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A grand jury may have cleared Planned Parenthood of wrongdoing, but Governor Greg Abbott says that’s not stopping the state from looking into the group.

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Gov. Greg Abbott is on his third official international trip since being sworn in last January. Yesterday in Jerusalem, the Governor met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Last week Abbott said the purpose of the upcoming meeting was to promote business ties abroad.

However, since news broke over the weekend of the U.S. prisoner swap and an end to sanctions against Iran, Monday's meeting seemed more like a political trip. That’s left some scratching their heads, and others nodding in approval.

 


Abbott Meets With Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

Jan 19, 2016
Texas governor's office

Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem to discuss the Texas-Israel relationship and reiterate Abbott's opposition to Iran, according to the governor's office.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Calls On States To Amend U.S. Constitution

Jan 8, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

In a fresh — but long shot — assertion of states’ rights, Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday called for a convention of U.S. states to pass nine new amendments to the U.S. Constitution, measures meant to limit the powers of the federal government.

Freedom From Religion Display At Texas Capitol Removed After Governor Objects

Dec 22, 2015
Courtesy State Rep. Charlie Geren

To celebrate the season, the Texas Capitol has multiple Christmas trees and a Nativity scene on its grounds. But after a complaint by Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday, "a winter solstice" display urging the separation of church and state has been kicked out.

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The surge in immigrant children has prompted Gov. Greg Abbott to extend National Guard deployments at the Texas border. Paul Weber, a reporter covering the story for the Associated Press, says while the exact number of troops is unknown, it’s probably in the low hundreds.

“In December of 2014 when Gov. Perry first deployed the National Guard to the border, he sent up to 1,000 troops,” Weber says. “But as recently as February, state officials said that there's now only about 200 troops there. And that was in anticipation of an expected drawdown to eventually get the troops out of there.”

 


Texas Taxpayers Foot $2.7 Million Bill For WrestleMania In Arlington

Dec 11, 2015
Simon Quinton / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott has agreed to spend up to $2.7 million in taxpayer funds to bring the barrage of blood, sweat and spandex that is WrestleMania to Texas next year.

Abbott, Cruz Push New Curbs On Syrian Refugees

Dec 8, 2015
Chris Maddaloni / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas teamed up Tuesday to push new curbs on Syrian refugees entering the United States, with Cruz unveiling a new bill that would let states "opt out" of accepting some refugees. 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has been in Cuba this week talking trade. He arrived in Havana on Monday with a delegation of 25 people to explore business opportunities between the formerly embargoed country and the Lone Star State.

On 37-Mile March Over Three Days, Immigrants Slam Abbott

Nov 20, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

TAYLOR — Carrying placards, chanting in Spanish and calling for a halt to deportations of people without work papers, a few dozen immigrants and activists kicked off a 37-mile “pilgrimage” Thursday from a federal detention facility to the Texas Governor’s Mansion. 

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday that Texas would refuse Syrian refugees after a terrorist attack in Paris killed more than 120 people.

Eva Hershaw / Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says he will begin denying some state dollars to "sanctuary cities" that don't fully cooperate with U.S. immigration authorities.

Texas Activists Want Action on Immigration Issues

Nov 3, 2015
Eva Hershaw / Texas Tribune

While pro-immigrant activists pressure law enforcement authorities to take a gentler approach toward undocumented offenders in county jails, some conservatives are taking aim at Republican Gov. Greg Abbott over his decision not to act immediately to stop them.

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Dallas County is facing scrutiny because of how immigrants are detained in jail. More than a dozen people have sued Sheriff Lupe Valdez and the county for how their cases were handled.

Abbott Warns Dallas County About 'Sanctuary' Immigrant Policy

Oct 26, 2015
Shelby Knowles / The Texas Tribune

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott warned the Dallas County sheriff on Monday that her new and softer approach to dealing with undocumented immigrants who commit crimes “will no longer be tolerated in Texas,” but his office said any reforms will have to wait until 2017.

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Here's a new "oops" moment for a Texas governor: prematurely celebrating a Houston Astros playoff victory.

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In 2003, then President George W. Bush signed the Prison Rape Elimination Act. The bill required federal and state lockups to implement certain procedures and standards that would address sexual abuse behind bars. Not doing so, states would run the risk of penalties, such as the loss of federal grant money.

The final rules took effect in 2012, and the Texas governor at the time, Rick Perry, refused to sign on. However in a 180-degree reversal, Gov.Greg Abbott says the state will be brought in-line with the law.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott is back from his first official trip to Mexico. While he was there, the governor met Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and talked border security, trade and energy. As KUT’s Mose Buchele reports, cross-border energy issues are of growing importance on both sides of the border.


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Gov. Greg Abbott says he has authorized the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard to arm Guardsmen at military facilities across Texas.

Abbott Predicts "New Era Of Job Growth" With Tax Cuts

Jun 15, 2015
Aman Batheja / Texas Tribune

Declaring “a new era of job growth in the state of Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed a $2.56 billion bill cutting the franchise tax rate paid by businesses by 25 percent.

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Gov. Greg Abbott got most of what he wanted out of his first legislative session as the state's chief executive.  However, not all Republicans share his enthusiasm.

Lt. Gov. Patrick: I'm Not Running Against Gov. Abbott In 2018

Jun 1, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Immediately after a session in which rumors of a rift were prevalent, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick made a strong proclamation about his relationship with Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday turned one of his highest legislative priorities into law, signing a bill aimed at improving early education in Texas.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott's predecessor — a soon-to-be presidential candidate named Rick Perry — would call it the no-manual test.

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The University of North Texas had a campus-wide commencement over the weekend – a first for the school in Denton. The keynote speaker, Texas Governor Greg Abbott, ignored a few protestors and stayed focused on the graduates in his speech.

Texas Tribune

Republicans in the Texas House scrambled to get consideration of their bills by a midnight deadline. That’s as Democrats tried their best to run out the clock.

Sam Baker talked about this with Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor of the Texas Tribune. He explained why, for instance, a bill to prohibit use of state money to issue same-sex marriage licenses failed to make the cut.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott warmed up his bill-signing pen on Monday, approving a measure ensuring that some high school seniors who fail to pass state exams can seek an alternate route to graduation.

Perry On Jade Helm Controversy: Military Is 'Quite Trustworthy'

May 5, 2015
CBS

Former Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday citizens should trust the military amid concerns about a training exercise scheduled to begin this summer in Texas that has riled conspiracy theorists. 

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a two-month long U.S. military exercise scheduled to be held in Bastrop County this summer. The move comes amid suspicions from some residents (and the Internet) about the motivations behind the training.

Video: Gov. Greg Abbott Reports For Jury Duty

Apr 28, 2015
Justin Dehn / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott answered a jury duty summons on Monday afternoon, reporting to the Travis County criminal court building in downtown Austin. After about two hours of waiting and chatting with fellow potential jurors, he learned he was not selected.

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