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Perry Snapshots: Rio Grande Valley Endorsements

On Friday, Governor Perry traveled down to the Rio Grande Valley to receive endorsements from mayors, mayors pro-tempore, school board members and city commissioners. Over 30 elected officials pointed to Perry's principled leadership and success in maintaining a friendly business climate and strong economy in offering their support of his re-election campaign.

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

Rio Grande Valley Officials Endorse Governor Perry

A great way to see what Governor Perry does on the campaign trail is by following his flickr page! Just go to and view photos of Governor Perry connecting with Texans all across the state.

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The Texas Success Story.

Take a moment to watch our latest web video highlighting the success of the Texas economy:

Two amazing but true facts about the strength of the Texas economy:


Amongst the 40 largest states (accounting for 97% of the U.S. population), Texas is the only one that still had more jobs in March 2010 than before the national recession began three years ago (Jan. 2007-Jan. 2010). Texas’ net increase in jobs compares to California’s net loss of nearly 1.3 million during the same period.


Texas created more new jobs over the past decade than any other state in the nation. Most other U.S. states, on the other hand, actually ended the decade with fewer jobs than when it began. (Jan. 2000-Jan. 2010)


Texas' success did not happen by accident. Our state's fiscally conservative, pro-growth approach has helped Texas weather the recession better than any other large state in America.

The non-partisan, non-profit Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council just last week again named Texas' tax structure among the very best tax systems for entrepreneurship and small business in 2010.

NewGeography examined the best cities for jobs in 2010, and it was not accidental that Texas cities dominated the rankings in the small, medium, and large sized city categories.

With high profile companies such as Facebook now calling Texas home and creating jobs in our state, it makes sense that Texas saw the second largest high-tech employment gains in the nation in 2008 even as the recession gathered steam. Jeff Clark, TechAmerica Executive Director added, “The fact that Texas’s tech industry was adding jobs in 2008 amidst the recession is a testament to its strength.”

Chief Executive Magazine surveyed more than 600 CEOs and found that Texas is still the top state for business-- for the sixth year in a row.

Texas, the second-most populous state and the world’s 12th largest economy, is where 70 percent of all new U.S. jobs have been created since 2008. Unsurprisingly, it scores high in all the areas CEOs value most. “You feel like state government understands the value of business and industry to create jobs and growth,” observed one CEO. Its tax credits and incentives to business choosing to locate or expand are among the most aggressive. The Texas Enterprise Fund is by far the largest deal-closing fund of any state, with grants totaling $377 million disbursed in 2008.

Little wonder then that while Texas gained over 848,000 net new residents in the last 10 years, according to the Census Bureau, California lost 1.5 million.

Individuals responsible for the success of large and small businesses alike know that Texas is a place where organizations can risk their capital, find a qualified and educated workforce, deal with low taxes and a predictable regulatory climate, not be over-litigated, and succeed.

Individuals looking for good jobs know that Texas is a great place to live, work, and raise a family; the latest data from Allied Van Lines once again proves that point, as more Americans voted with their feet and relocated to Texas than any other state last year.

The Dallas Federal Reserve noted this week that Texas exports rose 20.3% in the second half of 2009 and 7.6% in February 2010, Texas home sales are again on the rise, Texas retail sales have grown for eight straight months, and March job growth in Texas was twice the national rate (while the foreclosure rate in Texas is half the national pace).

Indeed, while no place in America has been completely immune to the global economic crunch, the Dallas Fed explains, "new data and anecdotal evidence suggest that a recovery is under way in the state."

Even the Brookings Institution, which nobody would mistake for a right-of-center organization, takes note of Texas' success.

There is a reason so many are recognizing Texas' success. Let's keep the positive momentum going in Texas. Let's re-elect Governor Rick Perry in November.

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Day 58: Running From His Record

New video details how liberal trial lawyer Bill White is hiding his taxes and running from his record

On day 58 of liberal trial lawyer Bill White refusing to release his income tax returns for his years in public service, Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White: Man on the Run.” This video is available online at and here:


“Liberal trial lawyer Bill White is a man on the run from his record, and it’s easy to see why,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Refusing to release his taxes for his years in public service is just one example of dishonesty from Bill White, who hides the fact that he supports Obamacare, that he believes cap and trade doesn’t go far enough, that he joined a group of mayors against gun rights, and that his fiscal mismanagement left Houston with more debt per capita than California. With a record like this, no wonder Bill White is on the run.”

