Greg Abbott

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

Politics & Policy |
August 29, 2012

State loses redistricting case; Abbott plans appeal

The outcome of this case was predestined. For months, the D.C. court warned that Texas’s failure to provide Hispanic opportunity districts when there were huge Hispanic population gains could be construed as evidence of intentional discrimination. There was no way a fair court could ignore the facts in the case:

Politics & Policy |
February 8, 2012

Perry’s plans

Perry has been in the news this week, mainly about discussions of his future plans: Fox News ran a story on Monday, which begins: The governor and his wife, Anita Perry, in their first interview since Perry dropped out of the Republican presidential race, told Fox News that they

Politics & Policy |
December 2, 2011

Abbott v. the DOJ

Let me see if I understand this. First, Abbott wants to avoid submitting the Texas redistricting maps for preclearance at the Department of Justice. He tells everybody that he has figured out how to bypass the DOJ by going to the D.C. Circuit and moving for summary judgment from Republican-friendly

Politics & Policy |
June 17, 2010

The EPA lawsuit

At my request, Attorney General Abbott's office provided me with a copy of the State's "Petition for Review of the final action of the respondent United States Environmental Protection Agency" in determining that Texas's current State Implementation Plan (SIP) is not approvable" [quoting from the Federal Register]. This is a

Politics & Policy |
March 30, 2010

Abbott on the legal case against health care

I spoke to the attorney general on Friday about the lawsuit he has joined against the health care bill. His first remarks were, "I'm not against health care reform. We should do a better job of taking care of our citizens. It's a noble cause, but it shouldn't violate the

Politics & Policy |
September 11, 2009

Dew or Die: Update

Two more reasons why Dewhurst decided to announce that he is running for reelection: (1) I am told by two sources that he called Hutchison to ask about her plans — was she going to resign her seat and if so, when — and he did not like the answer