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The $10,000 College Degree? It Might Be Coming to Florida

It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry's call for a $10,000 college degree idea is faring better than his failed Presidential bid. In 2011,...


It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry's idea of a $10,000 college degree is faring better than his failed Presidential bid. In 2011, Perry challenged his state's higher education institution to cap costs at $10,000 and sure enough, at SXSW 2012 three schools announced plans to do just that—one bachelor's degree from Texas A&M at San Antonio even clocked in at a mere $9,700. Now Florida governor Rick Scott is jumping on board the $10,000 degree bandwagon. On Monday he issued a similar challenge to his state's colleges and universities.

So how much do Florida's students currently spend? The average cost for a bachelor's degree at one of the state's community colleges currently costs $13,264 per year and in-state residents pay roughly $24,000 to attend one of Florida's public universities. But, according to the Orlando Sentinel, Scott—like many governors—has pressed higher education leaders to reign in costs so that college is more affordable for Florida's students, thus creating a pipeline of educated workers for the state's economy.

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Buy You a Drink: Cocktails for Republican Also-Rans Drinks for Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry

GOOD's resident mixologist offers a free libation to the GOP's fallen soldiers: Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry.

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'Going Viral': Political Candidates' Quest to Create the Next YouTube Sensation

It's nearly impossible to predict which political ads will go viral, or if they'll have any real effect once they do.

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With 6.7 million views and counting, Rick Perry’s “Strong” is by far the most viral video of this election cycle. It also might be the most rapidly disliked video in YouTube history. The video—which features a casually clad Perry bemoaning the state of America, “where gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t openly celebrate Christmas”—has racked up 675,000 dislikes, more than twice the number of votes against Rebecca Black’s “Friday.” Perry’s video has also spawned dozens of spoof responses, from atheists to rabbis to Jesus himself. By all accounts, “Strong” seems an epic, backfiring fiasco.

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On 'Niggerhead': Rick Perry's Racist Camp Name Is Surprisingly Common

Whether you like it or not, the offensive name of Rick Perry's West Texas hunting camp certainly didn't originate with Perry himself.


The political world is still abuzz at this weekend's latest Rick Perry revelation: the GOP presidential candidate and Texas governor has hosted friends and allies at his family's West Texas hunting camp, charmingly named "Niggerhead." The only black Republican presidential candidate, Herman Cain, called the camp's name "insensitive," a summation for which he was promptly chastised by conservatives who said he "played the race card." For his part, Perry argues that his family never named the camp, but only leased it from people who did. What's more, Perry says he made an effort to get rid of the name by painting over Niggerhead signs dotting the camp's many acres.

Whether you believe Perry actually took issue with the camp's name or not, you have to question the wisdom of a politician leasing something called Niggerhead in the first place. If you aren't even a little bit racist, and you're searching for a place to host your friends and family, do you choose the place with the racial slur featured prominently in its name? But that said, it's worth noting how prevalent the name Niggerhead has been in American history to lend a bit of context to the Perry drama.

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Three Cheers for Death: The GOP's Morbid Enthusiasm for Rick Perry's 234 Executions

The most disturbing moment of last night's GOP debate was when Rick Perry received lively applause for his execution record.

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"At the end of the day, I will always err on the side of saving lives," Rick Perry said during his debut GOP debate appearance last night while defending his decision to mandate the HPV vaccine.

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