into law in his first year after defeating her to become governor

There is really no such thing as a moderate position on guns that’s going to help in Texas,” said Jim Henson, director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

As mayor of Houston, White joined Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group that supports individual gun rights, but wants more controls on gun show sales, restrictions on the reach of conceal-and-carry laws and more oversight of federal gun purchase records.

White said he joined the gun-control group in 2006 at the urging of its founder, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. That year, Houston’s crime rate hit a 12-year high…….

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June 6, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , , , | 3 Comments

Democratic Houston Mayor Bill White trudges on in the Texas Governor race…..

[ Bill White, the Mayor of Houston, working a Texas restaurant for Governor votes ]

A lot of people don’t know that Houston Mayor Bill White is running against media hype star Texas Governor Rick Perry…

You know…. the guy who shoots coyote’s on his fun runs…..

A lot of people in the state must know about him…or don’t really like Perry that much…..

That’s because the two have recently polled only 4% points apart (Perry ahead )….

CD…here swears by Perry…but with this anti-incumbent thing going around…Perry might catch a cold……


“We need a governor more interested in the state’s future than his political future,” Mr. White said to about 100 curious oil company lawyers and executives at the Petroleum Club.

But after the stump speech, a local lawyer, Mike Cunningham, piped up with the question on everyone’s mind. How was Mr. White going to beat a well-known and well-financed Republican incumbent like Mr. Perry in a state where a Democrat has not won in 20 years?

“I’m going to get more votes than he does,” Mr. White answered in his habitual deadpan. There was no laughter. Then he added: “He wins among people who don’t know anything about me. So what’s my strategy?”

By all accounts, Mr. White, who is 55, has his work cut out for him. He has been campaigning hard in far-flung parts of the state like Midland, where Republicans and oil prices dominate affairs, trying to make his name better known and to define himself as a pro-business, fiscal conservative palatable to Republicans and independents.

The match-up between Mr. Perry and Mr. White this fall promises not only to test the depth of the conservative backlash against President Obama, but also to shed light on just how Republican the state has become and whether the slim signs of a Democratic resurgence in the 2008 election were chimerical.

Conventional wisdom holds that this is a bad year to run as a Democrat in a state like Texas. Since the mid-1990s, Republican candidates have started off with a 10-point advantage just for being Republican. What’s more, most political scientists and strategists say the pendulum is swinging back against the Democrats after Mr. Obama’s victory in 2008.

The backlash among staunch conservatives, who are angry about the bailout of banks and deficit spending to create jobs, has given rightwing politicians like Mr. Perry a wind at their backs. Indeed, Mr. Perry has actively courted disaffected voters angry with Washington, appearing with Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck and building Mr. Perry’s national profile.

Yet Democrats are more hopeful this year than in any year since George W. Bush swept into the governor’s office in 1994 and began an era of Republican dominance in statewide politics.

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May 3, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Polls, Projections, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

CD……The GOP goes after Houston Mayor Bill White's 2009 tax returns….and they have been released……

Rick Perry, Bill White

[ Perry and White ]

“This is no little White lie,” said Republican Party of Texas Chairman Cathie Adams. “This is a failure to comply with the very laws that White is campaigning to uphold as the state’s chief executive officer. The people of Texas deserve more transparency from Bill White, and they deserve leaders who will comply with the law.”

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Update……

White did file financial disclosure forms for each of his six years as mayor.  His campaign says, “The disclosures have been available to the public for years and may be obtained by contacting the Bill White for Texas campaign.”

In the meantime, here’s White’s 2009 return: Link……...

CD….. WTF??????


March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Taxes, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

CD……The GOP goes after Houston Mayor Bill White’s 2009 tax returns….and they have been released……

Rick Perry, Bill White

[ Perry and White ]

“This is no little White lie,” said Republican Party of Texas Chairman Cathie Adams. “This is a failure to comply with the very laws that White is campaigning to uphold as the state’s chief executive officer. The people of Texas deserve more transparency from Bill White, and they deserve leaders who will comply with the law.”

