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Statement by Gov. Perry on President Obama Extending Obamacare Enrollment Deadline

03/26/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the Obama administration extension of the deadline for certain individuals to enroll in Obamacare:

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Texas Wins Site Selection Magazine's 2013 Governor's Cup

03/03/14
AUSTIN – Texas has won Site Selection Magazine’s Governor’s Cup for 2013, the fifth time the Lone Star State has received the award under Gov. Rick Perry’s leadership. The award is given annually to the state with the most new and expanded corporate facilities announced over the year. Texas has previously won the Governor’s Cup in 2004, 2005, 2010 and 2012.

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Gov. Perry Statement on Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

02/26/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding a federal judge ruling Texas’ same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional:

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Gov. Perry Statement on Chancellor Cigarroa Stepping Down from UT System

02/10/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa stepping down from the University of Texas System:

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Governor's Commission for Women seeking nominations for Texas Women's Hall of Fame

02/03/14
AUSTIN – The Texas Governor’s Commission for Women is seeking nominations of outstanding women for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. A proud tradition since 1984, the Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of Texas women who have made significant contributions in areas such as business, education, philanthropy and public service.

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Gov. Perry honors Texas veterans of foreign wars

1/31/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today thanked veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for our nation at the 2014 Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference. The governor also highlighted steps Texas has taken to ensure veterans and their families have access to the services they need and deserve when they return to civilian life.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on State Department's Keystone Pipeline study

1/31/14
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. State Department’s environmental impact study on the Keystone XL pipeline:

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Gov. Perry Appeals FEMA Denial of Individual Assistance for Central Texans Affected by Floods

Jan. 26, 2014
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) denial of individual assistance for Central Texas counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1. “The communities affected by the Halloween floods have been left with devastating financial burdens,” Gov. Perry said. “Texas is utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of these families and businesses in Central Texas, but the damage is of such magnitude that federal individual assistance is necessary. I urge President Barack Obama to immediately grant the assistance that these Texans need to recover and rebuild their lives.”

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Davos seems big even to this Texan

Jan. 24, 2014
USA Today
David Callaway
One newcomer to Davos this year was Texas Governor Rick Perry. Perry said he had more important meetings with international counterparts in the last 48 hours then in months, and that he was looking forward to seeing Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and Shimon Peres later.

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Rick Perry, in Switzerland, touts Texas drug courts

Jan. 24, 2014
Austin American-Statesman
By Jonathan Tilove
Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he thinks states ought to be able to experiment with drug policy, but that he opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use in Texas, where he said the use of drug courts to find alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders has proven successful. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as part of a panel on the “drugs dilemma” that also included Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Perry said he feared entirely removing the penalties for drug use would send the wrong signal, and cited former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama for suggesting that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.

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