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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 http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickperry 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:

First:

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.

Second:

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)

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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 http://www.youtube.com/user/LiberalBillWhite and here:

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“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 Pro-Life Group Backs Rick Perry, Planned Parenthood Supports Bill White

May 27, 2010
LifeNews.com
Steven Ertelt
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- The gubernatorial campaign in Texas is shaping up to be a fierce battle between pro-life Governor Rick Perry and former Houston mayor Bill White, who is a strong abortion supporter. Perry has secured the support of a statewide pro-life group while the Planned Parenthood abortion business is in White's corner. Planned Parenthood of Houston and Southeast Texas endorsed White, saying he "has demonstrated a strong commitment" to abortion. The organization runs the largest chain of abortion facilities in Texas, including their recently opened 78,000-square-foot, six-story "megafacility" in Houston. But Governor Perry has been endorsed by the Texas Alliance for Life PAC, which says he "has passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers." Joe Pojman, executive director of Texas Alliance for Life, told LifeNews.com, "Voters need to know that Bill White would bring Planned Parenthood with him into the Texas Capitol if he were elected governor in November." "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." Perry supported the Woman's Right to Know Act (2003), the Prenatal Protection Act (2003), the parental consent law (2005), and funding for alternatives to abortions (2005, 2007, 2009). In addition, Gov. Perry has also strongly endorsed public funding for adult stem cell research. He has opposed embryonic stem cell research, which has developed no treatments or cures and requires the destruction of human embryos. Adult stem cells have been used to successfully treat more than 20,000 Americans and more than 70 different conditions or diseases. In April, Perry joined former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin to raise money for an organization that places pro-life commercials on television. Perry joined in on exposing Obama's pro-abortion record and focused on him overturning the Mexico City Policy and forcing Americans to pay for funding groups that promote and perform abortions overseas. “America is in the business of exporting abortion. I'm not happy about that,” Perry said and, saying of unborn children, “Too bad we can't protect them from the federal government." Related web sites: Texas Alliance for Life - http://www.texasallianceforlife.org

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Texas is lauded for leadership in wind power generation

May 25, 2010
Dallas Morning News
Eric Torbenson
Iowa wants what Texas has: brisk job growth linked to fast-growing wind generation. "I just want Texas to know that we're coming after you," said Iowa Gov. Chet Culver on Monday at the Windpower 2010 convention in Dallas, where he and two other governors lobbied for federal rules that would spur wind power development. While the environmental appeal of wind power endures, it's the high-paying employment from wind technology suppliers, maintenance workers and utility companies that's also good political capital for Culver, who was joined by Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland in touting wind's stimulus. "Texas has to be applauded for what it's done" with wind power, Strickland said at a news conference where he announced a partnership with General Electric Co. to help build the first offshore wind farm in the Great Lakes. About 10,000 jobs linked to Texas wind power today will grow to more than 41,000 as the state builds out its wind grid and nearly doubles its generating capacity this decade, a recent study projects. Texas plans to spend $5 billion to build lines to carry wind-generated electricity from the west to North Texas and big population centers.

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Seven states join Texas in health care fight

May 17, 2010
Austin Business Journal
Kerri Panchuk
Seven more states have joined Texas and 13 others in a lawsuit against the federal government questioning the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or the health care reform bill, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's Office said Friday. The complaint has been amended to include 20 plaintiffs, with Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, Arizona, Georgia and Alaska joining Texas and others to fight the health care bill. The amended complaint raises additional constitutional questions, including the argument that the bill violates the states’ 10th Amendment rights and provisions of the U.S. Constitution by forcing state taxpayers to pay billions on programs their states can't afford. The amended complaint also alleges the bill improperly allows the federal government to commandeer the states by forcing governments to use financial resources to implement federal initiatives and by interfering with the states' ability to govern their own employees. “The new federal health care law violates the U.S. Constitution and unconstitutionally infringes upon Texans’ individual liberties,” Abbott said. “Our nation’s founding fathers had the wisdom to limit the federal government’s authority by specifically enumerating the powers given to Congress – and Congress does not have the authority to force individuals to buy a service from a private insurance company as a condition of being a law-abiding American.” http://austin.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2010/05/17/daily8.html

