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Long-Time Perry Spokesman Robert Black Announces Departure from Governor's Office

July 14, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry&rsquo;s Director of Communications, Robert Black, today announced his departure from the governor&rsquo;s office to form his own consulting business. He will begin providing consulting services in September, specializing in public affairs, political and strategic communications.</p> <p>&quot;In a profession where decision making is too often determined by the fickle winds of popular opinion or the latest poll, it has been a privilege to work for Gov. Perry, who is willing to make the hard call and believes that leadership is not a popularity contest, but a moral responsibility,&quot; said Black. &quot;Gov. Perry&rsquo;s tenure has been marked by bold ideas, unflinching actions and clear results, and I am proud to have played a small part.&quot;</p>

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Statement of Gov. Rick Perry on Death of Dr. Michael DeBakey

July 12, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the death of renowned heart surgeon, Michael DeBakey:</p> <p>&quot;In a state known for innovators, Michael DeBakey was a giant in his field. With his passing, the world lost a man who essentially created the field of heart healthcare. From equipment he invented to procedures he devised to therapies he pioneered, Dr. DeBakey improved and extended the lives of people all over the world. He was a key contributor to our state becoming a medical center of excellence and he will be sorely missed.</p> <p>&quot;Anita and I extend our sincere condolences and prayers to his family, his medical colleagues and his countless friends.&quot;</p>

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding Col. Thomas A. Davis Jr.'s retirement from the Department of Public Safety

July 11, 2008
<p>&quot;Col. Davis has been a public servant of longstanding and I am grateful for his distinguished service to the people of the State of Texas. I wish him well in his retirement.&quot;</p>

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Gov. Perry Receives “Pathfinder” Award from San Antonio Chamber of Commerce

July 10, 2008
<h3>Says San Antonio will continue to be a beacon of growth and prosperity</h3> <p>SAN ANTONIO &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today received the inaugural &quot;Pathfinder&quot; award from the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce for his ongoing efforts to grow the Texas economy and create jobs.</p> <p>&quot;There is simply no better place to live, work, grow a business and raise a family than the great State of Texas,&quot; said Gov. Perry. &quot;We have the best business climate in the country and remain globally competitive thanks to our reasonable regulations, low taxes, fair legal environment, educated workforce and an unparalleled quality of life.&quot;</p>

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Texas Declared America’s Top State For Business

July 9, 2008
<h3>CNBC Study Ranks Texas Business Climate No. 1 in the Nation</h3> <p>Washington, D.C. &ndash; Texas is America&rsquo;s Top State for Business according to the results of a CNBC study that scored each state on 40 different measures of competitiveness. Gov. Perry joined CNBC&rsquo;s &quot;Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo&quot; in Washington, D.C. this afternoon for the announcement.</p> <p>&quot;We live in a world that moves faster than at any time in history,&quot; Gov. Perry said. &quot;Knowledge and capital are rapidly being deployed to parts of the world where the right combination of talent, technology, business climate, infrastructure and markets converge. I believe Texas is that place, now more than ever.&quot;</p>

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Gov. Perry Sets Special Election Date for House District 81

July 3, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 as the special election date to fill the House District 81 seat vacated by the death of Rep. George E. &ldquo;Buddy&rdquo; West.</p> <p>Candidates for this special election must file applications with the Secretary of State no later than 5:00 p.m. on Aug. 29, 2008. The early voting period for this special election runs from Monday, Oct. 20, 2008 to Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.</p>

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Gov. Perry Announces Texas Enterprise Fund Investment In Santana Textiles

July 2, 2008
<h3>Company to Create 800 Jobs in Edinburg</h3> <p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today announced the state will invest $1.65 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) in Santana Textiles to establish a denim manufacturing plant in Edinburg, creating 800 new jobs and $170 million in capital investment.</p> <p>&ldquo;Santana Textiles&rsquo; decision to open its first North American plant in Texas speaks volumes for our state&rsquo;s attractive business climate and the incentive package we were able to provide through the Texas Enterprise Fund,&rdquo; said Gov. Perry.</p>

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Gov. Perry Announces Mary Katherine Stout as Budget, Planning and Policy Director

July 2, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today announced Mary Katherine Stout will serve as director of the Budget, Planning and Policy Division. Stout joins the governor&rsquo;s office from the Texas Public Policy Foundation where she has served as vice president of policy and director for the Center for Health Care Policy.</p> <p>&quot;Mary Katherine Stout brings legislative and policy expertise rooted in sound fiscal conservative principles,&quot; said Gov. Perry. &quot;Her work on a broad spectrum of policy issues at one of the leading conservative think tanks in the country provides her with a depth of knowledge that will be invaluable.&quot;</p>

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Gov. Perry Thanks Veterans for Fighting for Freedom

June 27, 2008
<p>CORPUS CHRISTI &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today thanked war veterans for answering the call of duty to protect America&rsquo;s freedom and called for continued assistance of veterans&rsquo; rehabilitation programs.</p> <p>&quot;Throughout our nation&rsquo;s history, each generation has stepped forward to accept the torch of freedom from those who preceded them and advance the cause of liberty to even greater heights,&quot; Gov. Perry said. &quot;America is proud of the men and women in uniform who answer the call and uphold the sacred oath to defend freedom no matter the cost.&quot;</p>

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry regarding the U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Upholding 2nd Amendment:

June 26, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding Americans' 2nd Amendment right to bear arms:</p> <p>&quot;Texans have long held that it is a fundamental right of every law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms. Affirmation from our country&rsquo;s highest court should unquestionably cement this right for future generations of Texans and Americans.&quot;</p>

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