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    Brandon Bell/Getty Images Two volunteers for Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s re-election campaign were attacked by a man near Houston, local officials told Fox News. While door-knocking in Humble, Texas, the two volunteers were chased and attacked by a man who ripped the side view mirrors off their car, Abbott’s campaign said in a statement. He was reportedly arrested and charged with criminal mischief. According to the campaign: Yesterday, two Texans for Greg Abbott volunteers were assaulted by a man in the Humble while they were knocking on doors. The man chased the volunteers through a neighborhood, tried to drag them out of their car, and punched both side view mirrors off of the vehicle. The volunteers called police, who responded to the scene. After identifying the suspect, and finding pieces of the vehicle in his trash can, Harris County authorities took the suspect into custody and charged him with criminal mischief. “Political violence is never acceptable,” Mark Miner, the communications director for Abbott’s campaign, said in a statement. “With just over a month until Election Day, the passion to win...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott claimed that rape victims can take Plan B pills to prevent pregnancy, seemingly disagreeing with the state's recently passed abortion ban. The Texas 30-day trigger bill signed by Abbott in June of last year imposes criminal penalties for providers who perform or aid abortions at all stages of pregnancy after fertilization. The law, known as the Human Life Protection Act, HB 1280, makes it a felony punishable by up to life in prison and a minimum $100,000 fine for each offense. "We want to support those victims, but also those victims can access health care immediately, as well as to report it," Abbott told The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV during a yet-to-be-aired television segment. "By accessing health care immediately, they can get the Plan B pill that can prevent a pregnancy from occurring in the first place." WATCH: LORI LIGHTFOOT CALLS GREG ABBOTT 'UNPATRIOTIC' FOR BUSING MIGRANTS TO CHICAGO Texas Gov. Greg Abbott LM Otero/AP The Plan B pill is an oral contraceptive taken within 72 hours of...
    The operation has resulted in nearly 300,000 migrant apprehensions and more than 18,700 criminal arrests, the governor's office reported in August. The first tipster to take advantage of the new $5,000 reward resulted in the seizure of 19 kilograms of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, other illegal drugs, four weapons, and $6,000 in gold and silver. Abbott stated, "DPS and local law enforcement partners are working around the clock to prevent transnational crimes from being committed in communities around the state. These stash houses contain people or drugs that may have otherwise made their way across Texas and the nation because of the dangerous gaps left by the Biden administration's refusal to secure the border. With the help of Texans across the state, we can bring criminals to justice, destroy their illegal enterprises, and keep our communities safe."
    Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has slammed Texas Governor Greg Abbott as ‘racist’ after he announced he would be bussing illegal migrants to the city. Lightfoot has repeatedly bragged that Chicago is a ‘sanctuary city’ as they welcomed 60 people on Wednesday, August 30. Texas has bussed more than 7,000 migrants so far to Washington DC and New York since April, spending nearly $13million on the initiative. The state has paid $12,707,720.92 to Wynne Transportation, the charter service that is taking migrants to the various cities. More than 7,400 migrants have been bused to DC since April and more than 1,500 to New York City since August 5. Gov. Abbott took another swipe at President Biden as he announced that he was sending the first bus to Chicago. He also called out Lightfoot, saying: ‘President Biden's inaction at our southern border continues putting the lives of Texans-and Americans-at risk and is overwhelming our communities. At least 60 migrants arrived in Chicago from Texas on Wednesday night, with Mayor Lori Lightfoot welcoming the new arrivals Lightfoot, pictured, took a swipe at Gov...
    Migrants from Texas are arriving by the busload in the Big Apple, as part of Texas Governor Greg Abbott's plan amid a growing feud between the states over asylum seekers, despite some city officials calling it 'inhumane.'   On Saturday, nearly 50 migrants, mostly young men and some women, arrived at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York, with another busload expected later in the day, The New York Post reported. Between 250-300 migrants were reported to have arrived on Wednesday at the Port Authority Bus Terminal, making it the largest total to arrive in one day so far. These expats make up the 1,500 that the Texas governor plans to send to the city to draw attention to the flood of migrants crossing daily from the southern border, with that number expected to rise to two million in this fiscal year, the news outlet reported. With many of the city's shelters already overburdened, the city opened 14 hotels in and around New York to house the surge of migrants on Thursday, the Post reported.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott has been...
    New York officials have accused Texas Gov. Greg Abbott of placing bar codes on the record amounts of migrants being bused into the Big Apple, calling the move an intimidation tactic amid a growing feud between the states over the asylum seekers. The claims stem from video captured by city immigration workers at the Port Authority bus station Wednesday, that seemingly show migrants arriving in the early morning wearing wristbands that appear to be designed to keep track of them. Upon arriving at the station at roughly 6:15 am, a total of 237 of the newcomers - including small children - were seen donning the wristbands, which each bore bar codes and were cut off by the immigration officials when they arrived. Those migrants - who arrived to the city on five packed-to-the-brim busses - were also subjected to an additional, unseen security system, as tensions mount over how to handle the newcomers, who predominantly hail from Central and South America. Earlier this month, Abbott began sending busloads of asylum seekers to New York City to call attention to the migrant crisis affecting his state...
