Archive for the ‘Governor Rick Perry’ Category

What Governor Perry is Saying About Herman Cain
December 3, 2011

By now you know that GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain has suspended his campaign following allegations that he had a thirteen year affair with a Georgia woman.

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding Cain’s announcement:

“I know this was a difficult decision for Herman Cain, his family and his supporters. He helped invigorate conservative voters and our nation with a discussion of major tax reform. Anita and I wish him and his entire family all the best.”

Some experts are speculating that Perry could benefit from Cain’s political problems.

Gov. Perry Plans To Write New Anti-Washington Book
May 25, 2010

He’s been ranting and raving against the  “Washington Establishment” for months, and now Governor Perry is going to put his rhetoric on the pages of a new book.

Michael Pietsch, Senior Vice President and Publisher of Little, Brown and Company, announced today that Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, will write FED UP, a new book  that “examines the dangerous and unconstitutional intrusion of the federal government on states’ rights and individual liberties and advocates for the protection of the 10th Amendment principles that put power in the hands of the people.”

  Publication is scheduled for fall 2010 in time for the midterm elections.

According to a news release, in FED UP, Governor Perry argues that expansion of the federal government is occurring exponentially and injuriously. Bailouts, spending increases, and a reengineered health care system are just a few ways Washington politicians have launched a major expansion of the federal government in response to our recent economic turmoil, and Perry shows how an increasing concentration of power in Washington will lead to further unsustainable debt, greater limits on opportunity and success, and a permanent dependency class — adding up to a potentially failed nation, and one of the very sort that the Colonists fought against.

In spelling out the danger of federal intrusion and the ways that states can better approach our future, Perry issues a persuasive rallying cry for Americans to rise up and demand that power be returned to the people and the states. “I am pleased to partner with Little, Brown in writing about a subject that will determine the very future of our nation. Interwoven with America’s founding principles, state sovereignty as enshrined in the Bill of Rights has actively contributed to the vitality of our union. Washington’s ongoing efforts to undermine these rights pose a legitimate threat to America’s continued leadership of the free world. It is no surprise, then, that citizens across the nation are so Fed Up. I’m convinced that the burgeoning grassroots energy and widespread concern can restore balance to our system and invigorate our nation in the decades to come. It’s the Governors from both parties who must lead this fight,” says Perry.

“Governor Rick Perry is one of the clearest thinkers in the nation on the importance of individual rights and state powers.  When he speaks millions listen.  This book will help shape the important discussions leading up to this Fall’s midterm elections and long after,” says Michael Pietsch.

Would You Buy this License Plate?
December 18, 2008

 A new license plate promoting adoption as an alternative to abortion could soon be seen on vehicles driving around Houston and the rest of  Texas.

Governor Rick Perry has announced that he will support House Bill 109, which if passed, would create a “Choose Life” specialty license plate.

Nineteen other states, including Florida, already have a Choose Life license plate. For Texas drivers to have the option of putting one on their car, the state legislature would have to pass the bill into law next year.

$22 from each license plate that is sold would  help raise money to assist pregnant women in Texas who, instead of aborting their unborn child, will have the baby and place it up for adoption.

“The majority of Texans believe in the sanctity of life, and this license plate will give them a means to tell the world in a subtle but meaningful way, while providing support to pregnant women making the decision to choose adoption,” said Governor Perry.

2 on the Beat wants to know if you would consider purchasing a Choose Life plate?

Hurricane Ike Recovery Leader Named
October 15, 2008

Former Harris County Judge Robert Eckels has been named to lead a Hurricane Ike Recovery and Coordination Effort.

That announcement today was made by Governor Rick Perry who says that Eckels will work with Brian Newby, who will step down from  his current role as Perry’s chief of staff.

So what will the Hurricane Recovery Czars do exactly?

They will lead an effort involving residents, business leaders and local and federal officials focused on ensuring Texas communities devastated by Hurricane Ike get the resources necessary to rebuild.

Last time 2 on the Beat checked, Eckels was working with the law firm of Fulbright and Jaworski.

We’ll keep you posted on what this new effort means to you and those people who lost their homes, businesses and other property during the storm.

Cutting Back on State Spending
October 14, 2008

Tough economic times are forcing a lot of people to cutback on unnecessary spending, and now it looks like the state is also about to do some belt tightening. 


 Governor Rick Perry will speak to an audience Wednesday at a luncheon sponsored by the Greater Houston Partnership.

He will deliver his annual “state of the state” speech, and this year he will likely focus on the national economic crisis and its impact on the great state of  Texas.

The governor says that overall the state’s economy remains strong.

In a letter sent to state board chairs and state agency leaders  on Tuesday, Governor Perry ordered them to submit plans in the next ten days on how they will reduce travel and curtail spending.

Given the uncertainties of the nation’s financial difficulties, Perry also urged them to re-examine their Legislative Appropriations Request for the 2010 – 2011 biennium so that, “they are prepared to continue to put taxpayers first should economic conditions worsen.”

2 on the Beat thinks this is a good news/bad  news situation.

The state should do some belt – tightening during these tough times, but it is very likely that funding will be slashed for some really important programs.

We’ll have to keep an eye on what happens.

Governor Perry weighs in on Bailout
October 1, 2008

       As the U.S. Senate prepares to vote this evening on the $700 Million bailout plan, (oh sorry, I mean RESCUE PLAN) Governor Rick Perry is adding his two cents to the debate.

As chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, Perry along with his Democratic counterpart, Governor Joe Manchin sent a letter to congress urging them to pass an economic recovery package.

Here are a few highlights. 

As leaders of our respective organizations, we don’t always see eye to eye on policy, but we come together today with one clear purpose. We strongly urge Congress to leave partisanship at the door and pass an economic recovery package. We both believe that it’s time to stand together for our country.

 There is a time for partisanship and there is a time for getting things done.  No one likes the hand they’ve been dealt, and now is not the time to assign blame.  It is time for Washington, D.C. to step up, be responsible and do what’s in the best interest of American taxpayers and our economy. 

 This economic crisis is not just impacting Wall Street; it is also making life harder for everyday Americans.  Americans across the country and in every demographic are feeling the pinch.  If Congress does not act soon, the situation will grow appreciably worse.  It’s time for leadership. Congress needs to act now.







Hurricane Gustav wipes out Convention Plans
August 28, 2008

Governor Perry during the state republican convention

Governor Perry during the state republican convention

Lesson #1 – When it looks like your state or community could get hit by a major storm, make sure you aren’t missing in action.

That’s one of the tough lessons elected officials and FEMA learned after Hurricane Katrina slammed into New Orleans

Now, it looks like the threat of  Hurricane Gustav hitting the Texas coast will keep Governor Rick Perry close to home and away from the Republican National Convention.

Is Perry following the lead of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin who decided to leave the Democratic National Convention and Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal who says he will skip the G-O-P gathering?

Earlier this week the National Republican Party announced that Perry would speak on Monday night of the convention in Minnesota.

Today Perry spokesperson Allison Castle  told 2 on the Beat that the governor “has suspended his plans to go to the convention. We’re monitoring the storm.”

The governor plans to hold a news conference on Friday to announce what the state is doing to prepare for the possibility of a storm.