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    All the hostages taken during a Shabbat service at Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, TX have been released and are safe, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) tweeted Saturday night. Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 16, 2022 The gunman had initially taken four people hostage, including the congregation’s rabbi. He later released one hostage amid negotiations, who was uninjured. Multiple reports stated that the gunman had demanded the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist serving an 86-year-long sentence after being convicted of attempting to murder U.S. soldiers. This story is breaking and will be updated. Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com
    COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP/CBSLA) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweets that all hostages are safe after standoff inside Dallas-area synagogue.   Prayers answered. All hostages are out alive and safe. — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 16, 2022
    COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweets that all hostages are safe after standoff inside Dallas-area synagogue. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Despite condemnation from human right organizations, a civil rights complaint, and a string of tragic military deaths, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border scheme has continued unabated since early last year. However, a state district judge’s decision this past Thursday could finally begin to change that. The Texas Tribune reports Judge Jan Soifer agreed to throw out state trespassing charges filed against an asylum-seeker swept up under the border scheme, citing violation of the U.S. Constitution’s supremacy clause. While the ruling applies only to this man, legal advocates say thousands of other people arrested under Abbott’s policy could launch similar legal action. “Everybody who has a pending misdemeanor trespassing arrest under OLS will have the exact same challenge,” Texas RioGrande Legal Aid attorney Kristin Etter tells The Texas Tribune. The report said that more than 2,000 asylum-seekers and migrants have been swept up under the political policy since its launch in March 2021. “This sets a clear precedent in all of those cases both pending and future.” “Though far from the first court challenge to Abbott’s arrest initiative—which has been vexed with wrongful arrests, prosecutorial...
    A county judge in Texas dealt a blow to Governor Greg Abbott's controversial 'Operation Lone Star' after ruling his national guard's apprehension of an illegal immigrant unconstitutional Thursday.  Operation Lone Star was created by Abbott amidst a wave of illegal immigrants from Central America crossing the US-Mexico border. It deploys law enforcement in areas human and drug smugglers are known to frequent.  The ruling could see the initiative stifled with attorneys saying that it could open a path for other immigrants to challenge their detention.  Judge Jan Soifer ruled in favor of Jesus Alberto Guzman Curipoma, an Ecuadorian engineer arrested in September and charged with criminal trespassing.   Angelica Cogliano, Curipoma's lawyer, said that Operation Lone Star was unconstitutional because it tries to supersede federal immigration law.   Governor Greg Abbott's (pictured) controversial Operation Lone Star came into question after an arrest that allegedly happened under the program was deemed unconstitutional Thursday A judge ruled that a man arrested for illegally crossing the border under the law was superceding federal immigration policy and therefor illegal RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next...
    Right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. At least five soldiers involuntarily tied to Texas’ Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star border scheme have died, a number of them due to suspected suicide, reports have said. Facing bipartisan criticism over these tragic deaths, Abbott has issued a response befitting a true leader: But Joe Biden. The Texas Tribune reports that right-wing Republican demanded to know why critics were “not at the very same time saying something” about deaths under President Biden. “Why are they silent about that? The answer—they’re just playing politics,” Abbott complained. “The life of a soldier is far more valuable than the words of a politician playing politics.” Okay—so why is he sending soldiers on a political mission that retired military have already described as political? “Abbott is shrugging off the deaths of five Guardsmen as he continues to denigrate the service of all Guard members by asking them to perform as the backdrop for his political photo ops,” challenger Beto O’Rourke responded in a statement reported by The Texas Tribune. “He hasn’t paid them on time, he’s slashed their earned benefits, he has...
