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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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[Press Release] Statement by Governor Perry on Independence Day

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 1:49pm
238 years ago, American patriots united in their pursuit of freedom cast off the ties of empire and joined together in a declaration so powerful it is as valid and true today as it was on July 4, 1776. Weary of living under tyranny they put pen to paper, risking their lives on a gamble that they could wrest their freedom from the most powerful empire in the world.
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[Press Release] Aided by $8.6 Million TEF Grant, Active Network Relocates Company Headquarters to Dallas

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 9:05pm
Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $8.6 million in Active Network, LLC, which is relocating its headquarters from San Diego, California to Dallas, creating 1,000 jobs and $13 million in capital investment.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Appears Before U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security, Urges Stronger Federal Action on Border Crisis

Thu, 07/03/2014 - 6:34pm
Gov. Rick Perry told Members of the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security today that urgent federal action is required to stem the humanitarian and national security crises unfolding along the Texas-Mexico border. The governor's testimony highlighted the inability of the federal government to secure the border, and touched on efforts that the state is undertaking to help alleviate the crises, including the $1.3 million per week Texas Department of Public Safety surge announced June 18.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on Hobby Lobby Ruling

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 6:38pm
Today's decision is further proof that Obamacare represents one of the greatest governmental overreaches in our nation's history. Religious freedom is an intrinsic part of being American, and the Supreme Court's decision reaffirms that the government cannot mandate that anyone operate in a fashion counter to their most deeply-felt principles."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment Expanding Maverick Arms Manufacturing in Eagle Pass

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 4:39pm
Gov. Rick Perry has announced a Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) investment of $300,000 for Maverick Arms, Inc., a firearms company specializing in shotguns. The company has announced plans to expand its Eagle Pass manufacturing facility, creating 50 new jobs and $3.4 million in capital investment.
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[Press Release] Statement by Gov. Perry on U.S. House Homeland Security Committee Hearing Scheduled for July 3 in McAllen

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:35pm
"With every day of inaction by the federal government to secure our southern border, the crisis of illegal immigration and the threat to national security from criminal elements grow worse. At a time when President Obama and many in Washington continue to ignore this serious situation, I applaud Chairman McCaul for his efforts to address this problem, and for bringing his committee to the border to see this crisis firsthand."
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Tours Facility Housing Detainees, Reaffirms Commitment to Securing Border

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 10:51pm
Gov. Rick Perry today toured a federal facility housing unaccompanied alien children, where he received a briefing from federal officials. He also reaffirmed Texas' commitment to protecting its citizens by securing the Texas-Mexico border, and called for Washington to take actions to help curb the tide of illegal immigrants flowing across the border.
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[Press Release] Perry on May Jobs Numbers: “Texas Job Machine Firing On All Cylinders”

Fri, 06/20/2014 - 3:55pm
By virtually every measure, the Texas job creation machine is firing on all cylinders. Texas has added nearly 400,000 jobs in the past 12 months, making this the largest year-to-year job increase in nearly 17 years. Texas continues to be the epicenter of job creation in America and today's numbers are further proof that if you want a job, or your company needs employees, Texas is the best place in America to find both.
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[Press Release] In Case You Missed It: ZS Pharma Launches Successful IPO

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 10:25pm
Another Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) grant awardee, ZS Pharma, has launched a successful initial public offering (IPO). ZS Pharma raised nearly $107 million on the NASDAQ capital market from its IPO yesterday.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Straus Direct DPS to Immediately Begin Law Enforcement Surge Operations Along Texas-Mexico Border

Thu, 06/19/2014 - 1:50am
Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus today directed the Texas Dept. of Public Safety (DPS) to immediately begin law enforcement surge operations on the Texas-Mexico border to combat the flood of illegal immigration into the state in the absence of adequate federal resources to secure the border. State leaders have authorized DPS to fund border security operations at approximately $1.3 million per week.
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[Press Release] Gov. Perry Helps Break Ground on Mental Health Facility at Ft. Hood

Thu, 06/12/2014 - 8:16pm
Gov. Rick Perry today highlighted Texas' efforts to support veterans at a groundbreaking ceremony for the National Intrepid Center of Excellence Satellite Center, which will serve Ft. Hood soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress. The governor also proposed a partnership between Texas health care providers and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to allow veterans to use their federal benefits at facilities outside the VA system.
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[Press Release] ICYMI: Gov. Perry Hails Texas As Haven of Personal Freedom in California Opinion Column

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:30pm
In an opinion piece in today's Orange County Register, Gov. Rick Perry touts Texas as a haven for both personal and economic freedom, urging states seeking growth to adopt Texas' successful formula of low taxes, predictable regulations and fair courts.
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