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Three Texas metro areas among best for growth, study says

May 13, 2010
Ft. Worth Star-Telegram
Steve Campbell
Texas metro areas have already been singled out as among the best places to ride out the Great Recession, but a new study illustrates the long-term vigor of the Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and Austin economies. Seattle; Washington, D.C.; and Denver topped the list of strongest local economies over two decades, from 1989 to 2008, according to Policom Corp.'s 2010 ranking of 366 metropolitan statistical areas. And while Houston (No. 4), Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 10) and Austin (No. 12) didn't lead the list, the top 15 spots are virtually interchangeable, said William Fruth, president of Policom, a Palm City, Fla., company that specializes in analyzing local and state economies. What does stand out is Texas' long-term economic performance, he said. Driving that success is the state's diversified economy, low tax rates and limited regulation, he said. "There is no other state in the country that has had a better track record for 20 years of quality economic growth than Texas," Fruth said. "When you chart out the states, no one has done better." Why? "I knew the answer to that question and I asked a local economic developer in Texas. His response: 'We shoot regulators at the state line.' That sums it up," Fruth said. "You have greater economic freedom and an attitude that we want economic development. "You go to Texas and you are a go-go state. We want you to come here and grow and be profitable." Fruth's list closely mirrors an assessment of the best cities to find jobs released by Newgeography.com in April. "If you look at all the regions, nothing else does as well as Texas," Pepperdine University professor Michael Shires told the Star-Telegram after the five major Texas cities notched half of the top 10 spots for jobs. "During volatile times, places with broad-based growth strategies -- like Texas and Utah -- do best," Shires wrote in an article accompanying the rankings, "Finding the Good in This Bad Time." Fruth said his rankings incorporate 23 economic factors and don't reflect the "latest 'hot spot' or boomtown" but areas with the strongest economic foundations. "While most communities have slowed or declined during this recession, the strongest areas have been able to weather the storm," he said. "The top-rated areas have had rapid, consistent growth in both size and quality for an extended period of time." Two factors helped Seattle notch the top spot: Boeing and Microsoft. "They provide lots of jobs, and they pay very well," Fruth said. Washington, D.C., which has been ranked 1st, 2nd or 3rd over the last seven years, has a built-in advantage, he said. "The federal government is bigger than any corporation. It keeps growing. The jobs are stable, and they pay well." Other Texas metro areas in the top 100 were San Antonio (No. 29), Corpus Christi (No. 80) and Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood (No. 89). Read more: http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/05/13/2188210/three-texas-metro-areas-among.html#ixzz0oCdbhbo9

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Perry travels to Palacios

May 13, 2010
Victoria Advocate
Adriana Acosta
PALACIOS - When Elizabeth Castandon first heard of the program, she grew skeptical. "I was not convinced the program would work," said Elizabeth, a Palacios High School senior who is now president of that same group - Powerful Opportunities for Women Eager and Ready for Science, Engineering and Technology. "My interest in engineering would have not happened had I not been a part of Power Set," she said Thursday to an auditorium filled with students, local officials, family and Gov. Rick Perry . Elizabeth is the next generation who will lead the area into the future of nuclear power, Perry said. On Thursday, Perry presented a $175,000 workforce training grant to the Power Set Workforce Industry Training program at the Palacios High School Fine Arts Auditorium.

