Statement from Texans for Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner Concerning Internet Sabotage
“Today’s ‘Talkin' Texas’ webcast by Gov. Perry was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack, preventing countless users from logging in to view the Governor’s remarks. This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity. Before the attack was initiated, more than 22,000 users were able to log in and view Gov. Perry’s complete remarks, which will be distributed shortly.”
The "Talkin' Texas" page will host the archived video as planned, for those who were unable to log on and watch.
In these uncertain times, we are all concerned about the future. While Texas is by no means immune to the recession facing our country, it will be Texas that leads our nation out of its economic doldrums.
The Texas model of governance, which-- under Governor Rick Perry's leadership-- has produced balanced budgets, provides a very clear contrast and an important alternative to the out-of-control deficit spending in Washington. The results are clear. Texas remains the nation's economic leader, even in these tough times:
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The Texans for Rick Perry family was very sad to learn that our dear friend Brianna Becker of Austin died on Friday evening. Brianna embodied the best of Texas. She had strong values, a vibrant personality, and an unlimited future. Texas and America are losing a bright light by her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends through this difficult time.
Dozens of groups and individuals representing a broad array of Texans have made their endorsements for 2010. Governor Rick Perry is the clear choice for a rapidly growing number of individuals and associations representing a broad and diverse community of Texans. Take a look at the latest endorsement video:
Last Thursday, Governor Rick Perry announced his opposition to $555 million in federal economic stimulus money to expand the state’s unemployment insurance program.
I have been adamantly opposed to the Federal Stimulus Package from the beginning, because it represents terrible economic policy.
My stance on the $555 million for unemployment compensation was a more difficult decision, one that I have struggled with over the past several weeks. But after exhaustive study, I have concluded that Gov. Perry’s position is the best for Texas.
I agree with Gov. Perry’s decision for many important reasons.
Q-Edge, an electronics assembly company based in Plainfield, Ind., is planning to bring a significant operation to Alliance Global Logistics Hub in Fort Worth.
Pending the approval of an incentive package by the Fort Worth City Council, Q-Edge will be leasing 365,440 square feet Hillwood’s Alliance Gateway 2 building.
The assembly and distribution operation could bring 500 jobs to Fort Worth. Its economic impact is estimated at $700 million.
“Now, more than ever, businesses are looking to Texas as the best state to live, work and raise a family because of our reasonable regulations, low taxes and skilled workforce,” said Texas Governor Rick Perry in announcing the deal.
Gov. Rick Perry did not regret Wednesday refusing federal help on a projected $447 million shortfall in unemployment funding nor giving businesses back money last year that could have helped with the difference.
Texas best paid for those benefits by raising and lowering those taxes as needed, he repeated after a tour of an O'Hair Shutters manufacturing plant in North Lubbock.
The state could receive $555 million in stimulus-related unemployment assistance if it agrees to make more Texans eligible, something Perry and business groups have rejected. The letter of the law requires the changes to be permanent.
"The critics, for whatever reason, are either ill-informed or really don't care about whether this man has additional pressures on him," Perry said, gesturing to company co-owner Brant O'Hair. "I do."
"We're not on a level playing field, and here comes the federal government, making it even more of an unlevel playing field," O'Hair said.
On March 8th at 6:00 PM Central Standard time ten Cadets from the JROTC program made history! They are the first, and only, High School team to ever complete the rigorous Texas Independence Relay.
The Texas Independence Relay is composed of 40 relay legs totaling 203.2 miles. The course starts in Gonzales, TX, where the Texas Revolution began, and it finishes at the San Jacinto Monument, where Texas Independence was won! To tackle this formidable task the team was composed of 11 members, ten Cadets and one Instructor, and several very dedicated adults who drove the support vehicles as the team traversed the country side. The race ran through the towns of Shiner, Moulton, Flatonia, Schulenburg, Weimar, Borden, Columbus, Altair, Eagle Lake, Wallis, Orchard, Simonton, and Fulshear, then through the city of Houston and ended in La Porte at the San Jacinto battle grounds monument.
