It sounds like Rick Perry is ready to make his second bid for the Republican presidential nomination, scheduling a “special announcement” for June 4 in Dallas. Perry’s wife, Anita, tweeted that she and the former Texas governor “have been discussing the future of this great country and how our family can play a role.” Perry entered the race relatively late four years ago, and his lack of national experience showed; he pulled out after poor showings in Iowa and New Hampshire. This time around, Perry would face a field that includes another Texan: Sen. Ted Cruz. Two other GOP aspirants — Jeb Bush and Rand Paul — also claim strong Texas ties. From The Dallas Morning News: “For months Perry has said that he would announce his decision in May or June. But his constant travel to the early contest states of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Florida has left little doubt of his intentions. … “Unlike four years ago, when he rushed into the contest after seeing he could raise quick money and was leading in polls, Perry enters this contest as an underdog. “He is polling in single digits, but again unlike his last run, he has spent more than a year in preparation. He has consulted weekly with conservative experts on foreign relations and economic policy. He has assembled advisers and campaign teams in the early states and has even taken tutoring in public speaking.” Also expected to announce their 2016 plans in the coming weeks: former Pennsylvania Republican senator Rick Santorum, former New York Republican governor George Pataki, former Maryland Democratic governor Martin O’Malley and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.