    Mothers Against Greg Abbott has grown into a potent political force in the governor’s race, with a membership of over 50,000 on Facebook. The group recently caught more attention after releasing ads that have gone viral on social media. Editor’s note: This story contains explicit language. A little over a year ago, Nancy Thompson, an Austin mother of three kids, stood alone for two and half hours in front of the Texas Capitol with a sign that said “Mothers Against Greg Abbott.” This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2022/08/11/mothers-against-greg-abbott-texas/. She was most upset about the governor’s ban on mask mandates, worried about her son who was medically vulnerable to COVID-19 after being hospitalized for another virus that had “infected all his organs,” she said. “Honestly, I just didn’t give a shit anymore,” Thompson said. “I was just done. I was so done.” Now, her protests are not so lonely. Her “Mothers Against Greg Abbott” effort has grown into a potent political force in the governor’s race, with a membership of over 50,000 on Facebook. The group has...
    Big Apple Mayor Eric Adams wants to take his quarrel with Governor Greg Abbott to Texas, threatening on Tuesday to bus New Yorkers to the Lone Star state to get out the vote against the southwestern Republican.  'I already called all of my friends in Texas and told them how to cast their vote,' Adams said. "I am deeply contemplating taking a busload of New Yorkers to go to Texas and do some good old fashion doorknocking, because for the good of America we have to get him out of office.' Abbott is facing former Democratic flavor-of-the-month Beto O'Rourke in the November gubernatorial general election. 'It sounds like the Mayor of New York has taken on the additional role of political director for the Beto O’ Rourke campaign,' Abbott's campaign spokesman told the MailOnline. Democratic New York City Mayor Eric Adams threatened to bus New Yorkers to Texas in order to undermine support of incumbent Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott Last week, Governor Abbott started to bus undocumented migrants to New York City to protest the elimination of a federal emergency...
    Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed an indicted Austin police officer accused of using excessive force during 2020 protests to Texas’ regulatory law enforcement agency. Justin Berry was among 19 Austin police officers indicted earlier this year in the protests spurred by the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. Berry is charged with two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant. He also ran as a Republican for Texas House District 19 but lost in the primary runoff election this year. Abbott had endorsed Berry in the race, saying his “strong conservative values and experience stopping violent crime are exactly what we need in the Texas House.” Now, at the governor’s hand, Berry will serve on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which sets minimum licensing and training standards for police. Abbott did not immediately respond to The Texas Tribune's request for comment, but in a press release announcing Berry’s appointment Friday, he said the commission ensures “that the people of Texas are served by highly trained and ethical law enforcement, corrections, and telecommunications personnel.” Berry posted...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has a six-point lead over his Democrat challenger, failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, according to a recent poll. The University of Texas’ poll found that Abbott has 45 percent support of Texas voters. On the other hand, Democrat candidate O’Rourke received 39 percent support. Libertarian Party candidate Mark Tippets received two percent support, and Green Party candidate Delilah Barrios earned just one percent support. An additional ten percent of Texas voters “haven’t thought about it enough to have an opinion.” Abbott has consistently led over O’Rourke, according to polls going back to January. The Texas governor received former President Donald Trump’s endorsement in June 2021. Trump said Abbott is “a staunch defender of the Second Amendment and has made Texas a Second Amendment Sanctuary State.” O’Rourke recently crashed Abbott’s press conference held with the mayor of Uvalde, Texas, in the aftermath of the Uvalde school shooting. Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke interrupts a press conference held by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on May 25, 2022, following a shooting the day before at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas....
    Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) leads failed presidential candidate and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) by eight points in the Texas gubernatorial race, a CBS/YouGov poll released Thursday revealed. Overall, 49 percent of adult Texas residents said they would vote for Abbott if “the election for Governor of Texas were held” the day they were surveyed, while 41 percent stated they would cast a ballot for Democratic nominee O’Rourke. Six percent were “not sure,” while four percent said they would vote for a different candidate. Abbott holds a commanding 25-point lead over O’Rourke when it comes to independent voters, as 55 percent voiced their support for the governor and 30 percent backed failed U.S. Senate candidate O’Rourke. Eleven percent of independents favored “someone else” as a candidate, and six percent were “not sure” who they back.  Abbott is ahead in both the male and female demographics, 52 percent and 45 percent respectively, as well as with Texans between the ages 30-44, 45-64, and 65 and up. Numbers regarding the 18-29 demographic were not specified in the poll. Of Hispanics, 55 percent chose...
    GREG Abbott's political positions resulted in him becoming a headline-making public figure. Despite Governor Abbott's many years as a highly recognized politician, some are not aware of the reason why he is confined to a wheelchair. 2After his decade-plus stint as Texas Attorney General, Greg Abbott was elected as the state's Governor in 2014Credit: AP Why is Governor Greg Abbott in a wheelchair? When he was 26, a freak accident resulted in Greg Abbott's paralysis from the waist down. Back on July 14, 1984, Abbott was jogging before a storm caused an oak tree to fall on him. Due to the accident, he needed two steel rods implanted into his spine and undergo extensive rehab at the TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas. According to his website, the recovery process reminded him of his life lessons including perseverance. Read More on The US SunSHINING STAR Meet Greg Abbott's daughter Audrey AbbottSCHOOL TRAGEDY What to know about the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Abbott revealed in a YouTube video posted to his official account: "I was just...
