Tribpedia: Governor's Office

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The Texas Governor's Office includes several divisions and offices in charge of implementing the governor's policy visions for the state. As of July 2009, 278 employees worked for the office of the governor.

The offices of the governor include:

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Dispute Continues Between Texas, Feds on Fire Help

The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.
The rubble of a house remains after last weeks' wildfire remains untouched on September 9, 2011.

Did the federal government drag its feet in providing disaster relief to the victims of the devastating Bastrop County fires? It depends on whom you ask. It's the latest chapter in a dispute between Texas and the Obama Administration that began in April, when Gov. Rick Perry submitted a broad request for help because of fires burning throughout the state.

Austin Protesters Rally Against Perry

While Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters were praying in Houston, several hundred protesters were rallying against him at the state Capitol Saturday afternoon. U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett and others ripped the governor and said he was cynically using "Prayer-Palooza" to launch his presidential campaign.

Video: Perry Defends Travel Expenses

As he crosses the nation in what could turn out to be a presidential bid, the governor’s airfare, hotel bills and security costs are paid for with a mix of campaign dollars and private and public money. State law allows him to keep much of it confidential. At a Tuesday press conference, the governor said regardless of whether he decides to run for the GOP presidential nomination, he will continue traveling to promote the state of Texas. 

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 7/4/11

Aguilar on a change in law that affects applications for state-issued IDs, Galbraith on how the drought is taking its toll on wildlife, Hamilton on an outsider's attempt to lower the cost of higher ed, Murphy visualizes the partisanship of House members, Ramsey on who becomes Lite Guv if David Dewhurst takes another job, Ramshaw on life in the colonias and three stories about Rick Perry — Grissom on how his death penalty stance might play in a 2012 presidential race, Root on how he cemented his reputation as one of the state's most powerful governors and Tan on the growing demand for him to speak elsewhere: The best of our best content from July 4 to July 8, 2011.

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011
Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed HB 274, which brings lawsuit reforms to Texas courts, including a loser pay system for frivolous lawsuits on May 30th,2011

Texplainer: What About Bills Perry Won't Sign or Veto?

Hey Texplainer: What happens to the bills that Perry doesn't sign or veto? Gov. Rick Perry has vetoed and signed a multitude of bills this year, but to date there have been 27 he allowed to become law by default. By not signing a bill and allowing it to pass into law, a governor can walk the delicate line between defying the Lege and actually supporting the content of the bill in question.

Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.
Gov. Rick Perry (l) gestures toward Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, during his visit to the Senate floor on May 5, 2011.

Wildfire Politics Grip State as Disasters Hit Elsewhere

Gov. Rick Perry has unsuccessfully tried to get a meeting with President Barack Obama, who will be visiting Texas today, to discuss the federal government's denial of a wildfire disaster declaration in Texas. Ben Philpott of KUT News and the Tribune looks at how this year's natural disasters in Texas stack up against others in the country.

Perry, O'Malley Square Off at NGA Meeting

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republican Governors Association chairman, squared off with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, the Democratic Governors Association chief, this morning at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington, D.C. The governors debated labor organizing in Wisconsin, budget cuts vs. new revenue streams, and how best to create jobs. Here's the video, courtesy of Politico.

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

Rick Perry at CPAC: Local Government Governs Best

In a rock concert-like setting, at times reaching near Howard Dean-like volumes, Gov. Rick Perry used his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington to deliver his resounding message: The government closest to the people is the one that governs best.

Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011
Gov. Rick Perry delivering his State of the State address on Feb. 8, 2011

LiveBlog: Perry's State of the State

Gov. Rick Perry delivered his sixth State of the State speech today, addressing a joint session of the Texas House and Senate, and selling the state's fiscal troubles as an opportunity to make government more efficient. Perry offered a litany of proposals, from challenging Texas colleges and universities to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree to recommending suspending funding for the Texas Historial Commission and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Word cloud aggregate of Rick Perry's State of the State speeches from 2001 to 2011.
Word cloud aggregate of Rick Perry's State of the State speeches from 2001 to 2011.

Visualizing Rick Perry's State of the State

Gov. Rick Perry has delivered five previous State of the State speeches. Has his emphasis on certain words and themes changed over the years? We created word clouds of the past addresses to find out. 

Word cloud aggregate of Rick Perry's State of the State speeches from 2001 to 2009.
Word cloud aggregate of Rick Perry's State of the State speeches from 2001 to 2009.

Perry to Push Texas Colleges to Offer $10,000 Degree

Gov. Rick Perry will deliver his sixth State of the State speech later this morning, challenging the state's colleges and universities to offer a $10,000 bachelor's degree, including books. The higher education proposal is part of a call for a streamlined and more efficient state budget; Perry will try to sell the state's fiscal troubles as an opportunity to reshape the government.

Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.
Reporters at Gov. Rick Perry's 2011 inauguration.

Liveblog: Rick Perry's Third Inauguration

Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry is set to be sworn in for an unprecedented third term, and a good-sized crowd has turned out for the festivities (and free barbecue). Stay with us for updates from the speech and swearing-in at the Capitol.

Texplainer: What's an Emergency Item in Texas?

Ever hear something about Texas politics or policy and wonder what it is? Or read something that made you think, "I have no idea what that means"? We're here to help. From questions about why Rick Perry is within his legal right to shoot a coyote while jogging to what the heck "chubbing" is, Texplainer will answer your burning questions. Today: "What's a Legislative emergency item?"