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Governor Perry Discusses Fiscal Responsibility and Education in Visits to Small Businesses in Wichita Falls, Texarkana and Tyler

On Monday, Governor Rick Perry shared his message of fiscal responsibility today during visits to small businesses in Wichita Falls, Texarkana and Tyler. He stressed the importance of strengthening Texas’ education while maintaining a focus on job creation efforts as the keys to preparing an equipped workforce and overcoming the challenges of the struggling national economy.

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In his remarks, Gov. Perry credited the comparative strength of Texas’ economy to four principles that Texas leaders have upheld including fiscal restraint, a predictable regulatory climate, a reasonable and fair legal system, and an accountable public school system that is better preparing our children to compete in the workforce.

“Because we have kept it simple and stuck to our guns, entrepreneurs know that they can succeed on their own merits without being taxed, regulated and frivolously sued out of existence,” said Gov. Perry. “They also know that our workforce is getting stronger by the day because we have improved the quality of public education by emphasizing accountability, teacher incentive pay and mastery of the basic subjects.”

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New Perry 2010 Ad: "Border"

Texans for Rick Perry has released its newest ad, “Border.”

The ad, which features Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West, can be viewed here:

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Below is the script of the ad and highlights of Gov. Perry’s record of providing support for our state’s efforts to secure the border. (click "Read more")

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Texas Association of Business Endorses Governor Perry

Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the Texas Association of Business (TAB) Annual Conference Luncheon to honor the 2010 Best Companies to Work For in Texas and accept TAB’s endorsement for his re-election. The endorsement confirmed that over a million individuals through their groups and organizations have stood up and said they are backing the Governor in his gubernatorial bid for 2010.

Texas Association of Business Endorse Governor Perry

Texas Association of Business Endorse Governor Perry

Texas Association of Business Endorse Governor Perry

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Abilene's Receptor Logic is an Example of Texas' Success

Yesterday, Governor Perry highlighted the importance of strengthening our state’s education, maintaining a focus on job creation efforts, and upholding principles of fiscal responsibility as the keys to continuing Texas’ success. He spoke at Receptor Logic, a company working to develop therapies for cancer and infectious disease.

Abliene, TX "Success in Texas" Press Conference

Abliene, TX "Success in Texas" Press Conference

Abliene, TX "Success in Texas" Press Conference

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Texas air program should be copied, not obstructed

June 3, 2010
Corpus Christi Caller Times
Governor Rick Perry
Clean air and good jobs; When it comes down to it, that’s the legacy of Texas’ existing air permitting program. Operating from a position mired in bureaucracy, however, the EPA is determined to “federalize” our 16-year-old system. It’s a move that will kill tens of thousands of Texas jobs and effectively kick the legs out from under one of the strongest economies in the country during a time when our national economy remains on shaky ground. They certainly can’t find fault with what Texas has accomplished under our system:

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Perry still wants federal troops along Texas border

May 27, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Gromer Jeffers Jr.
President Barack Obama is sending 1,200 troops to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, with most of the soldiers headed to Arizona. What about Texas? Gov. Rick Perry on Wednesday said he would wait to see whether his request for help in securing the Texas-Mexico border would be fulfilled before determining if Texas was being dissed. "We have not received anything from the current administration about additional support of our border," Perry said Wednesday after a ribbon cutting ceremony in Richardson. In January 2009 Perry met with Obama and requested 1,000 National Guard troops for the Texas border. Last month Perry met with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and asked for 3,000 border patrol agents. Perry said he would withhold judgment on whether Texas was being stiffed "until the Obama Administration clearly tells us what the policy is going to be." "We've got some substantial request in, but to date there has been no indication that Texas is going to get any support," Perry said. "I hope we have an administration and Congress that understand that this situation along the border is untenable and they have to help us secure that border." Democratic candidate for governor Bill White said the need for federal troops was a short-term solution. "We need more federal support for border security and border regions," the former Houston mayor said. "We need more support for local police and sheriffs, who can enforce criminal laws. National Guard troops are not a long-term substitute for sustained federal commitment to border communities." Perry has been at odds with the Obama Administration on a number of issues. Wednesday he called a move by federal environmental officials to regulate pollution from Texas refineries another step in the Obama Administration's "campaign to harm our economy." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it would take over the process of issuing a permit for a Corpus Christi refinery, taking the responsibility away from state regulators. Perry wondered aloud whether the administration's environmental stance toward Texas was personal. "There are some very troubling decisions that this administration has made toward Texas," Perry said. "When you have the state that's creating more jobs than any state in the nation and at the same time cleaning up its air...it might make you think that they have something against Texas." http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/05/perry-still-wants-federal-troo.html

