From the Capitol

Gov. Perry: Smugglers Will Lose Their License and Their Livelihood

June 19, 2008

DPS, Border Patrol to Work Together to Stop Drug, Weapons and Human Trafficking

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced today that the state, working in concert with the U.S. Border Patrol, will begin cracking down on commercial truckers who knowingly smuggle illegal weapons, drugs or humans across the Texas-Mexico border.

Perry directed the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to work with Border Patrol, in an initiative dubbed Texas Hold ‘Em, to revoke the commercial driver licenses of those convicted of felony smuggling.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding offshore oil exploration

June 18, 2008

“I applaud President Bush and Senator McCain for their call to lift the federal ban on offshore oil exploration to expand domestic production. This is a vital step at a critical moment in our nation’s history that will alleviate the ongoing strain Americans and Texans are enduring from ever increasing gasoline and energy prices.

“It is in our best interests for Congress to allow responsible exploration of our country’s domestic energy supply and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. I join both the president and senator in petitioning Congress to lift this ban immediately.

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Gov. Perry Honors Spring 2008 UIL State Champions

June 18, 2008

AUSTIN– Gov. Rick Perry today honored the spring 2008 University Interscholastic League (UIL) state champions in athletics, academics and music.

“These students represent the remarkable talent of our state and embody the competitive spirit that has made Texas one of the greatest states in the nation,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m proud of these competitors’ accomplishments and their determination to achieve excellence in all they do.”

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Gov. Perry Celebrates Opening of AMD’s Austin Lone Star Campus

June 17, 2008

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today celebrated the grand opening of Advanced Micro Devices’ Lone Star Campus in southwest Austin. AMD employs close to 2,500 people in the Austin area and relocated its offices to be closer to its employee base. Gov. Perry also presented an Honorary Texan certificate to Craig Garcia, AMD’s director of global corporate services, who oversaw the building project from site selection to design and construction.

“Our state’s status in the global economy is built on the success of companies like AMD,” said Gov. Perry. “As a leading technology company and valuable corporate citizen, AMD demonstrates how a global Fortune 500 company can grow and prosper in our tech-friendly state. AMD’s longevity is testimony to its culture, vision and, most of all, its people.”

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Texas Named Gold Shovel Recipient by Area Development Magazine

June 16, 2008

Award Lauds State for Excellence in Economic Development

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry announced Texas has received Area Development magazine’s 2008 Gold Shovel Award for economic development and job creation. Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson accepted the award on behalf of the state.

“Texas is honored to be recognized with the Gold Shovel Award as a tribute to the hard work of Texas lawmakers and business leaders to build and maintain our strong economy,” said Gov. Perry. “Our state’s reasonable regulatory environment, low tax burden and economic development incentives are powerful tools to attract the businesses and jobs that make our state one of the best places in the nation to live and work. Opening doors of opportunity and success to our citizens has been and always will be a priority in Texas.”

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding Phil Wilson stepping down as Texas Secretary of State

June 12, 2008

“Phil has been a trusted advisor and dear friend of mine and Anita’s for many years. He is a man of innovative thought and exceptional determination; attributes that have led him to success in both his professional and personal life. “I thank Phil for his service, and wish him and his family much success and happiness in the future. He will be hard to replace.”

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding the tornado that destroyed a Boy Scout campsite in Iowa

June 12, 2008

“My thoughts and prayers are with the Boy Scouts and their families in Iowa as they recover from the tragedy and loss suffered yesterday evening.

“I am deeply proud of the heroic efforts made by the Boy Scouts to protect each other even in the midst of such chaos. I am certain that many lives were saved and injuries prevented because of the training that they learned out in the wilderness this very week. “The skills practiced by these scouts will continue to serve them the rest of their lives and grow them into some of the most exceptional leaders in their communities.”

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Text of Gov. Rick Perry's Remarks: Fire at the Governor's Mansion

June 11, 2008

I have seen many things in my time as governor, but few sights have left a deeper impression on me than the charred remains of this genuine Texas treasure standing behind me. As I consider what was done to this once-majestic home, my heart aches beyond words.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry regarding the fire at the Texas Governor’s Mansion:

June 8, 2008

"We are heartbroken by the fire that has ravaged the Texas Governors Mansion. It has not only been our home for the past eight years, but has stood as a symbol of Texas pride throughout its history. Though it can certainly be rebuilt, what Texas has lost today can never be replaced."

"We are grateful to all the firefighters who worked heroically to save this historic landmark and Texas treasure. And like all Texans, we hope that this remarkable building, which has served as the home for our family and other Texas governors’ for the last 150 years, can be saved and restored."

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Gov. and Mrs. Perry Honor WWII Heroes Who Fought For Freedom

JUne 6, 2008

Participate in Normandy D-Day Ceremonies

ST. MÈRE ÉGLISE, FRANCE – Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry today participated in ceremonies commemorating the 64th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied Forces’ assault on the beaches of Normandy during World War II, which led to the liberation of France from Nazi Germany.

“D-Day reminds us of a maelstrom of intense combat, noble lives ended in an instant, and a turning point in the deadliest war in human history,” said Gov. Perry. “The sacrifice of those fallen heroes and those who fought for freedom alongside them deserves to be remembered throughout the world until the end of time.”

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