One of the many highlights from the race was when Governor Perry took it upon himself to find the team and congratulate them on their efforts. He found them at 2:30 AM along highway 36 preparing to begin leg 24. He gave them some encouraging words and told them to keep up with their running. Governor Perry commended the team for their strive for excellence and to take the lessons learned from this experience to help them learn how to overcome other obstacles they may find in their lives. He also shared his personal experience on how running had impacted his life. Embeded HiLife reporter Will Sheffield interviewed the governor at that time. Look for his story in the next edition of the Creek HiLife.
IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Irving Police Association to discuss the impact of Texas’ border security efforts and reiterate his commitment to upholding the security of Texas communities.
“I deeply respect the Federal Border Patrol Agents who work with our local and state law enforcement in the border region, but they have consistently been shortchanged when it comes to the resources that they need to do their job,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why Texas keeps stepping up with resources to fill that gap. I am proud of what Texas has done to bolster border security by putting more boots on the ground with the technology, coordination and support they need.”
Gov. Perry specifically highlighted efforts to combat the threat of transnational gangs across the state, which have become an increasing threat to Texas communities and recruit members from Texas schools and prisons.
“As we have made life and business tougher for the drug cartels, they have relied increasingly on transnational gangs fueling their growth in size and influence in communities across our state,” said Gov. Perry. “That is why we have provided close to $4 million in grants to local police departments across the state in 2008 in the effort to provide adequate resources to peace officers on the front lines of the ongoing conflict with these gangs.”
Specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as part of the state’s transnational gangs initiative, $225,000 grants were awarded to Arlington, Garland, Fort Worth and Irving, along with a $500,000 grant for Dallas.
The governor cited the success of the state’s anti-gang strategy, noting 2009 reports from police departments across the state that show close to 1,000 felony arrests and the seizure of more than half a ton of drugs. In addition to grants allocated in 2008, the 81st Legislature passed an omnibus gang bill which provided for the electronic monitoring of gang members, the creation of gang-free zones, and the establishment of civil liability for gang members and the damage they cause. The Legislature also funded a gang intelligence section within the Texas Fusion Center as well as gang investigations and prosecutions.
“These gangs most certainly know that we mean business and the drug cartels that fund them are working even harder to overcome our efforts,” said Gov. Perry. “Fortunately for us, we have the resolve, and more importantly, we have Texas peace officers who have sworn to defend our citizens and do so with great courage. I thank them for their service and the safety and security they preserve with their sacrifice.”
Because the federal government has failed to secure Texas’ international border, Gov. Perry has been instrumental in providing the necessary resources to fill the gap by implementing a border security strategy based on putting boots on the ground and equipping law enforcement with the technology, training and funding they need to stem the flow of crime across our border:
• At Gov. Perry’s request, the Texas legislature allocated $110 million in state funds in 2007 to amplify border security efforts through Operation Border Star, which has funded more personnel, and provided assets like aircraft, patrol boats and better technology for communications, data management and coordinated efforts.
• At Gov. Perry’s request, legislators renewed border funding at $116 million in 2009, which includes funds to combat the emerging threat of transnational gangs infiltrating our communities and threatening the safety of our citizens, recruiting members from Texas schools and prisons.
• In Oct. 2009, Gov. Perry launched the Ranger Recon Teams, which utilizes the specialized criminal intelligence and apprehension capabilities of the Texas Rangers to protect Texans who live in remote areas of the border, and whose lives and whose property are threatened by border crime.
• Since Jan. 2009, Gov. Perry has urged the federal government, through letters to President Barack Obama, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to approve his request for 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen to support civilian law enforcement efforts to enhance border security in Texas.
• Gov. Perry has consistently fought to fund and utilize innovative technology to support border security strategies which include the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition’s Virtual Border Watch program, a system of cameras along the border, which creates a virtual online patrol presence, allowing the public to view and report suspicious activity to law enforcement. Other technology resources include five state-of-the-art helicopters with forward-looking infrared, electronic fingerprint booking stations, night vision goggles for law enforcement, license plate readers and enhanced radio interoperability to allow communication between different law enforcement jurisdictions.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Ophthalmological Association (TOA) Executive Council for re-election in 2010.
“The TOA Executive Council voted to endorse Governor Perry based on his long track record of advancing medical care in the state of Texas,” said TOA President R. Galen Kemp, MD, an ophthalmologist from Waxahachie. “Governor Perry led the charge on groundbreaking medical liability reform in Texas which brought needed physicians to Texas and now serves as model legislation for other states.”
