AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association PAC, for the general election.
“Gov. Rick Perry has been an unwavering advocate for rural Texas since his tenure as our state’s Agriculture Commissioner and Lt. Governor,” said Matt Fitch, president of the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association. “Gov. Perry understands and supports the role our industry plays in producing the food we eat, and has consistently supported our efforts to ensure the safety of consumers as well as pilots who fly spray planes. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election.”
The Texas Agricultural Aviation Association is the state’s leading trade association for pilots and operators of agricultural aircraft operations. Their mission is to coordinate and generally direct the efforts of agricultural aviation operators and pilots who are actively interested in the advancement of the industry.
The objectives of this association are social and cooperative; to strengthen acquaintance within the agricultural aviation industry; to disseminate among its members technical knowledge relevant to the ethical standards of business that will further the recognition of the worthiness of agricultural aviation; to cooperate and advise with any and all agencies genuinely interested in the betterment of the agricultural aviation industry and in our national defense.
“I am very proud of the work the Texas Agricultural Aviation Association has achieved to keep our agriculture industry thriving,” said Gov. Perry. “The agriculture industry is a fundamental component of Texas’ heritage and economy. I remain committed to ensuring that the people in this industry have the necessary tools to provide Texas families the food and goods they depend upon every day.”
SAN ANTONIO –Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of former San Antonio mayor Ed Garza at a grassroots event in San Antonio.
"Gov. Perry has upheld his proven track record in bringing Texas to the forefront of the global economy, having helped provide the people of this city and state the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper,” said former mayor of San Antonio, Ed Garza. “His leadership and conservative principles are what cities need to grow economically and remain competitive in today’s market. These values are to be emulated as they foster an environment that welcomes jobs and success. I cannot think of a better governor for Texas and it brings me great joy to endorse Gov. Perry in this year’s general election.”
Ed Garza served eight years as an elected public official. In 2001 at the age of 32, Garza became San Antonio’s youngest mayor in modern times. He served two terms and prior to that served two terms as a City Council representative. Garza was elected in an unprecedented fashion by garnering a cross-section of political, geographic and socio-economic support; based on his platform of sustainable economic growth, modernization of the city’s governance structure and balance growth for the city’s under-invested southern sector. His efforts helped bring Toyota to invest more than $1 billion in San Antonio’s economy and create more than 5,000 jobs in a new manufacturing facility in south San Antonio. Mayor Garza has been featured in Texas Monthly, Urban Land Magazine, and CNN and listed in Hispanic Business magazine as a “most influential” Hispanic leader.
“It is a great honor to receive Mayor Garza’s support in this year’s general election,” said Gov. Perry. "Mayor Garza has made a remarkable and lasting impact on the city of San Antonio. His vision of improving and expanding education and economic development has allowed San Antonio to flourish. Partnering with the state, Mayor Garza was instrumental in helping bring Toyota’s manufacturing facility to the city’s south side, an addition of more than 5,000 high paying jobs.”
With the addition of the new Texas A&M University campus, Gov. Perry has proposed the implementation of several education initiatives. Among them, a four year tuition freeze for universities, locking in the tuition a student pays as an incoming freshman for the next four years and the expansion of the Virtual School Network so that students who do not attend a brick and mortar high school can receive dual credit opportunities and graduate.
Sanctuary City. Police Officer Shortage. A Police Chief from outside of HPD.
Leaders of the Houston Police Officers’ Union said those were the main issues that cost former Houston Mayor Bill White the organization’s endorsement.
On Thursday, HPOU announced that it would back Republican Incumbent Governor Rick Perry.
As he accepted the groups’ endorsement, Perry was surrounded by several HPD officers , including Joslyn Johnson. Her husband, Officer Rodney Johnson, was killed by an illegal immigrant during a traffic stop.
Governor Perry vowed to ask the legislature in January to take “emergency action to abolish sanctuary cities.”
Losing the endorsement of the 5-thousand member organization is a blow to White’s campaign.
He was also snubbed by the Houston Professional Firefighters Association.
All candidates want to appear strong on public safety issues.
Some voters around the state will also wonder why Houston’s former Mayor isn’t being endorsed by police officers and firefighters who served under him.
FORT WORTH – Today Gov. Perry received both the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) and the Dallas Police Association (DPA) for the 2010 general election.
“It is a true honor to receive the endorsements of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association," said Gov. Perry. “Because of these brave men and women, people come to Texas knowing it’s a place where they can find a job, raise their families, and enjoy an outstanding quality of life. The safety that the officers of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas and the Dallas Police Association provide is crucial in keeping our communities safe and plays an essential role in our continued status as a national economic leader."
