Earlier this year, Governor Perry rejected $555 million in strings-attached stimulus dollars. The response from Texans was and remains overwhelmingly positive.
Late last week, Rick Perry's possible 2010 opponent joined liberal critics attacking the Governor for his decision to say "thanks, but no thanks" to Obama. The conservative Pratt on Texas radio program in Lubbock had a nice recap of this latest out-of-touch attack from Washington against Rick Perry. Listen here:
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Last night, Governor Rick Perry-- himself an Air Force veteran-- returned from a Middle East trip sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Along with four other Governors, Perry visited Texas military men and women defending freedom in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Germany.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to visit the dedicated men and women who sacrifice so much to protect freedom around the world,” Gov. Perry said. “These individuals work hard through difficult and dangerous conditions to protect others, and deserve our highest honor and deepest appreciation.”
This morning on WBAP 820 radio in Dallas, Governor Perry spoke with Mark Davis about his trip. Listen to the entire interview here:
Governor Perry with Joe Pags
The two also discussed the Governor's opposition to Obamacare in Texas, bailouts, cap & trade, and activist judges.
To get the most up-to-the-minute alerts about upcoming radio and television appearances, be sure to follow the campaign on twitter: @GovPerry2010.
An extremely important way to help Rick Perry win in 2010 is to become a Home Headquarters for the campaign. Watch this quick video explanation of the Perry Home Headquarters program, put together by Perry Political Director David White and Social Media Manager Kelsey Orr:
What is a Home Headquarters?
Becoming a Home Headquarters for Rick Perry's 2010 campaign is easy. It simply involves 1) signing up at http://hq.rickperry.org as a committed supporter, then 2) recruiting eleven other Perry supporters, then 3) following up with those eleven during early voting next February.
Your recruits can be from anywhere in Texas-- they do not have to be in your county or your precinct. They can be your hunting buddy in Amarillo, your Sunday school teacher from Texarkana, your college classmate who lives in Midland, your neighbor down the street in Houston, your uncle in Galveston, your aunt out in Marfa, your boss in Ft. Worth, your yoga instructor who just moved to Corpus Christi, your old football coach in San Antonio, your veterinarian in Dallas, your long lost preschool friend who now lives in Austin, or any other Texas voter. You know best which of your contacts to recruit, so get started today at http://hq.rickperry.org!
Earlier this month, Governor Perry signed two pieces of legislation designed to relieve the burden of property taxes on Texans. Despite major property tax rate cuts in 2006 and 2007, rising property tax appraisals ate into that relief for homeowners.
After signing the bills, Perry sat down with Houston Association of Realtors Chair Vicki Fullerton for a quick interview:
House Bills (HB) 8 and 3613 will help slow the pace of increasing property appraisals, provide additional oversight for the appraisal process, and grant a total exemption for the homes of veterans who are disabled due to their service for our country.
To read more about appraisal reform and property tax relief, and to watch video of the press conference and bill signing, click here. Also, be sure to connect with Governor Rick Perry on his Facebook page.
Although the nation's economy has experienced a recent slowdown, the Texas economy continues to rev up. With the 12th largest economy in the world (if it were considered a nation), Texas now leads the U.S. in job creation, gross state product, low unemployment rate, and foreign direct investment. Part of the Lone Star State's success stems from proactive government policies and incentives, low taxes, reasonable regulations, solid infrastructure, and good quality of life.
On behalf of the State of Texas, Anita and I extend our deepest thanks to all those in Travis County and surrounding areas who worked so hard to support Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike. More than 16 shelters in the area helped house more than 2,800 Texans who fled the coastal region in advance of this massive storm. Considering that 1.2 million Texans moved inland before Ike roared ashore, there were, no doubt, countless others who took shelter in the homes of family and friends.
Jan. 1: Campaign website brags “Hutchison leads Perry by 24 point margin in early poll.”
Jan. 8: Says "I haven't yet put out my platform and vision for Texas, but I'm going to have one and it's going to be a bold vision for the next 25 years to put Texas where it needs to be."
Jan. 11: Skips first U.S. Senate vote of the year; will skip 25 votes in 2009.
Jan. 14: Resignation reports: “She won't resign before the end of the year, and hasn't made up her mind when or if she'll resign.” She will “stay here this year regardless.” “She subsequently equivocated a bit, saying she still could resign very late this year — or ‘stay for two years.’”
Jan. 15: Says: "If I step down, it would be in late 2009, if at all."
Feb. 1: Appears with John Kerry on "Meet the Press" to discuss Obama’s $787 billion stimulus – and agrees with Kerry: “I would extend unemployment insurance.”
Feb. 6: Skips six votes related to President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus, including a vote to deny stimulus funds to ACORN.
Feb. 24: Campaign website brags about new poll showing Sen. Hutchison leading Gov. Perry, 56-31, with headline “Hutchison with large lead over Perry.”
Feb. 28: Defends her personal request of 104 earmarks costing taxpayers $250 million in $410 billion FY09 omnibus bill.
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison today unveiled a transportation plan without saying how she would pay for it and announced several proposals that are already being practiced by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Texas Transportation Commission.