The TOA is a member organization of over 800 Texas ophthalmologists, which was founded in 1956 to promote the science and art of medical eye care through education and advocacy. The TOA is Texas’ largest organization of eye physicians and surgeons.
“I am honored to have the support of the Texas ophthalmologist community,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “These dedicated doctors are instrumental in improving the health and quality of life of Texans. I’m proud that our effort to crack down on lawsuit abuse has made Texas a healthier place to live, work and raise a family.”
Marking Ronald Reagan’s 99th Birthday, Texans Who Served With President Reagan Recognize Gov. Perry for His Commitment to Conservative Values
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has received the endorsement of more than 20 leaders of President Ronald Reagan's Administration. Marking Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday on Feb. 6, 2010, these Texas Reagan alumni have recognized Gov. Perry for his commitment to conservative values and the need for his continued leadership in Texas.
“These Texans who helped to elect Ronald Reagan and run his administration believe that Gov. Perry’s policies and approach to governing are almost identical to that of President Reagan’s,” said Doug Cannon, former Reagan official in the White House Office of Policy Development. “We are proud of his leadership over our state and look forward to the ongoing opportunity and prosperity our state will enjoy with him as governor.”
The individuals endorsing Gov. Perry are former executives of President Reagan’s administration and members of the Reagan Alumni Association, a group dedicated to fostering the values espoused by President Reagan and celebrating his birthday every year on February 6th.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made in Texas to keep taxes low, create jobs and uphold a business-friendly environment that has made us one of the strongest states in the nation,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m honored to receive the support of the members of President Reagan’s team who have made such a significant impact in the effort to encourage and spread the conservative values that make our nation great.”
The following members of President Reagan’s Administration are endorsing Gov. Perry for re-election:
Ernie Angelo, Midland
Texas Chairman, Reagan for President, 1980
Diana Denman, San Antonio
Peace Corps Presidential Advisory Board, Co-Chairman
Former Vice-Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Douglas Cannon, Houston
White House Office of Policy Development
Department of Education, Special Advisor for Management
Lee William McNutt III, Dallas
White House Office of Privatization
Chairman, Arts Commission of Texas
Tom Wilder, Fort Worth
Reagan for President 1980, Texas Steering Committee
Tarrant County District Clerk
Maurice Barksdale, Arlington
Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Assistant Secretary
Co-Chairman, Texas Blacks for Reagan/Bush
Shirley Medlyn McDonald, Granbury
White House Office of Presidential Personnel
Ray Van Buskirk, Baytown
Department of Education, Director of Grants and Contracts
Chairman, Texas Youth for Reagan-Bush, 1980 Campaign
H. Eugene Douglas, Austin
Department of State, Ambassador
Bill Chatfield, Irving
Civil Aeronautics Board, Regional Director
Department of Defense, Special Assistant
Jo Ann Gasper, Colleyville
Department of Health and Human Services, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Louis Gasper, Colleyville
Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Chairman, Center for Business Ethics at University of Dallas
Brunetta Centner, Arlington
Department of Justice
Richard Centner, Arlington
U.S. Information Agency/ Voice of America
Department of Transportation
Department of Education, Intergovernmental Advisory Council
Richard Mulberry, Dallas
Department of Interior, Inspector General
Wilson Scaling, Henrietta
Department of Agriculture, Chief, Social Conservation Ser.
Don Shelton, Fort Worth
Department of Transportation, Southwest Regional Representative
Robert Layton, Tyler
Environmental Protection Agency, Southwest Regional Director
Ronald Wade, Longview
Press Liaison for Vice President George Bush
The following Texan Reagan alumni have already endorsed Gov. Perry:
Tom Pauken, Austin
Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Director, ACTION Agency
White House Counsel’s Office
Bill Bennett, Washington, D.C.
