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ICYMI: Governor Perry on CNBC this morning talking about Obamacare, energy and creating jobs

Discussing health-care reform, innovation and America's energy future from Davos, Switzerland, with Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas. For the world to continue to grow, Saudi Arabia needs to be a major player, Perry says.

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Bring Sean Hannity to Texas

As you may know, Sean Hannity, the host of The Sean Hannity Show on Fox News, says he wants to leave his native New York because of high income taxes and the state becoming intolerant to conservatives. So, we're mounting a Twitter campaign to get Hannity to move to Texas. Use the Tweet below as a starting point to tell Hannity why he should move to Texas!

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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in athenahealth Creating More Than 600 Jobs in Austin

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced athenahealth Inc. is expanding its Austin operations, creating 607 jobs and a projected capital investment of more than $13 million. The state is providing $5 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on Death of Ariel Sharon

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

“Ariel Sharon was a proud and strong defender of the nation of Israel, an uncompromising patriot who faced down the multiple enemies surrounding his young country with selfless determination and unflinching courage. We stand with the Israeli people as they mourn his passing. Anita joins me in sending our prayers and sympathies to Sharon’s friends and family, as well as everyone ever inspired by his courageous example of love of country.”

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Emerson Innovation Center opens in Round Rock

1/30/14

KVUE

Heather Kovar

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry and Dell CEO Michael Dell took part in the ribbon cutting for the Emerson Innovation Center - Process Systems and Solutions in Round Rock.

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Texas led national job growth in 2013

1/28/14

Dallas Morning News

Sheryl Jean

Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009.

The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.

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Texas led national job growth in 2013

1/28/14

Dallas Morning News

Sheryl Jean

Texas led the nation in job growth for the fourth straight year in 2013, reflecting the state’s strength and resilience recovering from the recession that ended in mid-2009.

The state added 252,400 jobs last year, according to preliminary state-by-state data released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The next-closest states were California, with 235,700 new jobs, and Florida, with 192,900.

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Davos seems big even to this Texan

Jan. 24, 2014

USA Today

David Callaway

One newcomer to Davos this year was Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Perry said he had more important meetings with international counterparts in the last 48 hours then in months, and that he was looking forward to seeing Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and Shimon Peres later.

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Rick Perry, in Switzerland, touts Texas drug courts

Jan. 24, 2014

Austin American-Statesman

By Jonathan Tilove

Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he thinks states ought to be able to experiment with drug policy, but that he opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use in Texas, where he said the use of drug courts to find alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders has proven successful.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as part of a panel on the “drugs dilemma” that also included Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Perry said he feared entirely removing the penalties for drug use would send the wrong signal, and cited former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama for suggesting that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.

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Governor's Commission for Women seeking nominations for Texas Women's Hall of Fame

02/03/14

AUSTIN – The Texas Governor’s Commission for Women is seeking nominations of outstanding women for the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. A proud tradition since 1984, the Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of Texas women who have made significant contributions in areas such as business, education, philanthropy and public service.

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Gov. Perry honors Texas veterans of foreign wars

1/31/14

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today thanked veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for our nation at the 2014 Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Mid-Winter Conference. The governor also highlighted steps Texas has taken to ensure veterans and their families have access to the services they need and deserve when they return to civilian life.

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Statement by Gov. Perry on State Department's Keystone Pipeline study

1/31/14

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. State Department’s environmental impact study on the Keystone XL pipeline:

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Gov. Perry Appeals FEMA Denial of Individual Assistance for Central Texans Affected by Floods

Jan. 26, 2014

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today appealed the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s (FEMA) denial of individual assistance for Central Texas counties impacted by the severe storms and flooding between October 30 and November 1.

“The communities affected by the Halloween floods have been left with devastating financial burdens,” Gov. Perry said. “Texas is utilizing all available resources to meet the needs of these families and businesses in Central Texas, but the damage is of such magnitude that federal individual assistance is necessary. I urge President Barack Obama to immediately grant the assistance that these Texans need to recover and rebuild their lives.”

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Gov. Perry Statement on Nelson Mandela’s Legacy

December 5, 2013

“Through his valiant struggle against the injustices of apartheid, Nelson Mandela became a symbol of what one person can do to change the world. His life and legacy will remain an inspiration to people everywhere who believe in the power of freedom to create stronger nations, and forge a better world for future generations. Today, the prayers of Texans are with Mandela’s family, his friends, and the people of South Africa.”

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