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19 School Children, 2 Adults Killed in Mass Shooting in Texas
Crime
19 School Children, 2 Adults Killed in Mass Shooting in Texas
2022-05-24 21:54:20
by Dan McCue

UVALDE, Texas — Twenty-one people were killed, including 19 children, during a mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas Tuesday afternoon, authorities said. “He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” Gov. Greg Abbott said... Read More

In The States
Texas Task Force on Concert Safety Issues Final Report
2022-04-20 14:58:57
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the Texas Task Force on Concert Safety had released its final report on Tuesday, submitting a new set of recommendations and strategies to ensure the safety of concertgoers in the state. The... Read More

Immigration
First Bus of Texas Migrants Arrives Near Capitol 
2022-04-13 23:16:29
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON — A week after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vowed to begin transporting busloads of migrants to Washington, D.C., the first transport arrived blocks away from the Capitol building. At Abbott’s direction, the Texas Division of Emergency Management chartered the... Read More

2022 Elections
Texas Primary Sets Stage for Abbott-O'Rourke Race, AG Runoffs
2022-03-02 16:56:57
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott entered Tuesday with Trump’s endorsement and recent polls that suggested he had the support of about 60% of likely primary voters and he easily secured his party’s nomination in the contest that included several challengers... Read More

2022 Elections
Abbott Coasts, Cuellar in Runoff After Texans Vote in 2022’s First Primaries
2022-03-02 12:19:34
by TWN Staff

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, facing the first competitive Republican primary in his political career, walked away with an easy victory last night in the Texas primary, the first contest of the 2022 campaign season. With 93% of precincts reporting Wednesday... Read More

Texas
Election 2022: Texas Primary Tests GOP's Rightward Shift

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Voters in Texas will usher in the midterm campaign season with primaries that will test just how far to the right the Republican Party will shift in a state where many in the GOP have already tightened their... Read More

In The States
Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Trade Campaign Trail Barbs
2022-02-11 16:24:02
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Texas’s dueling gubernatorial candidates took shots at one another during overlapping campaign events on Thursday. Both Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democratic candidate former United States Rep. Beto O’Rourke made stops in San Antonio to discuss their... Read More

In The States
Texas Professional Educators Rebuke Abbott’s Bill of Rights Proposal
2022-01-31 18:50:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Professional educators in Texas were blindsided by Gov. Greg Abbott’s proposal for a Parental Bill of Rights, which intends to amend the state constitution to grant parents enhanced authority over their children’s education. Abbott introduced his proposal... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Aims to Create Parental Bill of Rights 
2022-01-27 21:09:39
by Reece Nations

LEWISVILLE, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently revealed a proposal to amend the state constitution to grant parents greater control over their children's education and censure public educators for teaching material considered offensive. During a campaign event last week... Read More

Police
Texas Governor's Decision: Whether to Pardon George Floyd

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Doling out pardons is a holiday tradition for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who around every Christmas grants them to a handful of ordinary citizens, typically for minor offenses committed years or decades ago. But one name... Read More

In The States
Rural Candidates Reckon with Mainstream Messaging
2021-11-29 14:40:59
by Reece Nations

SAN ANTONIO — Although much of the state’s social and political fabric has changed since the last Texas Democrat won a statewide office in 1994, the party has repeatedly failed to capitalize through its messaging on Republicans’ miscues. Now, with... Read More

In The States
Fourth Special Session Brews as Texas Lieutenant Governor, GOP Chairman Press Abbott
2021-10-21 18:22:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was joined by Matt Rinaldi, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas, on Wednesday in calling for yet another special legislative session to pass more conservative agenda items. The calls for a... Read More

Mental Health
Texas Removes LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline After Primary Challenger Goads Abbott
2021-10-15 19:17:24
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services has taken down a webpage that offered resources to LGBTQ youth after criticism was leveled at Gov. Greg Abbott by a primary challenger for its inclusion. Former Texas state... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Calls 3rd Special Session, This One to Address Redistricting
2021-09-09 14:47:21
by Dan McCue

