After initially deferring to city and county leaders on COVID-19 response, Governor Abbott has renewed his battle with local government.
The majority of apprehensions during the first week of demonstrations over police violence were for curfew violations, obstructing roadways, and other low-level offenses.
A month and a half after telling local officials they couldn't mandate masks, the Texas governor congratulated a local official on realizing that, actually, they could.
After GOP leaders in 12 counties posted racist responses to the George Floyd protests, top Republicans declared war on bigotry in their party. It’s not going to be easy.
All of the trend lines in Texas are going the wrong way.
A high school competition in Levelland brought fans from across the Panhandle and South Plains in March. Seven would come down with COVID-19.
Over Memorial Day weekend, locals and tourists flocked to the Poop Deck in Galveston as Governor Greg Abbott allowed Texas bars to open at limited capacity.
Governor Abbott’s phase two reopenings signal a hope from leaders that maybe this all will just work out, somehow.
As far as PR stunts go, this one has been lucrative.
The Shelley Luther saga gave Texas politicians an excuse to change the conversation, and deflect blame.
Research suggests Governor Abbott’s statewide stay-at-home order was slowing down the coronavirus’s spread. What will happen now that he’s lifted it?
One of Governor Greg Abbott's top aides says more testing and contact tracing should have been in place before restrictions were lifted.
Because there’s nothing to watch.
The plan deviates considerably from what many public health officials say is needed for Texans to reopen businesses.
Despite the loud protests, very few Americans are ready to go back to work.
After Greg Abbott's executive order deemed the industry essential, workers have been struggling to abide by health protocols.
The governor tries to address coronavirus concerns in the face of lobbying from his most conservative supporters.
And they've been dangerously slow to respond to the coronavirus.
In the best of times, our politicians can be a frustrating bunch. How are they doing in an unprecedented crisis?
Governor Greg Abbott's order, closing abortion clinics through April 21, has sent many out of state to seek the procedure—in the middle of the pandemic.
Plus, Texas pols take pains to prove they’re still working, Rick Perry finds a new calling, and more.
A new study suggests that, even in communities with few confirmed cases, the coronavirus could be spreading much more quickly than people realize.
Family care physicians say they still don’t have enough personal protective equipment. So they’re seeking other solutions.
Texas politicians, from Ted Cruz to Briscoe Cain, are riding out the coronavirus with movies and TV, like the rest of us.
While other governors have taken an aggressive approach to curbing COVID-19, Greg Abbott has favored smaller measures.
The Dallas County judge drew national acclaim for his Ebola response. The coronavirus is proving to be a bigger challenge.
Governor Abbott and President Trump promised that testing will soon increase dramatically, but many Texans are frustrated with delays.
A high uninsured rate, hospital closures, and poor elder care leave Texas especially vulnerable to a COVID-19 epidemic.
One of America’s premier Mexico experts discusses how Mexico’s populist president is changing relations between Texas and our neighbor to the south.
Plus, Ted Cruz takes on Stephen King (again), Eliz Markowitz does her best Willie, America Ferrera leaves Vicente Gonzalez hanging, and more!
The governor’s decision makes no sense from a practical perspective, and ultimately, it can’t be explained as a policy choice at all.
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick were quick to find a self-serving narrative in the shooting at a church last week.
We stumble down memory lane, gawking at the madness and the mayhem of 2010–2019—and looking for an off-ramp.
Like so much in American conservative politics these days, everything begins and ends with Trump.
Now that the Texas GOP is trying to present a more diverse face this year, it can't afford to alienate voters in places like Fort Bend County.
Their beautiful dark twisted fantasy.
On this week’s National Podcast of Texas, the mayor weighs in on sparring with Governor Abbott. Plus, his takes on mayors Bloomberg and Buttigieg.
As part of his campaign against Austin’s homelessness rules, Greg Abbott tweeted an old video of a non-homeless man having a mental health episode. His attorney says the governor is “retraumatizing” the man and his family.
Austin-bashing is as old as the hills, but things have gotten a little out of hand.
A decidedly unscientific appraisal of why the hell they bother.
There’s something dishonest in the state’s bureaucratic approach to killing its own citizens.
Of the four major mass shooting suspects in Texas in recent years, the only one it would impact is the man who wants to die as soon as possible.
What politicians like Matt Schaefer are really saying is that no number of victims is worth the discomfort of a fairly small number of gun owners.
The governor has apologized (sort of) for an ill-timed fund-raising letter calling on supporters to ”defend” Texas from immigrants.
The community organizer is expected to make a play for millennials and young people of color.
In the event that millions lose their health insurance and protections for preexisting conditions disappear, the state has no real backup plan.
Two Texas Democrats are calling on Republican attorney general Ken Paxton to sue the feds for reimbursement of border security costs. But legal experts think it’s a bad idea.
They called it the kumbaya session, but we still found plenty of scoundrels and statesmen.
A constitutional amendment on the ballot in November aims to shore up funding for Texas’s system of state parks and historic sites.
Thanks to the the Texas Legislature, you and your plumber will soon have the same credentials.