This week Governor Perry spoke at the Texas Association of Realtors' Government Affairs Conference held in Austin, TX. The two-day event was designed to inspire realtors to become more involved in political and public policy issues. The Governor emphasized the importance of upholding conservative fiscal discipline to maintain Texas' economic strength.
"If anyone knows the value of a strong economy, good schools and safe neighborhoods, I'd say it's realtors," Gov. Perry said. "So, let's keep working together to sustain our state's forward momentum applying our time-tested Texas work ethic, our commitment to fiscal discipline and our belief in the individual. Together, we will lead our nation out of this tough spot and keep Texas strong."
The Texas Association of Realtors, one of the largest trade associations with nearly 90,000 members, have endorsed Governor Perry's re-election.
In the past few years, many members of Congress have conveniently forgotten the meaning our nation’s definitive document. Namely, the Bill of Rights in our Constitution has been tossed aside as the federal government continues to overreach its authority and rapidly expand its unprecedented intrusion into our lives.
With your help, Governor Perry will send a copy of the Bill of Rights and a copy of the Oath of Office administered to Congress to each of the 535 members. The oath explicitly charges Congress with upholding the Constitution, and today, we need to remind them what their job is, who they work for, and what the Constitution says.
In these tough economic times for our nation, it is important to acknowledge that ideas still matter. It is not arbitrary that Texas has an unemployment rate nearly 2% below the national rate, or that California's unemployment rate is roughly 4% higher than it is in Texas. Our state didn't create more jobs in 2008 than the other 49 states combined by accident. It is no fluke that Texas is the #1 exporting state in the nation for several years running.
Governor Rick Perry has earned the endorsements of an enormous number of Texans:
Organizations and individuals who care about the future of Texas, representing industries from agriculture and energy to law enforcement and real estate, recognize that Governor Rick Perry is keeping Texas on the right path toward success. These organizations and conservative leaders include:
• Texas Association of Realtors
• Texas Chemical Council
• Texas Home School Coalition PAC
• T. Boone Pickens, Energy Entrepreneur
• Texas Apartment Association
• Texas Oil and Gas Association President Rob Looney
• Texas Civil Justice League
• RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams
• Texas Municipal Police Association
• Texas State Association of Fire Fighters
• Texas Cattle Feeders Association
• Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers
• Texas Chiropractic Association
• Texas Alliance for Life
• Texas Right to Life
• Texas Society of Professional Engineers
• Conservative Republicans of Texas President Dr. Steve Hotze
• Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC
• State Director of Americans for Prosperity* Peggy Venable
• Texas Poultry Federation
• Free Market Foundation President Kelly Shackelford
• Texas Optometric Association
• Texans for Life President Kyleen Wright
• Houston Realty Business Coalition
• Concerned Women for America State Director Ann Hettinger
• Texas Recreational Vehicle Association
• Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett
• Texas Pest Control Association
• Justice at the Gate Founder Alice Patterson
• Eagle Forum Founder Phyllis Shlafly
*Organization listed for identification purposes only, Americans for Prosperity itself does not endorse candidates.
On Fox Business News, Governor Perry spoke at length with host David Asman about the relative economic and fiscal strength of Texas, even in these tough times. Governor Perry reiterated his five keys to success, including:
1. Don't spend all the money.
2. Keep the taxes low.
3. Make sure the regulatory climate is fair and predictable.
4. Tort reform to prevent frivolous lawsuits.
5. Fund an accountable education system to produce a skilled workforce.
Hundreds of people braved triple-digit heat Friday evening on the Hopkins County Courthouse square to hear Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall and others at a rally protesting government spending and taxation.
Well over 300 had arrived for the start of Friday’s Taxed Enough Already (TEA) Party Rally at 6:30 p.m., when the heat index was above 104 degrees. Virtually everyone stayed for the two-hour slate of speakers, with the crowd swelling by at least two hundred more by the time Perry arrived at 8 p.m. to thunderous applause.
It was a homecoming of sorts for the Texas governor, who said he spent many a summer of his childhood in Hopkins County.
The crowd rose to its feet in unison and rewarded the governor with a standing ovation that lasted a full 36 seconds.
This morning we had a unique opportunity to chat with Texas Governor, Rick Perry, at the Construction Expo where we are participating as exhibitors. Prior to his speech for the Proclamation Ceremony, Gov. Perry spent about ten minutes with us backstage, discussing the pros and cons about living and working in California as opposed to living and working in Texas. We shared the AccuBuild Construction Software story with him and he was genuinely happy to hear it.