    "Activists protest outside the Marriott Marquis hotel where the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were holding their annual trade symposium on July 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois." The Border Patrol’s union had never endorsed a presidential candidate when it threw its support behind the former president’s campaign in 2016, defending criticisms about the racist’s “tone” in a statement. Of course it defended racist lies about Mexicans being rapists—it agreed with it. It’s a reason why the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) is now endorsing another anti-immigrant loudmouth, this time for governor: Texas’ Greg Abbott. NBPC President Brandon Judd claimed in a statement reported by KXAN that Abbott “is doing what the federal government has refused to do,” like “going to go after fentanyl.” That second thing’s a real doozy considering Republicans are on the record as being mad about huge amounts of drugs being seized at the border ... under the Biden administration. No, seriously, they’re super pissed. KXAN reports that Judd is also a major fan of Abbott’s Operation Lone Star, a discriminatory and abusive scheme that’s swept up and jailed hundreds of asylum-seekers, many with no charges...
              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...
    "A Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) boat patrols passes a Mexican fisherman on the Rio Grande on March 24, 2021 near Mission, Texas." A number of soldiers forced to serve in right-wing Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border scheme have died by suspected suicide in recent months, Army Times reports.  Pfc. Joshua R. Cortez, among the four soldiers to have died since October, “was preparing to accept a ‘lifetime job’” when he was abruptly deployed for Abbott’s Operation Lone Star. The political scheme has targeted asylum-seekers for arrest and detention for months on end without any formal charges. Cortez had initially appealed, writing it was his “last opportunity” for the job, Army Times continued. While his company commander sided with him, it was overruled. “Sometime in the next 36 hours, Cortez drove to a parking lot in northwest San Antonio and shot himself in the head.” A Texas Military Department spokesperson “cautioned, ‘some of these [deaths] are still part of an open investigation’ pending a final cause of death,” Army Times noted. “But all four deaths reportedly occurred via self-inflicted gunshot wounds, according to...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has sued President Biden over the administration's military vaccine mandate, citing the governor's authority 'as Commander in Chief and on Texas's sovereignty.' Abbott filed suit Tuesday in Texas, asking a federal judge to overturn Biden's vaccine requirement, in a filing that repeatedly invokes Abbott's own authority as commander of chief of the guard, which is subject to complex jurisdiction. Under overlapping statutes, state national guards remain under the command of governors except when they are called up for federal by the president. Title 10 of the U.S. Code applies to active duty military, while Title 32 applies to the Guard.  Texas Governor Greg Abbott sued President Biden and Pentagon officials over the military vaccine mandate 'Defendants’ intrusion into the discretion and scope of Title 32 commanders is contrary to the balance of power between federal and state officials set out by the U.S. Constitution and federal law,' Abbott argues in the suit, which names Biden in his professional capacity. 'It is unlawful for Defendants to attempt to override the Governor's authority to govern his troops, and...
    Portions of Texas are experiencing frigid winter weather for the first time this season. Given last year’s devastating winter storm that led to millions going without power and at least 246 people dying, all eyes are on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization that operates the state’s power grid. All messaging from Gov. Greg Abbott and ERCOT has been resoundingly optimistic and oddly unified—and there’s a reason for that. According to the Texas Tribune, Abbott deliberately stepped in to set up a reassuring press conference and take the public relations reins from ERCOT. ERCOT board member Peter Lake and interim ERCOT CEO Brad Jones held a public meeting in early December where they promised Texans that “the lights will stay on,” echoing verbatim comments made by Abbott during an interview with Austin Fox affiliate KTBC mere weeks beforehand. Towards the end of December, ERCOT issued a press release with even more reassurances. “Texans can be confident the electric generation fleet and the grid are winterized and ready to provide power,” Vice President of Grid Planning and Weatherization...
    Gov. Greg Abbott sued the Biden administration for imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate that covers the Texas National Guard. In a Tuesday letter addressed to Major Gen. Tracy Norris, the adjutant general of the Texas Military Department, Abbott said he will file suit in federal court over the "latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate" while stressing that he, not President Joe Biden, is commander in chief of the Texas National Guard. TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT ORDERS CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION INTO PORNOGRAPHY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS "As the commander-in-chief of Texas's militia, I have issued a straightforward order to every member of the Texas National Guard within my chain of command," Abbott's letter said. "Do not punish any guardsman for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine." As commander-in-chief of Texas' militia, I will not tolerate Biden's efforts to compel Guardsmen to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.That is why I am suing the Biden Admin. over its latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate.Read my full letter:https://t.co/kt4prg1w4c— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 4, 2022 A lawsuit was filed Tuesday in the Eastern District...