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Update……

White did file financial disclosure forms for each of his six years as mayor.  His campaign says, “The disclosures have been available to the public for years and may be obtained by contacting the Bill White for Texas campaign.”

In the meantime, here’s White’s 2009 return: Link……...

CD….. WTF??????


March 25, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Taxes, Updates | , , | 3 Comments

From Daniel G…….Texas Governor: Charlie Cook shifts Race from "Leans Republican" into "Toss-Up" …..

Hi Dog!

One of the 4 Political Handicappers Charlie Cook has moved the Texas Governor Race between Rick Perry (R) and Bill White (D) from “Leans Republican” into “Toss-Up”

Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary, which many believed would be one of the great political battles of the century, proved to be somewhat anti-climatic. While voters did see a nasty and expensive contest on the Republican side between Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina, it hardly rated as a bruising slugfest. But, the general election between Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White, who won the Democratic nod easily, may turn out to be one of the more interesting contests on a statewide ballot this November.

White is probably the strongest gubernatorial candidate Democrats have nominated since Ann Richards was the party’s standard bearer in 1990. He is a proven fundraiser, starts the race with a solid base of support, and boasts a resume in business and a record as mayor that will make it hard for Republicans to label him as a screaming liberal Democrat. It helps that Democrats nominated a Hispanic woman for Lieutenant Governor, which is likely to spike Hispanic turn out in November, something that will benefit White. Finally, there are some signs of Perry fatigue, which could hurt the Governor at a time when the electorate is restless.

Interestingly enough, we might not have made such a move if Hutchison had won the primary since it would have become an open-seat contest where we would give greater weight to the state’s traditional Republican voting patterns. But, in this case, Perry is a known quantity and traditional voting patterns may not matter as much. Stay tuned; this is likely to become one of the more hotly contested gubernatorial races in the country.

Perry is known for running well funded, aggressive, no-holds-barred campaigns and this will be no exception. However, this also might end up being the most difficult race of his career.

As a result, we are moving the contest from the Lean Republican to the Toss Up column.

Jennifer Duffy

Note to Dog Readers: Rasmussen teased in his Daily E-Mail Newsletter that he’ll release a Texas Governor Poll at 5pm ET.

Daniel G.

Kudo’s to Paul F. over at Politics1…who raised these same points right after the primary……..

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

From Daniel G…….Texas Governor: Charlie Cook shifts Race from “Leans Republican” into “Toss-Up” …..

Hi Dog!

One of the 4 Political Handicappers Charlie Cook has moved the Texas Governor Race between Rick Perry (R) and Bill White (D) from “Leans Republican” into “Toss-Up”

Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary, which many believed would be one of the great political battles of the century, proved to be somewhat anti-climatic. While voters did see a nasty and expensive contest on the Republican side between Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and activist Debra Medina, it hardly rated as a bruising slugfest. But, the general election between Perry and former Houston Mayor Bill White, who won the Democratic nod easily, may turn out to be one of the more interesting contests on a statewide ballot this November.

White is probably the strongest gubernatorial candidate Democrats have nominated since Ann Richards was the party’s standard bearer in 1990. He is a proven fundraiser, starts the race with a solid base of support, and boasts a resume in business and a record as mayor that will make it hard for Republicans to label him as a screaming liberal Democrat. It helps that Democrats nominated a Hispanic woman for Lieutenant Governor, which is likely to spike Hispanic turn out in November, something that will benefit White. Finally, there are some signs of Perry fatigue, which could hurt the Governor at a time when the electorate is restless.

Interestingly enough, we might not have made such a move if Hutchison had won the primary since it would have become an open-seat contest where we would give greater weight to the state’s traditional Republican voting patterns. But, in this case, Perry is a known quantity and traditional voting patterns may not matter as much. Stay tuned; this is likely to become one of the more hotly contested gubernatorial races in the country.

Perry is known for running well funded, aggressive, no-holds-barred campaigns and this will be no exception. However, this also might end up being the most difficult race of his career.

As a result, we are moving the contest from the Lean Republican to the Toss Up column.