Not too long ago, we decided to move AccuBuild’s headquarters to Austin, TX instead of Ontario, CA. We felt the tech industry was thriving in Austin and the opportunities for growth were much bigger. As a family-owned business, that meant our entire family packed up and headed to Texas.
During his speech to a large, attentive audience, he mentioned the AccuBuild story by discussing the popularity of “reverse migration” which he described as people moving their families and businesses from CA to TX. Gov. Perry joked that 20% of Americans have relocated to Texas and it isn’t just for the great BBQ, live music and cold beer.
“People aren’t moving to Texas by accident,” he said. “In 2008, only ten states created jobs and Texas created 60% of those jobs. The innovative business climate in Texas is powerful,” he added. He discussed how Austin is managing to thrive even in the struggling economy and used our “1 out of 961 homes in foreclosure” stats as an example.
It is obvious that Gov. Perry is genuinely proud of Texas for making good business decisions and keeping taxes low. Our favorite part of the speech was when he talked about the budget surplus and joked, “they don’t even know what that means in California!”
A NEW poll from the Texas Lyceum shows Rick Perry pulling ahead of Kay Bailey Hutchison by a 12-point margin—33% to 21%, with 40% of potential Republican-primary voters undecided. Paul Burka thinks this doesn't look good for Mr Perry: everyone in Texas has had plenty of time to form an opinion of the governor, and if the plurality goes to "undecided", what does that say? But I see it in the opposite way: Mr Perry has had plenty of time to alienate everyone in the state over roads or schools or "Choose Life" licence plates, and heaven knows he hasn't shied away from controversy. What else is he going to do at this point to push people over the edge?
Ms Hutchison has the motive to get out. She may well rather be a governor than a senator—who wouldn't? But a safe Senate seat is assured. In contrast, the road to the governor's mansion will be watered with tears and potentially unpassable. If she's already trailing in the polls before the first "Kay Bailout Hutchison" ad goes up, that doesn't bode well. And she has an opportunity: she could simply announce that given the extraordinarily liberal wave in Washington, and the rate of attrition amongst Republican senators, she's realised that they need all hands on deck to defend the moderate Republican line. And they do, don't they?
AUSTIN, Texas -- Gov. Rick Perry said federal regulation of carbon-dioxide emissions would be "absolutely economically disastrous" for energy-rich Texas, one of the few parts of the country still adding jobs.
The Republican's views are increasingly at odds with those of the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama, whose energy and environment appointees favor using the power of the federal government to cut emissions of greenhouse gases, so called because they trap the sun's heat in the atmosphere and contribute to global warming.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has taken an increasingly public stance opposing federal greenhouse-gas regulation.
"If you put that type of regulation in place in America, it will stifle innovation and strangle the American economy," Gov. Perry said during an interview in his office, where his cowboy hat sits on a bust of George Washington.
As he stakes out his role as a high-profile dissenter on carbon legislation, Gov. Perry is leading a state that is changing. His opposition to federal cap-and-trade legislation to limit emissions plays well with Texas' traditional business community and many large campaign contributors; Texas is far and away the top carbon-dioxide-emitting state and largest coal consumer.
But the state also has a growing renewable-energy industry. Texas has almost twice as much electrical generating capacity from wind turbines as second-place state, California, and far more than others.
Some statehouse observers see in Gov. Perry's opposition to Washington regulations a shrewd political calculation. He is positioning himself as an outside-the-Beltway voice as he prepares for an anticipated, bruising political challenge from U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. She is widely expected to run for the governor's mansion in 2010. Her spokesman declined to comment.
Marking Ronald Reagan’s 99th Birthday, Texans Who Served With President Reagan Recognize Gov. Perry for His Commitment to Conservative Values
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry has received the endorsement of more than 20 leaders of President Ronald Reagan's Administration. Marking Ronald Reagan’s 99th birthday on Feb. 6, 2010, these Texas Reagan alumni have recognized Gov. Perry for his commitment to conservative values and the need for his continued leadership in Texas.
“These Texans who helped to elect Ronald Reagan and run his administration believe that Gov. Perry’s policies and approach to governing are almost identical to that of President Reagan’s,” said Doug Cannon, former Reagan official in the White House Office of Policy Development. “We are proud of his leadership over our state and look forward to the ongoing opportunity and prosperity our state will enjoy with him as governor.”