    Greg Abbott, who's raked in thousands of campaign donations from energy executives and board members, decided to do them a favor and wage a public relations campaign in ERCOT's favor. Portions of Texas are experiencing frigid winter weather for the first time this season. Given last year’s devastating winter storm that led to millions going without power and at least 246 people dying, all eyes are on the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), the organization that operates the state’s power grid. All messaging from Gov. Greg Abbott and ERCOT has been resoundingly optimistic and oddly unified—and there’s a reason for that. According to the Texas Tribune, Abbott deliberately stepped in to set up a reassuring press conference and take the public relations reins from ERCOT. ERCOT board member Peter Lake and interim ERCOT CEO Brad Jones held a public meeting in early December where they promised Texans that “the lights will stay on,” echoing verbatim comments made by Abbott during an interview with Austin Fox affiliate KTBC mere weeks beforehand. Towards the end of December, ERCOT issued a press release with even more reassurances. “Texans...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) announced Tuesday that he plans to sue the Biden Administration over its COVID-19 vaccine mandate for the Texas National Guard. “As the commander-in-chief of Texas’s militia, I have issued a straightforward order to every member of the Texas National Guard within my chain of command: Do not punish any guardsman for choosing not to receive a COVID-19 vaccine,” Abbott wrote. As commander-in-chief of Texas militia, I will not tolerate Bidens efforts to compel Guardsmen to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. That is why I am suing the Biden Admin. over its latest unconstitutional vaccine mandate. Read my full letter:https://t.co/kt4prg1w4c — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) January 4, 2022 “Unless President Biden federalizes the Texas National Guard in accordance with Title 10 of the U.S. Code, he is not your commander-in-chief under our federal or state Constitutions. And as long as I am your commander-in-chief, I will not tolerate efforts to compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine. Let me be crystal clear: It is the federal government that has put Texas’s guardsmen in this difficult position. As your commander-in-chief,...
    Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Republicans across the board have done everything they can to not work productively on a course of action that might succeed in protecting the public and controlling the spread of the virus. The first step, led by the incompetent Trump administration, was to deny the serious nature of the pandemic. The second step was to blame China for the pandemic while both denying the seriousness of the event and not doing anything about it. The third step was to maintain that the virus, which has taken almost 1 million American lives—and claimed the lives of countless others due to the stresses on our health care infrastructure—was not serious, and any attempts at mitigating its spread through public policy were an affront to Americans’ constitutional rights. Some of the guiltiest purveyors of misinformation and deadly public policy are the Republican officials in Texas. Whether it is Sen. Ted Cruz and his blindingly sociopathic hypocrisy, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s alternate race-baiting and declaration that grandparents should sacrifice their lives for capitalism, or Gov. Greg Abbott suing the Biden administration...
    A federal judge blocked mask and vaccine mandates in the state's Head Start program in a ruling on Friday, which Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottOvernight Energy & Environment — Analysts predict rising gas prices Pentagon goes on offense vs GOP on vaccine mandates Posthumous pardon recommendation for George Floyd withdrawn by Texas parole board MORE quickly hailed as an example of his state earning a victory over the Biden administration. "The Court concludes that the circumstances do not justify or require a nationwide injunction,” the ruling by Judge James "Wesley" Hendrix said, KLBK Lubbock reported. “…The great majority of evidence before the Court is limited to harm caused to Head Start programs in Texas." Hendrix is a Trump appointee who took his position in 2019. Lubbock Independent School District (LISD) and the state of Texas sued the Biden administration earlier this month to temporarily block the mandates for the Head Start program from going into effect nationwide, but the judge restricted the order to only apply to Texas, KLBK reported. LISD and Texas's attorney general argued that mask and vaccine mandates negatively impact the Head Start...
    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...