Jennifer Duffy

Note to Dog Readers: Rasmussen teased in his Daily E-Mail Newsletter that he’ll release a Texas Governor Poll at 5pm ET.

Daniel G.

Kudo’s to Paul F. over at Politics1…who raised these same points right after the primary……..

March 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 5 Comments

Governor Perry wins Big in Texas…..No run-off…….Bill White wins Big for the Democrats….

[ Perry and White ]

Incumbent Gov. Rick Perry of Texas won a hard-fought and expensive Republican primary Tuesday night, avoiding a runoff in his defeat of Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, while former Houston mayor Bill White easily locked up the Democratic nomination.

Hutchison conceded just before 9:30 p.m. central time, urging her supporters to back Perry.

“Our party must come together, we must put aside our differences,” the three-term senator told a cheering crowd in Dallas.

Perry, who is seeking a third full term, won by a margin of about 52 percent to Hutchison’s 31 percent, The Houston Chronicle reported. A runoff would have been called if no candidate secured at least 50 percent.
Conservative activist and Tea Party favorite Debra Medina took about 18 percent of the GOP vote.

On the Democratic side, White handily won an overwhelming 75 percent majority against five lesser known opponents. White’s closest challenger, Houston businessman Farouk Shami, earned only 13 percent of the vote, according to The Dallas Morning News. Shami put at least $8.5 million of his own money into the race.

White won the mayor’s job in 2003 and Houston re-elected him twice by large margins. Before that, he served as a deputy secretary of energy under former President Bill Clinton and as chairman of the Texas Democratic Party.

Among the Republicans, Hutchison enjoyed double-digit leads early in the race. Perry bounced back after he began railing against what he said was an overly intrusive federal government and painting Hutchison as a big-spending Washington insider.

Medina, who tapped into the conservative Tea Party movement, performed well in a debate and surged to within four points of Hutchison. She quickly faded after equivocating when asked on the Glenn Beck radio show if the American government had any involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Democrats are hopeful the long, expensive primary exposed Perry’s vulnerability. In a statement Tuesday, the Democratic Governors Association said Perry had “sprinted to the far right,” alienating middle-of-the road voters to whom White can appeal on economic issues.

“In a tough economy, his business background and proven record creating jobs appeal to Democrats, independents and moderate Republicans alike,” the DGA head, Nathan Daschle, wrote. “He’s a conservative fiscal manager who cut tax rates five times while in office and balanced the budget.

The second story will be  Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson…what does she do?.…Does she stay in the U.S. Senate?…or leave…. like she asid she would do……The odds for a Perry win in November are very Good…..

CD….is a very happy person this morning……

Note:…..Both Perry and White have NEVER LOST AN ELECTION………

March 3, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates | , , | 8 Comments

Merlin on a Texas Governor race Surprise!………

Hi Dog!

This Poll really took me by surprise. Here is the second part of the PPP Texas Survey showing former Houston Mayor Bill White (D) in striking Distance for the General Election. Honestly I find the Poll hard to believe but who knows?

Public Policy Polling Survey

Texas Governor 2010

General Election

Incumbent Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)  45 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  38 %
Undecided  17 %

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R)  48 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  42 %
Undecided  10 %

GOP Tea Party Activist Debra Medina (R)  44 %
former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  38 %
Undecided  18 %

Job Approvals

Governor Rick Perry (R)

Approve  33 %
Disapprove  50 %

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R)

Approve  40 %
Disapprove  37 %

Full Results at http://publicpolicypolling.blogspot.com

Note: Approvals for President Obama as well as State leanings in case of a Special Election (Should KBH resign) will be released tomorrow.

Merlin’s Observation:

This Poll is too good to be true from White’s Point of View BUT then be cautious. Perry has a dangerously low Approval Rating.

The Dog can’t wait for CD to show up……As the Dog has preached time and again…..You never know in politcs….If White where to win this the ‘Scott Brown’ effect would be gone……

Merlin

February 10, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, PoliticalDogs Merlin, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , , | 6 Comments