State and Local Issues

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal supports Gov. Rick Perry.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal today announced his support of Gov. Rick Perry for re-election in 2010.

Watch the video below to hear Gov. Jindal in his own words:

“Bobby and I have worked together many times as colleagues and friends but I will never forget our efforts to protect the men and women of our respective states after coming face to face with devastating hurricanes,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud that he supports our efforts to continue moving our state forward as families across Texas are weathering this global economic downturn. Texans know firsthand that the state needs steady leadership in these tough times.”

Jindal was sworn in as Governor of Louisiana on January 14, 2008. Jindal was born in Baton Rouge on June 10, 1971. He graduated from Baton Rouge High School in 1988 and went on to attend Brown University where he graduated with honors in biology and public policy. Following his graduation from Brown he attended Oxford University in England as a Rhodes Scholar. In 1994, Jindal went to work for McKinsey and Company as a consultant for Fortune 500 companies before entering public service. In 1996, he was appointed Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH). In 2004 he was elected to the 109th United States Congress representing the First District of Louisiana. Jindal was re-elected to Congress in 2006 with 88 percent of the vote majority. Jindal and his wife Supriya have three young children.

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Gov. Rick Perry Urges Texans to Cast Their Ballots during Early Voting

February 17, 2010

Gov. Rick Perry today urged Texans to go to the polls and cast their primary vote in the early voting period, which ends on February 26th.

“By taking part in early voting, I joined with citizens all across our state who exercised one of their most cherished rights as Texans,” said Gov. Perry “When we vote, we make a statement about what truly matters to us. I am hopeful that Texans agree with me that the economy is not only our top concern, but also our greatest success story right now.”

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Vote Early for Texas Values and Proven Leadership

This morning Governor Perry exercised his right to vote.

Governor Perry & First Lady Vote in the Primary

Find your early voting location by clicking here.

Also, follow @GovPerry2010 to hear about things as they happen on the campaign trail.

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Gov. Perry Speaks at the Tenth Amendment Town Hall Conference.

Governor Perry visited Plano to speak at the Texas Conservative Coalition’s Tenth Amendment Town Hall. The Governor discussed solutions to restore Texas’ constitutional rights and hold Washington accountable for its increasingly intrusive and fiscally irresponsible policies.

Tenth Amendment Town Hall

Tenth Amendment Town Hall

Tenth Amendment Town Hall

View all the pictures from Governor Perry's speech at the 10th Amendment Town Hall Conference click here.

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Gov. Bill Clements Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of former Texas Governor Bill Clements for re-election in 2010.

"After careful thought and a deep love for Texas, Rita and I have decided to endorse Gov. Rick Perry for governor. I have watched Gov. Perry lead our state with principled, conservative values that have made Texas a positive example for other states to follow. Gov. Perry has made tough decisions that have brought Texas to the forefront of the global economy, have helped provide Texans the jobs and opportunities they need to prosper. He has vetoed billions in spending, cut taxes for 40,000 small businesses and balanced five state budgets while cutting state spending. Under his leadership, Texas is number one in job creation and has the nation's five best housing markets. His commitment to creating jobs, keeping taxes low and fostering an environment that welcomes and rewards those willing to risk their capital is what will keep our economy moving forward well into the future. Gov. Perry has my full support and endorsement. Sen. Hutchison has been an effective senator for Texas and I hope she remains in that position."

Gov. Clements was the first Republican to serve as Texas governor since Reconstruction. He was the 42nd and 44th governor of Texas serving from 1979 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991. Clements is remembered for bringing his business acumen to state government, and insisting on sound budgeting and management policies. He also worked for tough anti-crime measures, improvements in the teaching of basics in public schools, and made strides to improve Texas relations with Mexico. Clements served as Deputy U.S. Secretary of Defense in the Nixon and Ford administrations.

Mrs. Clements has served on a variety of governmental commissions, including the University of Texas Board of Regents, and on the boards of many philanthropic and public service organizations, including the Salvation Army Dallas Metroplex Advisory Board, Center for Human Nutrition and the Communities Foundation of Texas.

“I am deeply honored to receive Gov. and Mrs. Clements' support in my reelection effort,” said Gov. Perry. "The Clements have made a remarkable and lasting impact on the state of Texas – Bill through his efforts to uphold fiscally prudent policies that strengthened our state’s economic foundation, and Rita through her dedicated, selfless service on various government and philanthropic boards. Their legacy has left us a Texas that is strong and that has the foundation to weather the challenges that the national economy has posed in recent months. I am humbled to follow in Gov. Clements' footsteps as governor of this great state, and inspired by his accomplishments to continue fighting for the principles that have kept taxes low, upheld predictable regulations and maintained a business climate that offers all Texans the freedom to succeed.”

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Gov. Perry Speaks at Tenth Amendment Town Hall

February 15, 2010

Calls for restoration of state’s sovereignty and increased accountability in Washington

PLANO – Gov. Rick Perry today spoke at the Texas Conservative Coalition’s Tenth Amendment Town Hall to discuss solutions to restore Texas’ constitutional rights and hold Washington accountable for its increasingly intrusive and fiscally irresponsible policies.

“Our voices here in Texas are being joined by a chorus of concerned citizens from across the country frustrated with a federal government that is rewriting the basic rules to expand its power and intrude further into our lives,” said Gov. Perry. “We’re not here to preach rebellion, subversion or insurrection, but to express our love for the greatest country on earth and discuss how to keep it from running off a cliff. We are part of a growing movement in this nation of sensible people from every race, creed and political party who cannot abide the ongoing assault on the values that made our nation great and the freedoms that set us apart.”