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Texas Gains Recognition for Economic Strength under Governor Perry's Leadership

Economic and job growth in Texas will help lead the nation out of recession. The Texas model is one that other states’ governments and the federal government should study for success. As evidence mounts, more and more public officials, news publications, and opinion leaders are pointing to Texas as the ideal case of fiscal management.

Governor Perry’s commitment to fiscally conservative principles has kept Texas the best economic climate in the nation. The American dream is the opportunity to raise a family with the freedom to prosper, and that dream is made possible through low taxes, predictable regulations, limited government, balanced budgets, and a fair legal system. The best thing government can do is step back and allow the private sector to flourish.

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Over 1,000 Jobs to be Added in San Antonio

Governor Perry has made job creation the top priority in Texas under his leadership. Over the past decade, Texas has created more private-sector jobs than any other state, and in 2008, Texas created more jobs than all the other states combined.

Recently, Gov. Perry announced that Kohl's would add more than 1,000 jobs to the San Antonio area through an investment of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), as Texas remains the best place to live, work, and raise a family.

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Texas factory activity picks up in February

Published 28 February 2011 10:29 AM
Dallas News
Texas factory activity picked up in February after a sluggish showing the previous month, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said Monday. The production index of the Dallas Fed’s monthly manufacturing survey rose to nearly 10, suggesting expansion.

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Texas Study Stresses Economic Progress Through Art

January 30, 2011
Texas Tribune
Reeve Hamilton
Creative industries — from advertising to dance companies to book publishing — generate $4.5 billion per year in economic activity for Texas. To highlight that fact, the trust, in association with the Texas Commission on the Arts, is releasing a new report this week, prepared by TXP Inc., an Austin-based consulting firm, and paid for with federal stimulus dollars.

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PERRY: Texas will fight back

November 30, 2010
Gov. Rick Perry
<big><big><b>We won't stand by while Mexican border violence kills</b></big></big> Embroiled in an ongoing clash between rival drug cartels, the region of Mexico directly across the border from Texas has become one of the most dangerous places in the world, with more than 28,000 people killed since 2006, a death toll more reflective of a war zone than a nation ostensibly at peace. Wishful thinking won't keep such an overwhelming explosion of violence from creeping farther north, so we must consider all our options as we determine the best way to protect our communities. It all begins with a strong border, and a border is only as strong as the forces protecting it.

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Texas dominates economic recovery rankings

November 30, 2010
San Antonio Express-News
David Hendricks
Four Texas metropolitan areas — Houston, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio — dominate the top 15 U.S. cities in a global study to determine the level of cities' recovery from the recession. The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program report ranks 150 cities: 50 in the United States, 50 in Europe and 50 in the rest of the world. Austin was the highest-ranked U.S. city and No. 26 in the world. Dallas ranks as the No. 4 U.S. city and No. 39 in the world. San Antonio ranks No. 11 in the U.S. and No. 51 in the world. Houston is ranked No. 15 in the U.S. and No. 61 in the world, according to the report, Global MetroMonitor, which received assistance from the London School of Economics and Political Science. San Antonio, Houston and Dallas rose in global rankings during the past two years from their pre-recession rankings. Austin stayed about the same, ranking No. 25 among the 150 metro areas before the recession. The report found that income and job growth in metro areas exceed those of their nations as a whole, which means large cities are leading the global recovery from the 2007-09 recession.

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Perry: Take TSA patters and put them on border security detail

November 20, 2010
The Hill's Blog Briefing Room
Bridget Johnson
The incoming chairman of the Republican Governors Association suggested Friday that TSA screeners would be more help securing the nation's border with Mexico. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday on Fox Business Network that states need to "push Washington back into that box that we call the United States constitution," but said the federal government needs to follow through on its responsibility of securing the U.S. border. "Just in the last two weeks, I've had five of my citizens who've lost their lives on that border with Mexico, and that is an irresponsible lack of focus by our federal government," Perry said, calling the federal security an "abject failure." When asked if, in the wake of the TSA invasive pat-down controversy, he'd replace TSA screeners as states are allowed under federal law, Perry had an idea. "How about we take all those TSA agents and put them on the border with Mexico where they can do some security there?" Perry said. "That's where we need security substantially more than in our airports and what we're seeing out of this bunch." Perry cautioned that the incoming lawmakers in the 112th Congress "better be dreaming about" cutting the size of government and embracing fiscal conservatism when they go to sleep at night and focus on it every waking day. "That's the type of individual that will be rewarded by the voters with a re-election," he said. The possible presidential contender said that will also be the hallmark of a successful nominee. "I'd like to find somebody with the characteristics will stand up and run for the presidency in 2012 and say, I want to go to Washington, D.C. and help you make Washington as inconsequential in your life as I can make it," he said. Perry didn't say whether he was that person, but said he had "the best job" as governor of the Lone Star State. "I want to be back in the state being a governor and making things happen," he said.