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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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Texas is lauded for leadership in wind power generation

May 25, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Eric Torbenson
Iowa wants what Texas has: brisk job growth linked to fast-growing wind generation. "I just want Texas to know that we're coming after you," said Iowa Gov. Chet Culver on Monday at the Windpower 2010 convention in Dallas, where he and two other governors lobbied for federal rules that would spur wind power development. While the environmental appeal of wind power endures, it's the high-paying employment from wind technology suppliers, maintenance workers and utility companies that's also good political capital for Culver, who was joined by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in touting wind's stimulus. "Texas has to be applauded for what it's done" with wind power, Strickland said at a news conference where he announced a partnership with General Electric Co. to help build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes. About 10,000 jobs linked to Texas wind power today will grow to more than 41,000 as the state builds out its wind grid and nearly doubles its generating capacity this decade, a recent study projects. Texas plans to spend $5 billion to build lines to carry wind-generated electricity from the west to North Texas and big population centers.

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Seven states join Texas in health care fight

May 17, 2010
Austin Business Journal
Kerri Panchuk
Seven more states have joined Texas and 13 others in a lawsuit against the federal government questioning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the health care reform bill, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office said Friday. The complaint has been amended to include 20 plaintiffs, with Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Alaska joining Texas and others to fight the health care bill. The amended complaint raises additional constitutional questions, including the argument that the bill violates the states’ 10th Amendment rights and provisions of the U.S. Constitution by forcing state taxpayers to pay billions on programs their states can't afford. The amended complaint also alleges the bill improperly allows the federal government to commandeer the states by forcing governments to use financial resources to implement federal initiatives and by interfering with the states' ability to govern their own employees. “The new federal health care law violates the U.S. Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties,” Abbott said. “Our nation’s founding fathers had the wisdom to limit the federal government’s authority by specifically enumerating the powers given to Congress – and Congress does not have the authority to force individuals to buy a service from a private insurance company as a condition of being a law-abiding American.” http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2010/05/17/daily8.html

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Thanks Mr. Bill: Houston Libraries Reducing Hours Because Of Budget Mess White Created

April 8, 2010
For 32 days liberal trial lawyer Bill White has hidden the truth from Texans by refusing to release his income taxes for his years in public service. As a result Texans have no way of knowing how much outside income White made while mayor of Houston. What is known is that White’s fiscal mismanagement of Houston created a budget mess affecting all areas of the city, including libraries. From today’s <em>Houston Chronicle</em>: <blockquote>Hammered by $2.2 million in budget cuts, the Houston Public Library system this month will reduce its hours by 28 percent — closing most of its 42 branches on Saturdays — and trim expenditures for library materials. The reductions, marking the first time in seven years that hours of operation have been cut, come as patronage of the library continues to grow. During the past year, in-person visits to library branches increased 13 percent and borrowing of library materials rose 15 percent. … The series of cuts to the library's $39.3 million budget came as the city of Houston tightened its belt in the face of a budget shortfall of $12 million to $20 million for the current fiscal year. The city deficit for the fiscal year beginning in July is expected to reach $100 million.</blockquote> (SOURCE: “Budget forcing cuts in library hours,” Houston Chronicle, 4/8/10) “It’s unfortunate that parents and children will be denied access to libraries because of Bill White’s fiscal mismanagement of Houston,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Stop hiding your tax returns, Mr. Bill, and apologize to the children of Houston for reducing their library hours.”

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Liberal Trial Lawyer’s Math Doesn’t Add Up: When Wages Aren’t Income And Graduates Are Dropouts

April 6, 2010
On Day 30 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his income tax returns, he is attacking Texas educators by using incorrect statistics related to the graduation rate of Texas students. “Liberal trial lawyer Bill White ignores facts when they don’t suit his agenda,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Over the last month, he has denied he was a trial lawyer, defended not disclosing to Texas Ethics Commission wages that he reported to the IRS, and is now intentionally using misleading education statistics. It is unfortunate that Bill White continues to distance himself from reality.” As Gov. Rick Perry has said before, one dropout is one too many, but Texas does not have a 30 percent dropout rate as White has suggested. The percent of students who enter high school and eventually earn a diploma or equivalent, or who remain in pursuit of a diploma or equivalent, is 90 percent.

