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RedState: The Texas Budget Compact

Posted by Erick Erickson (Diary)
Monday, April 16th at 9:51PM EDT

If Texas Democrats, or even Republicans for that matter, thought they’d have a quieter, gentler Rick Perry on their hands in the wake of his . . . um . . . temporary diversion into Presidential politics, they know better today.

In a speech Monday in Houston, Perry laid out five fundamental conservative principles for the Texas Legislature to follow, essentially throwing down the gauntlet to any legislator — or wanna-be legislator — who thinks they’ll be able to bring a tax and spend mindset to the Texas Capitol building.

Perry’s “Texas Budget Compact” is pretty much bedrock conservative fare: no higher taxes, stricter limits on spending, truth-in-budgeting, cutting of wasteful programs, and maintaining a healthy “Rainy Day” reserve fund. They’re basic enough that it’s hard to imagine any candidate running for office in the reddest state in the union can ignore them without having some serious explaining to do.

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Governor Perry's Remarks to the NRA Convention in St. Louis

The following are Governor Rick Perry's remarks to the National Rifle Association's 141st annual meeting in St. Louis on April 13th.

I am proud to take this stage not only as avid supporter of the 2nd Amendment but a frequent practitioner.

Ever since the campaign ended, the coyotes have gone into hiding. And the Ruger Coyote Killer Special is selling so fast they had to suspend orders until they can address their backlog.

Let me address the elephant in the room my recent campaign for president. Being the Republican frontrunner was the best three hours of my life. I have come to grips with the outcome. The only lasting effect is I refuse to go on stage where there are multiple podiums. Officially, I've only suspended my campaign. I never really quit. So technically, I'm still in the race, except I can go home and relax and still do about as well.

But being governor in Texas is no consolation prize.

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Happy Easter

“Hear the bells ringing, they’re singing that you can be born again.
Hear the bells ringing they’re singing Christ is risen from the dead.
The angel up on the tombstone said He has risen just as he said.
Quickly now, go tell his disciples that Jesus Christ is no longer dead.”

“Joy to the world, he is risen. Hallelujah.
He’s risen. Hallelujah.
He’s risen. Hallelujah, Hallelujah.”

-- “The Easter Song” by Keith Green

On this Easter, Anita and I want to wish you the joy of Christ. He is risen, and has conquered sin.

We can all be grateful for the gifts of God: a quiet sunrise, the gift of life, the love of family. But no gift is greater than God’s grace, poured out as an offering in remission of our sins.

We wish you a Happy Easter and to our Jewish friends a blessed Passover. May God bless you with abundance on this day.

Happy Easter,
Rick Perry

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Obamacare: Nothing to Celebrate

Two years ago today, President Obama signed into law his vision of health care reform, a far-ranging and ever-more-expensive collection of price fixing and individual mandates that will forever be known as Obamacare.

Now, according to tradition, cotton is known as the gift for a second anniversary. But what do you get a federal government that wants to control everything? Unfortunately, the answer is more of your hard earned tax dollars.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Justice Department Rejecting Texas’ Voter ID Law

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) decision not to preclear Texas' voter identification law:

"Texas has a responsibility to ensure elections are fair, beyond reproach and accurately reflect the will of voters. The DOJ has no valid reason for rejecting this important law, which requires nothing more extensive than the type of photo identification necessary to receive a library card or board an airplane. Their denial is yet another example of the Obama Administration's continuing and pervasive federal overreach."

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passing of Andrew Breitbart

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement on the passing of Andrew Breitbart:

"Andrew Breitbart was an outspoken pioneer for conservative media who fought for what he believed in, exposing government corruption and media bias. His spirited voice will be missed, but not forgotten. Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his family, friends and colleagues across the country."

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Redistricting Maps

Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement regarding the release of redistricting maps that will be used in the upcoming primaries:

"While we believe the original maps drawn by the Texas Legislature were fair and legal, I am pleased we finally have maps that enable us to proceed with our elections.

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Texas Leads All Other States in Job Creation for the Month of June and for the Past 12 Months (June 2010 to June 2011)

The Texas jobs engine continues to fire on all cylinders, capitalizing on the pro-growth environment fostered under Gov. Perry's leadership.

In June, 32,000 net new jobs were created in Texas according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics--more than any other state. Confirming the fact that this isn't a one-month anomaly, the Bureau also notes that from June 2010 to June 2011, Texas led all other states by leaps and bounds, adding 220,000 net new jobs.

The Texas success story is undeniable. The constant drumbeat of praise for Texas' job-creation climate under Gov. Perry consistently affirms the need for low taxes, controlled spending, predictable regulations, and a fair legal climate. Read more of the recent accolades for the Texas economy:

"Texas Wins in U.S. Economy Shift" "The Lone Star Jobs Surge"
"Gov. Rick Perry's Business-Friendly Texas Thriving" "Shannon Grove: Texas knows how to grow jobs"
"California Dreamin'—of Jobs in Texas" "Rick Perry: A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’"
"REAGAN: Reagan's vision lives on in Texas" "The Best Cities for Jobs"
"Dallas-Fort Worth again leads nation in job growth" &
"Houston No. 2 in U.S. job growth in March"

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Legislative Accomplishments to Help Secure Our Future

The critics insisted that it could not be done. But Texas again balanced its budget this legislative session under Gov. Perry's leadership without raising taxes. With a responsible budget and $6 billion left in the state's Rainy Day Fund, Texas can continue to thrive as the economic powerhouse leading the nation to recovery.

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Congratulations to Michael in Minnesota, Winner of Gov. Perry's RedState Gathering Video Contest

Congratulations to Michael in Minnesota for receiving the most votes in Governor Perry’s RedState Gathering Video Contest!

Thanks to your help, Michael will attend the RedState Gathering at no charge, and his video will be presented to the audience at the event.

Michael’s video embodies the continuously profound ideas of limited government and personal liberty that allow Americans to prosper through hard work and provide for their families. And although these ideas that our nation was built on are under attack from overreaching government, Americans like Michael remind us what we must work hard to preserve.

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