Gov. Perry pointed to the president’s newest budget numbers, which anticipate more than $5 trillion in deficits over five years, as the most recent example of the federal government’s ongoing failure to reign in its out-of-control spending. Furthermore, Congress has also sent legislation to the president allowing the U.S. to borrow another $1.9 trillion and hiking the national debt ceiling to an historic $14.3 trillion. These recent fiscal projections, combined with the Inspector General’s report on bailout legislation that points to possible criminal and civil fraud, tax evasion, insider trading, and public corruption, are evidence of the increasing need for stronger accountability in Washington.

“It is well past time for us to halt the endless intrusions into our lives, put a stop to the out-of-control spending and restore our commitment to a set of shared values: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” said Gov. Perry. “It’s time for the federal government to be less intrusive and more respectful of the wishes of the states and their citizens. We know that the route to success is lower taxes, smaller government and freedom for every individual, because it works for Texas.”

Gov. Perry pointed to recent analysis of Texas economist Ray Perryman who has noted that Texas is the “last in and first out” when it comes to the current economic downturn, because of the state’s job growth at the end of 2009 and an unemployment rate that has remained nearly two points below the national average. The Texas Workforce Commission has also reported that Texas created more private sector jobs than any other state in the nation over the last 10 years and has the lowest unemployment rate among the 10 largest states in the nation, while Forbes magazine listed Texas’ debt level as the lowest of the ten largest states. Furthermore, Texas was last week named the top exporting state in the country for the eighth straight year.

The governor also spoke for the need of a balanced budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution, calling on states to lead the effort in pushing such limits, since leaders in Washington won’t do it on their own. In Texas, Gov. Perry has proposed amending the state’s constitution with two key provisions: requiring a two-thirds vote of the Legislature to approve tax increases and limiting spending growth to the combined growth rates of Texas’ population and inflation. Both measures will ensure the continued fiscal discipline that allowed Texas to balance its budget in 2009, while setting aside billions for its Rainy Day fund and cutting taxes for more than 40,000 small businesses.

“We don’t ask for much: we simply want the powers-that-be in Washington to re-read the Constitution, retreat to the boundaries established by that remarkable document and free up our citizens to compete and prosper,” said Gov. Perry. “If we do this, our nation will remain strong and our state will continue to lead in all the categories that matter.”

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VIDEO: "Leader"

The Republican primary for Texas Governor takes place on March 2, but early voting in Texas begins February 16 and runs through the 26th. The momentum behind the Governor's campaign is palpable, and the campaign made this new video that you can share with your friends and neighbors to help fire up your fellow Texans about getting out and voting early for Governor Rick Perry:

Find your early voting location here.

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Grover Norquist Endorses Gov. Perry for Re-election

February 15, 2010

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform and national chairman of the Reagan Legacy Project, for re-election in 2010.

“Gov. Perry is the strongest pro-taxpayer governor in the country and a national leader in promoting greater spending transparency in government,” said Norquist. “He has consistently held the line on spending and worked hard to create a low-tax climate that has allowed people in the state of Texas to succeed and thrive. Other states and our nation’s federal government would do well to follow the example Gov. Perry has set which has offered a promising and proven alternative to the one-size-fits-all spending mentality embraced by too many leaders in this country.”

Norquist is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a coalition of taxpayer groups, individuals and businesses opposed to higher taxes at the federal, state and local levels. ATR organizes the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, which asks all candidates for federal and state office to commit themselves in writing to oppose all tax increases. To date, 172 House members and 34 senators have taken the pledge. On the state level, more than 1100 state legislators and 7 governors, including Gov. Perry, have taken the pledge. Norquist is also a board member of the National Rifle Association of America and the American Conservative Union, and president of the American Society of Competitiveness. He is contributing editor to the American Spectator Magazine and author of Leave Us Alone – Getting the Government’s Hands Off Our Money, Our Guns, Our Lives.

“I’m proud of what we have done in Texas to uphold an environment that has created the freedom for entrepreneurs to risk their capital and reap a reward, by reigning in spending, maintaining low taxes, and upholding a reasonable legal and regulatory climate,” said Gov. Perry. “I look forward to continue working with leaders and officials across our state to uphold these principles and find even more ways to strengthen our economy and attract the jobs, businesses and investment that are crucial to fostering opportunity and prosperity for Texans.”

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LIVE STREAMING today's Tenth Amendment Town Hall.

Today in Plano, Governor Perry is participating in an important forum on the Tenth Amendment, with Judge Andrew Napolitano, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, and others.

Watch this event live on the internet right now (see schedule below). Use this video stream to watch from your computer, even of you couldn't make it to Plano.

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Schedule-

Preamble Presentations
8:30 a.m.
Welcome and Introduction by State Representative Brandon Creighton
Opening Address by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott

Committee Conferences
9:05 a.m. The Tenth Amendment: A Brief Legal and Historical Primer
9:20 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. State Actions to Restore the Tenth Amendment
10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Requiring Congress to Balance the Budget
11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Nullification: What It Means, and Is It an Option for the States?

Signers' Luncheon
12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Remarks by Governor Rick Perry
Keynote Address by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Author and Fox News Contributor
Concluding Remarks by State Representative Wayne Christian

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Governor Perry Visits El Paso

Friday, Governor Perry visited the Sierra Machinery to talk about how to keep Texas strong!

El Paso Sierra Machinery

El Paso Sierra Machinery

El Paso Sierra Machinery

See all the pictures from Governor Perry's trip to El Paso on his flickr page.

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