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Are you suffering from GOP presidential debate overload?

Are you suffering from GOP presidential debate overload?

November 22nd, 2011 at 3:47 pm by under Politics

Republican presidential candidates sing the National Anthem before the CNN/Tea Party Debate. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Perhaps you’ll be scratching your head before tonight’s GOP presidential debate, thinking, “Man, is this #11? Really, do we need to hear from them anymore?” Well, just wait. There are 13 more still to come, meaning we’re not even halfway. Click here to see the schedule.

If it seems like a lot, maybe you missed the primary debates in 2008. Without an incumbent, both parties had their fair share. The Republicans had 21, but it was the Democrats who might have had you wondering, “Really? Is this #26?” Just something to consider, if you’re already in debate overload.

2008 Republican Presidential Debates

2008 Democratic Presidential Debates

Are you suffering from GOP presidential debate overload?

Are you suffering from GOP presidential debate overload?

November 22nd, 2011 at 3:47 pm by under Politics

Republican presidential candidates sing the National Anthem before the CNN/Tea Party Debate. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Perhaps you’ll be scratching your head before tonight’s GOP presidential debate, thinking, “Man, is this #11? Really, do we need to hear from them anymore?” Well, just wait. There are 13 more still to come, meaning we’re not even halfway. Click here to see the schedule.

If it seems like a lot, maybe you missed the primary debates in 2008. Without an incumbent, both parties had their fair share. The Republicans had 21, but it was the Democrats who might have had you wondering, “Really? Is this #26?” Just something to consider, if you’re already in debate overload.

2008 Republican Presidential Debates

2008 Democratic Presidential Debates

Breaking down Perry’s early retirement controversy

Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas(Courtesy: Office of the Texas Governor)

Click on the link labeled “Retirees Who Return to Work” on Texas’ Employees Retirement System online, and a one-page document with the words “Publication under revision” pops up.

ERS tells KXAN the feature was taken offline on Dec. 16 – that’s the same day the Texas Tribune published a story that caused quite a stir about Gov. Rick Perry’s retirement.

“Perry officially retired in January so he could start collecting his lucrative pension benefits early, but he still gets to collect his salary and has in turn dramatically boosted his take-home pay,” the Tribune article stated. “Perry makes a $150,000 annual gross salary as Texas governor. Now, thanks to his early retirement, Perry, 61, gets a monthly retirement annuity of $7,698 before taxes, or $6,588 net. That raises his gross annual salary to more than $240,000.”

People asked KXAN whether ERS took down the web form as a result of the discovery in Perry’s latest presidential campaign finance report. ERS told us it was pure coincidence.

The agency’s communications and research director, Catherine Terrell, said the document instead needed several updates:

  • Remove information about long term care, as no new enrollments would be allowed after Jan. 1
  • Add information about Humana Medicare Advantage Plan, which goes into effect for retirees with Medicare on Jan. 1
  • Update old ERS logo and branding

“It had nothing to do with the governor,” Terrell said. “We counsel people on their retirement. As far as I know, that’s what we did for him, too.”

While on the campaign trail in Iowa, Perry told the Tribune he did not find the process to be “out of the ordinary.”

“ERS called me and said, ‘Listen, you’re eligible to access your retirement now with your military time and your time and service, and I think you would be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.’”

Terrell explained that there are two retirement classes related to this matter. The “elected class” is for elected state officials (ESO) like state legislators, district attorneys and statewide elected officials. State employees are in the

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Subliminal Messages in Pro-Paul Speech

New York Times Best Selling Author Tom Woods

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.
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