Perry has also taken advantage of the steady erosion of the Texas Democratic Party to protect business. In 2002, after Republicans captured the statehouse, he steamrolled the trial bar, a pillar of the Democratic Party throughout the South, capping lawsuit damage awards. This year he added a “loser pays” provision on lawsuits.
By now much of his power in Texas derives simply from his having been around for so long. Nearly every agency and commission, the state supreme court, and the university boards of regents are stocked with his loyalists, and he’s built up a network of rich donors.
While it’s false that, as stated in this article, Perry hasn’t had much opposition from within the state, it’s true that he has been in office a while, and has appointed and reappointed every position that comes under the Executive Branch. However, he has earned the support that he has, as shown by BW’s own graphics.
Who’s surprised that the successful businesses support Governor Perry or vice versa?
Our state revenues and GDP are up, our debt and spending is decreasing per the US Debt clock. All without an income tax. Our population is growing from both US and foreign sources and our jobs grow both from within the State and from a little bit of raiding other states.
Texas has the top two high schools in the nation per the Washington Post and 6 schools in the top 15. Our students do quite well and our minority students do better than those of other states, according to this RAND report.