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Today, on her first full day as a candidate for governor, State Senator Wendy Davis, will make her case to business leaders at the Fort Worth Rotary Club. Advisers say it’s important for the Democratic contender to combat the “liberal” label opponents want to pin on her.

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Here’s the 411 on the likely general-election matchup for governor in 2014. In one corner: Wendy Davis, the Democratic state senator who announced her bid Thursday in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City. In the other: Greg Abbott, the Texas attorney general who’s the front-runner for the Republican nomination, if he can get past former state GOP chairman Tom Pauken.

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Update, 5:26 p.m.: In front of hundreds of boisterous supporters, Wendy Davis, the state senator and Fort Worth Democrat, announced that she’s running for Texas governor.

"All of you deserve to have your voices heard because our future is brightest when it’s lit by everyone’s star," Davis said. "And that’s why today I am proud to announce my candidacy to be the 48th governor of this great state."

Davis spoke for about 15 minutes at the Wiley G. Thomas Coliseum in Haltom City, where she received her high school diploma more than 30 years ago.

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A new statewide poll released Wednesday shows Republican Greg Abbott with an eight-point lead over Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor’s race.

The poll, conducted by the Texas Lyceum, shows Abbott, the Texas Attorney General, leading with 29 percent. Davis, the Fort Worth Democrat, has 21 percent.

But most registered voters don’t know who will get their vote – 50 percent are undecided.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he now has assurances American Airlines’ merger with U.S. Airways won’t harm the state’s rural airports. So he’s withdrawing the state’s legal challenge.

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The state of Texas has dropped its opposition to the American Airlines-U.S. Airways merger.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says he’s reached an agreement that will keep American’s headquarters in North Texas and maintain DFW as a “large hub airport.” American will also maintain daily service to more than 20 airports across Texas, many serving rural parts of the state.

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The Texas Attorney General’s office may be dropping or amending its opposition to the merger of American Airlines with U.S. Air.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. to discuss recent developments. 

Abbott and the State of Texas joined the U.S. Justice Department in challenging the merger. The state says it violates anti-trust laws and would create hardships for rural, Texas communities.

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They didn’t appear together or talk about each other, but this weekend voters had a chance to take a closer look at the likely nominees for governor. 

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State Senator Wendy Davis says she'll announce her political plans on Oct. 3, a little more than two weeks from now.

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All of Texas’ biggest cities have passed ordinances that ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation – except for San Antonio. That changed on Thursday when the San Antonio City Council voted 8 to 3 to adopt its own policy. Hundreds of people testified for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday.

Texas Sen. Wendy Davis has sent a letter to President Obama asking his administration to reconsider opposition to the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. 

Davis, a Democrat, represents parts of Fort Worth which is where American Airlines resides.

Davis tells the president thousands of jobs will be lost in Texas and around the country if the merger does not succeed.  She says she disagrees with U.S. Justice Department claims that a merger between the two airlines will reduce competition and raise consumer prices 

In the war over the right to vote in the U.S., the Justice Department's choice of Texas as the battleground for its first legal action following the Supreme Court's weakening of the Voting Rights Act has a feeling of inevitability.

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The U.S. Attorney General took aim at the Lone Star State yesterday, and his Texas counterpart reacted. Eric Holder and Greg Abbott strongly disagree over the Voting Rights Act.

          

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State Representative Dan Branch officially launched his campaign for Texas Attorney General Tuesday.

The conservative Dallasite says constitutional liberties are under siege in Washington and he vows to fight for them.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott made his first stop in North Texas Tuesday in his two day old campaign for governor.

He spent the afternoon in Duncanville, the city where he grew up; and he was received like a hometown hero.

Attorney General Greg Abbott touted his prosecution of child predators and his legal challenges to "overreaching" Washington policies as he announced his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination in San Antonio. In the coming week he'll visit 10 cities in five days, including Duncanville on Tuesday. Abbott attended high school there.

A spokesman says Attorney General Greg Abbott will make "an important announcement" Sunday near San Antonio's famed Riverwalk. It is widely expected Abbott will announce his candidacy for the Republican gubernatorial nomination.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott is saying little about his plans to run for governor- even though he became the perceived front-runner in next year’s campaign when Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he won’t seek a fourth term. 

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Texas Republicans are holding their collective breath. Gov. Rick Perry is expected to announce whether or not he'll seek a fourth consecutive term at 1 p.m.

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Attorney General Greg Abbott's office has released  a  list of 78 Texas school districts that have not filed a school safety plan or an updated audit of the plan as required by law.

The list includes North Central Texas school districts in Crandall, Italy, Kennedale, Milford and Melissa. 

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The Supreme Court will rule this month on the federal health care law – as early as this week. BJ Austin talked with health care policy expert Anne Dunkelberg and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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A federal court has warned Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to turnover evidence in the Voter ID case or the law will not be in effect by November.

In a sternly-worded order released late Monday, a three-judge panel in Washington said that if Texas doesn't turn-over key evidence in 48 hours, the July trial will be delayed further. Federal attorneys have repeatedly complained Abbott's staff have used legal maneuvers to avoid turning over important documents and keeping lawmakers from testifying.

State Attorney General Gregg Abbott will have a seat in the US Supreme Court again today as Texas and 25 other states continue their three-day challenge of the federal healthcare law.

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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has petitioned to throw out part of the Voting Rights Act, saying it’s unconstitutional. It follows the Justice Department’s move earlier this week to block the state’s Voter ID law. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports one professor isn’t sure The AG’s argument is persuasive enough.

Texas Republicans are fuming over the U.S. Justice Department’s rejection of the state’s Voter Identification law. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports as a result of the ruling, primary voters may not have to produce a photo ID in order to cast a ballot this spring.

There is a high likelihood Texas’ April 3 primary will be delayed. That follows the failure of groups battling over election boundaries to reach an agreement Monday as KERA’s Shelley Kofler reports.

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