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Sonogram Requirement Declared Emergency Item

Last week Governor Perry spoke at the 2011 Texas Rally for Life, where he declared legislation to require a sonogram before a woman elects to have an abortion as an emergency item for the 2011 legislative session.

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Former President George H.W. Bush and Former First Lady Barbara Bush Endorse Gov. Perry for Re-election

October 25, 2010
Join over 100 groups in supporting Gov. Perry for re-election HOUSTON – Today Gov. Rick Perry received the endorsement of former President George H.W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush for the general election. They were joined by representatives from more than 100 organizations and hundreds of leaders who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election, highlighting his diverse, statewide support, which represents millions of Texans. “Gov. Perry’s leadership and proven track record is an essential component in keeping Texas a national leader in job creation,” said former President George H.W. Bush. “Texas has become a prime example of what happens when you mix fiscal responsibility, strong leadership and a vision of moving a state forward. It is an honor to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for the general election.” George H.W. Bush was sworn in as president of the United States in January 1989 and served until January 1993. During his term in office, the Cold War ended; the threat of nuclear war was drastically reduced; the Soviet Union ceased to exist, replaced by a democratic Russia with the Baltic States becoming free; the Berlin Wall fell and Germany was reunified with Eastern Europe; and he put together an unprecedented international coalition to liberate Kuwait. Former First Lady Barbara Bush is a tireless advocate of volunteerism, helping countless charities and humanitarian causes. Today she and President Bush serve as Co-Chairs of C-Change, an organization that represents more than 150 individuals and groups that fight cancer. She also enjoys reading to children at schools and hospitals across the nation. “I am deeply honored to receive the endorsement of former President George H. W. Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush,” said Gov. Perry. “His devotion and leadership, to our country, has brought forth inspiration to us all.” Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries, ranging from agriculture, health care and retail sales, to construction, law enforcement and education. In his remarks, Gov. Perry emphasized the creation of 850,000 Texas jobs in the last ten years and the recent drop in the unemployment rate in Texas; leaving the national rate nearly two points above ours. He also touted our state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts as crucial elements that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 1000 companies.

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Texas Pro-Life Group Backs Rick Perry, Planned Parenthood Supports Bill White

May 27, 2010
Steven Ertelt
Austin, TX ( -- The gubernatorial campaign in Texas is shaping up to be a fierce battle between pro-life Governor Rick Perry and former Houston mayor Bill White, who is a strong abortion supporter. Perry has secured the support of a statewide pro-life group while the Planned Parenthood abortion business is in White's corner. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas endorsed White, saying he "has demonstrated a strong commitment" to abortion. The organization runs the largest chain of abortion facilities in Texas, including their recently opened 78,000-square-foot, six-story "megafacility" in Houston. But Governor Perry has been endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life PAC, which says he "has passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers." Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told, "Voters need to know that Bill White would bring Planned Parenthood with him into the Texas Capitol if he were elected governor in November." "Texas needs a leader who is unrelentingly pro-life," Pojman said. "Unlike his opponent, Governor Perry has never given an inch to the life-threatening precepts of Roe v. Wade, whether verbally or by his actions as an elected official." Perry supported the Woman's Right to Know Act (2003), the Prenatal Protection Act (2003), the parental consent law (2005), and funding for alternatives to abortions (2005, 2007, 2009). In addition, Gov. Perry has also strongly endorsed public funding for adult stem cell research. He has opposed embryonic stem cell research, which has developed no treatments or cures and requires the destruction of human embryos. Adult stem cells have been used to successfully treat more than 20,000 Americans and more than 70 different conditions or diseases. In April, Perry joined former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to raise money for an organization that places pro-life commercials on television. Perry joined in on exposing Obama's pro-abortion record and focused on him overturning the Mexico City Policy and forcing Americans to pay for funding groups that promote and perform abortions overseas. “America is in the business of exporting abortion. I'm not happy about that,” Perry said and, saying of unborn children, “Too bad we can't protect them from the federal government." Related web sites: Texas Alliance for Life -

