Proposition 12 A Winner Five Years Later

October 1, 2008

Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Joe Nixon

Five years ago, Texas voters adopted Proposition 12, the constitutional amendment ratifying the cap on noneconomic damages in lawsuits against doctors that the Texas Legislature established in House Bill 4.

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Perry: Federal government 'inept' at solving financial crisis, other problems

October 1, 2008

Dallas Morning News

ROBERT T. GARRETT

Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday blasted the federal government as "inept" at solving the financial crisis and other national problems. He warned that "partisan bickering" imperils the national economy and threatens Texans' prosperity.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants $24 million to fight border crime

September 30, 2008

Dallas Morning News

Associated Press

Gov. Rick Perry, saying violent gangs are "spreading like a virus" along the southern border, said Tuesday Texas lawmakers need to spend millions more to beef up law enforcement and fight international smugglers.

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Gov. Perry Promotes Kirchhoff to Director of Emerging Technology Fund

September 30, 2008

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced Alan Kirchhoff of Austin has been promoted to director of the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF). Kirchhoff replaces longtime Perry advisor and former TETF director Mark Ellison, who left the Governor’s Office to become associate vice chancellor of economic development for the Texas A&M University System beginning Oct. 1, 2008.

“Mark has been an indispensable asset to my office, and his leadership as director of the TETF has helped transform our state’s focus on commercialization of university research. He will be an incredible asset to Texas A&M as he continues to cast a vision for a brighter future for Texas,” Gov. Perry said. “Alan is an esteemed member of our team and has been a key part of the fund’s success, and I am confident he will continue to make Texas’ investment in commercialization and research the benchmark for the nation.”

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Gov. Perry: Transnational Gangs Pose Significant Threat to Texas

September 30, 2008

Announces Gang Initiative, Asks Legislature to Continue Border Security Funding

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today accepted the Border Security Council’s report and asked the legislature to support continued border security funding to protect our state. Texas has taken unprecedented steps to secure its border with Mexico and is facing a growing threat: transnational gangs. They are infiltrating our communities and threatening the safety of our citizens.

“One of the most significant threats to our state’s security is the rise of ruthless and powerful transnational gangs,” said Gov. Perry. “Working with local law enforcement, we will bring unprecedented pressure to bear on the leadership structures of these gangs and grind them down – one tip at a time, one conspiracy conviction at a time, one gang at a time.”

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