“Not only are most of Sen. Hutchison’s transportation proposals already being practiced, but she offers no plan to fund them,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner.
Below is a fact check on Sen. Hutchison’s transportation proposals:
Sen. Hutchison wants to “kill the Trans-Texas Corridor.”
FACT: The Transportation Commission has recommended to the Federal Highway Administration to disapprove construction of TTC-35. The project is dead.
Sen. Hutchison offers several proposals to “reform private highway financing,” but most are already in practice or provided under current law:
• Sen. Hutchison says, “No state contracts should reduce the speed limit on public roads”
FACT: They don’t – the Transportation Commission currently has the discretion to set speed limits. No contract provides a decrease in the speed limit for public roads.
• Sen. Hutchison says, “No existing free road should be tolled.”
FACT: This is current law under Transportation Code, Chapter 228.201.
• Sen. Hutchison says, “Existing rights-of-way should be used for necessary capacity expansion”
FACT: This is a current practice of TxDOT.
• Sen. Hutchison says, “Private contractors should not be awarded exclusive concessionary rights along frontage roads”
FACT: This is specifically not allowed under Proposition 11, the constitutional amendment championed by Gov. Perry and approved by voters this November.
• Sen. Hutchison says, “Local communities should have the right to determine whether new roads should be tolled or publicly constructed.”
FACT: This is currently the practice of TxDOT, which has a policy to defer to the local communities in matters of tolling, whether or not to construct, and the setting of toll rates and other business terms.
• Sen. Hutchison says, “The ability to restrict construction or expansion of public roads under a Comprehensive Development Agreement should be reformed, including preservation of the right to assume public ownership and operation of the toll project in the future.”
FACT: This is current law, as the public never relinquishes ownership, Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 223.206
"After 16 years in Washington, it’s no surprise the only thing Sen. Hutchison proposed today was a plan that will require billions of tax dollars and grow government bureaucracy. Creating a new committee and expanding the TxDOT commission will not build one new road in Texas.
"Yet again, Sen. Hutchison has put forward proposals without providing any details of how to pay for them. Spending money you don't have may be the way things are done in Washington, but in Texas we have to live within our means.
"Many of the ideas Sen. Hutchison called for today, like ending highway fund diversions, Gov. Perry has already championed and implemented."
Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Southwest Movers Association (SMA) for re-election.
“The household goods industry is proud of the work that the governor has done to ensure the state of Texas remains a prime destination to move to,” said SMA Executive Director John Esparza. “The moving business is small business enterprise at its best and we recognize the measures taken to keep Texas number one in economic growth. Small businesses are the engines that drive our state’s economy. Those of us that make our living on the state’s highways can appreciate and share in the governor’s vision for keeping our infrastructure safe while addressing our future needs.”
The mission of SMA is to aggressively promote and protect the interests of its members by enhancing the professionalism and standards of the industry through creating and maintaining one consistent standard for all movers.
“I am pleased to receive the endorsement of the Southwest Movers Association, which plays a key role in supporting the more than 1,000 people who move to Texas every day,” said Gov. Perry. “As our state continues to grow, I look forward to working with members and stakeholders of SMA to ensure that Texas remains a top destination for job seekers.”
Senator said she was staying in the Senate to fight, but she accelerated bill’s passage
Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison promised Texans that she would fight Obamacare, but her efforts instead led to the Senate passing the bill today. Last week, Sen. Hutchison voted with all 60 Democrats to end a Republican filibuster designed to delay the health care bill.
“‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that Obamacare would not soon be there. However, because Senator Hutchison voted the wrong way, government health care is now on its way,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner.
Since voting to end the Republican filibuster, Sen. Hutchison has used our troops as a prop to deflect criticism of her support for a procedural measure that did not provide one dollar in defense funding and attempted to deceive the American public by falsely saying, “By the time I got to the floor, they had the 60 votes,” despite C-SPAN footage clearly showing otherwise. Her vote also led to protests at her offices in Dallas, Houston and Austin.
Earlier this week, the Dallas Morning News published an article about Sen. Hutchison’s “powerless” role in the health care debate with the headline, “Hutchison shows bark but little bite on bill.” The article said, “Now that she has stayed in Washington expressly to battle the Democratic plan, she might come off as ineffectual if it passes.”
(SOURCE: “Hutchison shows bark but little bite on bill,” Dallas Morning News, 12/21/09)
Sen. Hutchison made numerous promises over the past several months regarding the health care bill, including:
She said she would “fight with every bone in my body against a government takeover of health care.”
(SOURCE: “Hutchison unsure on timing of Senate resignation,” POLITICO, 10/13/09)
She said, “I can assure you that my fellow Republicans and I will use every option provided to us in the Senate to filibuster this legislation.”
(SOURCE: “Hutchison vows to fight health reform,” Corpus Christ Caller-Times, 11/10/09)
She said, “In the Senate, I will be more than simply a no vote. I will use every tool at my disposal, call in every favor, twist every arm to defeat the Obama health care.” (SOURCE: “Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison won't leave seat for Texas governor's race until after March primaries,” Dallas Morning News, 11/14/09)
She said her ability to “talk and educate people” would “hopefully have an impact on wavering Democrats.”