Perry BBQ Tour Winners' Lunch

Monday, Governor Perry sat down for lunch at Iron Works in Austin with the winners of the Perry BBQ Tour. These were the individuals who best utilized their email lists and social media networks to spread the word and get out the vote for Republican candidates across Texas last Fall.

The prize for the winners was lunch with the Governor during the legislative session.

For more photos from the BBQ lunch, check out Governor Rick Perry's Flickr page. Stay tuned for more ways to get engaged and make a difference-- and maybe even win a chance to hang out with the Governor along the way!

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FWST: "From the Midwest to the Pacific, job seekers are heading to Texas"

The Fort Worth Star Telegram has a must-read article today explaining how and why Texas is outshining the rest of the country economically:

Across the nation, unemployment is sky-high, the housing market is sucking wind and recessionary fears have frozen Americans in place.

Just don’t tell that to a stream of new residents who are "voting with their feet" that Texas is the safest place to ride out the storm and the place to be when the economy recovers.

Even in the midst of a recession, economists, demographers and relocation experts believe the Lone Star State is on the cusp of becoming The New California.

Or maybe it already is.

Indeed, California is a beautiful state with incredible resources, enviable weather, lots of modern airports, and a prime location on the coast, but its unemployment rate is almost twice Texas' rate. California's current budget deficit is somewhere North of 40 billion dollars, while Texas has a balanced budget. California is also losing citizens en masse to domestic outmigration, while Texas is attracting several thousand individuals from other states every week. As the FWST article explains, "If you had to ride out this downturn, there is no better place than Texas. The declines here have been nothing compared to other states."

While Texas is by no means immune to national and global recessionary pressures, its resilience is a testament to the state's unflagging promotion of commonsense free market policies and tort reform over the past several years. As Governor Perry often says, "Texas is open for business, so come on down." Read the entire FWST article for yourself. It is truly a must-read.

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Governors Perry and Sanford Hold TEA Party 2.0 Tele-townhall

Thursday night, Governors Rick Perry and Mark Sanford participated with tens of thousands of their fellow patriots in a constructive conference call focused on taking back America. If you were unable to sign up for the call, take a moment to listen to these short .mp3 clips.

In this clip, Governor Perry responds to concerns from a participant that it has gotten difficult to distinguish between Republicans and Democrats, asserting in response that the answers will come from the grassroots, not Washington:

In this clip, Governor Perry speaks about his respect for the TEA party activists, noting “I don’t think there is anything more important than having this movement succeed”:

In this final clip, the Governor notes that if we advocate for proven conservative ideas, we can turn the tide and restore the principles that made our country great:

If you would like to send a message to Washington and stay informed in real-time about future events such as the call on Thursday evening, please text FED UP to 95613.

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"Fight for Freedom Tele-Townhall"

Thursday, May 14, at 7:30 PM Central Time, Governors Rick Perry of Texas and Mark Sanford of South Carolina are participating in an important Fight for Freedom tele-townhall, and you are invited to join in!

Sign up at now, and you will be invited to participate in this special tele-townhall Thursday night! There will not be a dial-in number to join the call-- you must sign up in advance to receive your call at 7:30 Thursday night, so sign up now to secure your place for what some have dubbed "Tea Party 2.0."

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Governor Perry Headlines UNCF Fundraiser

Governor Perry took a little time away from the legislative session in Austin last Thursday to raise about $100,000 for the United Negro College Fund in Houston. Check out this video of Governor Perry from the event:

The Houston Chronicle adds:

Perry has headlined luncheons across the state, raising a total of $600,000 for the scholarship fund, UNCF spokeswoman Zarinah Poole said.

Click here to see a few dozen photos from the UNCF event on the Governor's Flickr feed.

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Clay Walker & Governor Perry at National Day of Prayer Breakfast

Country music Grammy Award winner Clay Walker has sixteen top 10 singles, eleven #1 songs, two gold albums, and four platinum albums. He is also a genuine humanitarian and a man of faith. This morning Clay joined Governor Rick Perry, Texas Quarterback Colt McCoy, and Dr. Gary Bauer at the National Day of Prayer Breakfast in Austin.

Please take a moment to watch this YouTube clip of Clay Walker speaking about Governor Perry:

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Governor Perry Headlines San Angelo Republican Party Event.

Wednesday evening, Governor Perry spoke to about 200 people at an event benefiting the Tom Green County GOP.

The San Angelo Standard-Times has a nice write-up of the event:

"For me, the TEA Parties were about the 10th Amendment," Perry said. "The 10th Amendment says the federal government was created by the state to be an agent by the states. Not the other way around.

"The federal government - with no regard to what it's doing to our country - is mortgaging our kids' future. The money that they are pouring out the door is going to have to be paid back one day."

Please take a moment to watch this quick video of the Governor addressing the Republican faithful in Tom Green County:

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Gov. Perry Moderates "Obama: The First 100 Days"

Monday night in Garland, Texas, Governor Perry moderated a town hall style event in Garland, Texas entitled, "Obama: The First 100 Days."

Hewitt, Medved, Perry, and Gallagher, prior to town hall event

Opening the event, American hero Scott O'Grady led the crowd in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Governor Perry then guided the discussion with talk radio hosts Mike Gallagher, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt.

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TEA Party Patriots: Keep Up the Momentum

The April 15 TEA parties have come and gone, but for millions of Americans they were just the beginning of a movement in this great country. It’s a movement of patriots who love their country enough to stand up and say "enough is enough." They are tired of the steady stream of news out of Washington about bailouts, runaway spending, and a mountain of debt that is growing out of control.

Contrary to liberal commentary, I’m confident we'll be seeing MORE TEA parties across our state and our country in the months to come, with even larger crowds of proud Americans standing up for principles like personal responsibility, individual liberty, and limited government. Our Founding Fathers wove these values into the foundational documents of our nation, so I’m comfortable defending them in the public square. Who knows, maybe we’ll make enough noise that our elected officials in Washington will actually read the Constitution and let it guide a decision or two.

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Watch Governor Rick Perry at April 15th TEA Parties

Check out the video below of Governor Perry at Tax Day TEA Parties in Austin, Arlington and Fort Worth.

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