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Texas Shining Through

Governor Perry has consistently asserted the need for states to compete. It’s a prime example of inserting free-market principles into government. When states compete, everybody wins—people vote with their feet, and state economies accurately depict whether or not each state is under strong leadership.

The federal government’s mismanagement of the economy in the past few years has left Americans worried about the future and worried about their wallets. It is abundantly clear that politicians in Washington don’t know what’s best for Texans. As we face an overreaching government machine in D.C.—one trying to shove a one-size-fits-all, socialized health care debacle down our throats—the states become the only agents of freedom and the driving economic force to bring the country out of recession.

Texas is the blueprint for limited government, low taxes, and individual liberty. It is no coincidence that conservative leadership has kept Texas the most prosperous state in the nation. Even the Brookings Institute, notorious for being left-of-center, is admitting that Texas has the right idea to drive economic success. Texas has the top three economically strongest metro areas, and six of the top 20:

IHS Global Insight took the discussion to the next level, acknowledging that Texas will lead the country out of recession.

“Two Texas markets will be the first to recover from the recession, says a nationwide forecast by IHS Global Insight.

Austin and San Antonio will bounce back to their pre-recession job levels sometime next year, according to the economic forecasting firm, which is based in Lexington, Mass.

Eight other metropolitan areas are predicted to recover by 2011, a group that includes Texas’ two largest markets, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, along with Washington, D.C.”

It’s becoming clearer every day to the rest of the nation: Texas’ limited government under the leadership of Governor Rick Perry, is succeeding. The fact that Texas created more jobs last year than all other 49 nine states combined is a staggering testament. If only Washington would take a few notes…

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REALTORS endorse Gov. Rick Perry for re-election!

Yet another huge endorsement for Governor Perry's re-election today: the Texas Association of Realtors' 160-member Board of Directors unanimously voted to endorse Governor Perry for re-election.

Their endorsement is hugely significant, because TAR is an active group of more than 90,000 highly influential Texans whose livelihood depends on the vitality and success of the Texas economy. The Realtors' endorsement is yet another in a series of major endorsements from groups with a direct interest in seeing Texas succeed.

While Texas is by no means immune to the national downturn, Texas has weathered the recession far better than the country as a whole, and all 5 healthiest housing markets in the nation for 2009 are in Texas, according to Builder Magazine.

There are plenty of reasons the Realtors chose Rick Perry for 2010. If you still haven't seen the must-watch Texaplex video, take a few minutes to check out why Texas still has reason for optimism:

Add your endorsement today to the growing list of Texans who have chosen Governor Rick Perry! Visit http://hq.rickperry.org to get started.

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Gov. Perry Honors Fallen and Injured Texas Peace Officers and First Responders at Star of Texas Awards

At the Star of Texas Awards ceremony, Gov. Perry today honored peace officers, firefighters, and emergency medical first responders who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty for the sacrifices they have made to protect Texans.

“September 11th renewed our sense of appreciation for the men and women who are first upon the scene of tragedy and step into harm’s way to protect the innocent,” Gov. Perry said. “I am honored to stand with so many of our state’s finest to present the Star of Texas Awards to those who set aside concerns for their own safety in order to preserve and protect the lives of their fellow citizens.”

The Star of Texas Awards were created through House Bill 1937 in 2003 to honor and commemorate selected first responders who made profound commitments while performing their duties as peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders. House Bill 1937 also designated September 11th as Texas First Responders Day.

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Governor Rick Perry Sending Highly Skilled Ranger Recon Teams To Protect Texas Border.

Protecting the Texas border has been an ongoing priority for Governor Perry throughout his tenure. The Governor's border security initiatives, such as Operation: Border Star, have yielded real, positive results where implemented; crime and violence are down by 65% in areas where the State of Texas has committed resources.

MyFox Houston reports on the latest Texas-led border security efforts, Ranger Recon teams:

HOUSTON - It may be a federal issue, but Texas Governor Rick Perry is taking it into his own hands.

On Thursday, Perry, along with the director of the Department of Public Safety, the senior captain of the Texas Rangers and a representative from the Texas Army National Guard announced a new joint mission aimed at bolstering security along the Texas/Mexico border.

Operation Ranger ReCon will send at least 200 highly-trained soldiers and airmen from the Guard to rural areas along the Rio Grande valley where they will join "strike teams," comprised of state police under the direction of the Texas Rangers.