In his remarks, Gov. Perry reiterated that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Thanks to Gov. Perry’s steadfast support, Texas law enforcement officers and their families’ quality of life has improved,” said Todd Harrison, President of Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. “Gov. Perry’s true commitment to law enforcement and conservative leadership has been solidified by his unwavering dedication to make sure we have the resources we need to continue protecting the lives of families across the state. Our organization believes the governor has earned our endorsement and deserves our ongoing support.”
CLEAT represents more than 17,500 local law enforcement officers in more than 80 local law enforcement associations. Its mission is to ensure that their brave men and women receive the rights, protections and respect they deserve for their role in enforcing the laws of Texas and protecting the lives and property of its citizens.
“Gov. Perry has been a tremendous help to the Dallas Police Association,” said Glenn White, President of the Dallas Police Association. “Throughout his tenure the governor has upheld his record of support of our police officers to the highest extent, which has been instrumental in allowing us to do our duty as law enforcement officers, effectively, and protect our citizens’ lives soundly. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry for the 2010 general election.”
The Dallas Police Association is the original and the largest police employee group for Dallas Police Officers. The DPA has over 4,000 active and retired members and is open to any sworn member of the Dallas Police Department.
Gov. Perry Will Make Abolition of Sanctuary Cities an Emergency Item in Upcoming Legislative Session
HOUSTON – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Houston Police Officers’ Union for the 2010 general election. He also announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary cities an emergency item in the upcoming legislative session.
“It is a distinct honor to receive the endorsement of the courageous men and women of the Houston Police Officers’ Union because they exemplify the values of personal sacrifice, integrity and public service that have made our state so great,” said Gov. Perry. “I will not waver in my commitment to protecting our citizens and supporting our state’s courageous police officers with the resources they need to keep our communities safe.”
In his remarks, Gov. Perry assured that abolishing sanctuary cities in Texas will be a priority recognizing that some Texas cities have enacted sanctuary city rules that tie the hands of their police officers as they work to uphold the law. He announced he will make the abolition of sanctuary city rules an emergency item in the next legislative session, which will help ensure that Texas law enforcement professionals have the discretion to use their judgment, honed by years of training and experience, as they work to keep Texas communities safe.
“Gov. Perry appreciates and supports the sacrifices our men and women make on a daily basis,” said Houston Police Officers’ Union PAC Chairman, Ray Hunt. “He has effectively championed our efforts to ensure that Texans have safe and secure neighborhoods. We are proud to endorse Gov. Perry and look forward to working closely with him for another four years.”
AUSTIN, Texas — The Mexican government says authorities have stepped up their efforts to find the body of an American reportedly shot to death on a border lake.
The statement from the Mexican Foreign Relations Ministry was in response to a call from Gov. Rick Perry, urging Mexico to use every resource available to find the body of David Hartley and have it returned to the U.S.
Tiffany Hartley, of Colorado, says her husband, David, was shot by Mexican pirates on Falcon Lake last week as they were returning to the United States on Jet Skis.
The statement said Mexican authorities "from the first moment" have been in contact with their U.S. counterparts to coordinate search and recovery of Hartley's body, and noted that Mexico has "stepped up their actions with the support of specialized personnel, boats and helicopters."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee (SURPAC) for the general election.
“Gov. Perry’s efforts have enabled the surveying community to better serve the public by attaining high technical and ethical surveying standards,” said Bob Seipel, SURPAC Committee Chair. “We are pleased to continue working with Gov. Perry to help map out the future of Texas.”
The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors, with a membership of more than 2,000 registered surveyors, surveyors-in-training, students and associates, seeks to educate and inform the public of the integral role of surveyors in our society.
“I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Political Action Committee,” said Gov. Perry. “I will continue to make sure they have the tools they need to continue attracting new residents and businesses. The Texas surveyors community plays an integral role in keeping Texas strong.”
AUSTIN – Today Gov. Perry received the endorsement of the Texas Chemical Council for the general election.
“Gov. Perry’s proven conservative leadership has solidified Texas as the best state in the nation to do business and live in," said Hector L. Rivero, CEO and president of Texas Chemical Council. “Because of his policies, vision and advocacy in maintaining a regulatory climate to create more jobs, our state continues to attract capital investment and generate high-paying, high-quality jobs that sustain our state’s economy.”
