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WATCH NOW: Governor Perry on Neil Cavuto.

This afternoon, Governor Perry went on Fox News with Neil Cavuto to discuss his fellow Republican Governors and the Texas economy. Watch the video for yourself:

Judging by the overwhelmingly positive response on twitter, the Governor made a great impression on a lot of folks. Tweet to @GovernorPerry now and let him know what you thought of the interview.

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Big momentum on Governor Perry's side!

This morning, the venerable, non-partisan, non-profit Texas Lyceum released its poll showing Governor Rick Perry ahead of his possible primary opponent by 12 percent!

The momentum is undeniably on our side, but we need your help before June 30 to keep folks fired up about the Governor's principled, conservative message. Please make a secure contribution today!

Click here to use your credit card to make a campaign contribution online right now. You can also join the team and become an online fundraiser on behalf of the Governor's campaign.

Also, be sure to follow @GovernorPerry on Twitter.com for updates directly from Rick Perry himself.

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Listen to Governor Perry's radio interviews with Mark Davis and Michael Berry right now online!

Monday, Governor Perry went on air with radio personalities Mark Davis and Michael Berry.

On the Mark Davis program, the Governor addressed some of the rumors about his future plans (he stated emphatically that he is running for reelection) and discussed several of the bills he signed and vetoed after the 81st legislative session.

Mark Davis:


On the Michael Berry program, the Governor spoke further about the bills he signed or vetoed, the "chubbing" of a ballot integrity measure by activist liberals in the legislature, and his plans for the future.

Michael Berry:


In both interviews, the Governor noted the many successes of the legislative session, including a balanced budget, a projected $9 billion surplus in the Rainy Day Fund, a solution for windstorm insurance along the coast, a tax cut for more than 40,000 small businesses, and putting a Constitutional Amendment on the ballot to prevent future Kelo-like private property rights abuses in Texas.

Listen for yourself!

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Contribute TODAY to principled, conservative leadership that works!

After 6+ month fundraising moratorium, the Perry campaign is again raising money for the Governor's reelection, and we need your help before the June 30 deadline.

There are two ways for you to help Governor Perry.

STEP #1. Contribute today, using a credit card!
You can contribute securely online right now:

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Your generous contribution today is sincerely appreciated.

STEP #2. Start raising money on behalf of Governor Perry through Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking websites!
You can also sign up to be a member of Governor Rick Perry's online fundraising team:

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Set up your personal fundraising page, and become an integral part of Team Perry today!

Get involved-- your help today can keep Texas moving forward!

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Midnight Madness for Rick Perry!

As a college basketball fan, it's hard not to enjoy following "Midnight Madness," the first official practice of the season allowed by the NCAA. We've got our own fundraising version of "Midnight Madness" tonight!

As the sitting Governor, Rick Perry has been prohibited by Texas law from raising campaign funds from mid-December through Sunday, June 21. That moratorium has now ended-- Texans for Rick Perry can now accept campaign contributions, so if you believe in principled conservative leadership that works, please make a secure contribution today.

As you may know, politicians currently serving in Washington, DC are not subject to this fundraising moratorium, and the reporting period ends on June 30, so our call to action tonight is urgent. Take a few moments to set up your personal fundraising page for Rick Perry, and start raising dollars for Governor Rick Perry using your favorite social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Be an advocate! You can make a big difference.

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Perry Volunteer Leadership Summit a big success!

Perry Volunteer Leadership Summit

Today, more than 400 Perry supporters from around Texas converged on the Grand Ballroom of the AT&T Conference Center here in Austin, to learn more about the Perry campaign and ways they can get involved.

People support Governor Perry for a lot of different reasons. Watch this video to see some of the great Perry supporters in their own words:

The Governor's supporters are some of the most enthusiastic and energetic around. The campaign is really blessed to have so many folks who believe in Governor Perry's leadership and are willing to give up hours of their time on a sunny Saturday before Father's Day to learn about how they can help.

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Volunteer Leadership Summit Details.

This Saturday, June 20th from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Texans for Rick Perry is holding an important Volunteer Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas.

AT&T Conference Center
Grand Ballroom
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

During this informative and engaging summit, Governor Perry will discuss his vision for Texas and introduce presentations from members of the Perry campaign staff on organization, fundraising, social media, polling, and grassroots. Gov. Perry's volunteers will leave the summit better prepared to help Governor Perry win in 2010 and keep Texas the strongest state in America.

The Governor and those of us at Texans for Rick Perry are all excited to take the Governor's successful online social media efforts offline. We look forward to seeing you there.

If you are bringing family members, coworkers, or neighbors, be sure to sign them up as soon as possible.

Click here to visit the registration page for this important event. Please bring a laptop to the summit if you have one. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

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@GovernorPerry's 10,000th Twitter Follower.

Governor Rick Perry's Twitter
On Tuesday night, Jane E. Scott (@JaneEScott) became Governor Perry's 10,000th follower on Twitter, an important marker along the path to a vibrant online community of friends, supporters, and other like-minded individuals.

I decided to find out a little bit about Jane, because number 10K was an exciting milestone for us here at the Perry campaign. It turns out Jane uses Twitter the way many successful professionals like herself use it.

She told me:

I use Twitter to keep up with the people whose actions might affect my business, like Governor Perry. As CEO and owner of cPubs, an Austin-based small business, I spend my days with our clients and employees. Finding time to sort through the news on a regular basis can be difficult. The format of Twitter – a lot of information in small bites delivered in real-time throughout the day – makes it easier for me to stay current.