    The Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles withdrew its recommendation to pardon George Floyd posthumously for a 2004 Houston drug charge. A spokesman for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told the Dallas Morning News the decision was made because it "contained procedural errors and lack of compliance with Board rules." Floyd is among a group of 25 people the Board had rejected. It is a yearly tradition for the Texas governor to pardon state residents for minor offenses committed years ago. The Board unanimously recommended Floyd's pardon in October after a request was filed in April, reports the Associated Press. JUDGE DENIES MICHAEL FLYNN'S RESTRAINING ORDER REQUEST AGAINST JAN. 6 COMMITTEE In 2004, an officer arrested Floyd in Houston for selling $10 worth of crack in a police sting. Floyd later pleaded guilty to a drug charge and was sentenced to 10 months in a state jail. Allison Mathis, a public defender in Houston, filed for the pardon. Mathis claims the arresting officer, Gerald Goines, made up an informant in Floyd's case and that "no...
    Welcome to the Glean, MinnPost’s twice-daily roundup of Minnesota news. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott every Christmas grants pardons to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. One name stands out this year: George Floyd. In 2004, George Floyd was arrested on drug charges in Houston by a former officer whose police work is no longer trusted by prosecutors. As the coronavirus pandemic spread across the country, deaths from drug overdoses surged by nearly 30%. The drug crisis has also diversified from an overwhelmingly white affliction to killing people of color with staggering speed. A Bemidji mother tells her story. DFL state Sen. Omar Fateh tweeted on Tuesday that “It’s time to break the silence on Sheriff Hutch’s DWI.” Fateh is calling on Hennepin County Sheriff Dave Hutchinson to resign following his guilty plea to a fourth-degree DWI in the wake of a December 8 rollover crash in central Minnesota. Volunteers from environmental organizations and the community, as part of the University of Georgia’s Mississippi River Plastic Pollution Initiative, logged the garbage they discovered...
    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 Governor Greg Abbott was at the US-Mexico border in Starr County on Saturday to kick off work on a border wall funded entirely by private donors and state funds. Abbott has championed the wall, which will take up $1 billion in state money and $54 million from private sector gifts, after President Joe Biden paused federal border wall construction for a review on his first day in office. He then canceled several federal contracts for it. The construction begins as it was revealed that migrant crossing attempts at the southern border rose 140% from November 2021. Abbott has aimed to crack down on migration through his Operation Lone Star Initiative, which utilizes Texas' National Guard and its Department of Public Safety. The initiative has already placed physical hurdles, like steel shipping containers, on borderlines to block migrants.  'While Biden does nothing, we are stepping up to protect our communities,' Abbott tweeted on Saturday.  'The Lone Star State is securing the border.'  Texas Governor Greg Abbott was at the US-Mexico border in Starr County Saturday to kick off work on...
    Abbott shared photos of the state's new border wall on Twitter, but also took a shot at President Biden for not securing the border. "The Texas border wall is officially up," Abbott wrote. "While Biden does nothing, we are stepping up to protect our communities. The Lone Star State is securing the border." The Texas border wall is officially up.\n\nWhile Biden does nothing, we are stepping up to protect our communities.\n\nThe Lone Star State is securing the border.pic.twitter.com/oYuY4zYLQl — Greg Abbott (@Greg Abbott) 1639860404 Abbott also retweeted photos of the Texas border wall that were posted on social media by Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin. "Texas has officially started building its own border wall," the Republican governor tweeted. "Biden allows open border policies and refuses to enforce laws passed by Congress to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. Texas is stepping up to do the federal government’s job." Texas has officially started building its own border wall.\n\nBiden allows open border policies and refuses to enforce laws passed by Congress to secure the border and enforce immigration laws. \n\nTexas...
    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...