    Texas taxpayers are paying the price for Governor Greg Abbott's plan to bus migrants who crossed into the U.S. illegally to Washington, D.C. As of June 7, $2.9 million in taxpayer funds have sent only 1,778 immigrants to the nation's capital, according to Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) documents – and the figure is expected to rise as more buses have already been deployed and Abbott shows no signs of slowing the stunt. More than $1 million of the total cost has gone toward security alone, while taxpayers are also footing the bill for drivers and GPS tracking, among other things. To help curb the costs of the initiative, Abbott launched a crowdfunding page to bus migrants called the Border Transportation Funding Donations. As of May 27, 2022 the fund has raised just $112,842 toward the effort. Abbott's office said Friday that more than 70 buses carrying 2,100 people have so far departed from the border in Texas, meaning that the taxpayer bill will continue to increase in future reports.  Texas taxpayers are footing the $2.9 million bill that...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced an anonymous donor has offered up $175,000 to cover the funeral costs of all 21 victims of the Texas school massacre.  Abbott, 64, announced the news at a press conference on Friday, saying that all the costs would be 'taken care of.'  'An anonymous donor who attended the meeting and provided $175,000 to ensure that every cost of every family concerning anything about funeral services is going to be taken care of,' he said. 'No family who is suffering from incalculable heartbreak at this time will have to worry about a single cost with regard to anything concerning this travesty.'  Abbott gave no indication as to who the donor was, although some have speculated about whether it could be Tesla tycoon Elon Musk, who now lives in Austin.   He went on to say that the state will be providing mental healthcare providers giving 'mental health assistance to anyone in the community who needs it.'  'When I say anyone that means the totality of anybody who lives in this community. We believe you would benefit from...
    Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, on Friday said he has been lied to by law enforcement about the facts around Tuesday's Uvalde school shooting, and said he was 'livid'.  Abbott on Wednesday defended the actions of the police and other local officials, emphasizing their heroics and insisting they prevented the situation from being far worse. Yet questions have been rapidly mounting about the actions of law enforcement - in particular, why they waited outside the school for an hour while Salvador Ramos, 18, was free inside the building to murder 19 children and two teachers. Initially police said that Ramos was wearing body armor and was confronted by an armed guard: on Thursday, they admitted that neither of those facts were true. They said Ramos was barricaded in a classroom, but it emerged on Wednesday night that the authorities had to get a key to open the door - leading to urgent questions as to why they didn't break it down.  And they said the delay in entering the school was because they were waiting for negotiators - an...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott garnered headlines late Thursday indicating that he plans to "skip" the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Houston on Friday and instead travel to Uvalde, where a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school earlier this week. But a look beyond the headlines reveals that Abbott is not actually skipping the event. In an apparent attempt to have it both ways, the governor recorded video remarks that will be played at the gun lobby's convention as he holds a press conference with local officials and grieving residents in Uvalde. "We're in the stage when Republican politicians hide and hope this blows over. Don't let it," Leah Greenberg, co-executive director of the progressive advocacy group Indivisible, tweeted in response to Abbott's adjusted plans. Musician Curtis Stigers was among those voicing outrage that Abbott—a fervent opponent of basic gun-safety regulations and recipient of NRA campaign cash—still intends to deliver remarks to the convention, just not in person. "This is bullshit," Stigers fumed, reacting to a social media post suggesting that he canceled his appearance....
    Sen. Majority Leader Chuck Schumer tore into Gov. Greg Abbott as an 'absolute fraud' for planning to go to the National Rifle Association's (NRA) leadership summit days after a gunman shot up a Texas elementary school, killing 19 children and two teachers.  'After Beto O'Rourke confronted Texas Governor Abbott's press conference the MAGA governor gave some empty platitudes about healing and hope. He asked people to put their agendas aside and think about someone other than themselves. Oh, my God. How dare he? What an absolute fraud the governor of Texas is. And this is the same Governor Abbott who tomorrow will go speak at the NRA convention.'  Abbott will speak at the NRA event in Houston, Texas over the weekend, as will former President Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.  O'Rourke was escorted out of Abbott's press briefing on the Uvalde shooting by police for causing a disturbance. 'This is on you!' he yelled at Abbott, who he's challenging for governor. Republicans at the briefing immediately shout down O'Rourke's interruption, accusing him of politicizing the tragedy.  Sen. Majority Leader...
    Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. The American Pie singer-songwriter will no longer do the Houston, Texas show put on by the gun rights advocacy group, the NRA - where Lee Greenwood, Danielle Peck and Larry Gatlin are billed to perform. McLean said it would be 'disrespectful and hurtful' after 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at Robb Elementary School by an 18-year-old mass shooter in the Texas city of Uvalde. Former US President Donald Trump and Texas Governor Greg Abbott are still scheduled to appear at the NRA event. No thanks: Don McLean has dropped out of his National Rifle Association Convention performance 'in light' of the second deadliest school mass shooting in US history. Seen on May 12 in Nashville The 76-year-old musician told TMZ: 'In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week.  RELATED ARTICLES ...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said that tightening gun laws is not a 'real solution' to gun violence because places like New York and Chicago see more shootings than schools in Texas.  On Tuesday an 18-year-old gunman opened fire at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two teachers.   'I know people like to try to oversimplify this,' Abbott said during a news briefing on the shooting Wednesday after he was asked whether there are any new gun laws he supports. 'There are 'real gun laws' in NY. There are real gun laws in California I hate to say this but there are more people who were shot every weekend in Chicago than in schools in Texas.'  'People need to realize-- who think well maybe we can just implement tougher gun laws, it's gonna solve it-- Chicago and LA and New York disprove that thesis,' the governor said.  'What you're talking about its not a real solution. Our job is to come up with real solutions we can implement.' Abbott laid blame for the school shooting not on...