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Bobby Labonte And TRG Motorsports Team With Governor Rick Perry For Spring Race At Texas Motor Speedway

April 6, 2010
LEWISVILLE – TRG Motorsports, NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte and Gov. Rick Perry today announced that Texans for Rick Perry will sponsor the No. 71 racecar of NASCAR’s most popular Texan, Bobby Labonte, during the Samsung Mobile 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18, 2010. “I am proud to partner with fellow Texan and unwavering patriot, Bobby Labonte, in my effort to raise awareness of the conservative values that have kept our state at the forefront of the national economy,” said Gov. Perry. “Texas has remained strong in the midst of these challenging economic times because of the team effort embraced by hardworking Texans and conservative leaders – teamwork that has kept our taxes low, unemployment down and job creation up. My campaign’s sponsorship of the No. 71 race car will send the message to all Texans that elections are about the hardworking people who make our state great; this election is about moving Texas forward.” Emblazoned with the Texans for Rick Perry logo and the sponsorship slogan Moving Texas Forward, the Chevy Impala SS driven by Labonte will tour across the state in the days leading up to the Samsung Mobile 500 race at Texas Motor Speedway on April 18, offering race fans the chance to get an up close and personal glimpse at a stock car and learn more about Gov. Perry’s effort to keep Moving Texas Forward. “I couldn’t be more excited to have Gov. Perry on board the No. 71 for the Texas race,” Labonte said. “It’s always great for me to come back to my home state and now I’ve got an even bigger reason to be able to connect to all of the fans and my fellow Texans.” NASCAR is an important contributor to Texas’ economic vitality, drawing more than 400,000 spectators and generating revenue equivalent to one Super Bowl event, approximately $90 million, during a single NASCAR weekend at Fort Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway. The speedway is home to the five largest single-day spectator events in the state of Texas, two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, two NASCAR Nationwide Series events and the IndyCar Series Race, contributing a regional economic impact of approximately $300,000,000 per year. “This is a prime example of why NASCAR sponsorship is such an effective marketing platform,” said team owner Kevin Buckler. “We are going to help Gov. Perry reach a huge number of Texans in a very short period of time. Bobby and the No. 71 are going to provide a call to action to all of the governor's supporters in the NASCAR world. It’s great to see Gov. Perry utilize such a creative way to run for re-election – right in his own back yard.” -xxx- About TRG Motorsports TRG Motorsports is based in Mooresville, North Carolina, and is home to the No. 71 Chevrolet driven by NASCAR Champion Bobby Labonte. The team is in its second year of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series after successfully competing in the Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA series. The Racer’s Group was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of sports car racing. TRG’s Porsche sports car program is run out of the company’s headquarters in Petaluma, California. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 28, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona (three) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information, please contact Adriana Wells at (704) 662-7158 or adriana@trgmotorsports.com. Detailed team info can be viewed at www.trgmotorsports.com and www.theracersgroup.com. For sponsorship information, please contact Jason Solomonson at (704) 662-7158. MEDIA CONTACTS: TRG Motorsports/Bobby Labonte: Adriana Wells adriana@trgmotorsports.com 704-662-5950

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Following the Law “Impractical” for the Liberal Trial Lawyer

April 5, 2010
Bill White’s Tax Problems Day 29 With liberal trial lawyer Bill White facing an ethics complaint following his failure to report $83,677 in wages from Wedge Group on his 2009 personal financial statement, it is important to note that this is not the first time he failed to disclose financial information from Wedge Group. In 2003, when White filed a personal financial statement as a candidate for Houston mayor, the Houston Chronicle reported: White filed the disclosure form by the deadline but failed to list information about the company he serves as chief executive officer. He also failed to include a statement indicating how much he earned in salaries. …

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Bill White Releases His Taxes … APRIL FOOLS

April 1, 2010
Day 25: Liberal Trial Lawyer Bill White Still Hiding His Taxes “Stop trying to fool the people of Texas, Mr. Bill,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “What are you hiding? What are you afraid of? Come clean and release your taxes. Hiding shady business dealings is no laughing matter."

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