From the Capitol

Texas A&M Pursues a Campus in Israel

October 21, 2013
The New York Times
Manny Fernandez
When Gov. Rick Perry visits Israel this week, he will leave a surprising piece of Texas behind: his alma mater, Texas A&M University. Mr. Perry will join Texas A&M leaders and Israeli officials in Jerusalem on Wednesday to announce the creation of Texas A&M Peace University, a branch campus of the sixth largest university in the United States. It will be built in Nazareth, known as the Arab capital of Israel.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Possible Federal Government Shutdown

September 30, 2013
“House Republicans offered a compromise solution that would temporarily address Republican concerns about Obamacare while also allowing the federal government to continue to operate. But the Obama administration’s and Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway mentality jeopardizes essential functions of not only the federal government but also state services. Democrat leadership in Congress has refused to negotiate, and in so doing is jeopardizing thousands of employees, critical services, and economic recovery.

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Governor Perry Presents Star of Texas Awards

September 12, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today presented the Star of Texas Awards to honor the peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders and citizens who have been seriously injured or killed in the line of duty or while assisting a first responder.

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Governor Perry to Tout Texas’ Low Taxes in Maryland

September 12, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry will travel to Maryland September 18 to highlight Texas' commitment to keeping taxes low on hardworking families and businesses, allowing them to keep more of what they earn, and helping make Texas' economy a national example for job creation. Ahead of the governor's trip, a 60-second radio ad and 30-second TV ad begin running today in several markets. The ads showcase the opportunities and freedom available to families and businesses thanks to Texas' smart fiscal policies.

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Statement by Governor Perry on 12th Anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2013
"The attacks 12 years ago were meant to dishearten and demoralize the American people. They failed in that goal, thanks to the enduring bravery of a wide variety of heroes who stepped forward that day. We will always remember the nobility of the first responders who climbed the steps of the Twin Towers, the bravery of those who rushed into flames to help those injured at the Pentagon, and the determination of the civilians who wrested control of Flight 93, protecting the lives of others on the ground. The actions of these heroes represent the very reasons why America is the greatest nation in the world, and will ultimately triumph over the forces of evil, wherever they may hide."

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Governor Perry Names Hecht as Chief Justice of Texas Supreme Court

September 10, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Justice Nathan L. Hecht of Austin as chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas. Justice Hecht’s term will be effective Oct. 1, 2013, and is set to expire at the next general election. He will serve as the 27th chief justice of the Supreme Court of Texas.

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Governor Perry: Texas Home to First Smartphone Assembled in USA

September 10, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today celebrated the grand opening of Flextronics' new manufacturing facility, which will provide final assembly and customization for Motorola Mobility's Moto X smartphone. This is the first smartphone designed, engineered and assembled in the United States.

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Governor Perry Commemorates 10th Anniversary of Historic Lawsuit Reform

September 9, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by the Rio Grande Valley Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse and members of the medical community to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the passage of landmark medical liability reform in Texas.

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Governor Perry Announces TEF Investment in USAA Creating 680 Jobs in Plano

September 4, 2013
Gov. Rick Perry today announced USAA is expanding its information technology operations in Plano, creating 680 jobs and more than $31 million in capital investment.

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Statement by Governor Perry on Chief Justice Jefferson

"Wallace Jefferson justly and faithfully guided our state's highest court during a decade of change and prosperity, and he will be remembered for his strong character and unwavering commitment to the rule of law. I was proud to appoint him as the court's first African-American justice and chief justice.

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