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

May 27, 2010

LifeNews.com

Steven Ertelt

Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- 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 LifeNews.com, "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 - http://www.texasallianceforlife.org

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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

Portfolio.com

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 Portfolio.com/bizjournals 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 here to view a video highlighting Gov. Perry's endorsements.

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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Governor Perry’s Leadership Draws Broad Array of Endorsements.

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The list of endorsing organizations and leaders is unparalleled for 2010, and support for Rick Perry just keeps growing:

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.

Find Rick Perry on Twitter and get updates from the campaign at http://www.Twitter.com/GovPerry2010!

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Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly Endorses Gov. Rick Perry for Re-election

October 2, 2009

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Schlafly for re-election in 2010.

“More than just about any elected leader in our nation, Gov. Perry has fought and delivered on his promises to defend pro-life and pro-family values within the state of Texas,” said Phyllis Schlafly. “In a time where conservative ideals are increasingly under attack, Gov. Perry hasn’t backed away from working to implement policies that defend families, religious freedoms and life. I am proud to offer him my support in his re-election effort.”

Schlafly is the founder and president of Eagle Forum, a national organization of citizens who participate as volunteers in the public policymaking process. She has been a national leader of the conservative movement since the publication of her best-selling 1964 book, A Choice Not An Echo and a leader of the pro-family movement since 1972, when she founded Eagle Forum.

“Phyllis has been a mighty force across our nation in the effort to foster conservative values in government,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “I’m honored to receive her endorsement and proud to stand alongside her in efforts to strengthen families, fight for life and protect our freedoms.”

Schlafly joins the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams, Texas Right to Life, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Texas Apartment Association, Texas Republican County Chairman Association President 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 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, the Texas State Association of Fire Fighters, Texas Association of Realtors, Texas Civil Justice League PAC, Texas Oil 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 and the Texas Cattle Feeders Beef-PAC in their endorsement of Gov. Perry.

*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.

Phyllis Schlafly, Eagle Forum Founder

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