AUSTIN, Texas -- It has been an unexpectedly busy summer for the Texas legislature, and now Gov. Greg Abbott is calling lawmakers back for its third special session in two months to begin the bound-to-be-controversial task of redrawing legislative and... Read More

In The States
Texas Supreme Court Sides With Abbott, Blocks County Mask Mandates
2021-08-17 18:14:05
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- The Supreme Court of Texas issued a ruling on Sunday voiding temporary restraining orders issued by separate District Court judges that impeded Gov. Greg Abbott’s edict prohibiting local officials from requiring masks to be worn indoors. Local... Read More

Education
Education Secretary Warns Politicizing Masks Could Disrupt Student’s Return to Class
2021-08-06 20:38:07
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON- Education Secretary Miguel Cardono warned Thursday, Americans should not allow adult politics -- particularly the politicizing of the wearing of face masks -- to prevent students from returning to school safely and without future disruptions.  “You know what I’m... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Calls Second Special Session With Expanded Agenda
2021-08-06 14:39:52
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Thursday he would convene another special legislative session beginning on Saturday, Aug. 7. Attached to the announcement was a full list of prioritized agenda items for the session. Although much of the... Read More

In The States
Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Abbott Order on Transportation Stops
2021-08-04 20:00:35
by Reece Nations

U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone issued a temporary restraining order on Tuesday impeding Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order directing state troopers to detain drivers suspected of transporting migrants due to COVID-19 concerns. Abbott issued the order last week, allowing... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott Deploys National Guard to Assist in Border Arrests
2021-07-29 14:49:12
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas -- In accordance with plans first announced in June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday ordered the state National Guard to aid Department of Public Safety troopers with apprehending individuals for state charges related to the border crisis.... Read More

In The States
ACLU Sues to Block Texas Abortion Ban
2021-07-14 18:50:44
by Dan McCue

The American Civil Liberties Union on Monday sued the state of Texas to block “radical” new abortion restrictions currently set to take effect on Sept. 1. The ACLU filed the lawsuit on behalf of Texas abortion providers -- led by... Read More

Political News
Here’s Why Texas Democrats Are Breaking Quorum by Leaving the State
2021-07-13 19:45:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Once again, Texas Democrats have captured the national political spotlight by breaking quorum to foil the passage of Republican-backed voting legislation. At least 51 of 67 members of the Texas House of Representatives left the state on... Read More

In The States
Texas Gov. Abbott to Face Primary Challengers in 2022
2021-07-08 22:51:40
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Incumbent Texas Gov. Greg Abbott now faces a pair of serious primary challengers in the form of former Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West and former state Sen. Don Huffines. In his 25 years in statewide politics,... Read More

In The States
Looking Ahead to First Special Legislative Session in Texas
2021-07-06 19:12:31
by Reece Nations

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced the first of two special legislative sessions will commence on Thursday, July 8, but the full list of agenda items will be set solely at Abbott’s discretion. The two big-ticket items expected... Read More

In The States
Texas Governor Signs Law Banning Abortions as Early as Six Weeks
2021-05-19 20:50:28
by Alexa Hornbeck

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law on Wednesday a bill that not only bans abortions in the state before many women know they are pregnant, but, in a unique twist, gives private citizens the right to... Read More

In The States
Legality of Vaccine Passports Mired in Mix of Interpretations
2021-04-07 21:38:49
by Tom Ramstack

An executive order on Tuesday from Texas' governor that prohibits state agencies from using tax money for vaccine passports is kicking up a dispute over the breadth of public health laws during the COVID-19 pandemic. Airlines and other private companies... Read More

In The States
Abbott Sets Special Election Date to Fill Rep. Wright's Seat
2021-02-23 22:01:53
by TWN Staff

AUSTIN, Texas - Saturday, May 1, will be the day of the special election to fill the Texas 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated due to the death of Rep. Ron Wright. Gov. Greg Abbott made the announcement Tuesday, adding... Read More

State News
McMaster Latest Governor to Allow 'To-Go' Liquor Sales
2020-03-23 17:10:26
by Dan McCue

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster on Saturday directed the state's Department of Revenue to waive regulations and allow restaurants to include sealed containers of beer and wine for curbside pickup or to-go orders. The move came just days after McMaster... Read More

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