    THE suspect in the Texas school shooting that left at least 14 children and one teacher dead has been identified as Salvador Romas, an 18-year-old Uvalde resident. Romas reportedly shot his grandmother before traveling to Robb Elementary School. 1Police responded to the shooting at Robb Elementary SchoolCredit: AP Romas reportedly abandoned his vehicle and entered the elementary school with a handgun. He may also have had a rifle with him, according to Governor Greg Abbott. The governor said Romas “shot and killed — horrifically, incomprehensibly" more than a dozen people, mostly children. Abbott, citing preliminary reports, said Romas was killed by responding officers. READ MORE ON UVALDE, TEXASSCHOOL SHOOTING Governor Greg Abbott says Salvador Romas, 18, killed 14 kids and a teacher Uvalde Memorial Hospital confirmed they received 13 children for treatment. Two additional students who arrived at UMH were deceased on arrival, the hospital said. Uvalde is a small town located about one hour from San Antonio. "Texans across the state are grieving More to follow...For the latest news on this story keep checking back at Sun...
    Few Americans know why there is a baby formula shortage in the U.S., and Governor Greg Abbott, along with many in the Republican Party, is taking the problem and pinning it on President Joe Biden, who has very little to do with what some parents see as a crisis. Thursday afternoon the Texas Republican issued a statement blasting the Biden administration after one Florida Congresswoman tweeted out a photo of baby formula in a Texas immigrant detention center, which was mostly apple sauce. Republicans have been demanding the Biden administration end what they call “catch and release,” and instead detain immigrants who cross into America illegally. Sometimes those immigrants have babies, and those babies need to be fed. But not according to Governor Abbott, apparently, whose press release says “Children are our most vulnerable, precious Texans and deserve to be put first.” Abbott blasts the Biden administration for being, it says, “happy to provide baby formula to illegal immigrants coming across our southern border,” and calls feeding babies in detention, “yet another one in a long line of reckless, out-of-touch...
    by Jennie Taer   The governor of the Mexican state Coahuila has enhanced security on his side of the border after an agreement with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, according to a video Coahuila Governor Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís posted to Twitter Wednesday. Riquelme Solís met April 14 with Abbott at the Texas Capitol to sign a joint memorandum of understanding (MOU) to combat illegal immigration and to clear up traffic on international bridges. In the memo, Riquelme Solis agreed to operate border checkpoints in Mexico and to deploy personnel and motor equipment to prevent certain immigrant crossings at ports. A video Riquelme Solis posted on Twitter Wednesday showed police from the Mexican state standing in front of a line of their vehicles with a helicopter overhead as part of his pledge to patrol his side of the border. Governor @mrikelme of Coahuila starts his enhanced border security measures after signing our historic agreement. We are securing BOTH sides of the border.pic.twitter.com/JpMqAPfBf6 — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) April 20, 2022 “These MOUs with the State of Chihuahua and the State of Coahuila signal yet another...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott is plotting a White House run - and his new policy of bussing illegal immigrants to DC is part of his plan to woo GOP voters, analysts believe.    Gov. Abbott was praised by fellow Republicans after he sent two buses full of Latin American asylum applicants to the U.S. Capitol last week.  He has vowed to continue to do so as border states brace for a huge influx of migrants from next month when President Biden brings a Trump-era law that guaranteed immediate expulsion to an end.  Party insiders allege Abbott's 'audacious' response to the border crisis is a first step towards a presidential bid, which they allege has been well received by an 'already amped-up base'.  'Like so many Republicans, Gov. Abbott is increasing his name ID and pushing on issues important to the base and thereby putting himself in a position to run,' GOP strategist Doug Heye told the newspaper.   'Hopefully this gets liberal elites and the Biden administration to actually care about the millions of illegal aliens who are streaming across our southern border,' Sen. Ted...
    (CNN)Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appears to have violated the US Constitution by mandating additional inspections of commercial vehicles arriving in Texas from Mexico. After trucks were delayed for more than 12 hours, causing supply chain issues on both sides of the border, Abbott lifted the order Friday. James MooreWhile he claims he was fighting drug cartels with executive actions, Abbott used state resources to design a personal cartel of intimidation to serve his political ambitions. In doing so, he flagrantly interfered with legal commerce and did so without probable cause, while hurting American businesses and consumers. The Constitution's privileges and immunities clause guarantees a right to free movement. Governments do not have the right to stop people and question them without probable cause, and simply crossing the border in a truck can hardly be considered probable.Abbott, who is running for reelection, has staked his political future on his border policies. After the Biden administration announced this month it would end Title 42, a Trump-era ruling requiring immigrants to stay in Mexico while awaiting processing into the United States, Abbott tried...
