Category Archives: Texas Governors Race

Texas Blog Friday: Texas Iconoclast

This weeks Texas Blog Friday highlights the Texas Iconoclast blog, which calls itself a “review of Texas politics, media, and culture.”

Texas Iconoclast has original blog posts on  Texas politics and posts the daily reading requirements for political insiders.

The project was born out of some conversations that we had about what we felt was lacking on the Texas corner of the interwebs. I realized that most of my websurfing is to people who aggregate quality content, and we didn’t feel that a very comprehensive site existed that does that for Texas politics. Some come close, but we figured we’d pool our resources and tag daily the best Texas politics content, with a bent towards the right.

A past project of some of the contributors is a political blog that covers all things Governor Rick Perry, Perry vs World, that has closely covered Governor Perry’s numerous state campaigns from a conservative perspective.

Perry vs World is well positioned now that Governor Perry is seriously contemplating a run for President.  So not only should you bookmark Texas Iconoclast for your daily reading, bookmark Perry vs World for your daily Perry campaign news.

Thanks to Matt Dowling for starting “Texas Blog Friday,” fellow Texas political bloggers on the right and left feel free to join in and support your colleagues.

Governor Rick Perry Joins SXSW Frenzy

South By Southwest was once again to much of a temptation for Texas Governor Rick Perry to stay away from.  Last year in the middle of a brutal reelection campaign Perry made time to meet and mingle with, on a couple different occasions, influential SXSW social media professionals and attendees.  The Governor even gave some SXSW attendees a tour of the Texas Capitol Building that ended up on the outside of the rotunda overlooking the whole city.

This year Governor Perry is continuing his embrace of social media and SXSW by appearing on the “Facebook Live” web show hosted by facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s sister, Randi.

Today at 3:00 PM tune into Facebook Live to hear Governor Perry talk about “the importance of high-tech jobs to the state of Texas; how he feels about Facebook having just crossed 100 employees in Austin; how SXSW has become one of the biggest tech, media and music conferences in the world and why the state of Texas is the state that has facilitated it; how he used Facebook and other social media tools in his campaign; and how he uses Facebook and other social media tools to keep in touch with constituents.”

I bet you your SXSW badge Governor Perry will affectionately refer to twitter as “tweeter” and a shout out to follow him @GovernorPerry.

Texas Social Media Awards Nominee Profile: Will Franklin

The Austin American-Statesman is hosting the 2nd annual Texas Social Media Awards and several conservative social media professionals and enthusiast made the cut.

Yes, the Austin American-Statesman is honoring conservative social media users, who would of thought.  For those distrustful people out there, yes I know it is circumspect that the Statesman is honoring “conservatives”, but I actually personally know a couple of them and can vouch for them that they did not sell out their conservative credentials to get this award.

One of these conservative social media professionals to be honored by the Statesman as one of the Top 25 Social Media Users is Will Franklin who can be found keeping it classy daily at  Between you, me and my 5 daily readers Will is my dark horse candidate for the overall winner of the 2nd Annual Texas Social Media Awards.

Will was Governor Perry’s Director of New Media and helped lead Perry to victory in a brutal Republican primary and then helped Perry dominate his democratic general election opponent, partly by painting him online as “Liberal Bill.”

One thing Will did not do for Governor Perry’s campaign is update the Governor’s personal twitter account, @GovernorPerry.  While other campaigns and candidates were using the candidates personal twitter account as an attack dog, Will and Team Perry went another way.  Will was social media savvy enough to advise Perry to use his twitter account as a way for voters to see inside the Governor’s personal life and show a softer, more human side of him that voters would not of been able to easily see without the use social media.

Another thing social media related Will has never done is call himself a “social media ninja.”

Here is the Statesman profile of Will Franklin.


Will Franklin Self-submitted bio: Will served as Director of New Media & Research at Texans for Rick Perry. He guided a team that crafted online messaging, directed online fundraising, and engaged supporters in grassroots efforts for Texas Governor Rick Perry’s 2010 re-election campaign. Will created the vast majority of Governor Rick Perry’s reelection campaign web videos in both the primary campaign and the general election. Will also created most written and video content for,, and Will designed social media training for “Team Perry” staffers, and created the successful “Perry Blogger Summit” and other blogger outreach and training programs with hundreds in attendance. Will managed the Governor Perry Facebook account, the @GovPerry2010 Twitter account, and is also credited with getting @GovernorPerry addicted to “tweeter.”

* Will and I have worked together professionally in the past and currently do so on Representative Wayne Christian’s Texas Legislative Update videos.  But still, he rocks at what he does.

KBH Not Running in 2012

KBH has officially announced she is not running for US Senate in 2012.  Looks like she sees the writing on the wall and does not want to face another bruising primary battle with well financed opponents.  Will she be able to rebuild her image by the end of her term and go out on top?  Or will she be remembered as the last of a long list of politicians who underestimated Rick Perry and paid the price?

Dear Friends,

For the past 17 years, it has been my greatest honor to serve the people of Texas in the United States Senate. Working for the citizens and communities of our state is a privilege.

I am announcing today that I will not be a candidate for re-election in 2012. That should give the people of Texas ample time to consider who my successor will be. In the next two years, you can be assured that I will pursue my duties, and my responsibilities to our state and people, with the same vigor that I have employed during my Senate service.

I have loved visiting all 254 counties in Texas. During my travels, I have been most touched by the constituents who have told me how my work in the Senate has personally impacted their lives. From the man in Dallas who thanked me for passing my Homemaker IRA legislation which allowed him and his wife to save more for their retirement; the teacher and sheriff’s deputy in Houston who saved thousands each year because they knew I fought for my bill to relieve the marriage penalty tax; the military families who know I have been a champion of health care and housing for these heroes; and the many constituents that we have been privileged to assist with social security and veterans benefits. Knowing that I have been able to truly help my fellow Texans and make a positive difference in their lives is a public servant’s greatest reward.

When my current term is up, I will have served Texas for 19 years in the United States Senate. I intended to leave this office long before now, but I was persuaded to continue in order to avoid disadvantage to our state. The last two years have been particularly difficult, especially for my family, but I felt it would be wrong to leave the Senate during such a critical period. Instead of putting my seat into a special election, I felt it was my duty to use my experience to fight the massive spending that has increased our national debt; the government takeover of the our health care system; and the growth of the federal bureaucracy, which threatens our economy. I will continue that fight until the end of my term in 2012.

I will be forever grateful for the privilege of working for you in the United States Senate. I will now look forward to living full-time in Texas with my family, and to keep working for our state’s interests as long as I live.

God bless America and God bless Texas,

Kay Bailey Hutchison
United States Senator, Texas

Texas Tribune’s Best Texas Political Moments on Video 2010

The Texas Tribune has compiled the best Texas political moments on video from 2010.  It is worth a watch.

Click here to watch the movie from the Texas Tribune website.

What was left out that should of made the cut?

The NEW Map of Texas

The new political map of Texas is a great sight, sums up the Republican tidal wave that swept across the state yesterday.

Map is based off of the 2010 Votes for Governor by County. Map from the Texas Tribune

And can you believe that Governor Perry won with a 13% margin all with out YARD SIGNS?

The Last Campaign Event of the Season

Come celebrate the ending of the election season with Governor Rick Perry at El Arroyo in downtown Austin tonight at 9:00 PM.

Free world famous El Arroyo tacos, live country music from Brad Dunn and a cash bar.  Need I say more?

Location: El Arroyo
1624 W 5th St
Austin, TX 78703

9:00 PM