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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.

Texas Tribune

After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott stopped in Dallas Monday after an ice storm kept him away earlier this month. With his first legislative session almost at its midpoint, the governor talked about his priorities, his experience and progress so far.

State Senators Grill Abbott's UT Regent Appointees

Feb 26, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Conservative state senators grilled Gov. Greg Abbott's appointees to the University of Texas System Board of Regents for more than five hours on Thursday, publicly rehashing the drama that has plagued the system's flagship university in recent years. 

House Speaker Straus Opposes Long-Term Deployment Of Guard At Border

Feb 18, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A day after Gov. Greg Abbott backed extending the Texas National Guard’s stay at the Mexico border, House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he will work to make that happen but that he remained opposed to a "long-term deployment."

Federal Halt On Immigration Executive Action Stalls Anti-Deportation Program

Feb 17, 2015
Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff's photostream / Flickr Creative Commons

WASHINGTON-- The Homeland Security Department is ceasing preparations for a program designed to shield millions of immigrants from deportation. That decision comes as a result of Monday's federal court ruling temporarily halting it.

Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott gave his first State of the State address at 11 a.m. today from the Capitol. The Texas governor discussed several agenda items including education, road improvements and border security, among others. 

US To Appeal Ruling Blocking Obama Immigration Plan

Feb 17, 2015
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WASHINGTON--The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge's ruling that temporarily blocked President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration, the White House said Tuesday.

Tamir Kalifa / Texas Tribune

  Gov. Greg Abbott hailed a federal judge's decision Monday to halt President Obama’s executive action on immigration — a decision that gave the state of Texas an initial victory in its battle against what state leaders call federal overreach.

Texas Vs. The Feds: A Look At The Lawsuits

Feb 16, 2015
photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman / Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Pete Souza / Texas Tribune

During his time as attorney general, now-Gov. Greg Abbott made his lawsuits against the Obama administration — 31 in total — a point of pride. The attorney general’s office provided cost estimates for 29 of the cases, which totaled about $4.25 million.

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story that originally ran in January 2013.

The Texas Legislature is just now getting into full swing. We're more than two months into the session, but you might notice that things have been relatively quiet so far when it comes to actual law-making.

And while it might seem like a slow start to the every-other-year meeting, actually, it’s all part of the plan.

In musical terms, each session has its own rhythm and tempo.


Black Tie Gala Closes Out Texas Inaugural Festivities

Jan 21, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A black tie ball capped a day of Texas inaugural festivities celebrating the state’s first new governor in 14 years that began with a prayer service at the First Baptist Church in downtown Austin.

Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick Take Oath Of Office

Jan 20, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

In a moment he called "highly improbable," Greg Abbott officially became the 48th governor of Texas in a ceremony on the south steps of the Texas Capitol on Tuesday. His wife, Cecilia Abbott, became the first Latina first lady of Texas.

Abbott: I'll Be 'Bigger And Bolder' In Luring Business To Texas

Jan 20, 2015
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Through the Texas Economic Development Corporation, Gov.-elect Greg Abbott said he plans to be "even bigger and bolder" than his job-creating predecessor, Gov. Rick Perry, when it comes to attracting businesses and jobs to the state.

Watch below: The Texas Tribune livestreamed the inauguration of Gov.-elect Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov.-elect Dan Patrick.

Bill Zeeble / KERA News

Texas Governor-elect Greg Abbott was in Arlington Tuesday to talk with local lawmakers about his priorities heading into his new job and the January legislative session.

Abbott Plans To Add $4 Billion To Texas Road Funding

Dec 9, 2014
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Gov.-elect Greg Abbott has set himself a tall order for his first legislative session: nearly closing the Texas Department of Transportation’s $5 billion annual budget shortfall.

Abbott Takes Lead In Suing Over Immigration Order

Dec 4, 2014
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Leading a 17-state charge up a steep legal hill, Attorney General and soon-to-be-Gov.Greg Abbott on Wednesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's moves to expand legal protections for undocumented immigrants.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says "odds favor" that Texas will sue the Obama administration over executive actions on immigration but is stopping short of his earlier vow to file a lawsuit.

Internal Memos Detail Wendy Davis Campaign Dysfunction

Nov 12, 2014
Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Consultants for Democrat Wendy Davis warned her campaign months ago that the Fort Worth senator was headed for a humiliating defeat in the Texas governor’s race unless she adopted a more centrist message and put a stop to staggering internal dysfunction. 

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Republicans did well in Texas Tuesday night, sweeping all of the major statewide races. Here’s a roundup:

Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

Five stories that have North Texas talking: attempts by state Democrats to turn Texas blue fall flat, Frisco is one step closer to extending “last call”, detectives investigate a missing Fort Worth woman’s friend, and more.

Greg Abbott Defeats Wendy Davis To Win Texas Governor's Race

Nov 5, 2014
Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

Attorney General Greg Abbott, presiding over another GOP sweep Tuesday night, defeated state Sen. Wendy Davis in the Texas governor’s race and helped usher in a whole new crop of Republican leaders up and down the statewide ballot.

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

It wasn’t a surprise that Attorney General Greg Abbott won the race for Texas governor. The polls showed Democratic candidate Wendy Davis down by double digits for weeks. Still, on Tuesday night, Davis was upbeat about how far her party has come.

Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis campaigns / KERA

For months, the candidates for Texas governor have sparred, debated, and tried to sell themselves to voters.  Tuesday night, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott will find out who will lead this state.

If recent trends holds true, more Texas women than men will vote in tomorrow’s election. That’s one reason the candidates for governor have appealed directly to women. 

Early voting for next week’s election continues through this Friday. Ronke Okpa isn’t on the ballot, but the Nigerian-American is actively involved with a group called Red State Women, and hosting fund-raisers for Governor Rick Perry and the Republican who hopes to replace him.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Two weeks of early voting begins Monday and the candidates for governor are working to get their supporters to the polls.

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KERA and its media partners  -- The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) -- continue Five Days in October, a week-long report about issues the governor's race. Today, we look at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis would address the state's growing need for infrastructure. That includes toll roads and the role they should play in relieving traffic congestion.

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