    "View of US border patrol vehicles in the border wall in El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, State of Chihuahua, Mexico on April 24, 2019." Three retired judges who have been overseeing the cases of a number of migrants arrested under extremist Greg Abbott’s Operation Lone Star scheme were dismissed last week, The Texas Tribune reports. What did all three state-appointed judges have in common? They’ve “often agreed” to allow detained men to be released on bail. The report says that Tully Shahan, the Kinney County judge who fired the three, “has not allowed migrants to be released on no-cost bonds after they plead not guilty in his court.” Shahan then replaced the three with five judges of his own choosing. “My guess is he’s friends with these folks,” presiding Administrative Judge Stephen Ables told The Texas Tribune. Ables had appointed the three judges removed by Shahan. Advocates now fear migrants may see even more prolonged state detention. The Texas Tribune reports that Texas RioGrande Legal Aid “pointed to the legal aid group’s recent request for all of its remaining 153 clients in prison to be released on...
    O'Rourke, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019, lost a 2018 Senate contest to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz. O'Rourke mounted a presidential bid in 2019 but dropped out later that year. Both men will face challengers during their respective parties' gubernatorial primaries.
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is tromping potential Democrat gubernatorial challenger Beto O’Rourke (D) by double digits in a hypothetical matchup in the Lone Star State, a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday found. The survey found Abbott leading failed presidential candidate O’Rourke 52 percent to 37 percent. Abbot has the overwhelming support of Republican voters–90 percent. According to the survey, independents support Abbott 47 to 37 percent. A majority, 54 percent of voters overall, say O’Rourke is “too liberal,” compared to 41 percent of voters who believe Abbott is “too conservative.”  Abbott also has a higher favorability rating, 52 percent to O’Rourke’s 36 percent. Voters appear to give higher marks to Abbott’s personal traits, as a majority say Abbott is honest, cares about “average Texans,” and has “good leadership skills.” Meanwhile, 45 percent say that O’Rourke is “not honest,” 45 percent say he cares about average Texans (compared to 44 percent who say he does not), and 49 percent say he “does not have good leadership skills.”  Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during a campaign stop in Addison, Texas, Wednesday, Dec. 1,...
    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...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday filed to run for reelection in Texas, officially entering what is shaping up to be one of the most high-profile contests in 2022.Abbott launched his campaign with a focus on border security and police support, saying in a video posted to his Twitter account: "I want you to know I'm running for reelection to protect and secure our border. I'm running for reelection to support our police officers in the great state of Texas. And I'm running to make sure Texas remains a job creation machine."The Texas gubernatorial race began to draw national attention in earnest earlier this month when Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, launched his campaign, which many Democrats in the state had identified as the party's only chance of denying Abbott a third term. In the two-minute video announcing his campaign, O'Rourke used the February failure of the Texas power grid during a severe winter storm to criticize Abbott's leadership, saying those without...
    Washington (CNN)Democrat Beto O'Rourke, the former Texas congressman who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2018 and the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, announced last week that he is running for Texas governor in 2022.Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who announced Tuesday that he had filed to run for reelection, started attacking O'Rourke as radical and out of touch even before O'Rourke made his gubernatorial candidacy official. In a 30-second video ad released online in late October, Abbott's campaign drew attention to comments O'Rourke made on a podcast in June 2020 on the subject of the "defund the police" movement. Or, rather, Abbott's campaign drew attention to an altered version of O'Rourke's comments. Facts First: In three important ways, the Abbott ad deceptively edited O'Rourke's words about policing to try to make him sound more extreme. The ad's first deceptive edit deleted key O'Rourke words to make it sound like he had issued a broad, unreserved endorsement of Black Lives Matter activists for bringing attention to the idea of defunding the police. O'Rourke's actual words were narrower: he praised...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Texas Gov. Greg Abbott officially filed for re-election on Tuesday, Nov. 23. “I want you to know I’m running for re-election to protect and secure our border. I’m running for re-election to support our police officers in the great State of Texas. And I’m running to ensure Texas remains a job-creating machine,” he said in a video on Twitter, flanked by his family and a group of campaign volunteers. Today I filed for re-election! We must continue to secure our border, support our police, & keep Texas a job creation machine. With your help, Texas will remain the best state in America. pic.twitter.com/Do9GIJ9ESR — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 23, 2021 READ MORE: 'We Will Prosecute These Thieves': Tarrant County DA's Office Has No Tolerance For 'Porch Pirates'Gov. Abbott faces opponents in the March 1, 2022 Republican primary. READ MORE: Appeals Court Sides With Dallas County Judge, Shoots Down Texas Governor's Ban Against Mask MandatesFormer Florida congressman and Texas GOP Chair Allen West and former State Senator Don Huffines are the two conservatives hoping to unseat Gov. Abbott....
    Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O'Rourke defended comments he made supporting the confiscation of AR-15s and AK-47s during his 2019 presidential primary campaign. "Yes, I still hold this view," O'Rourke told CNN on Sunday after launching his campaign last week. BETO O'ROURKE IS THE VOICE OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY O'Rourke said during a 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore." O'Rourke also called the measure Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law this summer, allowing permitless concealed carry , "divisive extremism." CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM THE WASHINGTON EXAMINER "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, our neighbors shot up with these weapons of war," O'Rourke said. "We don’t want extremism in our gun laws, we want to protect the Second Amendment, and we want to respect...
    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...
    Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images Matthew McConaghey’s chances of becoming Texas governor are looking alright, alright, alright according to a shocking new major poll. According to a survey released by the University of Texas and the Dallas Morning News, the actor — in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup — tops current Gov. Greg Abbott (R) by 8 points. In all, 43 percent of respondents say they would back McConaughey, 35 percent would support Abbott, and 22 percent would pick someone else. McConaughey fared even better against another prominent candidate in the 2022 race. According to the poll, the actor would trounce Democrat Beto O’Rourke in a hypothetical head-to-head matchup by a 49-27 margin. O’Rourke, who lost a Senate bid to Ted Cruz in 2018, then flopped as a presidential candidate in 2020, officially threw his hat in the ring earlier this week. In a three-way race, however, the survey found O’Rourke and McConaughey would split the anti-Abbott vote and allow the governor to win reelection. The poll has Abbott at 37, McConaughey at 27, and O’Rourke at 26. O’Rourke, in that three-way battle,...
    Democrat Texas gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he stood behind his pledge to take away “weapons of war” from American citizens. Anchor Dana Bash said, “It was gun control, in particular, was your number one issue in your presidential campaign. I want to play something you said on the debate stage in 2019 shortly after a mass shooting in your hometown of El Paso.” During a Democratic primary presidential debate, O’Rourke said, “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15 and AK-47 and not going to allow it to be used against fellow Americans anymore.” Bash asked, “Is that what you would still do as governor of Texas?” O’Rourke said, “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, but I also have been listening to my fellow Texans who are concerned about this...
    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,...
    (CNN)Beto O'Rourke, the former congressman and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, on Monday launched his campaign to unseat Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in 2022. "I'm running for governor," he tweeted alongside a video announcement. "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."In launching a campaign that many Democrats in Texas had identified as the party's only chance of denying Abbott a third term, O'Rourke -- an El Paso native and former punk rocker who launched an internet services company and served on the city council before being elected to Congress in 2011 -- is making his third run for office in four years.This story is breaking and will be updated.
    A federal judge late Wednesday overturned Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order prohibiting mask mandates in the state's public schools, arguing the ban violates the Americans With Disabilities Act. "The spread of Covid-19 poses an even greater risk for children with special health needs," U.S. Judge Lee Yeakel of the Western District of Texas, a George W. Bush appointee, wrote in his 29-page ruling. "Children with certain underlying conditions who contract Covid-19 are more likely to experience severe acute biological effects and to require admission to a hospital and the hospital's intensive-care unit." Yeakel noted that since the majority of Texas public schools began in-person classes for the 2021-2022 school year in August, more than 211,000 students have tested positive for Covid-19 and "at least 45 districts in Texas have temporarily shut down due to Covid-19 outbreaks among students and staff." "Because [Abbott's order] precludes mask requirements in schools, plaintiffs are either forced out of in-person learning altogether or must take on unnecessarily greater health and safety risks than their non-disabled peers," he added. "The evidence presented by plaintiffs establishes...
