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Conservative Activist Cathie Adams Endorses Governor Perry

Conservative activist, Cathie Adams, gave her endorsement today to Governor Perry's re-election campaign.

The Republican National Committeewoman values Governor Perry's conservative stance on Texas issues. "While other politicians moisten their fingers and test the wind of public opinion to determine their decisions, Gov. Perry consistently stands proudly for our pro-life and pro-family ideals," says Ms. Adams. "Texans should re-elect the governor responsible for creating the strongest state economy in the nation, even throughout these difficult economic times. Texans are most fortunate that Gov. Perry is willing to continue leading Texas."

While in the office, the governor's defense of family values and pro-life issues have strengthened Texas communities. Texas' economy remains the envy of the nation due to his priority for maintaing limited government, low taxes and predictable regulations.

“I am deeply honored to receive Cathie’s endorsement,” said Gov. Perry. “Her efforts to defend life and family in Texas surpass all and I look forward to working with her on these important issues so we can continue to ensure Texas’ strength well into the future.”

Find the full Press Release regarding the endorsement here.

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Texas Society of Professional Engineers Endorse Governor Perry

Governor Perry acquired another endorsement today from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE).

The organization has long served the interests of the individual engineer in Texas. The entire effort of TSPE is devoted to the professional, ethical, economic, social and political aspects for all engineering disciplines in Texas.

“TSPE is proud to announce its support of Governor Perry in his re-election campaign,” said TSPE President J. Kent O'Brien, P.E. “We look forward to his continued leadership on important issues such as economic development, infrastructure, and education so that Texas may continue to be the state we are proud to call home for generations to come.”

While in office, Gov. Perry has understood the importance of engineers to the infrastructure of Texas. In reference to the newest endorsement Gov. Perry said, "I am honored to have TSPE's endorsement and look forward to continuing my support of the great things they do for our state."

Find the full Press Release regarding the endorsement here.

For more information about the Texas Society of Professional Engineers visit their website here.

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Texas Chemical Council Endorses Governor Perry

Today, the Texas Chemical Council (TCC) officially announced their endorsement of Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

“I am thankful to have the support of the Chemical Council, whose member companies represent an integral part of our state’s economy and are providing jobs for hardworking Texans,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud of our state’s chemical industry and look forward to helping maintain its strength in the years to come.”

A longtime champion of causes important to the Texas chemical industry, Gov. Perry stood up to federally proposed cap-and-trade legislation and regulation of CO2 by the Environmental Protection Agency.

"Governor Rick Perry is a proven leader who has solidified Texas' reputation as the best state in the nation to do business through policies that attract capital investment and generate high-paying, high-quality jobs that sustain our state’s economy,” said TCC President and CEO Hector L. Rivero. “As a major economic engine since the 1940s, the chemical industry is among the first high-tech industries in Texas and continues to be an innovator through advanced research and development."

Find the full Press Release regarding the endorsement here.

For more information about the Texas Chemical Council visit their website here.

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Texas Municipal Police Association Endorses Governor Perry

Today the Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) endorsed Governor Rick Perry as their candidate of choice in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary race. "Governor Perry has proven his desire to see that Texas law enforcement has the tools we need to protect the citizens and guests of this great state," said Tom Gaylor, Deputy Executive Director of the TMPA. "The public safety resources he has helped provide have been invaluable in our members' efforts to secure our communities."

Formed in 1950, the Texas Municipal Police Association includes over 15,000 Texas peace officers from across the state. The goal of the association is to promote the mission of "Professionalism in Texas law enforcement through education and representation."

"I am honored to receive the endorsement of TMPA," states Gov. Perry. "The dedication and selflessness of our law enforcement officers is one that must be recognized, and I am always proud to champion the concerns of those who protect our citizens. The work of the folks at TMPA is essential to maintaining the strength and security of our state and an effort I will always support."

While in office, Gov. Perry has made law enforcement and public safety issues a top priority, particularly issues concerning border security. During the recent legislative session, the Governor signed HB2086, an omnibus gang bill that provides state and local law enforcement agencies with tools they need to combat gang threats.

Find more information regarding the Texas Municipal Police Association and their endorsement here.

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A New Online Challenge

Thank you to the online activists who participated in Governor Perry's "4 More Years in 2010" t-shirt challenge! We experienced a great response, and the t-shirts are en route to all who completed the challenge.

Governor Perry's opponent liked the challenge so much that her campaign ripped off the idea! Hours after she announced she was running for governor, her campaign issued an eerily similar online challenge to her supporters.

Today, we are issuing a new online challenge. Senator Hutchison held her campaign kickoff announcement at her hometown high school yesterday morning. When you subtract band members, cheerleaders, and KBH staffers, she only managed to turn out about 50 supporters in her own town. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to raise as many dollars on your personal fundraising page as Kay had supporters at her announcement.