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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="http://www.liberalbill.com/" 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="http://www.rickperry.org/form/send-bill-white-message">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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Statement From Texans For Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner

May 28, 2010
“Bill White’s offensive belief that military men and women’s right to vote is somehow linked to the location of their children’s education is a terrible insult to the men and women of our armed forces who do not have children and to those whose children accompany them while they are stationed abroad. Bill White’s untenable anti-military position also ignores the rights of military men and women who remain connected to communities through their intention to return home following a deployment serving our nation. Bill White should immediately apologize for his attempt to deny military men and women their full voting rights.”

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Memorial Day Weekend: Day 82 of Bill White Hiding His Tax Returns

May 28, 2010
Statement by Texans for Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner: “As many Texans prepare for a three-day weekend and honor our fallen soldiers, one can only hope that <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com/" target="_blank">Bill White</a> will use this time to prepare the release of his tax returns for his years in public service. As the temperatures continue to rise, so will the heat on the shady businessman to stop hiding the truth and release his tax returns. We hope Bill White has plenty of sunscreen, because it’s going to be a long, hot summer for the liberal trial lawyer who continues to run from his record.”

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War Hero Scott O’Grady Calls On Bill White To Apologize For Supporting Limited Military Voting Rights

May 28, 2010
<i>“Bill White should be ashamed of his anti-military beliefs”</i> Captain Scott O’Grady, USAF, today called on Democratic gubernatorial candidate <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com/" target="_blank">Bill White</a> to apologize for supporting limited voting rights for men and women of the military. In 1997, “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.” (SOURCE: “Democratic leader supports voting suit,” San Antonio Express-News, March 7, 1997) “As Memorial Day weekend begins, <a href="http://www.liberalbill.com/" target="_blank">Bill White</a> should apologize to all veterans and military men and women for supporting limited voting rights for the military,” said O’Grady, who was shot down over Bosnia while helping to enforce a NATO no-fly zone. “As someone who has served overseas, I am personally offended by Bill White’s belief that soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines serving their nation should be denied the right to vote for candidates seeking county, local, and state offices – including the office he is now running for. Bill White should be ashamed of his anti-military beliefs.” On March 6, 1997, while Chairman of the Texas Democratic Party, Bill White held a press conference to announce his support for 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. Laughlin Air Force Base is located in Val Verde County. In June 1997, State District Judge Stephen Ables ruled the ballots were legally cast, upholding the results of the elections.

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Bill White And Obama Administration Working Together To Kill Texas Jobs

May 27, 2010
<i>Missing Tax Returns Day 81: Liberal trial lawyer hiding his role in EPA power grab</i> The Obama Administration has a partner in its efforts to kill tens of thousands of Texas jobs – liberal trial lawyer Bill White. Despite bragging last year about his work with the EPA, White is now trying to hide his role in the EPA’s power grab of Texas’ permitting process just like he has hidden his income tax returns for 81 days and counting. In 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported White “met with senior EPA officials about how the state handles emissions permit requests,” and, “After meeting with White, EPA officials announced that many of the TCEQ rules are in violation of the federal Clean Air Act.” [1, 2] This ignores Texas’ air quality successes, including the 22 percent reduction in ozone and 46 percent decrease in NOx emissions since 2000. [3] “Liberal Bill White is a partner in President Obama’s efforts to impose federal command-and-control policies on Texas,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “First Bill White told President Obama how to sell cap-and-trade to the American public, then he specifically encouraged the EPA to attack Texas policies despite our state becoming a global energy leader while effectively cleaning our air and protecting our environment without adhering to federal one-size-fits-all regulations that have delivered less effective results to other states. Bill White tries to hides these facts like he continues to hide his tax returns, but he cannot hide from the truth.” SOURCING: [1] “Texas air rules violate federal law, EPA says,” Houston Chronicle, 9/9/10, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/health/6608038.html [2] “EPA double take: A request from Houston’s mayor spurs re-evaluation of toxic-emission rules,” Houston Chronicle,” 10/30/09, http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6693831.html [3] “Texas Air Quality Successes,” Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, http://tceq.state.tx.us/implementation/air/airsuccess

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