HARLINGEN — Fourth-year medical student Yvonne Umeh said she keeps looking for chances to come back to study at the Regional Academic Health Center.
Gov. Rick Perry and state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, hope future medical students will follow in Umeh’s footsteps.
Umeh is a student at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and spent her third year and part of her fourth year studying at the RAHC because she loves the Rio Grande Valley culture. Here, she can study diseases such as diabetes among a population with a high rate of the disease.
Perry and Lucio on Tuesday signed Texas Senate Bill 98, which calls for the RAHC — which is overseen by UT Health Science Center in San Antonio — to be converted into an independent, four-year medical school.
Today, the official PAC of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election. Taken together with the recent endorsement from the Texas Municipal Police Association, Governor Perry has earned the trust of organizations representing thousands of hardworking Texas law enforcement officials.
Rick Perry has made fighting crime and standing up for our Texas police officers and troopers a high priority throughout his tenure. Whether it is equipping our law enforcement officers with the technology they need to keep our communities safe, giving them the resources to investigate and apprehend those who would pollute our communities with drugs and gang violence, or funding programs to crack down on those who prey on children, Governor Perry has always put protecting Texans first.
The Governor's firm commitment to law enforcement is clear, and these endorsements demonstrate that Rick Perry is the leader who will continue to keep Texans safe.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association (DPSOA) PAC for re-election in 2010.
“Throughout his tenure, Gov. Perry has consistently worked to ensure that DPS has the resources it needs to fulfill its mission and the tools its officers need to do their jobs,” said DPSOA-PAC President Brian Hawthorne. “Rick Perry has a strong record of supporting the state’s law enforcement efforts and our members deeply appreciate his work to make Texas a better place.”
DPSOA is committed to promoting excellence in law enforcement through its support of the Texas law enforcement community. Established in 1974, DPSOA is one of the largest organizations of commissioned law enforcement officers in Texas and works closely with the Department of Public Safety Administration and the Texas Legislature to promote the general welfare of Texas law enforcement officers, department personnel, their families and communities.
“Texas law enforcement officers provide an invaluable service to our state and its people, making the sacrifices necessary to maintain our security and quality of life,” said Gov. Perry. “The Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association plays an integral role in efforts to honor these officers and provide them tools they need to effectively protect our communities. I am honored to receive the committee’s endorsement and look forward to continue working alongside them to support the needs of our state’s protectors.”
DPSOA-PAC joins the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams, Texas Right to Life, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Texas Apartment Association, Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers, Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett and Texas Alliance for Life in their endorsement of Gov. Perry for re-election.
Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association (DPSOA) PAC
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- A Texas pro-life group has weighed into what will likely be a combative primary election contest in Texas as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison takes on sitting Gov. Rick Perry. The Texas Alliance for Life political action committee is urging Texans to get behind Perry, saying his pro-life record and views are superior.
"We enthusiastically endorse Governor Perry in his bid for re-election," TAL director Joe Pojman told LifeNews.com late Monday.
"He is a loyal advocate for the protection of unborn babies and their mothers, and TAL is eager for him to continue his dedicated and effective leadership of our state,' Pojman said.
The pro-life group points out that Perry has consistently and passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers.
Perry supported or signed into law the Women's Right to Know Act and the Prenatal Protection Act in 2003, parental consent law in 2005, and funding for alternatives to abortions in 2007 and 2009.
"Texas needs a leader who is unrelentingly pro-life," Pojman said. "Unlike his opponent, Governor Perry has never given an inch to the life-threatening precepts of Roe v. Wade, whether verbally or by his actions as an elected official."
"Governor Perry has been a supporter of pro-life legislation and has signed into law whatever pro-life bills were passed by the Texas legislature," Parro says.
While Perry's pro-life track record is obvious, Hutchison's record is spotty.
Hutchison has a strong pro-life record on abortion funding and pro-life legislation to limit abortions, she officially is pro-abortion and voted that way several years ago.
Hutchison reaffirmed her pro-abortion position in March 2003 with a vote in favor of an amendment to the partial-birth abortion ban supporting the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.
"It is the sense of the Senate that the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade was appropriate and secures an important constitutional right; and such decision should not be overturned," the amendment read.