By 2012, six out of 14 Wal-Mart's direct lobbyists had worked in Congress. In that same year, Wal-Mart retained a total of ten outside lobbying firms, bringing its total legislative agent count to 79 lobbyists -- of which 64 were revolving door lobbyists.
While Perry's ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign will go down in the history books as a good example of an epic failure, this has not completely discouraged Governor Perry and his supporters.
God was nowhere near the signing of that bill into law today in Texas -- nor was the Constitution of the United States of America.
Wendy Davis can certainly speak both eloquently and effectively. She brings a clear analysis and thoughtful energy to seemingly intractable political quagmires.
"We're on your side -- now roll over!" ...
You wouldn't guess it from TV, but there has been a lot going on this week besides the Florida murder trial. See how much you were able to read between the lines by taking our weekly news quiz.
While it's encouraging that some U.S. realtors that source from Bangladesh have finally declared a new commitment toward improving the safety of Bangladeshi factory workers, let's hope that these companies will abandon their previous race to the bottom labor practices in favor of protecting human lives.
To understand why Texas' new anti-abortion law is an invasion of privacy, you have to know my friend. It's a sad story, and despite what Texas Republicans might claim, it has nothing to do with abortion.
The silver lining to this dark cloud is State Senator Wendy Davis herself. A single mother who went from living in a trailer to graduating from Harvard Law School, Davis understands the struggles of working class women.
When Texas Governor Rick Perry announced this week he won't seek reelection, he left open the possibility of a second presidential run in 2016. Perry'...
So, with a sly good ol' boy grin, today Rick Perry stood before reporters and held his new shoes up by the laces and announced that a new Ricky Rick was in town.
The Supreme Court decisions on voting and affirmative action at the University of Texas, the Senate's vote on immigration and the People's filibuster that killed a bill set to all but outlaw abortion in Texas, are all part of a strategy to take Texas and the nation backwards and keep power in the hands of a few.
So if Perry is stepping down to focus on a presidential run, as some observers contend, what will that mean for GOP political gay-bashing in 2016 race? Judging from Perry's most recent rants, 2016 will be 2012 redux, no matter what any autopsy of the 2012 election by the RNC or GOP strategists might reveal.
The Lone Star State attack on women was just the latest in what is looking more and more like the new McCarthyism. It's a simple formula. If women speak up for their rights, label them nazis and terrorists -- and if you can get other women to do it, so much the better.
HILLARY: I'm sorry, Rick who? RICK: Governor Rick Perry? ...you know, of Texas? HILLARY: Okay, yes... hi, Rick. May I ask how you got this number?
Let's say you have a faithful opposition to abortion. Okay. I respect that. But how do you feel about the fact that hundreds of thousands of women are being steam-rollered by Texas male politicians trying to end-run Roe v. Wade?