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White Campaign Desperate To Deny Cap And Trade Memo Sent To Obama Administration

June 4, 2010
<i>Missing Taxes Day 89: Liberal trial lawyer advised President-elect how to sell cap and trade to the public</i> Liberal trial lawyer <a href="" target="_blank">Bill White</a> continues to run from his record. He says he wasn’t a trial lawyer despite court records proving he was one. He hides his shady business deals by refusing to release his income tax returns for 89 days and counting. And his campaign continues to ignore the contents of a memo White wrote in 2008 advising President-elect Barack Obama on how to sell cap and trade legislation to the public. Even his spokeswoman Katy Bacon yesterday told the Texas Tribune, “Bill has never been in favor of cap and trade.” (SOURCE: “Ads Infinitum: Perry Goes After ‘Cap & Trade,’” Texas Tribune, 6/3/10, “Liberal Bill White has no regard for the truth,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White can try to deny his support for cap and trade, but he cannot hide the advice he gave President-elect Obama on how to sell cap and trade to the public like he is hiding his tax returns. Bill White should come clean and release his tax returns so Texans can learn the truth about how he profited during his years in public service.” The Houston Chronicle published White’s memo to the Obama Administration on May 18, 2010, in an article titled, “Bill White's advice to Obama on cap and trade.” (SOURCE: “Bill White's advice to Obama on cap and trade,” Houston Chronicle, 5/18/10,

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ICYMI: Bill White: Excluding Military Voters, But Welcoming Illegals?

June 3, 2010
<i>Missing Taxes Day 88: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his taxes and his out-of-touch voting positions</i> Liberal trial lawyer <a href="" target="_blank">Bill White is out of touch with Texas values</a>, from concealing his shady business dealings by refusing to release his income taxes to his positions against military voters and Voter ID. Empower Texans detailed White’s voting positions yesterday in an article titled, “Bill White: Excluding Military Voters, But Welcoming Illegals?” (Full article below and available online at “Liberal Bill White supports policies that would result in fewer military voters and more illegal voters,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White’s opposition to Voter ID, combined with his support for restricting the voting rights of military voters in local, county, and state elections, is a commentary on just how out of touch he is with Texas values.”

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VIDEO: “Bill White Supports Cap & Trade”

June 2, 2010
<i>Missing Taxes Day 87: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his taxes and his support for cap and trade</i> Just as liberal trial lawyer Bill White has hidden his income tax returns for 87 days and counting, he continues to hide his support for cap and trade. Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White Supports Cap & Trade,” which is available online at and

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VIDEO: “Bill White Supports Cap & Trade”

June 2, 2010
<em>Missing Taxes Day 87: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his taxes and his support for cap and trade</em> Just as liberal trial lawyer Bill White has hidden his income tax returns for 87 days and counting, he continues to hide his support for cap and trade. Texans for Rick Perry has released a new video, “Bill White Supports Cap & Trade,” which is available online here and <center><object width="560" height="340"><param name="movie" value=""></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="560" height="340"></embed></object></center>

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Bill White Supported Lawsuits – And Legislation – To Limit Military Participation In Local Elections

June 1, 2010
<i>Hidden Taxes Day 86: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his past anti-military effort</i> As liberal trial lawyer <a href="" target="_blank">Bill White continues to hide his income tax returns</a> for 86 days and counting, he is also hiding his past anti-military efforts. “Though he continues to hide his tax returns, liberal Bill White cannot hide the truth about his efforts to <a href="">restrict the voting rights of men and women of the armed forces</a>,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Bill White should come clean and apologize for supporting lawsuits and legislation that would have made it harder for military men and women serving overseas to fully participate in the democratic process.” In March 1997, as Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, White supported frivolous lawsuits filed by two Democratic candidates in Val Verde County who claimed that approximately 800 mail-in ballots cast by military members caused them to lose their November 1996 elections. At the time, “White said military voters are entitled to have a say in the races for federal offices – president, vice president and the Congress – but not in state, county or local elections.” [1] Weeks later, White defended partisan legislation that military advocates warned “would sharply restrict voting rights for Texas armed services personnel stationed elsewhere.” [2] The restrictions, included in an amendment sponsored by Rep. Hugo Berlanga, passed the Texas House on April, 30, 1997. The next day, the Houston Chronicle published the article, “Bill would deny military personnel vote in local elections,” describing the anti-military legislation. (Full article below) [3]

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