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Abbott Vows To Cut Funding For 'Sanctuary Campus' Schools

Dec 1, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Rebuking a growing movement aimed at protecting undocumented students under incoming President Donald Trump, Gov. Greg Abbott vowed Thursday to cut funding for any Texas school that declares itself a "sanctuary campus." 

Greg Abbott Says Campus Carry Could Have Prevented Ohio State Attack

Nov 29, 2016
Darren Abate / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott, commenting on the knife attack at Ohio State University that left 11 people injured, said Tuesday that someone would "think twice" about carrying out such an attack in Texas due to its campus carry law.

More Money, Certainty Needed To Upgrade Pre-K, Study Finds

Nov 25, 2016
Robert W. Hart

If state lawmakers want to upgrade pre-K programs in Texas schools they need to kick in more money and make a longer-term commitment, according to an early report card on a new state grant program aimed at bolstering early education.

Election Dealt Some Setbacks To Texas GOP's Modest Diversity

Nov 25, 2016
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez for The Texas Tribune

On the eve of the Nov. 8 election, Gov. Greg Abbott found himself onstage at a San Antonio barbecue joint proudly pointing to three lawmakers he described as the “face of the current Republican Party.”

Party Leaders' Rhetoric Leaves Texas Republican Women Reeling

Nov 4, 2016

For many female Texans working in Republican politics, last month's release of a video showing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump boasting about groping women was bad enough. They have since watched in astonishment as male elected officials from their own state have engaged in coarse rhetoric of their own. 

Abbott, Patrick Disagree On Special Session For School Funding

Oct 31, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Days after Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested that Gov. Greg Abbott call a 30-day special session to overhaul the state's school funding system, Abbott said Monday that no such special session was needed.

State Leaders Order Child Protective Services Overhaul

Oct 12, 2016
The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott and other state leaders ordered the Department of Family and Protective Services Wednesday to ramp up efforts to protect endangered foster children and curb the backlog of ones waiting for homes.

With just few months before the start of the 2017 legislative session, Gov. Greg Abbott is promoting his plan to decrease abortions.  Abbott laid out a section of his legislative agenda at the annual Texas Alliance for Life benefit gala in Austin.

Christopher Connelly/KERA News

We're just weeks away from picking a new president and congress. But for some, that's nowhere near enough change. It’s not hard to find an audience in Texas receptive to the message that the federal government is in need of a drastic fix. One group has an ambitious plan to do just that.

Texas Threatens To Stop Aid For Resettled Refugees If Demands Aren't Met

Sep 21, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Governor Greg Abbott says Texas will no longer provide aid to refugees unless the federal government can assure they “are fully vetted and don’t present a security threat.” Federal officials have said the U.S. has a rigorous screening process that can take 1 to 2 years.

Abbott Reveals Severe Burns Came From Shower

Sep 19, 2016
Robert Hart for The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday revealed new details about how he was severely burned earlier this year, saying it happened in the shower.

Abbott Says He's Fully Behind Trump, Hopes For Double-Digit Win In Texas

Sep 15, 2016
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is pushing back against the suggestion that his support for Donald Trump is lukewarm, saying "of course" he is all in for the Republican presidential nominee — and that he hopes Trump wins Texas by double digits.

Christopher Connelly/KERA News

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Monday he wants to classify attacks on police as hate crimes. The idea has the backing of law enforcement groups, but it’s raised some concerns among advocates for hate crimes legislation.

Charley Wilkison says police officers feel like they have a target on their backs. He’s the head of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas. That feeling, he says, started long before cops were gunned down in Dallas and Baton Rouge.


Texas Governor Greg Abbott today announced a proposal aimed at strengthening penalties for crimes committed against police officers.

Gov. Abbott Hospitalized After Severe Burns

Jul 11, 2016
Texas governor's office / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott was admitted to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio for treatment of burns on Monday.

Abbott May Not Attend GOP Convention After Suffering Severe Burns

Jul 11, 2016
Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott may not attend the Republican National Convention after suffering severe burns during a family vacation in Wyoming.

Texas Governor Praises Dallas; Mayor Rawlings Confirms Single Shooter

Jul 9, 2016
Robert Hart / Texas Tribune

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott praised the work of Dallas officials for demonstrating great heroism against the lone assassin who shot 11 police officers, killing five during what was a peaceful rally Thursday evening to protest aggressive policing across the nation.

Speculation Rides Along With Abbott's Book Tour

May 20, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

NEW BRAUNFELS — He's penned a glossy book heavy on biography and bold policy proposals. Now he's touring the state in a massive bus wrapped with the cover on an ambitious 19-city promotional tour.

Erik Hersman / Flickr

Five stories that have North Texas talking: The fabric of Texas isn’t solid red; Ted Cruz gained another high-ranking official’s endorsement; Texas outdoes itself with new wind energy record; the smells of Dallas abound; and more.


Bill Zeeble / KERA News

For kids to be ready for college or the workforce, educators have to start early. Several groups argued today in Dallas that the state and schools need to invest in kids even before they get to kindergarten.

Christopher Connelly / KERA News

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.

From Texas Standard:

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.

From Texas Standard:

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. 

From Texas Standard:

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.