Governor Perry caught on to twitter early this year for similar reasons. Because twitter is accessible to busy people on the go via their blackberries and iPhones, and the Governor is obviously on the go almost all the time, he became a "Tweethead" (as he says) almost overnight. Since joining twitter earlier this year, @GovernorPerry has published everything from a shout-out to the Texas Federation of Republican Women for their work on Voter I.D. legislation to photos of the black lab Belle and her new puppies.

Jane told me that it was a Tweet from the Governor about a small business tax cut that caught her eye:

When Governor Perry mentioned in a tweet that he’s signing legislation that gives tax cuts to 40,000 small business owners, I knew I had information worth further research.

So who is Jane supporting in 2010? Like many people, she has a lot of time to make up her mind, but writing from the perspective of a certified resident of Perryland, I obviously hope it's Governor Perry.

Here's what Jane said about her likely choice for Governor in 2010:

Learning more about the elected officials I follow on Twitter also helps me decide how to vote in the next election....

I’m leaning toward supporting Governor Perry because of his pro-business track record and the excellent job he’s done with economic development in Texas.

Jane and others are using twitter as a news source, as a social networking resource, and as a way to express their 1st Amendment rights. If you're not yet on twitter, it is easy to sign up. Go to www.Twitter.com and click on the green "Get Started- Join!" button. It only takes a few minutes to set up an account and get started.

Once you're on, be sure to follow @GovernorPerry, and he'll follow you back. Perhaps you can help Governor Perry go from 10,000 to 15,000 followers!

Our campaign staff twitter account, @GovPerry2010, and the Perry campaign interns' account, @Interns4Perry are growing as well, but 10,000 means that the Governor is beginning to reach a critical mass of people that see his ideas without the traditional media or even layers of staff filtering him.

While some view this new level of transparency as dangerous or frightening, I personally think it is refreshing to see the kind of candor Governor Perry displays via his tweets. To me, it demonstrates that Rick Perry is utilizing technology to fundamentally change the way the Governor of Texas and Texas' citizens interact.

It lets voters learn more about their options, so they can make an informed decision when they enter the polling booth. My view is that some people have a perception of Governor Perry that is based far too much on rough-and-tumble negative ads from past campaigns, and not enough on the real Rick Perry. When apolitical or ambivalent folks meet the real Rick Perry and hear from him directly on the issues, they tend to gravitate his way.

While only a tiny fraction of the Governor's daily activities and thoughts show up on twitter, it is still an important window into not only Rick Perry the Governor, but Rick Perry the husband/father/son, Rick Perry the veteran, Rick Perry the history buff, Rick Perry the runner/hunter/cyclist/dog owner/Torchy's Tacos lover, and Rick Perry the baseball fan, etc.

You can follow the Governor's tweets and connect with Governor Rick Perry on his Facebook page.

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Governor Perry and staff look forward to seeing you on Saturday!

This Saturday, June 20th from 11:30am to 3:30pm, Texans for Rick Perry is holding an important Volunteer Leadership Summit in Austin, Texas.

AT&T Conference Center
Grand Ballroom
1900 University Avenue
Austin, Texas 78705

During this informative and engaging summit, Governor Perry will discuss his vision for Texas and introduce presentations from members of the Perry campaign staff on organization, fundraising, social media, polling, and grassroots. Gov. Perry's volunteers will leave the summit better prepared to help Governor Perry win in 2010 and keep Texas the strongest state in America.

The Governor and those of us at Texans for Rick Perry are all excited to take the Governor's successful online social media efforts offline. We look forward to seeing you there.

RSVPs are required, and space is limited, so sign up today to secure your spot.

Click here to visit the registration page for this important event. Please bring a laptop to the summit if you have one. Lunch and afternoon snacks will be provided.

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Texas, Our Texas: "Boldest and grandest, withstanding ev'ry test."

If you attended a Texas grade school, you probably know the words to Texas, Our Texas. The second stanza says it best:

Texas, O Texas! your freeborn single star,

Sends out its radiance to nations near and far,

Emblem of Freedom! it set our hearts aglow,

With thoughts of San Jacinto and glorious Alamo

Looking at trends in recent years, the word is getting out: Texas is clearly sending out its radiance to nations near and far. It's no mystery why so many people from other parts of the country are packing up and moving to Texas every single day.

Earlier this month, Directorship's Boardroom Intelligence named Texas the #1 state in the nation for business. In recent weeks, Forbes magazine ranked several Texas cities among the top places in the country for jobs, while respected economic forecasters note that Texas will lead the nation out of the recession. Last in, first out.

The Houston Chronicle noted that Texas cities make up five of the six best economies in America. Their story is based on a detailed analysis Brookings Institute of the economy in the 100 largest metro areas in the United States. All six in Texas (Houston-Sugarland-Baytown, Austin-Round Rock, San Antonio, Dallas-Ft. Worth-Arlington, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, and El Paso) are among the strongest 20 metro areas in the nation.

To keep that Texas momentum rolling, Governor Perry was in Houston on Tuesday to sign a tax cut for more than 40,000 Texas small businesses. Before leaving the Bayou City, the Governor stopped in the radio studio with Senator Dan Patrick to chat about the 81st legislative session, Texas' economic situation, and a number of other important issues in an extended interview.

Listen to the Governor Perry's entire 20+ minute radio entire interview with Patrick below:

During the interview, Governor Perry snapped a photo of Senator Patrick and posted it on Twitter.com/GovernorPerry. Follow @GovernorPerry on Twitter for frequent updates straight from Rick Perry himself.

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