The individuals endorsing Gov. Perry are former executives of President Reagan’s administration and members of the Reagan Alumni Association, a group dedicated to fostering the values espoused by President Reagan and celebrating his birthday every year on February 6th.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments we’ve made in Texas to keep taxes low, create jobs and uphold a business-friendly environment that has made us one of the strongest states in the nation,” said Gov. Perry. “I’m honored to receive the support of the members of President Reagan’s team who have made such a significant impact in the effort to encourage and spread the conservative values that make our nation great.”
The following members of President Reagan’s Administration are endorsing Gov. Perry for re-election:
Ernie Angelo, Midland
Texas Chairman, Reagan for President, 1980
Diana Denman, San Antonio
Peace Corps Presidential Advisory Board, Co-Chairman
Former Vice-Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Douglas Cannon, Houston
White House Office of Policy Development
Department of Education, Special Advisor for Management
Lee William McNutt III, Dallas
White House Office of Privatization
Chairman, Arts Commission of Texas
Tom Wilder, Fort Worth
Reagan for President 1980, Texas Steering Committee
Tarrant County District Clerk
Maurice Barksdale, Arlington
Dept of Housing and Urban Development, Assistant Secretary
Co-Chairman, Texas Blacks for Reagan/Bush
Shirley Medlyn McDonald, Granbury
White House Office of Presidential Personnel
Ray Van Buskirk, Baytown
Department of Education, Director of Grants and Contracts
Chairman, Texas Youth for Reagan-Bush, 1980 Campaign
H. Eugene Douglas, Austin
Department of State, Ambassador
Bill Chatfield, Irving
Civil Aeronautics Board, Regional Director
Department of Defense, Special Assistant
Jo Ann Gasper, Colleyville
Department of Health and Human Services, Deputy Assistant Secretary
Louis Gasper, Colleyville
Dept of Housing and Urban Development
Chairman, Center for Business Ethics at University of Dallas
Brunetta Centner, Arlington
Department of Justice
Richard Centner, Arlington
U.S. Information Agency/ Voice of America
Department of Transportation
Department of Education, Intergovernmental Advisory Council
Richard Mulberry, Dallas
Department of Interior, Inspector General
Wilson Scaling, Henrietta
Department of Agriculture, Chief, Social Conservation Ser.
Don Shelton, Fort Worth
Department of Transportation, Southwest Regional Representative
Robert Layton, Tyler
Environmental Protection Agency, Southwest Regional Director
Ronald Wade, Longview
Press Liaison for Vice President George Bush
The following Texan Reagan alumni have already endorsed Gov. Perry:
Tom Pauken, Austin
Former Chairman, Republican Party of Texas
Director, ACTION Agency
White House Counsel’s Office
Bill Bennett, Washington, D.C.
Secretary of Education for President Reagan
T. Boone Pickens, Dallas
Texas Finance Chairman, Reagan-Bush Campaign
Reagan Presidential Library, Board of Directors
Peggy Venable, Austin
Department of Interior – Public Affairs Asst. Director
Chairman, Americans for Prosperity
During her 17 years as a United States Senator, Kay Bailey Hutchison has used more than $12,000 in taxpayer money to reimburse lobbyists, corporations with business interests before her committees in the Senate, and campaign donors for use of their private planes, including Zachry Construction, Clear Channel, Oshkosh Trucking, TXU, Moncrief Oil, and Lockheed Martin. She has billed taxpayers more than $518,000 to travel 154 times by private airplane, according to Senate records.
“Bailouts, earmarks and now private plane rides continue to demonstrate that Senator Hutchison has no regard for taxpayer dollars,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “Senator Hutchison should apologize to the people of Texas for her consistent use of taxpayer dollars for political activity.”
Sen. Hutchison often uses private planes for single-destination trips to major metropolitan areas when commercial flights would cost a mere fraction of what she passes on to taxpayers. Examples include spending $5,732.68 to fly round-trip Dallas to Houston and $5,523.92 to fly round-trip Dallas to Austin. (Additional examples below.)
