Harris County Deputies Organization Endorses Gov. Perry
September 20, 2010

The Harris County Deputies’ Organization, which represents nearly  two thousand law enforcement officers,  has endorsed Governor Rick Perry for re-election.

Governor Perry stood with members of the group during  a news conference at a downtown Houston hotel on Monday and called the endorsement, “significant and a big deal.”

 “The sacrifice and service the men and women of law enforcement provide our communities ensure Texas remains a great place to live and raise a family,” said Governor Perry.

“Bill White oversaw a sanctuary city and cooperated little with law enforcement.  We can’t allow this to happen to our state,” said  Bob Goerlitz, president of the organization.

Later  in the afternoon, during a news media availability, the former Houston Mayor  called the sanctuary city claim baseless.  “We didn’t make Houston a sanctuary city. We went after non citizens who committed crime. We arrested a lot of those folks,” said White.

White also noted that he has been endorsed by numerous law enforcement groups and sheriffs across the state, including Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia.

Bill White calls for term limits
August 31, 2010

Today,  Bill White, former Houston mayor and democratic candidate for governor, is calling for gubernatorial term limits as he challenges Governor Rick Perry for the top job in Texas.

Perry is currently the state’s longest-serving governor, having spent ten years in the office.  If he wins in November, he’ll serve another four years.  He’s never mentioned how long he plans to keep running for office.

White is touting his plan as a “solution to excessive centralization and special interest power in Austin.”   

Senator Kay Bailey  Hutchison had a similar message when she was running against Governor Rick Perry in the republican primary

In a media statement White said, “Texas needs term limits to avoid excessive centralization of power in Austin and the use of power by special interests to entrench a governor in office,” said Bill White, in supporting a referendum on whether to limit the governor to two four-year terms.  

“Perry’s use of board appointees as a political fundraising machine demonstrates the need for term limits, which are in effect for the governors of 37 out of 50 states,” said White.  

“The public deserves to know from Rick Perry, not some spokesperson, whether he supports or opposes term limits for governor, and whether he supports letting voters decide,” said White.

It didn’t take long for Rick Perry’s campaign to respond to White’s call for term limits. Perry’s spokesman Mark Miner called White a “hypocrite” and said White has flip-flopped on his position from a statement made to the media in November 2009:


From the Texas Tribune:

In November, amid Hutchison’s call and the ongoing discussion in Houston, the Tribune asked White about the concept of term limits. “Voters always have the right to limit the term of an elected official by voting them out of office, but some believe that there is a reasonable feeling that incumbents become too entrenched and lose accountability,” he said. “Voters should take into account that experienced elected officials are often in a better position to hold bureaucracies accountable, against their [voters’] desire to make the political process more competitive with term limits.”

(SOURCE: “Bill White Calls for Gubernatorial Term Limits,” Texas Tribune, 8/31/10, http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/2010-texas-governors-race/bill-white-gubernatorial-term-limits/)


“It is unfortunate that Bill White doesn’t trust the people of Texas,” said Texans for Rick Perry spokesman Mark Miner. “
Just last November Bill White was against term limits, but now in a desperate attempt to save his struggling campaign he is proposing term limits. The people of Texas want a leader, not someone who wakes up in the morning and argues with the mirror about which way the political wind is blowing. Governor Perry has been consistent in believing Texans should determine who they want to serve in public office.”

Gov. Perry Calls for Increased Penalties for Human Traffickers
August 19, 2010

 This is a news release from the Governor’s office.  Governor Perry  was in Houston on Thursday:

 

Announces Nearly $800,000 in Grants to Combat Human Trafficking 

HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry today called on the Texas Legislature to create a tougher law to punish human traffickers, with penalties ranging from 25 years to life. He also announced grants through the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division (CJD) of up to $500,000 statewide to Texas cities and counties to provide services to victims of human trafficking, as well as a grant of more than $291,000 to the Office of the Attorney General’s (OAG) Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

“Human traffickers prey on the hopes and dreams of their victims, promising better lives, when unfortunately what awaits is a life of confinement, criminal activity and physical and mental abuse,” Gov. Perry said. “I’m here today to call upon the Texas Legislature to further toughen the laws against these traffickers. Those who would commit these heinous crimes need to know if they’re caught in Texas, they won’t see the light of day for a very long time.”

Gov. Perry urged the creation of a new 3g offense in the penal code for Continuous Human Trafficking. Punishable with a term of life or 25-99 years imprisonment, the offense would apply to those who commit two or more acts of human trafficking during a period of more than 30 days. A 3g offense requires the trafficker to remain in prison longer before becoming eligible for parole.

Cities and counties applying for the announced CJD grants must provide services either through their own offices or by contracting with established local non-profit service providers. Individual grants may be awarded up to $75,000. The grant to the OAG’s human trafficking task force will provide funding for a financial analyst, peace officer and prosecutorial assistance in the identification, investigation and prosecution of human trafficking cases statewide.

According to the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, the federal government estimates that 18,000 – 20,000 victims are trafficked into the U.S. each year, and since 2001, 20 percent of the identified victims of human trafficking have been in Texas. This modern day slave trade forces trafficked individuals into everything from prostitution to hard labor in construction and agriculture, and many of the traffickers are engaged in larger crime rings.

Earlier in the day, the governor met with police chiefs from the Rio Grande Valley to discuss border security issues.

“Washington’s recent efforts to shore up border security are a good first step, but much more needs to be done,” Gov. Perry said. “Until Washington fully engages, Texas will keep pressing the issue and taking the fight to the criminal element that seeks to exploit our porous border, committing terrible crimes against our citizens in the process.”

Today’s action expands on the governor’s commitment to preventing and prosecuting human trafficking crimes, and providing services to support the victims of human trafficking. Last session, the governor signed House Bill 4009, which created the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

# # #

Texas To Honor Those Impacted by Gulf Oil Spill
June 24, 2010

Governor Perry once called the BP oil spill an “act of  God.”

On Sunday,  he wants to honor those devastated by the spill.  The Governor has proclaimed  Sunday, June 27, 2010, as a Day of Prayer in Texas for the Gulf Coast.

According to a news release sent by the Governor’s office, the Day of  Prayer will honor those killed, injured or suffering economically  following the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig that took 11 lives and has led to economic hardship for many others throughout the region.

“The Deepwater Horizon oil spill has impacted numerous lives along the Gulf Coast, especially those families who lost loved ones as a result of this incident,” Gov. Perry said. “I am joining Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Bob Riley in declaring June 27th a day of prayer to honor those who lost their lives and the many who have lost their livelihood as a result of this tragedy.”

Gov. Perry urges Texans of all faiths and religious traditions to offer prayer for the healing of individuals, the rebuilding of communities and the restoration of the entire Gulf Coast environment in the wake of this disaster.

To view proclamation, please visit http://governor.state.tx.us/news/proclamation/14802/