Although the federal government appears committed to inaction, Texas continues to lead.

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Texas State Association of Fire Fighters Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election.

Today, Texas Fire Fighters endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

Their endorsement is another huge boost of momentum to the Governor's 2010 campaign, and it is a great addition to the ever-growing list of endorsements. Check out a few of the recent endorsements here:

Watch Part One of the daily endorsement recap here.

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Peggy Venable's Endorsement.

The momentum in this race is undeniable: Governor Perry has been accumulating more great endorsements every single day from a broad variety of groups and individuals representing many thousands of Texans.

This week, taxpayer watchdog Peggy Venable gave her official endorsement to Governor Rick Perry's 2010 re-election campaign.

This week, Peggy Venable also wrote a great article about successful tort reform in Texas:

Earth to Obama: Texas enacted malpractice reform years ago. The President would benefit from a phone call to Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Texas passed significant tort reform in 1995 and more reforms have been enacted since then. A study released in 2008 outlined the benefits stating that perhaps the most visible economic impact of lawsuit reforms are the benefits experienced by Texans who have better access to high-quality healthcare. Doctors and hospitals are using their liability insurance savings to expand services and initiate innovative programs; those savings have allowed Texas hospitals to expand charity care by 24%.

In the study titled “The Texas Turnaround,” The Perryman Group measured the incremental gains from tort reform and found that the total impact of tort reforms implemented since 1995 includes gains of $112.5 billion in spending each year as well as almost 499,900 jobs in the state. The fiscal stimulus to the State from judicial reforms is almost $2.6 billion per year increase in state revenue.

Texas reforms limited non-economic damages in medical malpractice litigation, which alone lead to gains of $55.3 billion in spending per year and more than 223,000 jobs. In addition, these impacts are responsible for approximately 430,000 individuals having health insurance than would otherwise, and there has been an increase in the number of doctors, particularly in regions which have been facing severe shortages. In the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown area, the impact of tort reform has been astounding.

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Forbes lists Texas cities among the best for earning a living, and among the least stressful in the country.

Forbes has released a couple of brand new "best of" lists this week, and yet again Texas scores well in their rankings.

First, Texas cities performed well in Forbes' 2009 ranking of Best Cities To Earn A Living rankings: Dallas was #1, Houston was #2, and Austin was #4. Forbes adds:

For the exasperated job-seeker to whom employment opportunities seem bleaker than ever, salvation may lie in the Lone Star State. Texas, home to dozens of energy heavyweights and nearly as many innovative small companies, has three of the best cities to earn a living: Dallas, Houston and Austin.

When taking into account the cost of living, strength of industry, economists' predictions for the future state of employment and, of course, salary, these are some of the best U.S. cities in which to take home a paycheck.

Forbes also studied the most and least stressful cities in America, based on things such as the median drop in home prices, the unemployment rate, the cost of living, and air quality. Based on those criteria, Austin-Round Rock was the least stressful city, and San Antonio was the second-least stressful. Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington was among the 5 least stressful cities, and Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown was the 9th least stressful city.

While some cynics incessantly run down the Texas success story for cheap political gain, Governor Perry is proud of Texas and proud of his conservative record. For more great facts about success in Texas, check out http://RickPerry.org/texassucceeding.

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Texas: Succeeding.

DID YOU KNOW:

Texas is the #1 exporting state for seven years running now, Texas now has more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, and Texas added more jobs in 2008 than all 49 other states combined.

Indeed, Texas is succeeding. Check out our new Texas Succeeding page and video for plenty more amazing facts about Texas:

Check out http://RickPerry.org/TexasSucceeding, then spread the word on Twitter and Facebook. We'll re-tweet you.

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Have Lunch with Governor Perry

Here's your chance to have lunch with Governor Perry! Introducing: a new online challenge from Rick as the campaign sprints onward towards the March primary.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to raise at least $5 on your personal fundraising page from as many people as possible. The person who raises the most donations by noon this Friday will be invited to have lunch with Governor Perry in Austin sometime in mid-March.

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Lubbock For Governor Perry.

This week in Lubbock, Governor Rick Perry spoke with a packed house of grassroots folks about his record and positive vision for Texas:

Governor Perry also sat down with Christal Bennett of Good Day Lubbock to offer some of his thoughts on the campaign and the State of Texas:

To help the Governor win in 2010, log on to http://hq.rickperry.org and start building your grassroots network for Rick Perry today!

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