We will randomly choose 10 people who complete this online challenge by Friday, August 21st, at noon and send them their very own campaign t-shirt! To create your own fundraising page, visit http://www.rickperry.org/fundraise and fill out the form. You can then send your page to family and friends through email and social media. Best of luck, and thank you for your continued support!

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Defender of Jerusalem Award

This week Governor Perry traveled to Jerusalem where he received the Defender of Jerusalem Award. Created in 2008 by Guma Aguiar, head of the Lillian Jean Kaplan Foundation, the award tributes dignitaries from around the world who have demonstrated strong support for the people of Israel.

"I have long supported the right of a Jewish state to exist in the Middle East, " said Gov. Perry. "After visiting several sacred and historic sites, meeting with business, civic and government leaders and seeing the day-to-day lives of the people on my trips to Israel, I am even more convinced that a safe, secure Israel is an essential part of stability in this part of the world."

Texas, Israel's fourth-largest American trading partner, has built a strong
economic relationship with Israel, especially within the agriculture and natural resource industries. During a visit in 2007, Gov. Perry helped launch the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce was created to help launch future commercial interests and solidify the strong business and cultural connections between the two states.

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Tort Reform & The Man In The Arena.

This morning, Governor Perry's op-ed entitled "Tort reform must be part of health care reform" appeared in the Washington Examiner. In it, the Governor explains how Texas is benefiting from taking on the challenge of tort reform:

The number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In 2008, the Texas Medical Board received 4,023 licensure applications and issued a record 3,621 new licenses.

In all, in just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time.

And our reforms finally brought critical specialties to underserved areas. The number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas is up by 27 percent, and 12 counties that previously had no obstetricians now have at least one. The statistics show major gains in fields like orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, neurosurgery and emergency medicine.

The Rio Grande Valley has seen an 18 percent growth in applications to practice medicine, adding about 200 doctors to this critically underserved area.

And what about the money that used to go to defending all those frivolous lawsuits? You can find it in budgets for upgraded equipment, expanded emergency rooms, patient safety programs and improved primary and charity care.

Principled, conservative leadership involves more than having an 'R' by your name, and successful policymaking is about more than incessantly sloganeering about results, not politics without any meaningful results to show for yourself. Leadership is about tackling difficult problems and standing up to entrenched special interests, even when it means you face a backlash for doing what is right. Being an effective Governor and advancing important reforms does not happen by treating the job as a popularity contest.

As Teddy Roosevelt famously said, "credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..."

Achieving tort reform in Texas was not a walk in the park, and it wouldn't have happened without the dedication of many individuals and organizations-- including Governor Perry-- comprising a determined conservative movement, who put themselves in the arena and achieved real results. Tort reform in Texas is one of America's great policy success stories over the past decade, and it's hard to deny those kind of results.

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VIDEO: Home Schoolers Say "Thank You"

Last week, Governor Perry spoke to the Texas Home School Coalition's State Convention & Family Conference. The response was overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. Some of the home school families offered their thoughts to the Governor:

Be sure to follow @GovernorPerry on Twitter for updates from Rick Perry himself, and become a supporter on Governor Rick Perry's Facebook. You can also find campaign updates on Twitter by following @GovPerry2010.

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VIDEO: Governor Perry speaking to the Texas Home School Coalition convention.

Last night in The Woodlands, Governor Perry addressed the Texas Home School Coalition. Perry has always been a champion of the rights of home educators to teach their children. Tim Lambert, President of THSC, called Perry the "best friend that home schoolers have ever had in the Governor's mansion."

Watch a portion of the speech for yourself:

Part two of the speech can be found here.

You can also check out additional photos from the event on Governor Perry's Flickr photo feed. Check back on the campaign YouTube channel plenty of other great Governor Perry videos.

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Governor Perry: 4 More Years in 2010

Governor Perry has issued a challenge to YOU! Beginning at noon today, your mission (should you choose to accept it) is an online race to grow Governor Perry’s network of activists to new heights.

The “4 More Years in 2010” contest is simple: You have 4 days to raise $20 (or more) from 10 different people on your online fundraising page. Every participant who achieves this feat will receive one of the first Governor Perry 2010 campaign t-shirts!

To get started, share your personal fundraising URL with family and friends through email, facebook, twitter, and Linkedin. If you have not yet received your personal fundraising page, visit http://www.rickperry.org/fundraise and fill out the form. Your personal page will be sent to you in an email, and you’ll be ready to help the governor gain supporters from all over Texas! If you have misplaced the link to your personal page, enter your information in the "Find and Support a Participant" box below and to the right

The challenge ends Saturday, August 8th, at noon. Best of luck, and God bless!

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