The Texas Chemical Council is a statewide trade association of chemical manufacturers in Texas. TCC currently represents 77 member companies who operate more than 200 manufacturing facilities across the state with over $50 billion in physical assets and employs over 74,000 Texans. The chemical industry pays more than $1 billion in state and local taxes each year and is responsible for nearly a half-million Texas jobs. Texas chemical products are the state’s largest export with approximately $35 billion in exports annually.
“I am grateful to receive the endorsement of the Texas Chemical Council,” said Gov. Perry. “Their efforts are an integral part of our state’s economic engine that provides jobs for Texas citizens. I am proud of our state’s chemical industry and will continue to provide the tools they need to succeed in the years to come.”
More than $8 Million raised since July 1; Reports more than $10 Million Cash On Hand
AUSTIN – The Texans for Rick Perry campaign today announced it has raised $28,305,340 this election cycle from 18,571 contributors, a significant increase in money raised and number of contributors from past elections. The campaign raised $8,266,334.66 between July 1 and Sept. 23 this year, including $443,892 in online contributions. The campaign reports $10,014,478.75 cash on hand.
“Texans from across the state continue to generously support Gov. Perry’s re-election campaign and his principled leadership which has made Texas the envy of the nation," said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Gov. Perry is proud to have broad support for his policies to further strengthen our economy, create more jobs, improve our state’s education and secure our border.”
During the current election cycle, approximately 8,000 more contributors have given to the campaign compared to the same periods in 2002 and 2006, when 10,566 and 7,417 individuals contributed to the campaign, respectively. Compared to the reporting periods from July 1 – Sept. 23 in 2002, 2006 and 2010, the campaign raised $4,013,944.75, $3,072,059.08, and $8,266,334.66, respectively.
Raising more than $4.2 million more in this reporting period from past elections, Texans for Rick Perry has gained significant momentum in its fundraising efforts, signaling ongoing and growing support of Gov. Perry’s leadership from Texans across the state. In this reporting period, more than 95 percent of contributions are from Texas donors and 73 percent of contributions are less than $500, with the average contribution being about $1,230.
IRVING – Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the endorsement of the Texas Oil and Gas Association (TxOGA) PAC following his address to their 2010 Lone Star Forum in Irving.
“It is a real honor to win the endorsement of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, a group that represents our state’s remarkable heritage as energy producer to the world,” said Gov. Perry. “I look forward to our ongoing collaboration as we work to ensure Texas remains at the forefront of our nation’s energy industry and combat Washington’s misguided policies that put hundreds of thousands of Texas jobs at risk.”
In his remarks, Gov. Perry highlighted Texas’ consistent leadership in both traditional and renewable sources of energy. Texas produces 20 percent of the nation’s crude oil, refines more than 25 percent of the nation’s fuel supply and produces about one third of the nation’s natural gas. The state also generates more wind energy than all but four other countries and is a respected leader in solar, biofuel and nuclear production. While the state has expanded its energy infrastructure and diversified its energy portfolio, it has also successfully cleaned its air, achieving a 22 percent reduction in ozone and a 53 percent decrease in NOx from regulated sources since 2000, outperforming federal programs in virtually every category by utilizing free-market incentives instead of imposing burdensome regulations or mandates.
Gov. Perry also criticized the EPA’s recent takeover of Texas’ successful flexible permitting program and Washington’s off-shore drilling moratorium, both which are hurting our energy industry and threatening the hundreds of thousands of jobs that depend on it. The governor is committed to continue fighting Washington’s intrusion into our state’s economy and will work with members of TxOGA and other energy leaders to combat harmful policies like cap and trade through all avenues possible.
“With more than 315,000 high-quality, high-paying jobs, the oil and gas sector is a big reason Texas has weathered tough economic times better than other states,” said Roe Buckley, chairman of TxOGA. “The Texas economy is the envy of the nation because Gov. Perry has fought for a pro-business climate. He’s committed to conservative spending values. He supports a predictable regulatory climate. He does all of this because he knows how to attract capital and grow jobs. For these reasons, and a host of others, the Texas Oil & Gas Association PAC is proud to endorse Gov. Rick Perry.”
Texas Oil and Gas Association was founded in 1919 and is the oldest and largest organization in the state representing petroleum interests. The association’s 2,000 members represent the diverse professions and businesses that depend on our state’s oil and gas industry, including independent oil and gas producers, oil and gas producing and purchasing companies, refining companies, marketing companies, drilling contractors, land men, lease brokers, geologists, consulting engineers, royalty owners, pipe line companies and contractors, transportation companies, carbon black companies, geophysical companies, equipment and supply firms, well servicing contractors, oil and gas tax attorneys, insurance companies, banks, and many others.