Secretary of Education for President Reagan
T. Boone Pickens, Dallas
Texas Finance Chairman, Reagan-Bush Campaign
Reagan Presidential Library, Board of Directors
Peggy Venable, Austin
Department of Interior – Public Affairs Asst. Director
Chairman, Americans for Prosperity
During her 17 years as a United States Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison has used more than $12,000 in taxpayer money to reimburse lobbyists, corporations with business interests before her committees in the Senate, and campaign donors for use of their private planes, including Zachry Construction, Clear Channel, Oshkosh Trucking, TXU, Moncrief Oil, and Lockheed Martin. She has billed taxpayers more than $518,000 to travel 154 times by private airplane, according to Senate records.
“Bailouts, earmarks and now private plane rides continue to demonstrate that Senator Hutchison has no regard for taxpayer dollars,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Senator Hutchison should apologize to the people of Texas for her consistent use of taxpayer dollars for political activity.”
Sen. Hutchison often uses private planes for single-destination trips to major metropolitan areas when commercial flights would cost a mere fraction of what she passes on to taxpayers. Examples include spending $5,732.68 to fly round-trip Dallas to Houston and $5,523.92 to fly round-trip Dallas to Austin. (Additional examples below.)
According to semi-annual Reports of the Secretary of the Senate, Sen. Hutchison has billed taxpayers $12,461.95 to reimburse lobbyists, corporations and donors for use of their jets, and used private planes at least 154 times costing taxpayers $518,892.39. (SOURCE: Report of the Secretary of the Senate documents available at www.WashingtonKay.com)
Reimbursements to Lobbyists, Corporations and Donors: $12,461.95
Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost Reimbursement To
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 12/8/01 $2,416.00 Tom Loeffler
Dallas to Washington, DC, Round-trip 12/3-12/4/01 $2,330.00 TXU
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 10/25/01 $1,205.25 Lockheed Martin
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 11/14/03 $1,203.00 Moncrief Oil
Dallas to Washington, DC, One-way 3/5/01 $1,168.50 Tom Luce
Dallas to Louisville, KY, to Washington DC 2/28/05 $1,116.90 Oshkosh Trucking
Weslaco to Corpus Christi To Dallas 2/20/02 $1,115.00 SSP Partners
Washington, DC to San Antonio, One-way 4/15/09 $569.00 Clear Channel
Dallas to Austin to Corpus Christi to Dallas 10/3/03 $314.00 Mike A Myers
Dallas to Beaumont, One-way 8/28/06 $261.70 Trinity Industries Inc
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 1/25/06 $222.00 Mike A Myers
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip 9/22/00 $214.00 TXU
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way 4/23/07 $115.90 Zachry Construction
Dallas to Austin, One-way 10/14/00 $106.00 Mike A Myers
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way 7/11/05 $104.70 Mansefeldt Investment
Wasteful Private Flights to Single Destination
Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost To Taxpayers Commercial Option
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 9/14/08 $5,732.68 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip 2/21/09 $5,702.83 $224 (American)
Dallas to Austin Round-trip 10/3/08 $5,523.92 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 11/27/08 $5,441.77 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to McAllen, Round-trip 3/1/03 $5,077.38 $304 (American)
Sugar Land to Dallas, One-way 2/15/08 $4,719.52 $151 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 2/28/09 $4,421.84 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 4/16/05 $3,702.57 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 11/25/05 $3,416.00 $120 (American)
Dallas to Lubbock, Round-trip 3/23/03 $3,394.38 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Tyler, Round-trip 11/2/01 $3,181.43 $124 (American)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 12/3/04 $3,095.75 $120 (American)
Corpus Christi to Dallas, One-way 10/6/06 $2,573.51 $87 (American)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 2/23/03 $2,451.63 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip 1/26/05 $2,343.36 $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 10/7/00 $2,235.63 $120 (American)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip 8/29/05 $2,235.04 $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 11/22/99 $2,193.36 $306 (Southwest)
Houston to Laredo, One-way 10/20/06 $1,942.14 $533 (Continental)
Houston to Austin, Round-trip 10/4/99 $1,844.36 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 9/30/08 $1,191.55 $306 (Southwest)
Sen. Dan Patrick, who represents Senate District 7 in Houston, will emcee Super Sunday with Sarah, a rally with Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Sen. Patrick is an effective and respected advocate for his Houston constituents and all Texans through his leadership in the Texas Senate,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to make Texas one of the best places to live, work and raise a family and look forward to his involvement in the rally on Sunday.”