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SMU dean says much of California's loss is Texas' gain

March 15, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Cheryl Hall
"Over the past 30 years, Michigan pretty much lost the auto and truck industry to the Sun Belt. When Honda, Toyota, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai and other international competitors came to the U.S., they almost exclusively chose Sun Belt locations," he says. "The same thing is now happening to California." And this time, companies are beating a path to Texas. Niemi cites a study done by Bain & Co. a few years ago that surveyed the CEOs of all companies headquartered in California. "Forty percent said they were making plans to leave the state," Niemi says. "Of those planning to leave, 35 percent said they would likely move offshore to find cheaper labor, 36 percent said they were planning to move to Texas and the remaining 29 percent said they would relocate somewhere else in the U.S."

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Texas Eagle Forum President Pat Carlson Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

February 27, 2010
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Pat Carlson, president of the Texas Eagle Forum, for re-election in 2010. “Gov. Perry is the only conservative leader in this race willing to make the hard choices to address the needs of Texas families,” said Carlson. “He has been an unyielding advocate for the rights of the unborn and protecting Texas families. Texas was last in and will be first out of one of the worst recessions in U.S. history because of his stewardship over our state’s economy. On every issue important to Texas, Gov. Perry is the obvious choice in this race.” Carlson has served as president of the Texas Eagle Forum since 2009. She is a member of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Advisory Council, board member of the Trinity River Authority and a Republican Precinct Chairman. “I am grateful for Pat’s leadership on important fiscal and social issues important to Texas families,” said Gov. Perry. “I am honored to have the support of a proven conservative like her in this election. Texas has been resilient in overcoming obstacles because of conservative principles, economic restraint and putting families first. I will continue to make these principles my top priorities as governor.”

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VIDEO: "Leader"

The Republican primary for Texas Governor takes place on March 2, but early voting in Texas begins February 16 and runs through the 26th. The momentum behind the Governor's campaign is palpable, and the campaign made this new video that you can share with your friends and neighbors to help fire up your fellow Texans about getting out and voting early for Governor Rick Perry:

Find your early voting location here.

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Gov. Perry: Proud of Texas’ Reputation as Pro-Life State

January 23, 2010
Offers Keynote Address at Texas Rally for Life AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the Texas Rally for Life to highlight the importance of protecting life of the unborn in Texas. He was joined by State Sen. Dan Patrick, State Rep. Frank Corte, Texas Alliance for Life executive director Dr. Joe Pojman, Heidi Group founder Carol Everett and several other pro-life leaders, including more than 3,000 pro-life Texans who were in attendance. “I am so very proud of the well-deserved reputation Texas has as a pro-life state, and proud that those here today, and people of conscience all across our state, have helped make Texas one of the safest states for the unborn,” said Gov. Perry. “We must continue our efforts to defend life, which include reaching out to our elected leaders and expressing our concerns, and using our votes to support leaders who share our commitment to protecting the unborn.” Gov. Perry spoke of the increasing threat to pro-life values on the national level, citing President Obama’s reversal of the “Mexico City policy,” which now allows American tax dollars to fund abortions in foreign countries, and a 2009 FDA ruling that permits embryonic stem cell experimentation, even though adult stem cells are proven more effective in medical research. He also called for increased efforts to raise awareness of adoption and renewed support of an sonogram bill that failed to pass the 81st legislative session that would require a physician to perform an obstetric ultrasound on a woman at least two hours before a scheduled abortion.

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Don't Mess With Texas Small Biz

January 18, 2010
G. Scott Thomas
No major state has weathered the recession more successfully than Texas. So it’s logical that the best place to launch a new business would be a prominent Texas metropolitan area. The nation’s top score for small-business vitality, according to a new study, belongs to Austin, the state's capital and the center of a thriving metro with 1.7 million residents. A six-part formula was used to analyze the nation’s 100 largest metros, looking for the places that are most conducive to the creation and development of small businesses.

