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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

Texas Governor race ……Lawyers fee's…….

The Perry campaign is trying to infer that Bill White charged Contingency fee’s as bad thing……

The piece here questions the issue…pointing out that the fee’s are normal business practice in Texas law cases as it is all around the country….

You win..the lawyer gets a percent or a fixed amount…you lose..he/she don’t get paid……simple….

This is a charge that the Perry campaign, through spokesman Mark Miner, has leveled at White. It seemed dubious to me, because contingency fees have been used by plaintiffs’ lawyers since long before Bill White was practicing law. Contingency fees are used in personal injury cases when a client cannot afford to hire an attorney. The arrangement usually calls for a stipulated division of the award in a case between the lawyer and the client. If the plaintiff loses, the client pays nothing and the lawyer gets nothing.

I e-mailed Miner to ask on what grounds he based the claim that White pioneered contingency fees. This was the response from the Perry campaign:

Here are excerpts from three articles that show Bill White’s relationship with the pioneering of contingency fees. (Full articles are included below the excerpts.)

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April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Texas Governor race ……Lawyers fee’s…….

The Perry campaign is trying to infer that Bill White charged Contingency fee’s as bad thing……

The piece here questions the issue…pointing out that the fee’s are normal business practice in Texas law cases as it is all around the country….

You win..the lawyer gets a percent or a fixed amount…you lose..he/she don’t get paid……simple….

This is a charge that the Perry campaign, through spokesman Mark Miner, has leveled at White. It seemed dubious to me, because contingency fees have been used by plaintiffs’ lawyers since long before Bill White was practicing law. Contingency fees are used in personal injury cases when a client cannot afford to hire an attorney. The arrangement usually calls for a stipulated division of the award in a case between the lawyer and the client. If the plaintiff loses, the client pays nothing and the lawyer gets nothing.

I e-mailed Miner to ask on what grounds he based the claim that White pioneered contingency fees. This was the response from the Perry campaign:

Here are excerpts from three articles that show Bill White’s relationship with the pioneering of contingency fees. (Full articles are included below the excerpts.)

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April 23, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

CD…… on Gov. Perry of Texas having a bit of tough time this time around….

CD is backing his man Texas Governor Perry….

He sent along this post from Texasmonthly.com on the narrowing race……

The thing that got me is the undecideds…only 6% at this tim…remarkable!

This race is going to be a lot closer than mist people thought…..

TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010

The Rasmussen Poll: Perry 48, White 44

posted by paulburka at 10:01 AM

The previous poll showed Perry ahead 49-43. This one shows him ahead 48-44. The difference has no significance at this stage of the race. Perry is still under 50%, but very close. Remember, Perry didn’t break 50% in the primary until election day. The most interesting thing about the poll is the small number of undecided voters — just 6%. This is not a good situation for a challenger. You don’t want to be in a race where most voters have already made up their minds. I was also struck by the figure that Perry has a modest lead (5%) among independent voters. As I have pointed out before, based on the findings of the UT/Texas Tribune poll, independent voters tend to be disgruntled Republicans who, when they get in the voting booth, break 4 to 3 in favor of Republicans.

These polls are worth little more than entertainment value at this stage of the race. The good news for White is that there really isn’t any bad news. Two-thirds of Texans want to see the health care bill repealed, according to Rasmussen, but it hasn’t affected his numbers.

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April 21, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 2 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

The Race for Texas Governor goes back and forth…..

Texas gubernatorial candidates Bill White, left, and Rick Perry

Here’s CD’s posting on Bill White not wanting to release his tax returns…..

For everyone on the Dog and James B or Daniel G., post the Bill White tax return problem:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xanTwcCMaGlw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgXz1FS0SI

http://www.youtube.com/user/LiberalBillWhite

It’s not a good sign when the former Houston mayor refuses to release his tax returns on his business transactions and even Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) slams the way White spend money during his 6 years in office.

CD……

Here’s a little something about the Chances for Rick Perry……

When Texas Governor Rick Perry scored a convincing win earlier this month over U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, his rival for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, talk of a possible 2012 Perry presidential push began. But before Perry can stride into the national arena, he must win re-election this fall in what some say will be his toughest face-off with a Democrat yet — against former Houston mayor Bill White. Indeed, political analyst Charlie Cook has moved the Texas governor’s race from “leaning Republican” to “toss-up” status.

White supporters point to his strong base in Houston (the state’s largest city), his family roots in San Antonio and his ability to speak fluent Spanish, which is seen as a draw in the bluest part of the state, South Texas. The most recent poll by Rasmussen showed Perry with a 49%-to-43% lead over White. The popular ex-mayor, who served in the Clinton Administration as Deputy Secretary of Energy, may still be considered an underdog, according to Richard Murray, political scientist at the University of Houston, but he has “a real chance of winning.” Murray expects White to have adequate campaign funding because of his connections with deep-pocket donors, support from the Democratic Governors’ Association and, perhaps, his own personal resources — he gave his first mayoral campaign a $2 million kick-start. (White, a lawyer, worked for an oil company and then ran a Houston energy investment group after leaving the White House.) Plus, White is a disciplined campaigner who will run a focused campaign, Murray says.

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March 18, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , | 8 Comments

The Governors race in Texas is not gonna be a blow out after all……

The Dog is happy to be surprised……

While CD here has given the impression that Texas Governor Perry can walk on the water….

It seems Texans don’t think so……

I was on Politcs1 right after the primary and mentioned that Perry seemed to be a lock….well the Dog was wrong…..

Daniel’s posting of the GOP friendly Rasmussen poll proves that……

I asked primary night about the Scoot Brown effect and the push back against imcubants…well the poll numbers prove my basic instincts where correct….

One must remember Perry was the Governor that wanted to succeed from the union and didn’t want any stimulus money…but relented…..

Again…Both Perry and White haven’t lost an election yet….

……..That will change in November………

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Counterpoints, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates | , , , | 16 Comments

From Daniel G……First Poll after the Primaries shows Perry of Texas with a 6-Point Edge……

Hello Dog!

A new Statewide Survey in the “Lone Star” State just completed after Tuesdays Primaries shows Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) starts the General Election with an 6-Point lead over his Democratic Rival, Ex-Houston Mayor Bill White (D-TX)

Rasmussen Survey

Texas Governor 2010

General Election

Incumbent Governor Rick Perry (R)  49 %
Former Houston Mayor Bill White (D)  43 %
Others  3 %
Undecided  6 %

Job Approvals

President Barack Obama (D)

Approve  36 %
Disapprove  63 %

Governor Rick Perry (R)

Approve  54 %
Disapprove  44 %

Maybe Cook has seen the RAS Poll before. This Race could be tight in November.

Daniel G.

March 5, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Daniel G @ PolitcalDog, Government, Media, Men, Politics, Polls, Updates | , , | 1 Comment