    A top border patrol official slammed Texas Governor Greg Abbott for busing migrants to Washington DC.   Commissioner Chris Magnus, 61, criticized Abbott for bypassing the government when deciding to bus migrants to the nation's capital - which Abbott has started doing in response to the expected flood of migrants to come across the border when the Biden administration ends the Title 42 health measures next month.  'Governor Abbott is taking actions to move migrants without adequately coordinating with the federal government and local border communities,' he said in a statement.   He accused Abbott, 64, of disrupting Border Patrol's processing procedures, which require immigrants who are not expedited to attend an immigration proceeding before freely moving around the country.  'Individuals encountered at the border who are not subject to expulsion under Title 42 are placed into immigration enforcement proceedings, according to law. As part of this process, some noncitizens are placed into expedited removal processes, while others may be issued a notice to appear at immigration proceedings and placed in Alternatives to Detention.  'As individuals await the outcome of their immigration...
    "Hundreds of commercial trucks wait in line to cross the Progreso International bridge into Mexico on April 13, 2022 in Progreso, Texas." Right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s political stunt that has forced commercial truckers to undergo unnecessary secondary inspections and resulted in massive delays and financial losses has been an absolute trainwreck—and he knows it. That’s why he sat down for a photo opportunity on Wednesday to sign a supposed deal with the governor of the Mexican state of Nuevo León. The agreement purports to “ease commercial traffic at the Laredo-Colombia bridge,” The Texas Tribune reports. Patting himself on the back for claiming to nix a problem he created—gotta hand it to that guy. But in reality, the agreement “provides little relief for the overall trade logjam” created by Abbott in retaliation for the Biden administration’s just decision to stop enforcing Stephen Miller’s anti-asylum Title 42 policy. A dozen other crossings remain impacted by Abbott’s stunt, including the Pharr Bridge, the busiest crossing in terms of getting Mexican produce to the U.S. RELATED STORY: Greg Abbott's own party slams his unnecessary secondary inspections as 'political theater' While he may have gotten one Mexican governor to sit for...
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott walked back his tighter inspection measures for truckers at a key border crossing after White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday blamed him for driving up already runaway prices caused by record-high inflation.  Abbott, 64, had ordered trucks to undergo 'enhanced safety inspections' on April 6 to curb human trafficking and the flow of drugs across the Texas-Mexico border.  The move was part of 'unprecedented actions' he vowed in response to the Biden administration announcement that next month it will end Title 42, a public health law that has limited asylum-seekers in the name of preventing the spread of COVID-19.  Psaki, 43, said at a press conference on Wednesday that Abbott's inspections were 'unnecessary' and driving up the 8.5 percent inflation rate - the highest it's been in 40 years. 'Governor Abbott's unnecessary and redundant inspections of trucks transiting ports of entry between Texas and Mexico are causing significant disruptions to the food and automobile supply chains, delaying manufacturing, impacting jobs, and raising prices for families in Texas and across the country,' she said.  'These actions...
    The first group of migrants bussed in from Texas have arrived at the nation's Capitol after Gov. Abbott's new immigration plan to fight back at what he says is the federal government's lax border policies.  The Republican governor announced last week that he would direct the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to charter busses to send migrants released from federal custody into Texas to Washington, D.C.  The first bus pulled up around 8 a.m. on Wednesday just blocks away from the Capitol building, in front of the building that houses Fox News, NBC and C-SPAN. The migrants had come from the Del Rio sector in Texas and had traveled to the U.S. border from Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. After the bus arrived, migrants disembarked one by one, checked in with officials who cut off wrist bands whey were wearing and were told they could go, according to Fox News Digital.  A second bus is currently en route to Washington, the governor's office said in a press release.   Some had predicted that the governor was bluffing, and the legality of...
    The governor of Texas has said there is already a high demand for buses to take migrants from his state to Washington DC, in a move he said was designed to show Joe Biden the scale of the problem, and 'take the border to him'. Greg Abbott, a Republican facing re-election in November and being challenged by Beto O'Rourke, announced on Wednesday that migrants who opted into the scheme would be bused from his state to DC, and left on the steps of the Capitol. On Friday, Abbott said that his team had received multiple calls from communities in the Rio Grande Valley requesting buses to transport the migrants. 'Overnight there were multiple communities in the Rio Grande Valley asking us to provide buses for them, maybe even planes,' said Abbott. Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, on Friday told Fox News that there had been a flurry of requests for buses to take migrants to Washington DC Fox News Privacy Policy Asylum-seeking migrants cross the Rio Bravo river from Ciudad Juarez in Mexico to El Paso, Texas, on...
    (CNN)Texas will send busloads of undocumented immigrants to the steps of the US Capitol, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday, in response to the Biden administration ending a pandemic-era health order that effectively blocked migrants from entering the US.Former President Donald Trump implemented the order, known as Title 42, at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. His administration said the order was to help prevent the spread of the virus across the US' borders with Mexico and Canada, but public health officials, at the time, suspected political motivations.The Biden administration announced last week the order would end on May 23."To help local officials whose communities are being overwhelmed by hordes of illegal immigrants who are being dropped off by the administration, Texas is providing charter buses to send these illegal immigrants who have been dropped off by the Biden Administration to Washington, DC," Abbott said during a news conference Wednesday along the US-Mexico border in Weslaco, Texas.The state has assembled a pool of up to 900 buses for the operation, according to Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, who...
    Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke characterized incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott as an 'authoritarian thug' with his 'own oligarch[s] here in the state of Texas' within the gas industry, at Saturday's SXSW music and media event in Austin. In an hour-long interview with Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith, former congressman and presidential candidate O'Rourke detailed Abbott's 'extremism and fringe politics' that he said were 'deeply hurting the people of the state of Texas.'    'I just had a chance to meet with the ambassador from the EU [European Union],' O'Rourke said at the top of the interview.  'We talked about the fact that you're seeing the continued rise of authoritarians and thugs across the world, and we have our own right here in the state of Texas... [Greg Abbott is] a thug. He's an authoritarian.' O'Rourke also accused the longtime Texas governor of overlooking sex-trafficked children in his state in favor of his 'crazed fixation' on transgender children.   Scroll down for video In an hour-long interview with Texas Tribune CEO and co-founder Evan Smith, former congressman and presidential candidate...
    Incumbent Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott defeated primary challenges and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke won the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in the Lone Star State’s Tuesday primary elections. Abbott faced seven primary challengers in his race for reelection: businessman Don Huffines, ex-state GOP Chairman Allen West, conservative media personality Chad Prather, philanthropist and baroness Kandy Kaye Horn, attorney Paul Belew, businessman Danny Harrison, and a Rick Perry who is not the same Rick Perry who was previously the governor of Texas, but rather a computer engineer. Huffines and West were Abbott’s most prominent challengers, who pushed the race to the right by arguing that Abbott is not conservative enough. But that appeared to be their goal, as the pair even campaigned together across the state. VERMONT SENATE CANDIDATE CHRISTINA NOLAN WANTS TO MAKE HISTORY MULTIPLE TIMES OVER Abbott has taken a number of actions to build his credentials with his base, including hardline stances on immigration and border security. He was endorsed in the race by former President Donald Trump. Abbott’s primary challengers faced steep...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Greg Abbott wins Republican nomination for governor in Texas primary election. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered his state's child welfare agency to investigate reports of 'gender-transitioning procedures' among the Lone Star State's children as potential child abuse.  Abbott issued the order in a letter on Tuesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, saying that procedures for transgender youth such as hormone therapy constitute child abuse. The directive came just one day after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who like Abbott, is also a Republican, issued an opinion finding that such procedures are child abuse under existing Texas law. The Biden administration responded furiously to the Texas order, with a White House spokesperson calling it needless and dangerous.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered his state's child welfare agency to investigate reports of 'gender-transitioning procedures' as child abuse Abbott issued the order in a letter on Tuesday to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services 'Conservative officials in Texas and other states across the country should stop inserting themselves into health care decisions that create needless tension between pediatricians and their patients,' White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary...
    Former Congressman and close-but-no-cigar Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is within striking distance of incumbent Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott in a new poll sure to tantalize Democrats. Democrats have been wishfully thinking about flipping Texas blue for longer ‘n horns on a Longhorn steer, dadgummit, and they’re not about to give up now, when they’re almost there! Respondents to a poll released by Climate Nexus this week were asked “If the election for Texas governor were being held today, and the candidates were Beto O’Rourke the Democrat and Greg Abbott the Republican, for whom would you vote?” Gov. Abbott failed to gain a majority against O’Rourke, with only 45 percent of respondents saying they would vote to reelect the incumbent. And while Abbott has been leading the former congressman by double-digits in every poll, O’Rourke received 40 percent support in this poll — within 5 points of Abbott in a poll with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.3 percentage points. It’s just one poll, and the poll question sat in the back end of a survey...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is reportedly pleading with crypto miners to help the state get through the bitter winter in the event the electric power grid fails. According to Bloomberg, details about Abbott's discussion with a group of crypto miners are now being publicized as the state braces for inclement winter weather. During the meeting, which was held at the governor's mansion in Austin, Texas, one concern was expressed: "Electricity-hungry Bitcoin miners could shore up the state’s power grid, a top priority after a deep freeze last winter triggered blackouts that left hundreds dead." Four individuals who reportedly attended the meeting said that Abbott made his request clear. "Help me get through the winter," the governor reportedly said. Per Bloomberg, surviving the winter may be a critical key if Abbott wants to win re-election as the electric grid and the governor's failed leadership last winter are two relatively weak spots for his campaign. A poll conducted by the University of Texas/Texas Tribune back in October also showed that "60% of Texans disapprove of how state leaders have...
    As a possible ice storm heads toward the Lone Star State nearly one year after the last winter storm, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) is facing criticism for reneging on a promise he recently made to his constituents. Back in November, Abbott was asked about the state's electrical grid and whether or not it could withstand bitter temperatures following the devasting winter of 2021. He guaranteed the electrical grid would not fail. "I can guarantee the lights will stay on," Abbott told a KTBC-TV reporter at the time. However, it appears that has changed now. During a press conference on Tuesday, February 1, the Republican governor backpedaled on his promise saying there was a possibility that severe weather could cause power outages. “Either ice on power lines ... could cause a power line to go down, or it could be ice on trees that causes a tree to fall on power lines,” Abbott said. "No one can guarantee that there won't be a load shed event," Abbott said, according to the Texas Tribune. "But what we will work...
