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[Press Release] In Case You Missed It: Gov. Rick Perry Interview on FOX News Sunday

Sun, 08/17/2014 - 6:04pm
Today, Gov. Rick Perry was a guest on FOX News Sunday, the interview can be viewed below. Politico Magazine also published and op-ed today by Gov. Perry, "America's New Mission in Iraq," which you can read here.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Rick Perry

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 8:18pm
As governor, I took an oath to faithfully uphold the constitution of Texas, a pledge that I have kept every day as I've worked on behalf of Texans for the last 14 years. This same constitution clearly outlines the authority of any governor to veto items at his or her discretion. Just as I have following every legislative session during my service as governor, I exercised this authority to veto funding for an office whose leadership had lost the public's confidence by acting inappropriately and unethically.
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[Press Release] Statement by Mary Anne Wiley, General Counsel for Gov. Rick Perry

Sat, 08/16/2014 - 3:36am
The veto in question was made in accordance with the veto authority afforded to every governor under the Texas Constitution. We will continue to aggressively defend the governor's lawful and constitutional action, and believe we will ultimately prevail.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on July 2014 Texas Jobs Numbers

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 6:05pm
"The only thing hotter than a Texas summer is Texas job growth, adding nearly 50,000 jobs in July. Every major industry in Texas added jobs meaning the diversity of our workforce is strong with opportunities for employers to hire good workers, and for workers to find jobs enabling them to meet the needs of their families."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Visits Texas National Guard Soldiers and Airmen Training for Deployment in Support of Operation Strong Safety

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:55pm
Gov. Rick Perry today visited the Camp Swift Army National Guard Training facility for a status report on the Texas National Guard's (TXNG) training and deployment in support of Operation Strong Safety to combat crime and drug cartel activity in the border region. The governor, joined by Texas Adjutant General John Nichols and Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw, thanked the soldiers and airmen for their commitment and dedication to protecting our state and our nation.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on UT Regent Wallace Hall

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 10:55pm
"Regent Hall has acted how I expect all appointees to act - in the best interest of Texas. He has rightly asked tough questions and held people accountable for their actions, even in the face of withering personal attacks. I hope today closes this ugly chapter and Regent Hall's critics can stop wasting time and start focusing on what's important, ensuring higher education is affordable, accessible and accountable to all Texans."
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on Record High Texas High School Graduation Rates

Tue, 08/05/2014 - 6:20pm
"We've set the bar high for Texas students to ensure every graduate is ready for college or career, and they have consistently demonstrated that they are up to the challenge. The class of 2013's historically-high graduation rate is a testament to the hard work being put in by teachers and administrators in schools across the state, and students who realize the importance of a strong education in pursuing and realizing their dreams."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces State Incentives Bringing SpaceX Commercial Launch Facility, 300 Jobs to the Brownsville Area

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 7:30pm
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft, and is the world's fastest-growing provider of launch services. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, which it first accomplished in December 2010. SpaceX is also the first private company to attach a spacecraft to the International Space Station, exchange cargo payloads, and return safely to Earth - a technically challenging feat previously only accomplished by government space programs. SpaceX operates a Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, Texas which has grown to over 250 employees since starting operations in 2003. The Brownsville facility will launch commercial satellites.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on Congress’ Inability to Advance Border Security Legislation

Thu, 07/31/2014 - 7:56pm
"It's beyond belief that Congress is abandoning its post while our border crisis continues to create humanitarian suffering, and criminal aliens still represent a clear threat to our citizens and our nation. While Texas has taken what steps it can to mitigate the damage caused by a porous border, Congress and the President have a duty to address our border security issues without further delay. Congress should not go into recess until the job is completed."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Launches PSA to Assist Texas Veterans with VA Health Care

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 9:19pm
Gov. Rick Perry has launched a public service announcement (PSA) to raise awareness of state resources available to help Texas veterans navigate the Veterans Administration (VA) health care system. Texas has increased staffing for the Texas Veterans Hotline in response to failures by the VA system to adequately care for our nation's veterans.
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[Press Release] ICYMI: TETF Awardee Visualase Acquired by Medtronic

Tue, 07/29/2014 - 4:00pm
Medtronic Inc. today announced it has completed the acquisition of Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) awardee Visualase Inc. The TETF invested $750,000 in Visualase in 2007 for the development and marketing of a range of innovative minimally invasive neurosurgery products.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investments Bringing New Charles Schwab Facility to El Paso and Deepening Company’s Roots in Austin

Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:06pm
Gov. Rick Perry has announced two Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investments in The Charles Schwab Corporation, which is opening a new operations center in El Paso and strengthening its presence in Austin. Combined, the projects will create more than 1,200 jobs and more than $230 million in capital investment in the state.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces September 9 Special Election for Senate District 28

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 6:46pm
Gov. Rick Perry today set Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, as the special election date to fill the Texas State Senate District 28 seat, vacated by Sen. Robert Duncan, who has left to serve as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on Death of Sean Carmeli

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 11:21pm
"On behalf of all Texans, I'd like to express to the Carmeli family our deepest condolences on the loss of Sean, who died valiantly fighting terrorism in defense of Israel. Like many other ‘Lone Soldiers,' Sean was American, but also a part of the extended Israeli family, and a passionate believer in Israel's inherent right to defend itself against terrorist aggression. Anita and I will keep his family in our thoughts and prayers."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Deploys Texas National Guard Troops to Border

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 8:47pm
Gov. Rick Perry today directed Texas Adjutant General John Nichols to immediately begin preparations for the deployment of up to 1,000 National Guard troops to the border. These troops will support the Texas Department of Public Safety's (DPS) ongoing law enforcement surge, Operation Strong Safety, which is focused on combatting criminal activity in the region resulting from the federal government's failure to adequately secure the border.
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[Press Release] ICYMI: Governor Rick Perry On Securing The Border

Mon, 07/21/2014 - 6:02pm
A Collection Of Recent Coverage From Governor Rick Perry's Efforts To Secure The Border
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment for Omnitracs Headquarters Relocation

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 5:07pm
Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $3.9 million in Omnitracs LLC, which is relocating its headquarters from San Diego, California to Dallas, creating 450 jobs and $10 million in capital investment.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry in Support of Israel

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 6:59pm
"Israel has an absolute right and responsibility to defend its people against any and all terrorist attacks, including the vicious rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups against civilian targets in Israel's cities and towns. As Israel's long-time friend and partner, it's the United States' responsibility and honor to stand with the Israeli people during this difficult time."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Presses President Obama to Immediately Secure Southern Border

Thu, 07/10/2014 - 12:01am
Gov. Rick Perry today met with President Barack Obama to discuss the ongoing humanitarian and national security crises occurring along the Texas-Mexico border. In the meeting, Gov. Perry urged the president to undertake the necessary steps to secure the border and ease the crises.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment to Help Schneider Electric Expand and Add Jobs in El Paso

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 5:43pm
Governor Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $750,000 in Schneider Electric for the expansion of its operations in El Paso, creating 193 new jobs and $7 million in capital investment. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.
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