    Greg Abbott There can’t be a Republican panic/cynical fearmongering campaign these days without Texas Gov. Greg Abbott getting involved, and book-banning is no exception. On Wednesday, Abbott released his third letter of the month on the issue of what he’s calling “pornography” in schools. Unsurprisingly, his examples of pornography have been focused on LGBTQ content. Abbott first directed the Texas Association of School Boards to find out how much “pornography or other inappropriate content” is in public schools, and to purge it. When the Texas Association of School Boards let him know that it doesn’t have the authority to do that, Abbott turned to the Texas Education Agency, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and State Board of Education.  ”The Texas Association of School Boards has attempted to wash its hands clean of the issue by abdicating any and all responsibility in the matter,” Abbott wrote on Nov. 8. “Given this negligence, the State of Texas now calls on you to do what the Texas Association of School Boards refuses to do.” (He couldn’t just admit that he asked a group with no censorship authority to do his...
    Republican Texas Governor Greg Abbott called out President Joe Biden on Wednesday evening for turning 'a blind eye' to the growing problems on the United States southern border while showing concern for the refugee crisis along the Belarusian-Polish border in Eastern Europe. 'President Biden’s concern for other nations’ borders, while he turns a blind eye to the United States’ borders that he swore to protect and defend, is appalling,' Abbott's Press Secretary Renae Eze told DailyMail.com. 'His reckless open border policies have created an ongoing crisis along our southern border, leading to a 61-year record-high number of illegal immigrants surging into our state.' Nearly 1.7 million people were encountered trying to cross the US southwest border in the 12 month period that ended in October, US Customs and Border Protection announced.  The record-shattering number of migrants has overwhelmed state and local officials who have been pleading for help from the Biden administration and spurred further concern over the spread of COVID-19.   Abbott's press secretary claims the Lone Star state was forced to 'step up' to secure the border while Biden's...
    Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottJudge knocks down Abbott's ban on mask mandates in Texas schools Texas principal forced to resign amid critical race theory controversy Greg Abbott knocks Austin over COVID-19 restrictions for Veterans Day parade MORE (R) announced Wednesday that he is forming a concert safety task force following the deadly crowd surge at a Travis Scott performance in Houston last week that killed at least eight people and left many more injured. The group, led by Texas Music Office Director Brendon Anthony, will convene state agencies, music industry representatives, law enforcement and others to produce a report on suggestions for how to keep concerts safe for attendees and others present. “To ensure that the tragedy that occurred at the Astroworld Festival never happens again in the Lone Star State, I am forming the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety,” Abbott said in a statement.  “From crowd control strategies to security measures to addressing controlled substances, this task force will develop meaningful solutions that will keep Texans safe while maximizing the joy of live music events,” he added. Officials have...
    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...
    Texas Gov. Greg AbbottGreg AbbottMcConaughey comes out against vaccine mandates for kids Houston fire chief: Travis Scott, others should have stopped show Unvaccinated 20 times more likely to die from COVID-19: Texas study MORE (R) is criticizing the city of Austin over COVID-19 restrictions that led to the cancelation of a Veterans Day parade in the city. The Austin Veteran Parade Foundation announced last month that this year’s parade would be canceled because the city required the organizers to “verify all participants and spectators to have either a current negative Covid test or be vaccinated” for the outdoor parade. “This is something that we could not do as we anticipated some 30,000 attendees to the parade,” the foundation said at the time. “We are hopeful that in 2022, the restrictions on public gatherings will be back to normal.” In a statement on Tuesday, Abbott invited the foundation to host a rally on the Texas State Capitol, blasting the “stringent COVID-19 regulations” in Austin. He said the city “placed an undue burden on large events like the 2021 Veterans Day Parade.”  “The...
    AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 8 into law on Monday, Nov. 8, allocating the nearly $16 billion federal American Rescue Plan Act funding awarded to the State of Texas earlier this year. SB 8 allocated critical funding for various state resources and programs, the governor’s office said in a news release. That funding includes: $7.2 billion to the Unemployment Compensation Fund to pay back outstanding advances and to bring the balance of the fund to the statutory floor $500.475 million for broadband infrastructure $150 million for the deployment and reliable operations of next generation 911 service including equipment and administration costs $180 million for tourism, travel, and the hospitality industry recovery (for those who have not received federal aid) $160 million to address the federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) shortfall affecting Crime Victims Assistance grants $2 billion for state and local hospital surge staffing, antibody therapeutic drugs, and the operation of regional antibody infusion centers $378.3 million for critical staffing needs of frontline workers including recruitment and retention bonuses for nursing facilities, assisted living...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) denounced President Joe Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm after she said on Sunday that she hopes gas prices do not increase to $4 per gallon. “There’s no reason to “hope” gas prices won’t reach $4 (which it already has in parts of U.S.). Gas prices would go down if Biden stopped hindering the energy sector in America. There’s no reason to beg OPEC for more oil. Texas can produce it & make America energy independent,” the Republican governor said in a tweet. There’s no reason to “hope” gas prices won’t reach $4 (which it already has in parts of U.S.) Gas prices would go down if Biden stopped hindering the energy sector in America. There’s no reason to beg OPEC for more oil. Texas can produce it & make America energy independent. https://t.co/hBvfEIysnx — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 7, 2021 Abbott’s response comes after Granholm told CNN’s Dana Bash that she hopes gas prices will not continue to rise, “adding that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is ‘controlling the agenda,”‘ the Hill...
    The U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a temporary halt to President Joe Biden 's vaccine mandate, according to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. "We will have our day in court to strike down Biden's unconstitutional abuse of authority," Abbott wrote in a statement on Twitter. Abbott said emergency hearings would "take place soon." BREAKING: The Federal Court of Appeals just issued a temporary halt to Biden’s vaccine mandate. Emergency hearings will take place soon. We will have our day in court to strike down Biden’s unconstitutional abuse of authority. pic.twitter.com/8utmU05vw3— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 6, 2021 The announcement of the temporary halting of Biden's vaccine mandate comes after the administration announced Thursday it was setting a deadline of Jan. 4 for large companies, defined as those with more than 100 employees, to start requiring vaccination against COVID-19 or enforce weekly testing. This is a breaking story and will be updated. News Joe Biden Texas Greg Abbott Vaccination Coronavirus Healthcare Law White House
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — The bottleneck at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have caused supply chain problems all over the country, but Gov. Greg Abbott seems to think the problem can be solved if those cargo ships just come to Texas. Abbott on Wednesday invited companies to redirect their cargo ships that are waiting to get into the backlogged ports off California and send them to the Lone Star state’s ports. Texas ports are open & ready to help fix America's supply chain backlog. We can get goods out faster & at a lower cost than California due to our centralized location. Choose Texas.pic.twitter.com/6nE0DjYJxB — Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) November 1, 2021 READ MORE: Wild Southland Pursuit With Stolen Big Rig Turns Into Standoff In Santa Ana“Are your products stuck off Long Beach?” the video posted on Twitter asks. “Texas ports are wide open.” READ MORE: Lawsuit Representing Nearly 600 LA County Firefighters Alleges Vaccine Mandate Violates Autonomous Privacy RightsAccording to the ad, port delays are up to 100 days in California, but it would only take...
    Texas Gov. Greg Abbott called on the Texas Associated of School Boards to remove "clearly pornographic" content found in school libraries. "A growing number of parents of Texas students are becoming increasingly alarmed about some of the books and other content found in public school libraries," the Republican said in a letter addressed to TASB Executive Director Dan Troxell. Certain books contain "clearly pornographic images and substance that have no place in the Texas public school system," Abbott said, adding that parents "have the right to shield their children from obscene content." ABBOTT ISSUES EXECUTIVE ORDER BANNING TEXAS ENTITIES FROM REQUIRING PROOF OF COVID-19 VACCINATION "Your organization's members have an obligation to determine the extent to which such materials exist or are used in our schools and to remove any such content," Abbott said. "You must also ensure transparency about the materials being taught in the classroom and offered in school libraries." Abbott's letter to Troxell follows a letter Republican Texas state Rep. Matt Krause, the chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating,...