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Gov. Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Statewide Support

December 2, 2009
Joins More Than 60 Associations and Conservative Leaders To Tout Vision for Texas’ Future DALLAS – Gov. Rick Perry today joined more than 60 associations and conservative leaders who have endorsed his re-election to highlight his diverse, statewide support. He also touted accomplishments that have strengthened Texas’ economy and offered his vision to keep Texas moving forward. “I am deeply honored to have the support of these Texans from fields including agriculture, healthcare, retail sales, manufacturing construction, law enforcement and education, as well as advocates for genuine Texas values, all of whom play an essential role in our state’s future,” said Gov. Perry. “With support like this, anything is possible, and I am genuinely grateful for their endorsements.” From trade associations including the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Association of Realtors and Texas Medical Association, to influential conservative leaders including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, Gov. Perry’s endorsements highlight the broad-based support he has from diverse groups and industries. He also has strong support from the state’s Republican Party leadership, including endorsements from two-thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee leadership, several former chairs of the Republican Party of Texas, and Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker. Gov. Perry emphasized his focus on job creation and economic development, noting its importance to maintaining the state’s economic strength and pointing to the state’s low taxes, predictable regulatory climate, fair legal system and education efforts that have helped make it a national leader in exports and Fortune 500 companies. The governor also spoke against the misguided policies being promoted by Washington, including cap-and-trade and healthcare reform, that would expand government, increase debt and further intrude into Americans’ lives. He noted the important role states should play in offering innovative, effective alternatives to the challenges our nation faces. “The future well-being of our country resides at the state level with experienced executives leading their states to sustain a climate of innovation while running interference with a federal government run amok,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why I am seeking re-election. I love Texas and I am fully convinced that we have the fundamentals in place to lead our country out of these tough times.” Moving forward, Gov. Perry reiterated his proposals to make the recent small business tax cut permanent, promote a Constitutional amendment to require a two-thirds vote of the legislature to increase state taxes, root out unnecessary regulations that stifle innovation and investment, and expand the number of STEM schools in the state and UTeach programs at state universities. Click <a href="">here</a> to view a video highlighting Gov. Perry's endorsements. <object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object> Below is the list of individuals and groups who have endorsed Gov. Perry’s re-election: Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin Texas Municipal Police Association Texas Chemical Council Texas Society of Professional Engineers Republican National Committeewoman Cathie Adams Texas Right to Life Houston Realty Business Coalition Texas Apartment Association TX Republican County Chairman Assoc. Pres. Linda Rogers Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett Texas Alliance for Life Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC Texas Home School Coalition PAC Texans for Life Coalition President Kyleen Wright Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford Texas Chiropractic Association Americans for Prosperity* State Director Peggy Venable Texas State Association of Fire Fighters Texas Association of Realtors Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani Texas Civil Justice League PAC Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger Texas Optometric Association PAC Texas Pest Control Association Energy Entrepreneur T. Boone Pickens Texas Recreational Vehicle Association Texas Poultry Federation Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tina Benkiser Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly Texas Pharmacy Business Council Justice Foundation President Allan Parker, Jr. Texas Podiatric Medical Association Texas Association for Interior Design Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Susan Weddington Former U.S. Secretary of Education Bill Bennett Family Research Council Action PAC Chairman Tony Perkins WallBuilders President and Founder David Barton Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Texas Association of Builders HOMEPAC Manufacturers PAC of Texas Texas Medical Association TEXPAC Former Republican Party of Texas Chair George Strake Texas Society of Anesthesiologists PAC Texas Restaurant Association PAC Vision America Founder Dr. Rick Scarborough Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas PAC Recreational Fishing Alliance Texas Recreational Fishing Alliance Texas Nursery and Landscape Association PAC Career Colleges and Schools of Texas Two-Thirds of the State Republican Executive Committee Republican National Committeeman Bill Crocker Former Republican Party of Texas Chair Tom Pauken Texas Motor Transportation Association TRUCKPAC Empower Texans PAC *Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates. # # #

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