    Brandon Bell/Getty Images Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-TX) received a less than friendly welcome at former President Donald Trump’s rally in Conroe, Texas over the weekend. Abbott, who has Trump’s endorsement for reelection this year, was booed by many in the crowd as he was announced to take the stage on Saturday night. “Abbott sucks” and “You’re a RINO” could be heard in video clips that circulated on social media after the rally. “RINO” is a derogatory term in conservative circles meaning, “Republican in name only.” Katrina Pierson, a former spokesperson for Trump’s 2016 campaign responded on Twitter, writing, “It was very awkward.” While Abbott managed to snatch a coveted endorsement last June from Trump, with the former president praising him as a “fighter and a great governor for the incredible people of Texas,” his primary challengers this cycle have apparently eroded his support from the right. It was very awkward. ???? https://t.co/tflMhTjCvV — Katrina Pierson (@KatrinaPierson) January 30, 2022 Former state Senator Don Huffines, who is challenging Abbott in 2022, slammed the governor at CPAC in July, calling...
              by Eric Lendrum   On Tuesday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R-Texas) filed a lawsuit against the administration of Joe Biden over the federal vaccine requirement for members of the National Guard. As reported by CNN, Abbott’s lawsuit declares that the vaccine mandate for the Texas National Guard infringes on “Governor Abbott’s authority as Commander in Chief and on Texas’s sovereignty,” and that “it is unlawful for Defendants to attempt to override the Governor’s authority to govern his troops, and then leave him to deal with the harms that they leave in their wake.” The lawsuit is in response to a policy implemented by an August memorandum from Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, declaring that all members of the American military must be vaccinated or else face discharge. Austin declared that the mandate would include non-federalized National Guard members, such as state National Guards, and that any states that defied the mandate would face a funding freeze or see members be prohibited from engaging in military duties. Abbott’s lawsuit notes that over 220 members of the Texas Air National Guard, and roughly...
    Dec. 28, 2021 "Gov. Greg Abbott intervened to put a positive spin on Texas' power grid" was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues. Sign up for The Brief, our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The two most powerful people overseeing Texas’ electric grid sat next to each other in a quickly arranged Austin news conference in early December to try to assure Texans that the state’s electricity supply was prepared for winter. “The lights are going to stay on this winter,” said Peter Lake, chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, echoing recent public remarks by Gov. Greg Abbott. Two weeks earlier, Abbott had told Austin’s Fox 7 News that he “can guarantee the lights will stay on.” The press conference that followed from Lake and the chief of the state’s independent grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Doling out pardons is a holiday tradition for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who around every Christmas grants them to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. But one name stands out on his desk: George Floyd. READ MORE: What's Next After Derek Chauvin's Guilty Plea?Abbott has not said whether he will posthumously pardon Floyd this year for a 2004 drug arrest in Houston by a former officer whose police work is no longer trusted by prosecutors. Texas’ parole board — stacked with Abbott appointees — unanimously recommended a pardon for Floyd in October. Since then, the two-term Republican governor, who is up for reelection in 2022, has given no indication of whether he will grant what would be only the second posthumous pardon in Texas history. Floyd, who was Black, spent much of his life in Houston before moving to Minnesota, where his death under the knee of a white police officer last year led to a U.S. reckoning on race and policing. “It doesn’t matter who you think...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Thursday the Lone Star State will not impose President Joe Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate on Texas National Guard. In August, Abbott issued an executive order barring the implementation of a vaccine mandate by any governmental entity in Texas. The move came after the governor directed ordered Texas Adjutant General Tracy Norris not to penalize guardsmen for rejecting the jab in October. Abbott wrote in a pointed letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin: “As Governor of Texas, I am the commander-in-chief of this State’s militia. In that capacity, on October 4, 2021, I ordered the Adjutant General of Texas to comply with my Executive Order GA-39. If unvaccinated guardsmen suffer any adverse consequences within the State of Texas, they will have only President Joe Biden and his Administration to blame.” “The State of Texas will not enforce this latest COVID-19 vaccine mandate against its guardsmen. If the federal government keeps threatening to defund the Texas National Guard, I will deploy every legal tool available to me as Governor in defense of these American heroes,” the governor concluded. Austin previously warned that service...
    Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott filed to run for re-election on Tuesday in preparation for the 2022 gubernatorial election in the state.  'We must continue to secure our border, support our police, & keep Texas a job creation machine,' he tweeted along with a video announcing his re-election campaign. 'With your help, Texas will remain the best state in America.'  Abbott is seen in the video in front of his wife, Cecilia, and daughter, Audrey, with a stack of papers that he says contains the signatures of more than 20,000 Texans in favor of seeing him on the ballot again. 'I'm here today to officially sign the paperwork to run for re-election as governor of the great state of Texas,' he announced.   Scroll down for video  Incumbent Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott filed to run for re-election on Tuesday Abbott, a Republican, is seeking a third term and has emerged as a national figure by taking strong stances on lightning rod issues such as abortion and border security Actor Matthew McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has hinted at a gubernatorial...