According to semi-annual Reports of the Secretary of the Senate, Sen. Hutchison has billed taxpayers $12,461.95 to reimburse lobbyists, corporations and donors for use of their jets, and used private planes at least 154 times costing taxpayers $518,892.39. (SOURCE: Report of the Secretary of the Senate documents available at www.WashingtonKay.com)
Reimbursements to Lobbyists, Corporations and Donors: $12,461.95
Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost Reimbursement To
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 12/8/01 $2,416.00 Tom Loeffler
Dallas to Washington, DC, Round-trip 12/3-12/4/01 $2,330.00 TXU
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 10/25/01 $1,205.25 Lockheed Martin
Washington, DC to Dallas, One-way 11/14/03 $1,203.00 Moncrief Oil
Dallas to Washington, DC, One-way 3/5/01 $1,168.50 Tom Luce
Dallas to Louisville, KY, to Washington DC 2/28/05 $1,116.90 Oshkosh Trucking
Weslaco to Corpus Christi To Dallas 2/20/02 $1,115.00 SSP Partners
Washington, DC to San Antonio, One-way 4/15/09 $569.00 Clear Channel
Dallas to Austin to Corpus Christi to Dallas 10/3/03 $314.00 Mike A Myers
Dallas to Beaumont, One-way 8/28/06 $261.70 Trinity Industries Inc
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 1/25/06 $222.00 Mike A Myers
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip 9/22/00 $214.00 TXU
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way 4/23/07 $115.90 Zachry Construction
Dallas to Austin, One-way 10/14/00 $106.00 Mike A Myers
San Antonio to Dallas, One-way 7/11/05 $104.70 Mansefeldt Investment
Wasteful Private Flights to Single Destination
Sen. Hutchison Itinerary Date Cost To Taxpayers Commercial Option
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 9/14/08 $5,732.68 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Laredo, Round-trip 2/21/09 $5,702.83 $224 (American)
Dallas to Austin Round-trip 10/3/08 $5,523.92 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 11/27/08 $5,441.77 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to McAllen, Round-trip 3/1/03 $5,077.38 $304 (American)
Sugar Land to Dallas, One-way 2/15/08 $4,719.52 $151 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 2/28/09 $4,421.84 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Houston, Round-trip 4/16/05 $3,702.57 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 11/25/05 $3,416.00 $120 (American)
Dallas to Lubbock, Round-trip 3/23/03 $3,394.38 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to Tyler, Round-trip 11/2/01 $3,181.43 $124 (American)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 12/3/04 $3,095.75 $120 (American)
Corpus Christi to Dallas, One-way 10/6/06 $2,573.51 $87 (American)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 2/23/03 $2,451.63 $306 (Southwest)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip 1/26/05 $2,343.36 $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Waco, Round-trip 10/7/00 $2,235.63 $120 (American)
Dallas to San Antonio, Round-trip 8/29/05 $2,235.04 $314 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 11/22/99 $2,193.36 $306 (Southwest)
Houston to Laredo, One-way 10/20/06 $1,942.14 $533 (Continental)
Houston to Austin, Round-trip 10/4/99 $1,844.36 $302 (Southwest)
Dallas to Austin, Round-trip 9/30/08 $1,191.55 $306 (Southwest)
Sen. Dan Patrick, who represents Senate District 7 in Houston, will emcee Super Sunday with Sarah, a rally with Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Sen. Patrick is an effective and respected advocate for his Houston constituents and all Texans through his leadership in the Texas Senate,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud of the work we’ve accomplished together to make Texas one of the best places to live, work and raise a family and look forward to his involvement in the rally on Sunday.”
AUSTIN – Ted Nugent will perform the national anthem at the Super Sunday with Sarah Rally with Gov. Rick Perry and Gov. Sarah Palin.
“Not only is Ted one of our nation’s greatest performers, but his dedication to upholding our nation’s Second Amendment rights has been crucial to maintaining the freedom we are able to enjoy as Americans every day,” said Gov. Perry. “I look forward to Ted’s performance, and to the opportunity to join both him and Sarah Palin in sharing the success story Texas has achieved through our state’s unwavering commitment to conservative values based on the belief in limited government and individual freedom.”
Nugent is an internationally-recognized musician and one of the strongest advocates of preserving our nation’s Second Amendment rights. He has served as a National Rifle Association board member since 1995, as a national spokesman for D.A.R.E and as ambassador for Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Pass It On Outdoor Mentors Program. He is also an award-winning writer for more than 40 publications, and author of the New York Times best-sellers Ted White & Blue: The Nugent Manifesto and God, Guns and Rock 'n' Roll.
Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of PharmPAC, the political action committee of the Texas Pharmacy Association, for re-election in 2010.
“I have been involved in health care for more than 30 years and have witnessed the solid public policy leadership of Rick Perry for 25 of those years,” said Joe A. DaSilva, CAE, FACHE, TPA’s new executive director and CEO. “The Texas Pharmacy Association is proud to endorse Gov. Perry for re-election and pledges to continue working with him to protect and broaden the high quality of care delivered by pharmacists and pharmacy technicians throughout Texas.”