Greg Abbott

Politics & Policy |
September 2, 2014

Another Round of School Finance

It is all but certain that Attorney General Greg Abbott will appeal Judge Dietz’s school finance ruling. It’s classic Abbott. He has to win, even if he realizes that he is going to lose.But the Legislature’s treatment of the schools during the 2011 session all but guarantees a loss for Abbott.

Politics & Policy |
August 4, 2014

The Modern World

Wouldn’t it be nice if Texas were to catch up to the modern world, for once? I’m addressing the issue of same-sex marriage here. What’s the use of fighting for a policy that without question violates the Fourteenth Amendment’s guarantee of equal protection of the laws? In fairness to Greg

Politics & Policy |
April 7, 2014

The Pre-K Wars

UPDATE: This post has been edited to correct errors related to the candidates’ position on pre-K and public education. I regret the error.Why does pre-K matter? The answer is that professional educators wouldn’t be so gung-ho about pre-kindergarten instruction unless they saw the huge value – both in terms of

Health |
March 27, 2014

Greg Abbott Enters Fray in Lawsuits Involving “Sociopath” Doctor

The story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch—the North Texas neurosurgeon responsible for the death of two patients and the paralysis of four others—saw an interesting twist this week when the current Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful used his office to intervene in three lawsuits against the hospital that allowed him to

Politics & Policy |
February 5, 2014

Greg Abbott and the Border

Attorney general Greg Abbott’s $345 million border security plan is almost certainly doomed to fail. The border region is so huge and comprises so many millions of acres that it defies the ability of state government to enforce whatever security issues may arise. Every Republican candidate this election cycle has

Politics & Policy |
January 10, 2014

The Man in the Arena

In the brief time Ted Cruz has been a senator, he has managed to convince half the country that he is a true patriot and the other half that he is a dangerous nutcase. What will he do next?

Politics & Policy |
September 12, 2013

The Underdog

Tom Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, knows he has an uphill climb to defeat Greg Abbott in the Republican primary for governor next March. But he’s not interested in what he calls “the divine right of succession.”

The Culture |
July 15, 2013

5 Things You’ll Be Talking About in August

1.  Abbott FormingThe moment Rick Perry announced that he was not running for a fourth full term as governor, all eyes turned to Attorney General Greg Abbott, who instantly became the most powerful Republican in the state. The 55-year-old Wichita Falls native has long been viewed as a serious candidate

Politics & Policy |
April 30, 2013

Abbott and Domestic Partner Benefits

Senator Dan Patrick and Attorney General Greg Abbott have teamed up to try to prohibit Texas employers from providing domestic partnership benefits to their workers. Patrick got the ball rolling when he discovered that Pflugerville ISD offered domestic partnership benefits to employees. Abbott made his ruling through an

Politics & Policy |
March 29, 2013

Abbott’s Redistricting Play

Attorney general Greg Abbott’s push to reopen the redistricting battle that was waged in 2011 and wound up in the federal courts threatens to blow up the session. The District Court of the District of Columbia has already ruled that Republican lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minority voters while

Politics & Policy |
February 3, 2013

Perry and Abbott: deal or no deal?

If so, what is it?Brad Watson of WFAA-TV in Dallas made big news with his report of a potential deal between Perry and Abbott. From the station’s website: In an exclusive WFAA interview Wednesday, [Jan. 31] Gov. Rick Perry said Attorney General Greg Abbott has told him he won’t