    In head-to-head matchups, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott leads Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke in next year’s governor’s race in the Lone Star State. But actor and Texas native Matthew McConaughey, who is reportedly weighing a bid for governor, leads them both, according to a Dallas Morning News -University of Texas at Tyler poll released Sunday . But in a three-way race, voters prefer Abbott. The poll found that in a race between Abbott and O’Rourke, the governor led 45%-39%. But a substantial 22% said they want someone else to be governor. TABLES TURNED IN MICHIGAN COVID-19 WARS BETWEEN WHITMER AND GOP LAWMAKERS McConaughey has publicly expressed interest in the race, even reportedly calling influential people in Texas political circles, including centrist GOP donors. He has not declared his candidacy. The poll found that in a hypothetical matchup between McConaughey and Abbott, the actor led the incumbent governor 43% to 35%. Between McConaughey and O’Rourke, the actor led 49% to 27%. However, neither scenario is likely, as Abbott is seeking reelection and it is unclear...
    A new poll suggests that actor Matthew McConaughey could defeat either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democrat hopeful Beto O'Rourke in a race for the Texas governor's office. The poll from the University of Texas and Dallas Morning News found that McConaughey is preferred in both one-on-one matchups, but that Abbott would win in a three-way race.  McConaughey, who lives in Austin, has teased a run for governor for months but has not said whether he would make one as a Republican or a Democrat.  The 52-year-old Oscar-winning actor keeps his political views close to the vest, but his prior remarks suggest that he is moderate to conservative-leaning.  A new poll suggests that actor Matthew McConaughey could defeat either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democrat hopeful Beto O'Rourke for Texas governor RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke doubles down... Democratic Texas State Rep. jumps ship to the Republican... Share this article Share In the new poll, respondents asked about a hypothetical matchup between Abbott and McConaughey preferred...
    Democratic Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke on Sunday said he stands by his controversial 2019 comment that “we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.” Asked by co-host Dana BashDana BashChristie: Trump rhetoric about stolen election led to Jan. 6 attack Christie won't say if he'll support Trump in 2024 if he is the GOP nominee Club for Growth launches ad against Democrats over social spending bill MORE on CNN’s “State of the Union” if he would stand by his vow if elected governor of Texas, O’Rourke said, “I still hold this view.” “Look, we are a state that has a long, proud tradition of responsible gun ownership. And most of us here in Texas do not want to see our friends, our family members, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war. So yes, I still hold this view,” O’Rourke said. While running for president in 2019, O'Rourke defended his proposed mandatory buyback of assault-style weapons during a Democratic primary debate.  “Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47," he told a crowd at the time. "We're not going...
    DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Beto O’Rourke announced the news on Twitter early Monday morning, Nov. 15. “I’m running for Governor and I want to tell you why,” he began. READ MORE: Keller ISD Parents Call On School Board To Remove Sexually Explicit Books Or ResignBy the afternoon, he was in his Toyota pick-up truck meeting with voters in West Texas. In a one-on-one interview, the former El Paso Congressman sharply criticized Governor Greg Abbott’s record and explained why he believes the incumbent Republican doesn’t deserve a third term. “It’s going to take getting past the small divisive leadership of Greg Abbott, whether it’s the grid failure that knocked millions out of power, and cost hundreds their lives, or the botched response to COVID, or these petty culture wars around girls, athletics and middle schools, or the abortion ban with the bounties paid to vigilantes.” Among his priorities, expanding Medicaid, the healthcare program for the poor. “If we don’t expand Medicaid in Texas, we might see more rural hospitals close up. We might see fewer doctors in these already underserved...
    Beto O'Rourke announced Monday that he is running for Texas governor against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, who is running for his third term. 'I'm running for governor,' O'Rourke tweeted along with a two minute and fifteen second video. 'Together, we can push past the small and divisive politics that we see in Texas today — and get back to the big, bold vision that used to define Texas. A Texas big enough for all of us,' he continued. It's likely the Democratic candidate, who was unsuccessful in his Senate run against Republican Ted Cruz in 2018, will run on some hot button issues in the Lone Star State, like stricter gun laws, expanding voting rights and abortion access and implementing vaccine mandates. Abbott responded to the announcement with a simple and direct message: 'Bring it.' Beto O'Rourke announced Monday he is running for governor in 2022 in Texas – after a failed 2018 senator run against Ted Cruz In a two-minute video posted to Twitter, O'Rourke said he is running to make sure elected leaders listen to Texans  Abbott,...
    AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) is a fighter. Whether it’s surviving a near-fatal accident that left him paralyzed or leading his state through the coronavirus pandemic, Abbott isn’t afraid of adversity, and he has faced plenty of it from the “Brandon” administration. In spite of President Joe Biden’s open-border policies, anti-drilling agenda, and vaccine authoritarianism, Abbott told Breitbart News that Texas is and remains America’s “Opportunity State.” On a windy afternoon in mid-October at the University of Texas’s football stadium, Abbott – the 48th and current governor of Texas – sat at the fifty-yard line for a broad exclusive interview with Breitbart News’ On the Hill video series. During the interview, Abbott pitched himself as the counterbalance to President Biden’s “disastrous policies” and federal overreach — things so often seen when the Democrats hold power. It’s a role with which he is very familiar. As Texas attorney general, Abbott sued the Obama administration 27 times. Since Biden took office, Abbott has continued to push back against Democrats, including being one of the first governors to fully re-open his state for business and terminate...